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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Despise not the day of small things

Growing into greater responsibility

"The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Genesis 2:15

Many of us particularly those with some drive and ambition, have certain ideas about what we are good at and could accomplish in the world. We need to realize, however that we do not immediately come into places of position, authority and influence. We have to undergo long periods of trainings and preparation first. This is just as well; power and position without wisdom and humility are potentially dangerous - dangerous not only for others, but also for ourselves.

Moses hat to have some careful retraining in God's school of the desert before he was ready to step onto the stage of history with the great Exodus event. Such retraining is often difficult for us. We find it hasr to accept the gap between what we know we can do and what we have been assigned to do at the present time.

This interim period can lead to a lot of frustration. It causes some to despise the present and grasp for the future, with its hope for position and influence. That, however, is precisely the temptation we need to resist. For despising the present with its more mundane cares and responsibilities. It equipts us for the bigger and better things that lies ahead. We need to grow by endowing our mundane responsibilities with purpose and significance.

Adam and Eve were given the awesome task to 'fill the earth and subdue it' and to rule over the animal kingdom (Gen 1:28). But their apprenticeship for this tadk started by having to care for a garden. What they did or did not achieved there was to have ramification for the execution of the greater task.

Similarly, our vision of those greater things that we can and should do will always be restricted by our obedience in the small things that we need to do now....  

Posted at Tuesday, October 16, 2007 by Star-Tariray
LeT mE kNoW UR tHoUgHtS.......  

Sunday, October 14, 2007
Happy Birthday!

Greeting our youngest sister Precious a blessed and a Happy, Happy Birthday!! More to come Gurl!!!

Posted at Sunday, October 14, 2007 by Star-Tariray
LeT mE kNoW UR tHoUgHtS.......  

Saturday, October 13, 2007
Errors to Avoid

   Two major errors are to be avoided when addressing the issue of forgiveness. The first is more common among counselors. Influenced by secular sources, some counselors teach that forgiveness is a process and tell many that they are not ready to forgivr. They tell people they have to go trough all the painful memories first and then they will be able to forgive. then the problem is they will never get there. Rehearsing the painful memories week after week only deepens the wounds and reinforces the abuse. The implication is that one is to heal in order the forgive, but in actuality, it is the other way around. We forgive in order to heal.

   The other error is more common in the church. The extreme version would sound ike this: "You shouldn't feel that way; you just need to forgive." The problem is, they just bypassed forgiveness. We have to forgive from the heart. Forgiveness is a hard choice, which includes: 1.) Allowing God to surface every offending person and painful memory; 2.) Agreeing to live with the consequences of other person's sin without seeking revenge and 3.) Letting God deal with offending person in His way and His timing.

   All forgiveness is efficacious or substitutionary. Christ paid the price for our sins, and we pay the price for those who sin againts us. In a practical sense, forgiveness is agreeing to live with the consequences of another person's sins, "but that isn't fair," some protest. Of course it isn't, but we will have to do with anyway. Everybody is living with the consequences of somebody else's sin. We are all living with consequences of Adam's son. We have the choice to live in the bondage of bitterness or in the freedom of forgiveness...   

Currently reading:
Set Free
By Neil T. Anderson

Posted at Saturday, October 13, 2007 by Star-Tariray
LeT mE kNoW UR tHoUgHtS.......  

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