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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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April 30, 2012 - Finishing Well

By Geff Mastro

At a recent church activity day, there were lots of games, including badminton and our daughters’ favorite, Wiffle ball.

Since our third-born joined the school softball team, she’s been a combination junior Babe Ruth and Greg Nettles, hitting and fielding like a maniac. Well after the official Wiffle ball game was over, she and her youngest sister insisted on more batting practice.

I pitched … they hit. I pitched again … they hit again. It went on for what seemed like an hour, until a nice man announced he was cleaning up and came to collect his ball and bat. True to form, Emma had to have one more hit. After a foul, and what I was sure would be a nice short hit right over my head, she pulled the ball and nailed a sky-rocketing shot to left field, past the home run mark and onto the roof of the church. A strong finish!

Everybody dreams of that “bottom of the ninth, bases loaded” shot to finish the game well. But not everyone finishes the way they start. Solomon was one such person. When given a choice by God, he asked for wisdom to rule the people of Israel. God was so pleased that He gave Solomon wisdom AND riches AND honor, unlike anyone before him or after him (1Kings 3:12-14). And when Solomon passed the inevitable test that followed, all Israel feared him because they saw God’s wisdom was in him (1 Kings 3:28). Solomon went on to build a temple that would house the very presence of the Lord, a palace unparalleled in his time, and even gained the blessing of foreign dignitaries.

But Solomon allowed his heart to be turned to other gods by his foreign wives. He allowed homage to be paid to detestable idols and didn’t follow the Lord fully as his father David had done (1 Kings 11:6). As a result, the kingdom was torn from him. What a tragedy!

Sometimes we start out well, but like Solomon, we allow things into our lives that we should not. As a result, we live a little too close to the edge and end up missing the full blessing God has for us. God had so much more for Solomon and the legacy he was leaving his children, yet Solomon missed it.

If you started the game well, I encourage you to finish it well. If you’ve wandered from the mark God set before you, ask Him to help you get back on track. God has so much more for you if you do it His way. Don’t miss it!

— Geff Mastro lives in Burlington County, N.J., and is a licensed counselor and school psychologist. He attends Fountain of Life Center (AG) in Florence, N.J.

 

 

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