For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Have you ever noticed how diverse God’s creation is? There are multitudes of animals that are so different and diverse that they amaze scientists. There are millions of insects, all different. No two snowflakes are alike. Every individual on the earth is amazingly similar yet totally different. No two fingerprints are alike, no two people are alike.
Since God is the author of diversity, it should not surprise us that we, who are created in His image, would also like diversity. We all have different likes and dislikes. We do things differently and even think about things differently. This is part of what makes life so exciting. Just think how boring life would be if everyone liked only the same things. There would only be one type of car and they would all be the same color. There would be only one style of clothes, everyone would dress alike, wear their hair alike, and would all eat the same foods. There would not be the variety of restaurants that we have today. What a boring place this earth would be. Diversity makes life interesting and keeps us from being bored literally to death.
If God likes diversity so much that He creates each of us so differently, don’t you think that He must have a reason for so doing? I know that He does, He wants us to be different, to like different things, different places, and different lifestyles. The reason is that we all, in our sum total, help to reveal the nature of God. No one individual is able to be a true, precise representation of God, but when all believers of all nations, races, creeds and cultures are put together, we get a better idea of what God is like.
What does this meant to the individual. It means that you are a very important part of the overall picture. You are not the picture, but you are created by God to be an individual to do your part of showing the world what God is like. You are created with a purpose.
By knowing there are 60,000 varieties of beetles, I learn God likes variety. By seeing a volcano, a tidal wave, or an earthquake, I know God is powerful. From the delicately balanced ecosystem, I realize God is organized.
There were two horses in a field. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you get a closer look you will notice something quite interesting… One of the horses is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made him a safe and comfortable barn to live in. This alone is pretty amazing. But if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. It is coming from a smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse’s halter is a small, copper-colored bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow. As you stand and watch these two friends you’ll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, he will stop occasionally to look back, making sure that the blind friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect. Or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.
And at other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way. Good friends are like that. You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.
Please listen for my bell, and I will listen for yours”.
I've been following the story of this brave couple when I became a fan of their music last year. Shortly thereafter Joey was diagnosed with Stage 4 cervical cancer. I have followed their story on Facebook and Rory's blog for quite some time. They have hope and believe in miracles. Please let us all pray for a miracle.
It's our belief that where one or more are gathered in His name, and praying simultaneously, miracles can happen. Joey+Rory fans are Prayer Warriors and we are calling on each of you to pray from wherever you are this Thursday evening, November 5th at 8 pm CST.... Joey's Prayer, 'Pray for a miracle....and even more so, for peace with His decision.' Thank you! Joey's sisters, Jody, Julie, Jessie and (Julie)
Below is a link to the blog that Rory writes. The particular one I linked was the one Titled "Enough" Just click on the red letters below.
and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised.
For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Do you know the Master Mender? Wherever you are broken and in need of mending, do you trust God to deliver your healing and make you completely whole? Is it a relationship, a heart condition, a circumstance, scarring in your soul, or grief from losing a loved one? Whatever it is, God can mend your entire life! We don’t have to live in the past or in brokenness. God can take the mess of brokenness to create a beautiful message in your life of hope, faith and restoration.
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