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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Feb. 3, 2010 - Declare Your Dependence

By Dave Kidd

“God blesses those who realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them” (Matthew 5:3, NLT).

Our first stop on the journey toward true happiness is foundational for the miles that lie ahead. We can amass great wealth, great fame and even build a great family and still be relatively void of happiness — true happiness. True happiness is not momentary, nor is it found in things, or even in our relationships here in this world. True happiness comes from God — more importantly, our need of Him.

We get so wrapped up in trying to be the best husband/wife, trying to be the best father/mother, trying to be a good worker, pastor, teacher or church member. Simply trying to be a good Christian can become heavy at times. There is something liberating in saying, “I can’t do this without You, God.” Once that prayer is uttered, something happens. Something within us breaks and there is a joy that fills our hearts.

Suppose you were assigned a task. Let’s say you were given the responsibility of peeling several hundred pounds of potatoes (hey, I’m an ex-Navy guy). One could assume that peeling several hundred pounds of potatoes would be a daunting task. However, how would you feel if someone brought you a peeler machine? Sure, you would still have to move the bags of potatoes, load and empty the machine, dispose of the peels and wash the freshly peeled potatoes, but the task would become much less daunting.

It is the same when we acknowledge our need for God. We still have to make an effort, but the heavy parts of our lives are now placed on His broad shoulders. He lightens our load.

Are you struggling to find happiness in your life?

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV). “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29,30).

Don’t let your struggle for happiness rob you of enjoying the source of joy. Declare your dependence, your marriage’s dependence and your family’s dependence on God. God wants you to realize your need of Him in every aspect of your life.

— Dave Kidd serves as associate pastor at Grace Fellowship — “the caring place” — in Canton, Ohio, and is the author of the Monday Marriage Minder devotionals.

 

 

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