WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WORD MAKES

Copy of Copy of Copy of Women of Destiny retreat and 2007 picnic 003What a difference a word makes! In 1882, George Matheson penned the words to what later became a well-loved hymn: O Love That Will Not Let Me Go. One line, “I climb the rainbow through the rain” did not pass the judgment of the hymnal committee of the Church of Scotland and so they voted to change it, saying it just wouldn’t do. But by doing this, they changed Mr. Matheson’s message. To those who know the hymn, they will recognize the line as: “I trace the rainbow through the rain”.

Climb: scale, rise, ascend, increase, soar.

Trace: determine, follow, discover.

Do you see the difference? As you pursue your dream, be it a successful business, a home, a family or fulfillment of God’s call on your life, which would you say you are doing? Climbing? Or tracing?

I would much rather climb the rainbow than follow it. Rainbows are elusive. We all know about that pot of gold at the rainbow’s end. We also know it cannot be found.

Rainbows quickly fade. Have you ever watched when a rainbow appears, how it brightens, then Copy of P1070817gradually fades into nothingness? If you are following it, where do you go when it disappears? But if you are climbing it, that means you have actually reached it, touched it, and are using it to reach the heights.

I would recommend the book Climbing the Rainbow by Lloyd J. Ogilvie © 1993 by Word Publishing. The book’s subtitle is Claiming God’s Promises In The Storms Of Life. A small book, it is an easy read, and well worth the time it takes to read it.

Will you climb the rainbow with me?

I hope you enjoyed this short piece. I wrote it a few years ago, but thought it might be appropriate to share now with my book, Look for the Rainbows, being published soon.

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A BUSY TIME

I haven’t had a lot of time to write a blog over the past few days. I have been preparing a couple of book manuscripts for publishing. I now have them up on KDP Print and ready to go as soon as I receive my proof copies. That is if they are OK. So here’s a preview of the book covers.

When they are published I will post a link to the Amazon page.

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Have a wonderful day filled with God’s blessings.

WHATEVER IT TAKES?

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Don’t be unwise in your actions.

 

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ll do whatever it takes”? Have you ever said this of something you want more than anything in life? Do you think it is a healthy attitude? What has been your experience, either personal or in someone you know who has taken this attitude?

First, I want to say that no matter how badly I need or want something, I am not willing to “do anything” to get it. “Anything” is a pretty big category. “Anything” could mean…anything!

 

 

What I am not willing to do:

I am not willing to compromise my principles or my faith.

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I am not willing to sacrifice what is precious.

I am not willing to do anything illegal.

I am not willing to sacrifice what is most precious in my life.

I am not willing to ride over others, to knock them down, to use them simply for my own benefit.

I am not willing to look at others merely as instruments to be discarded after I have gained what I want from them.

I do not want to succeed if I can’t take others with me and show them how to succeed. No, I am not willing to “do whatever it takes”.

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I am willing to be kind and helpful where needed.

What I am willing to do:

I am willing to work.

I am willing to ask for help.

I am willing to teach others what I have learned.

I am willing to live out my dream, to keep seeking it if I haven’t found it yet.

I am willing to ask for guidance and direction when I am unsure of myself.

I am willing to learn new things.

I am willing to make changes where change is necessary to my success.

Remember, success cannot be measured merely on a financial basis. Zig Ziglar once said, “I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.”

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I’m willing to work with integrity.

Integrity is a must. If we do not operate on ethical principles and methods, eventually we will find others treating us in the same manner we treat them—unethically and without integrity. We may just find ourselves alone out there with no friends, no support. But when we reach out a hand to someone in need, there will be someone there to reach out a hand when we are in need. We will have lasting friendships and wonderful, caring business associates.

That is the true measure of success.

Thought for the day: No success is worth jeopardizing friendships, principles, faith, integrity. That is not success.

Prayer: Lord, show us Your ideal for success, the standard You would have us to live up to in order to attain success as You see it. May we never abandon that which has eternal worth for what has merely temporal worth. Help us to get our priorities straight and to consider the consequences of our actions in our working for success. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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IMAGINATION

Your imagination can focus on ugliness, distress and failure, or it can picture beauty, success, desired results. You decide how you want your imagination to serve you.

