Fountains

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!

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Jilted

Eric had waited four weeks to see Jill, after she left for college. Last night, he picked out some new clothes and even got a haircut. They had been high school sweet hearts for the last two years. His teachers had warned Eric that he wasn’t “college material,” but he could care less. He had a good job as a roofer and was attending the Vo-Tech school at night to become an electrician. Eric ignored the guys shouting to him on the roof , He had to catch this text. It was from Jill.

Almost slipping off the roof, Eric sat down to catch his balance. There would be no date tonight or weekend to remember. Jill had just broken up with him. Via text. A TEXT? Dejected and depressed he returned to work, but couldn’t concentrate. Without his head in the game there was nothing left to do, but go home early.

A weekend with nothing to do didn’t help Eric’s loneliness. Jill had been his world. How could she have found someone new so quick? Thoughts of self doubt and insecurity bombarded his mind. His prayers to God weren’t getting above the ceiling. In his attempt to get closer to Jill he had cut everyone else off.
Trudging through his Bible, he saw the Psalms he had marked in middle school. Some of them began to jump off the page at him. He remembered King David’s depression.

Eric tried to pray, but his nerves were jangled. He wondered how King David prayed when he couldn’t get the words out. Did sighs, groans, or tears count as prayers? If so then he’d been praying all day.
Eric knew a better mood wouldn’t help. There was no way he clean up his sins first before coming to God.

He could see now that Jill had become his idol.

When the words wouldn’t come, Eric moved to his knees beside the bed. It was there in that tiniest movement of contrition that God responded by bringing to his mind a picture of the prodigal son. He could see his Father running down an old country road to hug him. All of a sudden a warmth and deep sense of peace had invaded Eric’s room. He knew it wasn’t the end of loneliness and that his relationships would have to be repaired, yet he had been reunited with his most important friend that sticks closer than a brother.

Like Eric, we don’t have to spend our lives lonely and stuck. God’s hand of love and forgiveness is always outstretched. Make sure you’re united with Him before beginning this day. Have a great weekend.

Just Focus

In Luke 21, Jesus begins talking about the end of time and urges his hearers to not be distracted. In Luke 21:28, we’re told to “look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”(KJV) What a great way to live, always with an eye to the sky knowing that Jesus could come back at any minute!

Instead, a girl who once found a fifty dollar bill on the ground vowed to always keep her eyes focused on the ground, so that she wouldn’t miss another opportunity to find lost money. Along life’s path she became the loser. She missed magnificent sunsets, friendly smiles, flowering plants, breathtaking waterfalls, outstanding animals, beautiful jewels, tall lighthouses, sandy beaches, flowing rivers, and lofty mountains peaks – all because she refused to look up.

Henry Drummond once said, “Each man has only a certain amount of life, of time, of attention – a definite measurable quantity. If he gives any of it to this life solely it is wasted. Therefore Christ says, Hate life, limit life, lest you steal your love for it from something that deserves it more.”

Focus is essential in living the Christian life. 2 John 1:8, instructs us to “Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you will receive your full reward,” (NLT) Where is your focus today?