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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. 16, 2010 - An Unbroken Line

By Greg Ebie

Think about your place in your family tree. I’m in the middle; I have my parents before me and my children coming up behind me. My kids are at the beginning; everyone is ahead of them and none have yet to begin to follow them. My parents are nearing the end; most of the family is following them.

Where are you in the line of your family — near the beginning, the middle or the end? Regardless of where you fall in line, we all have one thing about our “personal line” that we don’t like to think about much. Our line will one day come to an end; our branch in the family tree will die. In the natural order of things, my “branch” or “line” will extend beyond that of my parents, and my children will live beyond me. But sometimes life is cut short, and the end comes suddenly.

When our days are over, what will we have gained from our family? Normally we think about what we will leave behind, the inheritance those living beyond us will receive. But life is more than things, and besides I can’t forward my assets on to heaven. Is there anything that will remain when this life is over that I can “take with me?”

“Exploit or abuse your family, and end up with a fistful of air; common sense tells you it’s a stupid way to live” (Proverbs 11:29, The Message).

A life lived without love ends empty; to live for one’s self and the things we can accumulate is “a stupid way to live.” Instead of taking advantage of my family or neglecting them, what will I hold in my hand if I give them love instead? Could it be that then my hands will be full of the blessings of a life lived for others?

I don’t want to just leave behind an inheritance of stuff (regardless of how big or small it may be). I want to leave an inheritance of love, and I don’t have to wait until I die to start giving it away. But even more importantly, I want to give my children what I have received — a living faith in Christ. Then, when death comes, my hands won’t be empty; I’ll take hold of those who have preceded me and extend a welcome to those who will one day follow me to glory.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.



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