Once upon a time, Satan was having a garage sale. There, standing in little groups were all of his bright, shiny trinkets. Here were tools that make it easy to tear others down for use as stepping stones. And over there were some lenses for magnifying ones own importance, which, if you looked through them the other way, you could also use to belittle others, or even one’s self. Against the wall was the usual assortment of gardening implements guaranteed to help your pride grow by leaps and bounds: the rake of scorn, the shovel of jealousy for digging a pit for your neighbour, the tools of gossip and backbiting, of selfishness and apathy. All of these were pleasing to the eye and came complete with fabulous promises and guarantees of prosperity. Prices, of course, were steep; but not to worry! Free credit was extended to one and all. “Take it home, use it, and you won’t have to pay until later!” old Satan cried, as he hawked his wares. One visitor, as he browsed, noticed two well worn, nondescript tools standing in one corner. Not being nearly as tempting as the other items, he found it curious that these two tools had price tags higher than any other. When he asked why, Satan just laughed and said, “Well, that’s because I use them so much. If they weren’t so plain looking, people might see them for what they were.” Satan pointed to the two tools, saying, “You see, that one’s Doubt and that one’s Discouragement — and those will work when nothing else will.”
A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco. “mum and dad, I’m coming home, but I’ve got a favour to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring with me.” “Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.” “There’s something you should know”, the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.” “I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.” “No, mum and dad, I want him to live with us.” “Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.” At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. Continue reading “The Footprints I Leave Behind”
My name is Jesus – The Christ. Many call me Lord! I’ve sent you my job application because I’m seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resumé.
I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19) I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7) I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7)
The blessings of the Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)
I’ve only had one employer,
(See Luke 2:49 ). I’ve never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful. My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15 -17)
Skills Work Experiences
Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the broken-hearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18). I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33 ). Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)
I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26 ).
I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15 ). I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15 ). I’ve miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead! There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot – the BIBLE. You don’t need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.
Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.
Now that you’ve read my resumé, I’m confident that I’m the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47 ). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15 ).
Last Friday most people in this country and indeed around the world stopped to watch the official opening of the Olympic Games. Many of us will be taken by the skill and the performance shown by each of the athletes taking part. Think of the gymnasts, the divers, the ice skaters, for example. How many of us have wondered how they manage such a degree of perfection in what they do? How can they for years and years apply themselves to strenuous training, which many a time involves demanding sacrifices, in the hope of reaching their goal? Sports have always been a recurrent image when we speak about the spiritual life. One of St Paul’s favourite images is to speak about ascesis in the spiritual life: Continue reading “Go For Gold!”
Our Family Week in Schoenstatt Germany starts this Saturday 4th August. So we will be running a Marathon parallel to the London Olympics. As St Paul says we should run to win a crown of glory that will not fade. We gather at the Well in Marienau and will meditate on the encounter of Jesus with the Woman from Samaria at Jacob’s Well. This is a reminder to bring a pot along with you to place in our Family Week Home Shrine. If you do not have one then you will be able to buy one in Schoenstatt. Look forward to seeing you all. Have a good Journey and God Bless
Your Family Week Team
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