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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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October 19, 2012 - Take Time to Live

By Margaret N. Freeman

The Psalmist speaks of the brevity of life (Psalm 103:15). Everyone must face the reality of death, so why not begin to live today — in the fullest, most complete sense — the life begun here from which we step into eternity?

To do so let us take time:

To know our families. Companionship, understanding, love and Christian example are of more enduring worth than anything else you may offer your children. They need the atmosphere of a family altar and the time you can give them now.

To speak a word of appreciation. The teacher who gave so tirelessly of her wisdom and help and who has grown weary and discouraged will glow with new zest after a warm "thank you." The Sunday School teacher who has pointed your child to Christ will feel her cup is filled to the brim by a show of appreciation.

To encourage. A father, tired under the burden of the work-a-day world will return to it with new energy after a word of appreciation. A mother, bogged down by daily activities, will be radiant when told how much she is loved. Children need to be told their parents are pleased with them.

To be kind. "Please," "thank you," and other small courtesies, so diligently adhered to when we are with friends, should never be omitted in the family circle. Let's take time to be reasonable in our decisions, polite in our requests, and gracious in performing our duties.

To return thanks to Him from whom comes "every good gift and every perfect gift" (James 1:17, KJV). How generous our Heavenly Father has shared with us all that enriches our lives. He "giveth us richly all things to enjoy" (1 Timothy 6:17).

— Adapted from "Take Time to Live" by Margaret N. Freeman, originally published in the January 14, 1962, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

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