Any runner, cyclist, or truck driver will have experienced this phenomenon. When you are going into a headwind, you notice it. The wind buffets your efforts, you feel every moment of discomfort and pushback. However, when you go back in the other direction, when the wind is at your back, you don’t much think about how it is pushing you along, if you are even mindful of it.
The headwind is constantly fought and on your mind; the tailwind isn’t as noticed and quickly forgotten.
It’s not just a wind issue. The problems and difficulties of life tend to be right in our face, a constant reminder, yet the blessings we receive, the good parts, we tend to let slip away.
Is it any wonder we are miserable?
Right now if I asked you to tell me things that are wrong in your world, you could answer in a moment and probably have a hard time limiting them to five. However, if we really sat down and thought about all we have and how we have been blessed, the list of good to bad would out weight it astronomically.
Next time you curse the headwinds of life, you are wondering why things are so hard, why everything seems so wrong, stop and check the wind. I bet the headwinds of life are not much more than the tailwinds. Count your blessings. Think about the advantages you have. That thankfulness will help to offset the obtrusiveness of life’s problems.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2)
~~ Barry Haynes, Hope AR
Out of love for one another…….
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV)
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Scripture of the Week
“‟For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,‟ declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I send it.‟” ~~ Isaiah 55:8-11
Something to Smile About
• A man called his child’s doctor, “Hello! My son just snatched my pen when I was writing and swallowed it. What should I do?” The doctor replied, “Until I can come over, write with another pen.”
• The economy is so bad…
I ordered a burger at McDonald’s and the kid behind the counter asked, “Can you afford fries with that?”
I got a “pre-declined‟ credit card in the mail.
CEOs are now playing miniature golf.
If the bank returns your check marked “Insufficient Funds,” you call them and ask if they meant you or them.
Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.
Burger King is now selling the 1/4 ouncer.
Motel Six won’t leave the light on anymore.
Think About It
Why Do You Love the Bible?
I was asked this question at one time. How would you answer it? Of course there are a variety of reasons to love the Word of God, but what would be on your list? Here are a few reasons that I love the Bible:
- It teaches me how to be saved.
- I am not smart enough to get through this life without it.
- It reveals many faith-strengthening scriptures that give me hope in something better than this world.
- It removes opinions from the equation. Disagreements are not settled by who has the loudest opinion, but by the Word of God.
- It tells me about my home. I am reminded that I do not belong here. We are meant for something so much more!
- Troy Rogers, Northwest Church of Christ Lawton, OK