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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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February 29, 2012 - Pull That Load!

By Jerry D. Scott

One of my favorite childhood stories was “The Little Engine That Could.” The tale has been around for more than 100 years, teaching children about sticking to their task. A little engine used to switch railcars in the local yard is called on to pull a long train of freight over a mountain. It succeeds while repeating, “I think I can.”

We all go through seasons in our lives that demand much of us. Responsibilities settle on us for which we feel only marginally prepared. Situations develop that feel like they will drag us to a standstill. I know that I am tempted, from time to time, to throw off the load and run!

While determination can be helpful as we chug along repeating, “I think I can,” it has its limits! Optimism is no substitute for faith.

The believer’s blessing is the promise of the Spirit who “dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17, NKJV). We shift our focus from our determination to His empowerment. Our inspiration is no longer just, “I think I can”; it is “I know He will!” When I feel the weight of many responsibilities, my natural response is to lean into the load and pull with all my might. Too often when I start to huff and puff, “I think I can, I think I can,” I become exhausted, get frustrated, grow angry, and discouragement usually follows.

Jesus offers us a better way. It is not retirement. It is not shirking responsibility. It is not finding some easier place. He says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29, NIV).

A yoke was a device that balanced the load and enabled work to be shared. It is how we work with the Lord, not for Him. We need to make a decision to take the grace that is offered to us. God cares about that deadline. He knows the pressures your boss is putting on you. He cares about those circumstances that defy your attempts to find an answer. Let Him be your strength. Here’s an invitation. Will you accept it?

“Now that we know what we have — Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God — let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all — all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help” (Hebrews 4:14-16, The Message).

“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV).

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



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