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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 5, 2013 - Building Relationships

By Ken Horn

I was checking out a fishing spot when I saw a woman playing a large catfish at the tailrace of a dam. It was quite a battle. She had the hefty critter close a couple of times, but each time it ran again, stripping line and renewing the struggle.

I actually thought she was doing quite well. You can't horse a big fish in. But I could see her husband was growing impatient. Finally, he could take it no longer.

"That's not the way to do it," he huffed. "Here, give it to me!" And he snatched the rod from her hands.

Mere seconds later, I heard "pop!" and the bend in the rod straightened. The line had snapped; he had lost the fish. I quickly left; I did not want to hear the conversation that followed.

Patience and kindness are two things that can benefit every relationship. Consider the possibility that your spouse or loved one might actually be handling the situation just fine, even though you would do things differently. You do not want to do what the know-it-all fishing husband did.

Spouses are frequently too critical of one another. Constructive criticism should be allowed, but even that must be administered in sparing doses and with a lot of wisdom. Instead, try this: Affirm one another.

Affirming your spouse is one of the best things you can do. Everyone needs and appreciates being encouraged. When it comes from someone you love, it means even more. Don't take your husband or wife for granted. Count your blessings and praise the terrific things your spouse does.

In doing so, you may actually find that your partner is better at some things than you are ... like reeling in a catfish.

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up" (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV), "and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds" (Hebrews 10:24).

-- Ken Horn is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Snapshots (



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