A friend and his grandson walked into a Christian book store. Near the cash register they saw a display of caps with WWJD printed on all of them. The youngster liked the look of the caps, but was puzzled over what the letters meant. When he couldn’t figure it out he asked the clerk.

The clerk replied that the letters stood for What Would Jesus Do. Taking advantage of a moment to share a Christian wittness, the clerk explained that it was meant to inspire people to not make rash decisions, but rather to imagine what Jesus would do in the same situation.

The inquisitive youngster thought a moment and then replied, “Well, I certainly don’t think Jesus would pay $15.95 for one of these caps.”

Now that’s a truth out of the mouth of babes.

Don’t know who said it, but the idea is, health is never truly appreciated until it’s lost.

What else can that be said of?

Charles Caleb Colton thought that “True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.”

What else?

Or are such statements even truth to begin with?

Here, we invest a lot in individuals. One family of six moved away from us last month and we really felt that. Vicki and I had worked with the husband and wife for 10 years. When they came, they were not even faithful in attendance. When they left, they were both teaching evangelistic studies, he was preaching and teaching Bible class and home group studies. There is a church where they moved to — his hometown — but he said if that congregation wasn’t faithful or good for their family, he felt confident enough to begin another in their home. (So far, they seem to be fitting in at the congregation.) So we gave thanks to the Lord that we had been able in a small way, together with others, to help bring them to that point.

But it’s usually a slow process, no big numbers or fancy footwork.

Don almost always has great thoughts here. This one is yet another. I thought you might appreciate it.


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Read the Bible in a Year

This morning read Proverbs 30 and 31

You Have a Storehouse of Skill; Do Not Waste It

The mother of King Lemuel taught,

“Do not give your strength to women,
Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.”
(Pro. 31:3).

Some people waste their lives on riotous living, destroying everything that they could have built. Therefore, King Lemuel’s mother taught him to be wise with himself and with his time. To fulfill her advice, he would have to exercise self-discipline and self-control.

How much of life do we ruin because we do not exercise those two qualities? When I remind myself constantly of my need for those two things, I do well, but when I forget them, I struggle. Why do you fail at some tasks, but succeed at others? Have you been giving your strength to people and things that weaken you? Have you been giving your ways to destructive habits?

Don Ruhl
Church of Christ
220 NE Savage Street
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526-1310


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