What can be more refreshing than gazing into a beautiful fountain? Scientists tell us that cascading fountains and other forms of moving water release invisible negative ions into the environment, which boost serotonin in our brains. These invigorating biochemical reactions give us oomph, ease sadness, and alleviate tension.

Moving water channels, such as fire hydrants, are forces to be reckoned with. Pollutants and contaminates stand no chance of diluting the purity of highly pressurized fluids. Likewise, God wants us to be so full of His Word, faith and power that sin and temptations are immobilized.

Growing up in church, I can still remember the familiar chorus by Harper G. Smith, “Make Me a Channel of Blessing.” The old hymn asks the singer questions like does God’s love flow though you? Are you serving and reaching the lost? Is your life a waterway of blessing?

The Lord wants to use your entire being a channel of blessing. He longs to pump a perpetual fresh supply of His living water into the lives of others through you. It all begins with faith and prayer. Thomas Manton once said, “Faith is the fountain of prayer, and prayer should be nothing but faith exercised.” Have a great day!


Focus on Forgetting

Have you found the older you get the harder some things are to forget? Perhaps it’s the multiplication factor or just the fact that we have more to remember.

That’s why I take comfort in the Apostle Paul’s instruction that his single focus was to forget. Forgetting was his goal. “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (NIV.)”

We’re told to forget the poor choice, a disagreement others or even an imperfect project already completed. God wants us to stop thinking about the stupid thing we said. He even wants us to overlook the fact that we may not have been included in something and had our feelings hurt.

Forgetting the past also means staying out of other people’s business and not worrying about what someone else is doing or not doing.

In the same way, our thoughts can become consumed with what people have said about us. If it’s something spot on then fix it, yet if it’s untrue…FORGET IT.

What’s more the good things we’ve done and achievements we have accomplished should also be forgotten. It’s impossible to become a giving Christian while we’re still patting ourselves the back. Abraham Lincoln once said. “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”

“Dear Father, please help me to forget my past and with every ounce of energy within my being strain to complete YOUR will for my future. Amen.”