God’s Plan

I read about a young man who was determined to win the affections of a lady who refused to even talk to him anymore. He decided that the way to her heart was through the mail, so he began writing here love letters. He wrote a love letter everyday to this lady. Six, seven times a week she got a love letter from him. When she didn’t respond, he increased his output to three notes every twenty-four hours. In all, he wrote her more than seven hundred letters. And she ended up marrying the postman.

Our plans don’t always turn out the way we thought they would. We work so hard to get everything just the right way; nevertheless, things have a habit of going a different direction than we could have ever imagined. It can make life challenging or frustrating depending on your outlook.

I have found the best way to face the uncertainty of life is to trust my entire day to the Lord. Proverbs 16.3 says, “Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established,” and then He continues the thought in 16.9 “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” If I commit my entire day to the Lord by asking Him to guide my plans, thoughts, decisions, actions, and reactions then I find life less frustrating and more enjoyable. Situations still arise that are difficult to handle; however, because I have trusted them to the Lord I know that He is guiding me through them.

Lord, will You please guide our steps today. Let us seek You that we might recognize Your perfect plan for our day, and no matter what may come we live it for Your glory. Amen.

Actions Speak Louder than Words!

I am not sure where I found this illustration, but it goes a long way in proving that our actions do speak louder than words.

An honest man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersections.

The tailgating woman hit the roof, and the horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection.  As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, finger printed, photographed and placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. “I notice the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday School” bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk. Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.”