We should always be proud of who God has made us to be and never allow the
voice of discouragement to make us wish we were someone else. God has
created each of us as an original and unique being equipped with special
gifts and talents that no one else possesses. You are on this earth for a
reason and only you have the tools that are required to accomplish every
dream and aspiration that God has placed within your heart. You must see
yourself as God sees you; as special and one-of-a-kind. Never doubt your
existence or your abilities. Trust that God will reveal to you your life's
purpose and when He does be quick to follow and obey where He leads because
it is sure to be a place prepared to bless you more than you are able to
think or even imagine. (Romans 12:3-8) (Jeremiah 29:11-13) (Isaiah 30:21)
I hope this message encourages your heart to be who God has made you to
be. Always remember that you are an original meant to accomplish great
things in life.
When we bought our first house, I roto tilled a plot and planted a garden.
Saturday morning at the farmers' market, I bought various vegetable sets
including broccoli, which we really like.
After I placed the vegetables in rows in the ground, I had one broccoli
plant left. I put it in at the back of the plot. My garden thrived except
for that broccoli at the back. It produced nothing except leaves that
curled and wrinkled like a sick plant.
Why? Maybe it needs more fertilizer, water or spray for pests, I thought.
But nothing helped.
Then it occurred to me: Perhaps I had it backward. Am I watering,
fertilizing and spraying too much? So one-by-one I quit watering,
fertilizing, weeding and applying pesticides. But the broccoli didn't
improve, so I gave up. I had lots else to do - work, kids, chores.
When summer ended, like a good gardener, I pulled up dried-up okra stalks
and tomato vines. When I'd worked my way to the back of the garden, I saw
that broccoli - covered with Brussels sprouts!
Somehow at the farmers' market a Brussels sprout plant got mixed in with
the broccoli set.
All summer long I'd thought something was wrong with the plant at the back
of the garden. But those leaves wrinkled and rolled up because that's what
Brussels sprouts do.
I'd done everything trying to stop the plant from becoming what it was -
Brussels sprouts. I tried to do what only God can do, change its basic nature.
Remembering that “broccoli” makes me wonder: Do I ever make wrong
assumption about people or circumstances? Do I ever try to change
individuals or situations from what God intended, instead of trying to be
“an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master”
(2 Timothy 2:21)? Do I do good things when what's needed is the right thing?
By Jim Rawdon
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 Peter 2:9-10 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who
hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: Which in time
past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not
obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
Philippians 2:13-15 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to
do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in
the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights
in the world.”
Psalm 8:3-5 “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon
and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful
of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him
a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.”
Romans 8:35-37 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or
peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day
long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these
things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE ROAD
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Today’s Selected Testimony: HOW GOD USED CANCER TO BLESS ME
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony145.htm
I thank the Lord for His continued leading with this Ministry and I do give
God all the glory, honor and praise for the many blessings that have and
will come forth through His anointing.
In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry