By Your Works...

Come with me to a third-grade classroom. There is a nine-year-old boy sitting at his desk, and all of a sudden there is a puddle between his feet, and the front of his pants is wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened.  It’s never happened before, and he knows when the boys find out, he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they'll never speak to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer: “Dear God, this is an emergency!  I need help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat.”  

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.  As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boys lap. The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while saying to himself, “Thank you, Lord! Thank you Lord!”

Now, all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But, as life would, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else - Susie. She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. “You've done enough, you klutz!”

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Suzy and whispers,” You did that on purpose, didn't you?” Susie whispers back, “I wet my pants once to.”

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good - remember, just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car. I can remember my minister saying long ago,” By your works shall you be known.” Or, as it says in Matthew 7:16, “You can tell what they are by what they do.” (Cont. English Version) 

Each and every one of us is going through tough times right now, in some way, but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only he can. So – keep the faith. 

And that's the way I see it.

But wait, there's more:   ”Prayer is not asking. It is s a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

t the la     © Dick Caldwell 2012