Because the Lord is good and gracious

Day of Prayer Website Banner
After a message that Pastor Sam shared in church one Sunday, Cyndi and I went to eat at a cafeteria. We went through the line, got our food and selected a table to sit and eat. What was so striking to me about that day was the lady that waited on our table. If you have been there, you will know who I am talking about.

She approached our table with a smile and a grin that went from ear to ear, and her face just glowed. It was genuine, not forced. You could tell by the tone of her voice. Her greeting and tone reflected the glow on her face. She told us that she was going to be “taking care of us,” gave us her name, and asked if there was anything we needed at the moment. She knew the right time to drop by and check on us without being intrusive. We watched her with others in her area. One lady asked her what she was so cheerful about. She answered, “Because the Lord is good and gracious.” I thought that pretty well summed it up.

It is all in attitude. Whatever you do, do it as to the Lord. Everyday common tasks become a beacon, when we let His light shine through them. Resentfulness is apparent in the light of thankfulness. How do we approach everyday common duties? Our approach is going to reveal our character and/or what He wants to or has redeemed in us.

C.S. Lewis said “The thing that saves a man is his next step.” If we know the Lord, He will be there in the spot where and when our foot hits the ground on that next step, and the next, and the next. He will go BEFORE us. (Read Isaiah 60:1.) Do we have the supernatural faith of Jesus living in us? Then let Him shine through these broken vessels in our daily duties and in the way we interact with other people. Sometimes our lives will be the only Bible that some folks will ever read.

Wherever you are, be there. Let the world see you being there, otherwise, as Jesus told Peter, “If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.” (see John 13:8.)

Meaningful poetry is one of God’s gifts to mankind. This is one of my favorite.

Sermons We See

By: Edgar Guest

“I’d rather see a sermon
than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me
than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil
and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
but example’s always clear;
And the best of all preachers
are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action
is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it
if you’ll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action,
but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver
may be very wise and true,
But I’d rather get my lessons
by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you
and the high advice you give,

But there’s no misunderstanding
how you act and how you live.”
                                                                                                                                                ~ Bob G.