—Philip Conley—

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What I saw in a laminate floor shows imagination at work.

Have you checked your imagination temperature lately? How does it measure up? Is it high from all that negative thinking you have been doing, bringing disease, or should I say dis-ease? Or is it healthy, productive, positive?

Imagination is a strange thing. We tend to have more of it as a child, but I don’t believe that needs to be the case. What you use, you don’t lose. Exercise your imagination and it will continue to work for you all your life.

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A child’s imagination

But you must be careful how you use it. As Philip Conley says, you have a choice, a decision to make. How often do you picture disaster, failure, bad luck, trouble? If it is most of the time, it’s time you made some changes in your life, because what people imagine they often speak, and what you say is often what you get. Speak enough negative words into your circumstances and there is little chance that good will come to you. Think and speak positive words and great things will begin to happen in your life.

Imagination: conception, creativity, inventiveness, vision, idea, image, ingenuity. According to this list of synonyms, imagination involves creativity. Operating in a negativity mode is tantamount to choosing poor quality tools and materials to build with. What can you hope to construct with rotting wood, tools that are falling apart, rusty nails? But a positive attitude can lead to great inventiveness and wonderful creations. Think of Edison’s light bulb, Stephenson’s steam engine (yes, he was evidently one of my ancestors), the unknown pre-historic man who created the wheel. They never said, “I can’t.” They never declared that nothing good would ever happen to them. Their imagination was

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Keep your imagination alive.

channeled in the right direction–beauty, success and desired results.

Where is your imagination focused? How does it serve you? You decide.

 

 

 

 

 

I hope your imagination was stimulated a little as you read this post and viewed the photos. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Please leave a comment below and let me know how you are using your imagination. If you are not already following my blog, please take a moment to click on the “Follow” button at the top and you will receive e-mail updates for new posts. Please browse while you are here to see if there are any other posts that you might find interesting. And do come back soon to see what is new. Thank you for taking time out of your busy life to stop by. Have a glorious day. God bless.

DREAM OR NIGHTMARE?

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What picture breaks into your mind at the mention of the word dream? Does it bring dread at the thought of nightmares you remember as clearly as if they had really happened? Or perhaps you recall a dream that ended all too soon it was so beautiful. Do you think of your greatest wish in life, your dream home, dream car, etc.? You might also think of daydreams, fairy tales you have woven in your imagination that you know will never come true.

People need dreams to survive in the often harsh circumstances they live in. If there is nothing to hope for, there is nothing to live for. If you’re as old as me, you might remember the line in the song Happy Talk from South Pacific: You’ve gotta have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, then how ya gonna have a dream come true? Good advice! Do you have a dream?

Gage Canadian Thesaurus defines ‘dream’ as a verb: build castles in the air, conjure, daydream,

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Dream-like scene

fantasize. It can also mean think, visualize, imagine. ‘Dream’ as a noun has a number of interesting synonyms: ambition, aspiration, beauty, heart’s desire, goal, hope, vision. This is the dream to which I allude.

What is your heart’s desire? To what do you aspire? Are you working toward a worthy goal? Or one perhaps not so worthy to chase after. More money, perhaps? A better job? Fame? Power? Happiness? Throughout the ages people have followed their dreams, some to a disastrous end, others to marvelous fulfillment. What makes the difference?

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An elusive dream?

Often a person dreams of things far too lofty to be attainable in comparison to his willingness and ability to work towards it. Want to be a famous singer, but not willing to practice for hours every day? The result is predictable. No fame. Is your desire for wealth proportionate to your consistency in putting a plan into action? If not, poverty or mediocrity may continue for the rest of your life.

The difference between winners and losers, those who realize their dreams and those who don’t, usually has nothing to do with ability or circumstances. Losers say, “If only I had…”, or “If only that hadn’t happened”, “If only my parents had…”, “If everything wasn’t always against me.” On the other hand, winners say, “I can and I will”, “No matter if this or that happened in my past. I will overcome those obstacles.” Winners will use those roadblocks as stepping stones to the next level of achievement.

