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Inspiration

Change from within - Coal basket !

                                                                               

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm with his young grandson.  Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible.  His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book.  What good does reading the Bible do?”

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and  said,” Take this coal basket down to the river and  bring back a basket of  water.”

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house.  The grandfather laughed and said,” You will have to move a little faster next time,”  and sent him back to  the  river with  the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was” impossible to carry water in a basket,” and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water.  You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all.  The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Papa, it’s useless!

“So you think it is useless?” the old man said.  ”Look at the basket.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different.    Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. “Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible.  You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.”  That is the work of God in our lives.   To  change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of HisSon.

Take time to read a portion of God’s word each day.

                     ”Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly, Leave the rest to God.”

                                                                       

Sometimes people are quick to judge others,
when what you see isn’t really all there.

People have different moods different personalities
different desires, so what you’re really seeing
is only a mask, of what others want you to see.

On the inside, we all have the same desires,
a kind smile, a warm heart, a tender soul,
all wanting to be reached on the inside.

We’re all not perfect, only human, we’ll have ups and downs
like a merry-go-round, and we’ll make many mistakes.

But just remember, the next time you see a person,
do not judge what’s on the outside, we could be having a bad day.

Try and see on the inside, and you will see, the kind smile,
the warm heart, the tender soul, reaching out….

January 31, 2013 by admin  
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