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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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April 8, 2010 - Hitting a Wall

By John Jackson

A thought hit me at 4:37 a.m. on a recent morning — two thoughts actually. The first thought was, “Man, why do I drink so much water at night?!” I always tend to have this epiphany around 3 or 4 in the morning. I need to have it while I’m watching television the night before. I had another thought as I stumbled toward the bathroom doorway in the pitch black. I did not want to turn on any lights at this early hour and wake up my lovely bride. As a result, I smashed my face squarely on the door frame of the water closet.

(This isn’t the first time this has happened. Our laundry room has two doors incredibly close to each other. I’ve spent more than a few stinging moments holding my face over the years after a strong one-two punch from those doors! Now, Bauer, our 2-year-old, is getting familiar with them.)

When I woke up the next morning with a bump on my forehead in the shape of the bathroom door frame, I began to think about the things we smash into in life. Whether we are kids or adults, we often stumble through the dark and run into walls that we didn’t expect to be there. These walls can be in the form of a job loss, relationship struggle, financial turmoil or overwhelming stress. Different walls hit different people.

Each of us has a contrasting journey God has sent us on that teaches us valuable life lessons. When I hit a wall that gives me some trouble, I first thank God that my problems are usually temporary. Most circumstances of concern are over before I realize it. They usually end up being less painful than my worry had made them out to be!

Second, I am reminded of a verse from one of the Bible’s most prominent books. Psalm 23:4 says, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me” (NLT).

No matter how thick the wall is, how dark the air is, or how afraid I might be, the Lord knows my heart and He is with me. He knows what is best for me and wants me to succeed. Knowing that, I am excited to see what challenges lie ahead and how God matures me in the process!

— John Jackson is the principal at Calvary Temple (AG) Christian School in Concord, Calif.



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