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Stepping stones

It’s a matter of mind.

It’s a matter of discipline.

It’s a matter of persistence.

It’s a matter of passion.

It’s your choice. Will you live your dream?

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ARE YOU A WINNER?

“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.”

Denis Waitly

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Are you on the positive path of a winner through beauty to a place of possibilities?


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Or are you walking the loser’s drab negative path to nowhere?

Down which path are your thoughts taking you right now? To the winner’s prize or the loser’s slump? Is it time for an attitude check?

It’s a matter of the mind. As the above quote says, the thought life of a winner differs vastly from that of a loser. The mind is a powerful tool that we can use to create either productivity and prosperity, or we can use it to our own destruction. What good can possibly come by concentrating on what might have been, what we should or should not have done? “If only…” thoughts waste energy. We cannot turn back the clock. We cannot relive past situations. All we have is this moment. We get to choose how that moment will be used. If we do not make a conscious choice, we make one by default. Energy given to negative thinking will wear us down, drain us of all ambition and reason to live, but energy given to positive thoughts will lift us up out of the ordinary into a place of possibilities. It’s all in what we feed our minds.

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December rose in London Ontario

We all have limitations, but why dwell on those when we can concentrate on all the things we can do? However limited we may be, there is something we can do, and if we work at it, we might even become an expert at it. Why self-destruct when we can live out a dream?

The rose in the photo above is proof that even what is limited can burst boundaries and do what seems impossible. I live in London Ontario where we have cold, usually snowy winters. I found this rose bush blooming in the garden of the apartment building where a friend lived at the time. Roses never bloom in December here, but nonetheless here is that rose with a fresh bloom, one now past its prime, and one that was at the end of its life. If that rose could beat all odds and bloom in December, only a couple of days before Christmas, in a winter climate, why can we not overcome obstacles and do what we thought we could ever do? But it will not happen with a mind full of negative thoughts. We may need to change our mental diet from the loser’s junk food to the winner’s healthy menu. Many people are starving for healthy, positive thoughts and are so bogged down by the negative they cannot see beyond the end of their nose. Let us not be like them.

Let’s determine to monitor our thoughts closely. When those “If only”, “I should have”, and “I can’t” phrases pop up, let’s be ready to shoot them down with positive words: “I can”, “I will”, “It is possible”. Guard your mind at all times. Put up an inner shield against the negative–the enemy–and open up a clear channel for the positive–our champion.

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Another brave little December flower defying all odds–with snow on the leaves and petals.

Thought for the Day: You can. You will. It is possible. Life is good. You are a winner. Period.

Prayer: Lord, help us to see beyond those things that have become bondages and barriers to our moving forward in our lives. I pray that we would feed our minds and spirits from Your word on a daily basis so we are not undernourished or even starving for that which will take us on the path to great possibilities. Help us to choose Your way, Lord. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

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THE CASE OF LITTLE FAITH VS GREAT FAITH

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Little faith for babies

In Matthew 16:5-12 we read the story of the disciples’ misinterpretation of a remark Jesus made. They had recently been part of two separate miracles when Jesus fed thousands of people with only a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish. They had actually distributed this food among the people, so they had no excuse to miss what had happened. They saw. And, I suppose, they also ate of that same food. They certainly helped to pick up the many baskets of food left over after everyone had eaten their fill. They must have seen that there was a great deal more food after the meal than before. It should have made a great impression on them at the time.

Still they had no conception, only a few hours later, of what Jesus meant when He warned them

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Little faith again

to beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees. They were all upset thinking it was because they forgot to take bread with them when they crossed to the other side of the sea. Now, does that seem reasonable? Of course you and I would have never thought in those terms! We would still be talking about the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fish, wouldn’t we? We would understand perfectly what Jesus meant. Or would we?

I doubt that today we are much different than the disciples were 2000 years ago. We would probably have jumped to the same wrong conclusion, or one similar. The only advantage we have today over the disciples is that we have the written record of the past. We have history to look to. But many of us are still just as dense as those twelve men seemed to be so long ago. Consider the last major thing the Lord did in our life–last week, last month, last year. How many times since then have we been in some degree of crisis and wondered how in the world it would be solved? Did we think immediately about our last answer to prayer and determine that because the Lord came to the rescue then that He would certainly come through now? Or did we fidget and worry, get all upset and try to solve the problem ourselves? I know many times I have done that very thing.

