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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. 25, 2011 - The Power of the Other Person

By T. Ray Rachels

On an early weekend morning in January, I drove alone down to the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. I wanted to walk, maybe even run for a while. Streets were blocked off almost everywhere. It was the city’s annual marathon, 26.2 miles, coupled with a half-marathon as well, for those who apparently wanted to live to run another day.

With orange vests for marathoners, and yellow for the “halfers,” nearly 5,000 runners were on the streets when I found a parking place. Sweat was dripping everywhere.

Here’s what I saw and heard:

People shouted encouraging sentiments such as, “Almost done; hang in there!” Water bottles and cups were being handed to tired runners (and walkers).

Photographers stood in the middle of the road, some saying to runners as they passed, “Give me a smile — you’re looking great! Only a few more miles!”

Two ladies standing by a rail yelled at every cluster of runners, “Go guys! You look so much better than that group ahead of you! You’re almost there!”

Then there came a guy wheeling his wheelchair, with an orange vest, sweating, smiling, giving me a “thumbs up.”

Street vendors, roller bladers, bicyclists, walkers and watchers — it was an incredible, life-affirming, happy morning, full of encouraging, affirming and spirit-lifting encounters!

And I think to myself: “Who in his right mind would not want to be part of a group of people whose attitude and mission was to do everything possible to encourage, affirm, lift spirits, and bring out the best in people?”

Does that ring a New Testament bell with anyone?

“If you've gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care — then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” (Philippians 2:1-4, The Message).

— T. Ray Rachels served as superintendent of the Southern California District of the Assemblies of God for more than 22 years.

 

 

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