I received this from my friend and thought of sharing with you...
"Many a man will declare his own goodness, but a faithful man, who can find?" Proverbs 20:6
I saw a picture of the excavations of Pompeii, the ancient Roman city that was buried, almost frozen in time, under tons of volcanic ash. The eruption was so sudden, so violent, that many people were doing the basic day-to-day things of life when they were instantly smothered. There was no warning. Death was virtually instantaneous.
One lone Roman soldier stood vigil facing the volcano. He saw the eruption and the deadly ash cloud heading for the city and could have tried to run. He chose to stand. Roman soldiers DID NOT leave their posts unless they were relieved. They stood faithful to the task before them.This lone soldier stood his ground and was buried alive facing the volcano. His assignment was to guard the city. He stands as a silent vigil over that doomed city today. He was faithful to the task.
God calls us to be faithful witnesses to the world and to each other of His goodness. Your testimony of Christ to the world has little power if you are not loving your spouse, honoring your parents, raising godly children and walking out the life of Christ within you in this fallen world. Jesus promised that when we appear before Him, those who walked close in obedience to him will hear these words -"Well done, thou good and FAITHFUL servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord."
We cannot experience the Lord's joy unless we are faithful to His call on our lives.Joy is an issue of the heart. You have to be close and intimate with someone to hear their heartbeat. The One we desire calls himself "Faithful and True."
I once saw on a sports broadcast a long distance runner who won a grueling race. His trainer was waiting for him at the finish line. This victorious athlete ran past the trophy right into his coach's arms. The reward could wait. I suspect he wanted to hear his coach's praise.
I want to finish my life like that - running right into my Saviors' waiting arms. His words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant", are what I am running to finally hear. His rewards, wonderful are thy are, can wait. I want to hear His words I want to see His smile.
I used to participate in various quiz competition when I was in college and win prizes.. After so many years, I had a chance to participate in a quiz competition at my office... I was thrilled and prayed for God's guidance to win it.. And God helped our team to win the first place... Praise the Lord.
I Choose - A nice read to start your day Category:Misc Thoughts Views:
I received this from one of my friends.. hope you too would like it..
"It's quiet. It's early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world
is still asleep. The day is coming. In a few moments the day will arrive. It
will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the
dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will
be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next
twelve hours I will be exposed to the day's demands. It is now that I must
make a choice. Because of Calvary, I'm free to choose. And so I choose......
I CHOOSE LOVE...No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants
bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
I CHOOSE JOY...I will invite my God to be the God of circumstances. I will
refuse the temptation to be cynical...the tool of the lazy thinker. I will
refuse to see people as anything less than human beings created by God. I
will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see
I CHOOSE PEACE...I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.
I CHOOSE PATIENCE .....I will overlook the inconveniences of the world.
Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so.
Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a
moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face
them with joy and courage.
I CHOOSE GOODNESS...I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest
one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will
I CHOOSE FAITHFULNESS...Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not
regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will
not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will
not come home.
I CHOOSE GENTLENESS...Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I
raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only
in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I
will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head
on my pillow and rest with the peace that passes all understanding."