“WHAT IS IN YOUR WALLET?”

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart,” Proverbs 3:1 NIV Read: Proverbs 3:1-12 For the last ten years, a major credit card company has focused its television commercials with the continued theme of “What is in your wallet?” From Viking characters to rude operators from the ‘other’ credit card companies, they sum it all up with this famous line. So, what is in your wallet? Like many, you probably have your drivers license, credit cards, identification cards, family photos and such in your wallet. I have a typical wallet, except for one thing. For decades, I have carried a small faded card given to me by an uncle. It reads: “I carry this poem in my wallet not as an idol or a treasure. It is just a piece of paper to remind me Jesus gave His life for me.” There is nothing else on the card. There does not need to be anything else on the card. It says it all! What you carry in your wallet could be very representative of what you carry in your heart. Your heart should carry all the love of God. Is your heart filled with a joyous hymn or a doom and gloom death march? You have a choice. What is in your heart is of your choosing. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have The Holy Spirit in your heart. Give Him good company with a happy heart! “What is in your heart?” Use what is in your heart as a testimony to others. Today’s Prayer: “Lord, you...

“I CAN SAVE THIS ONE!”:

“He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.” Psalm 72: 13 NIV READ: Psalm 72: 12-19 There was a young boy walking the beach after a high tide. As he walked along, he would pick up starfish which had washed ashore and were stranded on the beach. One by one, he would take the stranded starfish and toss it gently back into the water. A man also walking the beach continued to observe the boy’s actions. The man approached the boy and told him that he could not save all the starfish which were stranded on the beach. The boy agreed and told the man though he could not save them all, but he could make a difference to the ones he helped. As the boy picked up another starfish, he told the man, “I can save this one!” One at a time, some would be able to live once thrown back into the ocean. As you go through your life, you have times when you are like the stranded starfish on the beach. You may be in that stranded situation today or maybe it has been years ago. Someone took an action that rescued you when you could not help yourself. There is good chance you can remember that time in your life…or maybe even several times you benefited from someone’s kind word or action. Be prepared. At any time, you may find yourself in one of those seemingly impossible situations again. Know that your prayers will be answered. God can send a solution no matter how desperate you may...

“THEY ARE DIFFERENT!”

“Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you.” Psalm 143: 2 NIV Read: Psalm 143: 1-12 It seems we all judge others in some manner. We compare others to our own standards in some manner. We decide, based on our opinions and self made beliefs, how others should look and act. We see others as too tall, too short, too thin or too heavy. We value others based on their appearance, their social standing, their education, their race or their faith. We do this because of the ‘way we were raised’, the influence of friends or those we work with. None of these are valid reasons for us to see ourselves and others differently. We have no excuse for a wrong attitude. God made us in his likeness. God made us slightly different, yet all the same. Even with our differences, God have us all the same instructions. From Genesis to Revelation His word is the same for each of us. Our race, physical appearance, sex, age or social standing do not matter to God. They should not matter to us either. Satan uses these opinions to bolster of sinful egos to make us feel we are better or more important than someone else. Interpretation of the scriptures and our doctrines may vary, but one truth remains. God is three Persons; God the Father, Jesus the Son and The Holy Spirit. God in each of His Persons is for each and every one He has created. Perhaps, you have been on the receiving end of being different. If someone has made you...