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Inner Springs

What makes you happy? What is it that brings you deep satisfaction? I'm not talking about a temporary happiness when you get an unexpected check or feel like you have everything you need in your present home. I'm talking about your soul; the deep and innermost part of your being. The psalmist proclaimed, "All my fountains are in you." (Psalm 87:7) What does this mean? This was coming from a celebrating heart; one that had a deep inner peace and joy. It is a statement that is grounded in the understanding that the inner sources of a man's life are transformed when he becomes a true citizen of Zion. A rich man who came to Jesus and asked, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus' reply was "Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven." At that the rich man became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. (Luke 18:18-23) Compare him to Zacchaeus, also a wealthy man, in the next chapter who…

Neighbors

How do you respond to people of different shades of skin color or those of different cultures? Do you consider them "neighbors?" There are eight passages in the Bible that speak of Samaritans. They came from a different stock of people than the Jews. But even though they lived in the same area, they did not considered each other neighbors, in fact for hundreds of years they considered themselves enemies even refusing to talk to each other. So, in several of these eight places they are used by Jesus to make a point about people that are different from us. Jesus, on a trip to Jerusalem from the northern area of Israel, "had to go through Samaria," to the chagrin of his disciples. But he went to meet a Samaritan woman at Sychar's village well, speak to her and discuss what his "living water." (John 4:4-42) She believed in him and went throughout the village calling the people to come to Jesus, which they did, and he stayed there for two days to speak t…

Diligence

A diligent person is one characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort. He/she is one that no dust settles on and is regularly and routinely doing what is necessary to succeed in family life, at work, in school or in a hobby. He/she has the quality of diligence which is giving the proper attention and care expected or required in regards to a job description, an instruction manual, or his/her studies. Being this kind of person causes others to respect you and to be glad to work alongside you. Solomon said, "the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied." (Proverbs 13:4b) Not only others but you yourself a confident, trustworthy and satisfied by being such a person. What does it take for you to be diligent and in so doing have the characteristic of diligence? What could you do today, and make it a habit, to increase your diligence?

Fleeting Treasure

It has been said, "One man's junk is another man's treasure." We think of that when we set up for a garage sale and it excites us. To know that the junk we have identified as no longer useful to us is now going to be treasure to another is an amazing thought. Perspective, priority and personal focus can change something once valued to be no longer useful. Roman conquerors riding in their chariots through the streets of Rome with defeated foes and wagons full of plunder preceding them had two slaves in their chariot: one to drive the horses, and one to stand behind them and whisper into their ear as they received the praise, honor, and worship of a grateful Rome, "All glory is fleeting." The Pharisees loved money, the praise of others, and positions of honor but Jesus said to them, "What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight." (Luke 16:15) God detests a proud heart and will surely bring judgment on that person. Everything th…