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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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July 7, 2011 - Trials and Thanks

By Jerry D. Scott

Just as we were finishing a delicious dinner recently, the lights went out! A line of powerful storms knocked out the power in our area. For the next 24 hours we sat around waiting — no water, no lights, no TV — just a book on my Nook.

I don’t generally wake up with a gratitude in my heart for the services of Jersey Central Power and Light, but I did the morning after our power was restored. That loss of electricity was really nothing but a minor inconvenience, but it caused me to think about how much goes right in my life. My car starts right up each day, but do I appreciate that? Not until that one morning when it doesn’t. I tend to focus on the exceptions, spending way too much time talking about the things that go wrong.

Lately, I have been working to retrain my thinking! I want to start being thankful in all those situations where people do show up on time, where things operate smoothly and make my life more comfortable. Instead of complaining about the rain, I want to give thanks for the sunshine. Rather than gripe about the temperature of my coffee, I want to give thanks that I have coffee to drink.

Some physicians suggest that one of the reasons our kids have more allergies is that they are being raised in such clean environments. When their little bodies don’t have to deal with dirt, dust and allergens as they develop, their immune system actually becomes overly sensitive, kicking up at the least irritant. I wonder if many of us have developed spiritual allergies. Have we been so blessed in life that our ability to cope with inevitable disappointments is diminished? Are we so sensitive to our own comfort and convenience that we overreact to minor power outages, people who drive too slowly, and other “failures” around us?

 Here’s a word from the Word: “Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods” (Psalm 96:1-4, NIV).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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