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Great faith for the mature and strong

How did Jesus respond to their supposition? He called them men of little faith. He did not say they had no faith. They had some, yes, but only a little. Then He reminded them of the miracles in which they had so recently participated. Do you think He might have been just a little frustrated? I know I would be. Can you hear Him now as He asked them, “Don’t you understand what just happened? Don’t you see, this isn’t about bread, about food? It’s all about the religious leaders and their attitudes, actions and motives. It’s all about taking care that You don’t fall into the same trap.”

Verse 8 records Jesus’ words to the disciples. He asked why they were consulting one another about one thing when He was teaching something altogether different. Their little faith led to irrelevant discussion. How often do we get to analyzing things that have no bearing on anything of importance? We talk, we debate, we discuss, we argue over minor points of religion or doctrine or interpretation that mean nothing in the larger scheme of life, and we overlook the really important issues.

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Give me faith deep as the sea, Lord

I don’t know about you, but I want to learn from this account in the scripture. Let us strive to be the people spoken of in Daniel 11:32– “…but the people who know their God will display strength and take action.” (NASB) Yes, little faith leads to useless discussion. Great faith leads to action. Let’s not waste any more time. Let’s become people of great faith, people who do exploits in the name of Jesus.

Thought for the Day: Let us remember past victories the Lord has brought us through and remember that today’s problems are no more difficult to overcome than yesterday’s or last year’s.

Prayer: Lord, help each of us day by day to put our faith in You so we will not be carriers of little faith but of great faith. Help us to put our full trust in you moment by moment, knowing that You are more than able to see us through the most difficult situation. May our faith be deep as the sea and never waver. Thank you Jesus. Amen.

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CREATIVITY IN LIFE KEEPS US HEALTHY

The creative faculty becomes more alert and receptive to factors originating outside the individual’s subconscious mind, the more this faculty is used, and the more the individual relies upon it and makes demands upon it for thought impulses. This faculty can be cultivated and developed only through use. Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich.

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Changes in technology

Have you ever noticed that businesses are always changing their advertising tactics, products, methods of presentation and retailing? Fast food restaurants come up with new menus even though the old ones are still selling well. Why is that? Creativity stirs up consumer interest. Consumer interest produces sales. Sales generate income.

Technology is constantly changing. First came the phonograph cylinder ‘records’ from over 100 years ago. Then came thick 78 rpm flat disc records, also introduced more than 100 years ago. These evolved into 33 1/3 rpms as 45rpms. Then came reel-to-reel tapes followed by 8-tracks. Soon cassettes took over only to be outdated by CDs. Now it’s MP3s, Ipods, MP5s and on and on into the future. Television became more popular than radio. Then videos were the big thing. It didn’t take long for DVDs to appear, then Blue Ray, now HDs. Silent movies became talkies. Black and white movies became full color. Then came IMAX, and 3D. What’s next? Computer technology changes almost monthly. Buy a computer today and in six months it’s been replaced with something better, something that does the job faster, has more options.

This creativity is a power to be harnessed not only by business owners and inventors, but also by homemakers, teachers, parents, children. It is a power that resides within, not something you can purchase or collect from without. But it has to be developed by use.

Mr. Edison tried out more than 10,000 different combinations of ideas through the synthetic faculty

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Very good creative invention

of his imagination before he “tuned in” through the creative faculty, and got the answer which perfected the incandescent light. Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich.

Creativity, as Mr. Hill said, must be put into practice. We start small, then use that to increase our creative ability. Without applying this ability to create, our lives will cease to grow. Whether it is our lives, our marriages, our relationships, our work or our business, we must continue to expand our creativity.

Do you think you do not have this faculty? Listen to what Mr. Hill had to say about that in the same book: I discovered, from the analysis of over 25,000 people, that men who succeed in an outstanding way, seldom do so before the age of forty, and more often they do not stride their real pace until they are well beyond the age of fifty. You’ve still got time.

