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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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Jan. 13, 2011 - Time Capsule

By William E. Richardson

If you put your hands into your pockets right now, what would you pull out? What if those things were tossed into a shoebox and locked away, then decades from now someone opened the box? What might those items tell a future generation about you?

In 1975, Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin discovered a box in a safe. He opened it to find a note and a package. The note said, “Contents of the President's pockets on the night of April 14th, 1865.” He knew which president. That’s the night President Lincoln was killed. The items from his pockets included a pair of glasses, a pocket knife, a handkerchief, a Confederate five-dollar bill and some newspaper clippings. They’re now on display at the Library of Congress.

Checking the contents of my pockets, I find a store receipt, a few dollar bills, a piece of folded paper, an ink pen and a small ring of keys. The receipt with a list of items I purchased describes some aspects of who I am. I keep the paper and pen ready to record moments of inspiration or other bits of information. My keys unlock only certain doors. All are clues about me.

Others can draw bigger conclusions from my words and actions. What am I really like? What others hear and see me do every day removes the guesswork. The words that come out of my mouth, more than the items that come out of my pockets, tell people who I am.

Ephesians 4:29 reminds us to be careful which words we use — to keep them wholesome; to say things that will benefit and encourage others. Ten, 20 or 40 years from now, our daily words and actions, like the contents from President Lincoln’s pockets, will remain on display in people’s memories.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14, NKJV).

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.



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