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Here’s a Riddle for You

Posted by Shelley on Jan 22, 2007 in bible study

Three frogs were sitting on a lily pad. One of them thought about jumping off. How many frogs are on the lily pad?

Did you say two? Look again… thinking about doing something and actually doing it are two different things. Looks to me like there are three frogs on the lily pad. I am happy to say I am actually meeting more people who take the jump. Sometimes the stuff they are jumping to makes no sense but at least they are moving. Following through on a thought can get you in a heap of trouble. Or it might just be the best thing that ever could have happened. The point is you never know if you are just sitting around thinking about it. Sometimes you just have to do it.

 
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Shake Hands With Yourself In 5 Years

Posted by Shelley on Jan 13, 2007 in bible study

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

2006 has been a wonderful year. Lots to remember, not much I want to forget, although because of the way my brain works I will forget much of it… just ask my husband who has to remember everything for me!

A new year gives us all a new start. If you are like me there is some goal in mind that when achieved will give you the feeling of success. The above verse captures this worldly idea of success and combines God’s integral part in it. However, instead of success, the word masterpiece is what the writer of Ephesians uses. Think of what reminds you of a masterpiece… an artist using various mediums, brings it all together and it is becomes such. What are you doing in 2007 that will allow you to become God’s masterpiece and possibly make you want to shake hands with yourself in 5 years?

We know as Christians that even our very best will never truly be the masterpiece of success that can stand in front of God. Filthy rags are what we have to offer… without being created anew in His son, Jesus. Accepting Jesus and allowing Him to fill in our gaps is what God’s measure of success will be. Take a step in the direction of trusting. learning, and cultivating yourself into that masterpiece. It is likely the result will be who you would want to shake hands with in 5 years.

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