While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
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a new car is a major investment. We want to be sure we are getting our money’s
worth. We also want to be certain that the vehicle won’t cause us trouble. So
we carefully file the manufacturer’s warranty, confident that if something
doesn’t work right we can take our car back to the dealer. Not only are we sure
they have trained people who can troubleshoot the problem and fix it, but we
know they have all the manufacturer’s specifications and the parts that may be
we run into difficulties in life and aren’t able to get things working right,
where can we turn for help? Doesn’t it make sense that the One who made us is
totally qualified to supply the indispensable help we need? The psalmist David
found great comfort in this fact. He wrote, “You formed my inward parts; You
covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works . . . . How precious also are Your
thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” (Ps. 139:13-14,17).
help is as available today as it was then. And who is more qualified to know
what we need than the One who made us!
All that I am I owe to Thee,
Thy wisdom, Lord, has fashioned me;
I give my Maker thankful praise,
Whose wondrous works my soul amaze. —Psalter
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…