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Rejoice! What Was Lost Is Found!

rejoice_smallRecently, I was helping take care of some extended family affairs after my father-in-law received word that space was now available in a nearby veteran’s retirement community. While working around my father-in-law’s home, I borrowed the keys to unlock the shop so I could stow some items there. Later that day, I realized that I had lost the keys! Sadly, forgetting where I put things is not all that uncommon – ha!

I thought that I had given them back to my sister-in-law, but I could not be certain and she said that she did not have them. I had taken care of so many projects around the farm that I could not remember what I did with them! If it was just a key to the shop I could have replaced that easy enough, but this key ring had ALL the keys to every lock on the property. I was really starting to sweat and initiated a hunt to find the keys. I retraced every step I had taken that day and even went back over the same territory again with a flashlight as evening approached.

I finally came to the resolve that I would just have to replace all the locks…and there were quite a few. All of the family came together the next morning and went over every place I had worked the day before to no avail. The keys could not be found. Then, the girls came out of the house and shared that the keys had been found…in my sister-in-law’s coat pocket! I had actually given them to her after opening the shop. But, when she went back into the house, she switched coats. She felt terrible about the incident, but I was elated! What I thought was lost had been found.

Can you imagine how much more valuable you are to your Creator than a set of keys? All through the ages God has been trying to restore a right relationship with someone so precious to Him—you! The Scriptures tell us in Romans 5:8 (KJV), “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That’s why the Bible reveals God’s joy when someone finds their way back to a right relationship with Him through His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus reveals this in his stories about the lost sheep in Luke 15:3-7, the lost coin in Luke 15:8-10 and the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-24. So today, let Jesus Christ take his rightful place in your life and let the rejoicing begin!

For Him,
Dr. Marshall M. Windsor, D.Min.

February 7, 2017 Posted by | Devotions | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just Take Time To Be Nice

Sometimes we don’t realize the impact that our lives have on others by just being nice! Being nice to people sometimes gets overlooked in the business of life and ministry, but really does make a difference in the lives of those around you, as well as in your own life and witness for Jesus Christ.

Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval wrote a neat book called, “The Power of Nice.” They stated that in every single encounter we have with others, “only 7 percent of our communication is verbal. The other 93 percent comes from nonverbal cues such as gestures and tone of voice” (p. 30). Just being nice also comes in the form of patience and listening to the other person with whom you may be having a conversation. My daughter even wrote a little sermonette that talked about time and being nice. Here’s a small excerpt:

“Every second counts in our everyday lives that we interact with people. Their souls could be in danger and you don’t realize it. Just even a smile or a nice ‘hello’ can change someone’s day. When you’re having a bad attitude or day, just remember that somewhere in this world is someone suffering more than you. So you think you have more time to help others get saved? I think not. Jesus could, in a moment, take us up, and we could have saved that person’s life in one moment. I challenge you to think about how you act around people who are different than you. Do you walk on right past them without a smile, or do you smile at them and say ‘hi’?”

We often take it for granted that we have plenty of time in which to share the love of Christ with others, when in reality, we are not even guaranteed the next minute in our lives. Also, the effect of saying something nice with a smile just may surprise you. In fact, the word “hi” can actually be a great conversation starter! Many folks are looking for someone to talk to and if you just say, “Hi,” the door to a new friend may open. Jesus told us in Luke 6:31-32 (ESV), “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.” Taking just a moment to smile and say, “hello,” or inquire about someone’s day can begin to open doors of opportunity to share the hope and joy that is within you through the power of Jesus Christ. I pray that happens for you today!

Blessings!
Marshall M. Windsor, D. Min.

September 11, 2015 Posted by | Devotions | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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