I love the poetry of Edgar A. Guest. When I was a teenager my father listened to one of the Detroit radio stations at dinner time. I fondly recall listening to Bud Guest reciting his father’s poems. I have since acquired some of his books of poetry and cherish them. One poem always brings a smile: I Ain’t Dead Yet. It portrays the attitude of some people who have given up on the possibility of success. But it also gives hope that things don’t necessarily have to remain as they are now.

I AIN’T DEAD YET

by Edgar A. Guest

Time was I used to worry and I’d sit around an’ sigh,

And think with every ache I got that I was goin’ to die,

I’d see disaster comin’ from a dozen different ways

An’ prophesy calamity an’ dark and dreary days.

But I’ve come to this conclusion, that it’s foolishness to fret;

I’ve had my share o’ sickness, but I

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                    Dead

                         Yet!

Wet springs have come to grieve me an’ I’ve grumbled at the showers,

But I can’t recall a June-time that forgot to bring the flowers.

I’ve had my business troubles, and looked failure in the face,

But the crashes I expected seemed to pass right by the place.

So I’m takin’ life more calmly, pleased with everything I get,

An’ not over-hurt by losses, ’cause I

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                    Dead

                         Yet!

I’ve feared a thousand failures an’ a thousand deaths I’ve died,

I’ve had this world in ruins by the gloom I’ve prophesied.

But the sun shines out this mornin’ an’ the skies above are blue,

An’ with all my griefs an’ trouble, I have somehow lived ’em through.

There may be cares before me, much like those that I have met;

Death will come some day an’ take me, but I

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                    Dead

                         Yet!

Let’s learn a lesson from this gentle poet who looked at life in the slow lane. If we’ve still got life in us, then we have creativity within, because we were created in the image of the Creator Himself. If we have creativity, we have the ability to put it to use. We can be successful in every area of life if we stop moaning about what we don’t have, what hasn’t happened, what we can’t do, how everything seems to be against us, that we will only fail again. Let’s move ahead to create a life of success and prosperity. If you’re reading this, you ain’t dead yet!

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THANKSGIVING AT PIONEER VILLAGE

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Turkey Dinner at Pioneer Village

This past Monday morning was cool and overcast, so I dressed accordingly. I had tickets for my friend and I to have Thanksgiving dinner at Pioneer Village, Fanshawe Park here in London, Ontario. We were really looking forward to this feast. And feast it was. I had fully intended to take photos of our meal, but forgot completely. The meal began with tomato bisque soup—very tasty. The main course was, of course, turkey, with mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots—real carrots, not the GMO “baby” type—stuffing, cranberries, gravy—the whole works. And it was delicious. For dessert there was pie—pumpkin, apple, cherry. But by the time we were ready for it, apple pie was the only choice left. Coffee, tea, lemonade and water were available, too. We helped ourselves, and it was all very orderly. They even had place cards on the tables for each group, so families were all together. Volunteers and staff were very helpful, especially for those who had difficulty maneuvering about.

By the time we had finished eating, the sun had come out beautifully, and we began our tour of

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Schoolhouse

 

the village. The buildings have been moved from various places, some from London, some from surrounding areas, and are furnished with what would have been used in the 1800s. The Peel house was home to the famous artist, Paul Peel, and his family. There is a tiny school as well as a good-sized schoolhouse. A couple of churches, a brewery, a blacksmith shop, Orange Lodge, the old London Free Press office, and a number of other buildings make up the village. Sheep, pigs and ducks have their place there, too. There was entertainment in the gazebo in the park area. We sat through the final piece after walking all

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Entertainment in the Village Victoria Park

around the village.

Monday was their last day except for Christmas. Throughout the year there are special weekends to celebrate including Canada Day and a harvest weekend when you see just what people in those days did at harvest time. For the Christmas season, they have a dinner and theater with the performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. There is also a General Store where you can buy gift items, old fashioned candy, etc. I will let my photos tell the rest of the story. Some of them I took on Monday, but as I had taken so many at other times, I will use some of them also. I hope you enjoy your tour of Fanshawe Park Pioneer Village

The animals have their dinner, too.

