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From My Nightly Reading

Copied from the Bible plan I’m reading about leadership.

This is the story of a king in Africa who had a close friend. This friend had a habit of looking at all the situations that occur in his life (both positive and negative) with the words “This is a good thing!”

One day the king and this friend went hunting. His friend prepared a rifle for the king. But apparently, he made a mistake while preparing the rifle, because after the king took the rifle from his friend and fired, the shot exploded and hit the king’s finger. Seeing the situation, the friend said as usual, “This is a good thing!”

The king answered, “No! This is not a good thing!” And then he put his friend in jail. About one year later, the king was hunting again in an area that he knew he shouldn’t have visited. The cannibals captured the king and took him to their village. They tied his hands, piled some wood, installed a stake, and then tied the king to the stake.

When they approached to light the fire on the wood, they realized that the king had lost his thumb. Because they believed in superstition, they released the king and let him go because they did not want to eat someone who was not whole.

When the king returned home, he remembered the event that caused him to lose his thumb and felt guilty for his treatment of his friend. He went to prison to talk with his friend.

“You’re right,” the king said. “It was a good thing to lose my thumb.” Then the king told the incident he had just experienced. “So, I’m sorry for sending you to prison for so long. I am so evil to have done this to you. “

“No,” answered the friend, “This is a good thing!”

“What do you mean by ‘This is a good thing?’ How is it possible that sending a friend to prison is a good thing?”

“Because if I wasn’t in prison, I would have gone hunting with the king!”


I’m Not Preaching…

To anyone. But I will share what moves me.

Galatians‬ ‭6:1-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

β€œDear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. Don’t be misledβ€”you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyoneβ€”especially to those in the family of faith. NOTICE WHAT LARGE LETTERS I USE AS I WRITE THESE CLOSING WORDS IN MY OWN HANDWRITING. Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples. As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus. Dear brothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:1-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I’ve been reading my Bible every night. Praying. Seeking guidance.

And finding it.


End Of The Day (Hard Knocks)

Apparently my code in the simulation has some bugs because I woke up at 2:30 when I could β€œsleep in” until 3:30 this morning.

It 5:30 PM right now and I’m writing this because I don’t know how far I’ll get after supper. I’m wore out. October is a busy month for us.

The sun’s getting low.

So I think I’ll read my devotional and my verses and spend the rest of my night till 9:00 PM vegging out in front of the TV.

9.5 hours on a ladder up and down on a Frito Lay reset will take it out of ya. At least I have great help.

Back at it at 3:00 in the morning.

🎼It’s a hard knocks life…