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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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June 4, 2012 - Finish the Race!

By Patrick J. Donadio

“But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first” (Matthew 19:30, KJV).

I believe the above Scripture has to do with the end of life’s race! It does not refer so much to our start as it does to the finish. It isn’t the speed with which we run that is important; it is our attitude and our purpose in running. It isn’t how much we accomplish; it is the purpose of our effort. Great things that are accomplished for our own benefit and for the praise of men will then be counted as “wood, hay [and] stubble” (1 Corinthians 3:12), while that which is done for the glory of God will be accounted as “gold, silver [and] precious stones.”

Men who look “on the outward appearance” place some at the head of the class; but God who “looketh on the heart” decides otherwise (1 Samuel 16:7). Sometimes we are tempted to compare the fruits of our labor with others, which Paul forbids (2 Corinthians 10:12). Our purpose in life is to walk in fellowship with our Savior day by day and to be ready to answer, “Here am I; send me” when He calls (Isaiah 6:8).

I did an interesting bit of research recently on the ministries of two of the great Old Testament prophets, Elijah and Elisha. They had a combined total ministry time of about 75 years. Dividing the number of recorded miracles by the years of their ministry would give an average of one miracle every three years. What did they do in between? I would presume that they walked in daily fellowship with the Lord and were ready to answer “Here am I; send me” when He called.

Jesus’ statement in Matthew 19:30 was occasioned by the question of Peter concerning rewards. Jesus assured him that there would be rewards, but that some who were expecting great rewards might actually come in last. I take it that Jesus means that we are to be “about our Father’s business” and leave the matter of rewards to the judgment of God.

I am really not much concerned about being first or last, but I am determined to finish the race.

— Following many years as an Assemblies of God U.S. missionary, and director of U.S. MAPS, Chaplain Patrick J. Donadio served the graduate and professional students of Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. Brother Donadio passed away last month.



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