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Topic: Snap (09/04/08)
TITLE: Snappy Advice
By Janice Wood
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The Bible holds so much plain truth. Throughout Scripture there is wholesome, helpful, satisfying, and free advice. On friendship: if I want to have friends, be friendly! On making it up the ladder of success: Let God define my needs and how to fill them. When Jesus becomes my passion He will reveal that well of gifts and talents He’s tucked inside and point me to the path they will do the most good for His kingdom. Now that’s success! On worry: Let God do all the worrying. His shoulders are big and, besides, He’s the only one that can take care of every problem.
With the seasoning of time and God’s Word am I still boiling when I hear a finger’s snap? Yes. Sometimes, I must admit. But those times of fury, estrangement and alienation are shorter as the Bible reminds me that people can’t see their own mistakes. At those times I find a well of compassion for my “snappy friend” and I ask the Lord to not let my pride rule me. I know I have a blind side. Others see it and choose to let me live with my ignorance. But my best Friend, Jesus, takes my balled fists and gently opens each finger one by one so I can hold on to Him with one hand and reach out with the other to make a friend.
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