April 2008

When people you trust, let you down

Story of the day:  When people you trust, let you down.

There have been times in my life, where people that I have been close to, and have trusted greatly have let me down.  I would have to say that it is tough to swallow, and maybe a little disappointing.  Then I start to think about the times that I have let others down, because I am not perfect, and how it may have effected them.  You see, sometimes we put people into a perfect category and when they let us down, it is then harder to take.  It is harder to take because we have placed high expectations on them and have set them so high up there, that we forget how easy it is to fall and make mistakes.

I am reminded of a Peanuts comic strip, written by William M. Nieporte, where “on the first day of the new school year, the students were told to write an essay about returning to class.  In her essay Lucy wrote, “Vacations are nice, but it’s good to get back to school.  There is nothing more satisfying or challenging than education, and I look forward to a year of expanding knowledge.”

Needless to say, the teacher was pleased with Lucy and complimented her fine essay.  In the final frame, Lucy leans over and whispers to Charlie Brown, “After a while, you learn what sells.” The temptation to say, “what sells,” what others want to hear whether it is true or not, is always with us.”  In the eyes of the teacher, Lucy was trustable, but to Charlie Brown, he knew from that point that Lucy was just saying what the teacher may have wanted her to say.  The teacher placed her trust in Lucy to write honestly, yet Lucy did so in a way that if the teacher found out, would disappoint the teacher.

I am not saying to never trust people, I am saying that our trust in people shouldn’t be connected to a pedestal where we may tend to place them, because this is the fastest way to be disappointed or let down.  Instead of completely placing your trust in man or relying solely on man, we should be placing our complete trust in God for everything!  As our pastor so greatly said, “He is your Everything!” He will never let you down, and He won’t, because He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  He doesn’t move, He doesn’t change, and you can always count on Him for everything! Anytime that I have become disappointed, hurt, or upset when people let me down, I have to ask myself this question, “Am I placing way to much expectation on this person and not enough on God?  Whenever I place my expectations so high on people and not on God, I am going to be easily disappointed.  I also have to remember to have a forgiving heart.  How many times has my Heavenly Father trusted me with things and then I mess up?  Was He disappointed, yes absolutely, yet He was quick to forgive me and let me try again.  That’s the great thing about God,  no matter how many times I let Him down, He is quick to forgive me, where man sometimes doesn’t easily forgive.

Quote of the day:  William Arthur Ward

“We are most like beasts when we kill.  We are most like men when we judge.  We are most like God when we forgive.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 63:1

“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I know that this life will bring disappointments.  I know that placing others on a pedestal and completely trusting in them only sets me up to be disappointed.  Father, let me not place people so high up there, that I am losing sight of You, for like me, they aren’t perfect.  I will place my trust completely in You, for You are my everything, and You won’t ever let me down.  Father, You are my protector, my shield in this life, and I know that I can face any situation or difficulty because You are always with me, and You never leave me.  I pray to follow the path that is so lit before me and may I overcome any let downs that may be tossed my way, just as Jesus overcame this world.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

April 2008

Power made perfect in our weaknesses

dsc00753.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                     Story of the day:  Power made perfect in our weaknesses

    Do you feel strong in your weakness?  The pain we may all experience, that can be found in our weak times, although challenging, can be rewarding when all is said and done. It may not seem like it while you are going through the pain, but power is made perfect in our weakness.  As I continued on with this thought about our pain or times of persecution that we all go through at one time or another, God shed a little more onto this by sharing this marvelous Scripture with me last night at church.  It is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, and He so gracefully says this “but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”  So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” 

    Well, here is a little piece of art that I found that helps to illustrate the power of God making us strong in our weaknesses or the trials and tribulations that we may experience.  “A little piece of wood once complained bitterly because its owner kept whittling away at it, cutting it, and filling it with holes, but the one who was cutting it so remorselessly paid no attention to its complaining.  He was making a flute out of that piece of ebony, and he was too wise to desist from doing so, even though the wood complained bitterly.  He seemed to say, “Little piece of wood, without these holes, and all this cutting, you would be a black stick for ever–just a useless piece of ebony.  What I am doing now may make you think that I am destroying you, but, instead, I will change you into a flute, and your sweet music will charm the souls of men and comfort many a sorrowing heart.  My cutting you is the making of you, for only thus can you be a blessing in the world.”  Thank you M.R. Dehaan for this wonderful story.

       Although we can’t always see the big picture of why we go through the things we go through, it truly is for our best interest and we will only become stronger for having gone through our weak times, if we allow God’s power to be made perfect in our weakness.   

Quote of the day:  C. S. Lewis

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains:  it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Bible verse of the day:  2 Samuel 22:31

“This God–His way is perfect: the promise of the Lord proves true:  He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that in my weakness Your power shines through.  I am grateful that Your power is made perfect at the times when I am the weakest.  God, I thank You for always being there for all of the times in my life.  You are there when I am happiest, when I am saddest, and when I have overcome whatever obstacle was placed before me.  I thank You for being my Everything.  I thank You or the times in my life when I have been weak, You have made me stronger.  I love You and thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen