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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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Sept. 27, 2010 - Keep on Changing

By Dorothy Rugg

As I sit at my desk, I can look out the window and see all the trees across the road. Once again it is that time of the year when the trees start to change. Already I can see shades of yellow, red and orange, and the smell of fall is in the air.

Looking out the window today, I also started to recall some memories of my life, and I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 3:16-18: “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (NIV).

Just as the trees are changing, I realize how much I have changed over the years and how I still need to be changing to become more like Jesus. When I was a young girl of 10, I had watched a Billy Graham movie called “For Pete’s Sake.” I remember after the movie they asked anyone who wanted to invite Jesus into their heart to come forward, and I did that. But I never truly followed through with that decision. I went to church, but in my teen years I was struggling spiritually.

I married when I was 19. A month after getting married, my husband and I found ourselves in an Assemblies of God church. We both rededicated our lives to Christ. So we have been on this journey for 36 years now, and there have been many changes through the years.

When I really surrendered everything to the Lord, there were lots of changes that took place. I used to be very selfish, rude and sarcastic. But the more I read of God’s Word, the more I went to church and listened to sermons, the more I prayed, and the more I hung around Christians, the more I experienced God’s love and mercy to me. In God’s time, He helped me to change. God’s wonderful grace and truth became living and active in my life.

Sometimes I can hardly believe that God has called me to be a pastor’s wife and now a licensed pastor myself. I know what I used to be, and it is by His love for me that I have become a new creature in Christ. The old is gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). I want to continue being transformed into His likeness, so that when people see me they see Christ. I want to encourage you — whether you are just beginning your walk with the Lord, or if you have been serving the Lord for a long time — keep on being transformed into His likeness.

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City AG.

 

 

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