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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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May 14, 2010 - Potential

By William E. Richardson

The Sunday School teacher listened to the 4-year-old pretend to read his Bible. He kept repeating phrases he’d heard like, “And God said,” and “God told Moses.”

A wide-eyed girl sitting next to him said, “He can read his Bible, and he’s only 4. I’m 6, but I can’t read mine.” The teacher pointed out to the girl, “He’s holding his Bible upside down.”

The girl slumped in her chair. “He can even read it when it’s upside down!”

As children, we think the best of everyone. As we age, we learn to doubt and question. To look at people through the eyes of children is often to see them as God does.

When we see only a coarse grain of sand, God sees the smooth pearl it can become. While we doubt, He sees potential.

To others, Simon was a crude fisherman with calloused hands and salty language. Jesus saw someone who, when empowered, could draw thousands to God with his words. He even changed Simon’s name to Peter, meaning “rock.”

The frightened residents of Gadara saw a wild man who lived in the local graveyard. His shrieking voice scared them. His strength broke all chains put on him. Those around the man saw him as beyond hope. Jesus knew he could be something more. He freed the man, who became more.

Can we look beyond our prejudices and popular opinions to see others through Jesus’ eyes? That child who seems uncontrollable, that teen no one else believes in, that co-worker or neighbor, influenced by alcohol or other addictions, deserves another look. Only God can see their full potential, but He wants to pull the curtain from our eyes to see others better.

Then we’re free to pray for them, to encourage them, to assist them.

“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:16, NIV).

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and author of the “God’s Billboards” newsletter.

 

 

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