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Archive for October, 2006

BETTER THAN ONE IN A MILLION

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“Jeremy is comfortable in his own skin,” stated my husband, Mike.  We had been discussing our 24-year-old son, and how thankful we were for him and amazed that he can so easily relate to almost anyone of any age.  Jeremy does not put on airs or try to be something he isn’t.  He’s just who he is.  He loves God, he loves people, he loves life.  How two flawed individuals could raise a son that turned out like Jeremy is only by the Grace of God.  I got to thinking about how many people are insecure with who they are.  How many times have I wished I looked like someone else or had a more bubbly personality or had the gift of communication, etc.  But the Bible says we should not compare ourselves among ourselves.  That’s not wise.  What a blessing it is to be comfortable with who we are and how God made us.  Of course we are flawed, and God will work all that out if we allow Him to.  But in each one of us, there is beauty and talents, given to us from God Himself.  We should not take those lightly or wish we were someone else.  With that in mind, I would like to share the following poem that I wrote when I was in my mid 20’s, many, many moons ago!

1.  Men don’t panic when you view

Someone who looks better than you.

Don’t envy his muscular physique.

Though he seems to be a hunk,

Remember, “God don’t make no junk”

You are truly special and unique.

Chorus:  Better than one in a million,

That’s what you are to God.

When you think of all the billion

That on this earth do trod

How God made only you to be you

It says so in His letter (bible)

And we all know His word is true

So no one can be you better.

2.  Ladies don’t you turn all green

When you see a beauty queen.

Don’t you whimper and wish that was you.

Remember that your kind is rare.

So don’t go trying to compare

There’ll never be another one like you.

3.  When you see a famous preacher

Or a highly skillful teacher

Or anyone whose talents seem perfected.

Remember that resident in you

Are resources that our God can use.

And know that in His eyes you are accepted.

4.  Don’t try to be what you ain’t

And don’t try to mar and taint

That which God intended you to be.

From the day of your own birth

You are of great prize and worth

To God Almighty and to humanity!

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AMPLIUS

kinkade-roses.jpg      The Following was taken from my favorite devotional, “Our Daily Bread”.  It spoke to my heart, and I thought I would share it with you all.  

  

It is said that one day Michelangelo entered his studio to examine the work of his students.  As he came to the painting of one of his favorite pupils, he stood and looked at it for a long time.  Then, to the utter surprise of the class, he suddenly took a brush and wrote one word across the canvas.

            That one word he splashed on the picture was amplius, meaning “larger”.  Michelangelo was not rejecting the work, for it exhibited great skill and was good as far as it went.  But the small size of the canvas had made its design appear cramped.  It needed to be expanded.

            The Lord may have to write the word amplius across many of our lives.  Our spiritual outlook becomes confined, and our vision of what God wants to do in and through us gets restricted by our small faith and limited spiritual growth.  He wants to increase the dimensions of our spiritual lives, widen our outreach, and strengthen our witness. –P.R.V.

“I pray that your love may abound still more and more.”  (Philippians 1:9)

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