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What it was like before wind turbines.

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Water wheel at the woodworking shop.

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Fall has arrived

As you can see by the photo, fall has arrived, and yet on Thanksgiving Monday the temperature reached 80’F, definitely a summer feel. I was over-dressed and very hot, but happy. All in all, it was a wonderful day with an excellent meal and good fellowship with a good friend. Truly something to be thankful for.

 

 

Well, I hope you have enjoyed your tour. I do appreciate you taking the time to stop by. One more thing for me to be thankful for. Please leave a comment in the box below. I do enjoy hearing from my readers. If you are not already following, please take a moment to click the “Follow” button at the top to receive e-mail notices when I post something new. Have a wonderful day. God bless.

DO YOU HEAR THEM CRYING?

There they cry, but none giveth answer…1

Do you hear them crying?

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Many are crying.

Hear their silent screams?

Do you see them dying,

Passing by in streams?

Men and women hurting;

Children in despair.

Some with evil flirting –

Does no one really care?

Loneliness is eating

At the hearts of men.

Sins they keep repeating,

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Some sleep on park benches

Time and time again.

Satan is their master,

Rebellion is their way.

Life goes faster, faster;

They have no time to pray.

Seeking, always seeking,

Making gods of gold.

Though their hearts are breaking,

God’s hand they will not hold.

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Some have much in earthly goods

Blinded, deaf, unwilling

To receive God’s word.

Life is not fulfilling,

His voice cannot be heard.

Yearning, ever craving

For what, they do not know.

Missing, always missing

The Lord who loves them so.

They live on the street; they sleep under bridges. They live in poverty; they live in wealth. They live in great mansions; they sleep between silk sheets. They are sick; they are healthy. They have nothing; they have everything. Everything, that is, except what is most important in life.

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Many are sad and alone

Are you a people-watcher like me? I love to sit in a public place and watch the faces, actions, interactions and antics of the people who pass by. Some are happy faces, wreathed in smiles; some are sad faces, and give the impression that life holds no pleasure. I see determination; I see despair. Laughter. Loneliness. Heaven. Hell. People of all walks of life display openly, yet often unconsciously, a whole range of emotion. Many have erected walls to hide it. Fear has gripped some; others are afraid of nothing. There are timid souls, brave souls and everything in between. But how often do we see Jesus? How often do we ‘hear’ the silent cries of those in despair who have nowhere to turn? How often do we reach out a helping hand? How often do they see Jesus in us? I am ashamed to admit that most of us seldom hear these desperate, silent cries, and fewer of us do anything to alleviate the despair.

I now am forced to ask myself, “Do I really want to be like Jesus? Do I want this enough to live it

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Some see no end to the long dreary road

out every day of my life?” These are the questions every Christian must ask if they are serious about their walk with the Lord. We are not saved simply to get to heaven, though we will go there. We are not saved in order to have a trouble-free life here on earth; that will not happen. Jesus died on the cross that we might be saved to serve. And we are meant to serve more than just our Christian brothers and sisters. We have been saved so that we might live pure, holy lives filled with the Holy Spirit, so that the unsaved will see Jesus in us.

Thought for the day: How is my life impacting the lost with the Christ within me? What can I do to make my life count and pour out life to these needy people who are silently crying out for someone to care, someone to help?

Prayer: Lord, help Your people to really see into the hearts of those who are living desperate lives—desperate for love, for hope, for purpose, for someone to show they care. Help us to be willing to reach out to someone in need. Help us to show Your compassion to the lost, to serve them with Your love, Your heart.

1Job 35:12 KJV

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We can help bring some beauty into their lives.

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We can bring joy into a life

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We can feed them and give them something to drink.

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We can give them the Word.

Thank you so much for taking time to read my post. I hope you have enjoyed my poem, been touched and inspired by it. I hope you have enjoyed the photos. And most of all, I hope I have sparked in you a greater desire to seek, with me, to make your life count just a little more this week and to help someone in need. Even if it is just a genuine smile, it might just be the only smile someone will see today. It’s the little things that often mean much more than the big things we do. So let’s see if we can bless someone today.

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