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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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March 27, 2012 - Dream Car

By Gary Rogers

My brother James was 19 years old and I was 17 when we pulled into the Chevrolet dealership. James and I shared a number of interests, and cars were a passion for both of us. At 17, I had already own three different cars: a 1966 Mustang, a 1964 Chevy Chevelle Malibu SS, and a 1968 Z28 Camaro. The Camaro and I entered into a long-term relationship until college caused her to be replaced with a Toyota Corolla … Yuk!

On this day at the Chevy dealership, the plan was to buy a new 1972 Corvette. James had saved his money and was ready to buy his dream car. The salesman didn’t seem to take us seriously until James convinced the man that he was ready to pay for it and drive it off the lot. There on the showroom floor was any car lover’s dream. It was a Targa Blue LT1 Corvette with T-tops and gray leather interior. The sticker price was $5,800.

Imagine two teenage boys in a brand-new Corvette pulling away from the dealership. The T-tops were stored in their covers in the back. The wind was blowing. The engine rumbled as the rpm reached shift change. We were smiling ear to ear. There was little talking, but together we were just enjoying the moment. What normally would have been a 30-minute drive home became a 2-hour excursion.

When we pulled into our driveway, the garage door was already open. Dad had made a place in the garage especially designated for the new addition to the family. We pulled into the garage, and for a moment we both sat there quietly. I will never forget what my brother said as we sat in our dream car. He turned off the engine, rested his hand on the gearshift, looked down and said, “It’s just not what I thought it would be.” I had to agree.

We had so built it up in our minds that the right car would bring some type of euphoria. Now, finally experiencing it, it left such a disappointment.

“Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 2:10,11, NKJV).

I think back to that afternoon sitting in that brand-new Corvette, and I’m reminded of a truth I have rediscovered in many ways over the ensuing years: Only Jesus satisfies the heart. You can try to fill the void with any treasure, but only Christ Jesus gives true fulfillment.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.



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