We should never be hard on ourselves because of our shortcomings or past
mistakes. We are to always remember how special we are to God Almighty and
realize that if God forgives us, then we should forgive ourselves, look
ahead with optimism and become all who God has made us to be. The Lord
loves us and wishes for our Joy to be full to overflowing. He has not made
us to be anxious with worry and to dread every morning that we awake. The
Bible declares in Jeremiah 31:3 “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me,
saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with
lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Always remember that God loves you just
as you are and He will be with you all the days of your life to comfort
you, strengthen you and lift you up to stand in who He made you to be.
(2 Timothy 1:7) (Isaiah 43:25-26) (1 John 1:3-4) (Matthew 6:25-34)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to love yourself and see how
special and unique you really are.
THE POWER OF AN UGLY DUCKLING
Consider the three different and separate domains a duck inhabits during
the course of any one day.
Certainly the phrase “ugly duckling” must have been coined by someone
watching a duck waddle around on land. If indeed “waddling” is the only
thing a duck could do, I imagine they might feel more than a tiny bit
embarrassed and awkward. One thing would be certain. They could never win
the 100 yard dash, if the competition was opened up to include all the rest
of the animal kingdom.
Have you not also had the chance to see a duck slip into the water and
effortlessly glide past, as if they might be sightseeing? The moment they
make contact with the water they appear to be more elegant and serene. All
of a sudden they seem to belong; to be in their element. If you had not
previously seen them waddling, it would be hard to imagine they had even an
ounce of awkwardness.
Even if ducks inhabited only these two domains the change we perceive in
their presence and power would be exceptional. But the real moment of truth
in understanding “duckness” comes when they heed the call of the wild, and
lift off into the sky. Instantly you understand they embody a set of design
criteria that was not previously evident, and their power and beauty is a
sight to behold. Now the term “ugly duckling” is hard to comprehend.
Who a duck is, and how they are in the world, changes radically depending
on the domain they are inhabiting. Are you not very much the same? In some
domains you excel, and in other domains...well let's face it, you waddle.
But please understand something very important, and hold this knowledge
close to your heart. Not only does your waddling not detract from your
ability to fly, in some mysterious way, it helps you to fly even better.
Who you are is always changing. And at the same time, who you are is always
staying the same. Keep in touch with your ability to fly, regardless of
where you are or who you are with. You have been designed to prevail and
excel. Your grace, power, and beauty are inherent.
By Charlie Badenhop
God has made you with special gifts and talents that no one else possesses,
so stand in your uniqueness and excel to the heights of victory that God
has for you.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 139:17-18 “How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! how
great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number
than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee.”
Isaiah 43:25-26 “I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for
Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put Me in remembrance: let
us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.”
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against
you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:
therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou
mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that
thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy life, and the length of thy days...”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: I REFUSE TO BE DISCOURAGED
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Today’s Selected Testimony: THE WANDERER
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry