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"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."
(Proverbs 4:23)

Jesus said, "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

What we feel and believe are the truly precious and meaningful things in our lives. If we don't commit ourselves to what is good and right, then we are empty. Moral poverty occurs when we place "things" above relationships.

Christ sent His disciples out into the world without possessions, but no one in history has known more wealth than those chosen men who walked with Him. It is when we choose to walk with Jesus that we can find out what true riches are.

In today's world, it is easy to get distracted by so many things. Lifestyles that seem so appealing are presented in magazines and on television. The so-called "good life" requires money, good looks, nice clothes, the right car, the perfect house, and the right mate. At least that's what we're suppose to believe.

But it is only when we can free ourselves from the pursuit of such things that we can begin to enjoy life the way God intended it. Money cannot buy happiness, nor can it bring us life. Christ brings us life, and He brings it abundantly! He is the real treasure, and as long as our hearts remain with Him, our lives will truly be rich.

The Fern and the Bamboo

One day I decided to quit.... I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality.. I wanted to quit My life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.

"God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?"

His answer surprised me...

"Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?"

"Yes", I replied.

"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I didn't quit on the bamboo.

In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. Again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I didn't quit on the bamboo".

He said. "In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I wouldn't quit.

In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. But I wouldn't quit."

He said. "Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant.

But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I wouldn't give any of my creation a challenge it couldn't handle."

He said to me. "Did you know, my child, that all this time you've been struggling, you have actually been growing roots. I wouldn't quit on the bamboo. I'll never quit on you. Don't compare yourself to others." He said. "The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern, yet, they both make the forest beautiful."

"Your time will come," God said to me. "You will rise high!"

"How high should I rise?" I asked.

"How high will the bamboo rise?" He asked in return.

"As high as it can?" I questioned.

"Yes." He said, "Give me glory by rising as high as you can."

I left the forest and brought back this story. I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you........

Never regret a day in your life.

Good days give you Happiness.

Bad days give you Experiences.

Both are essential to life.

Keep going...

Happiness keeps you Sweet,

Trials keep you Strong,

Sorrows keep you Human,

Failures keep you Humble,

Success keeps You Glowing,

But Only God keeps You Going!

Have a great day! The "Son " is shining!!

God is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love and so small He can curl up inside your heart.

Christ and Sinners

"This man receiveth sinners."
(Luke 15:2)

Observe the condescension of this fact. This Man, who towers above all other men, holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners---this Man receiveth sinners. This Man, who is none other than the eternal God, before whom angels veil their faces---this Man receiveth sinners. It needs an angel's tongue to describe such a mighty stoop of love. That any of us should be willing to seek after the lost is nothing wonderful---they're of our own race; but that He, the offended God, against whom the transgression has been committed, should take upon Himself the form of a servant, and bear the sin of many, and should then be willing to receive the vilest of the vile, this is marvellous.

"This Man receiveth sinners"; not, however, that they may remain sinners, but He receives them that He may pardon their sins, justify their persons, cleanse their hearts by His purifying word, preserve their souls by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, and enable them to serve Him, to show forth His praise, and to have communion with Him. Into His heart's love He receives sinners, takes them from the dunghill, and wears them as jewels in His crown; plucks them as brands from the burning, and preserves them as costly monuments of His mercy. None are so precious in Jesus' sight as the sinners for whom He died. When Jesus receives sinners, He has not some out-of-doors reception place, no casual ward where He charitably entertains them as men do passing beggars, but He opens the golden gates of His royal heart, and receives the sinner right into Himself---yea, He admits the humble penitent into personal union and makes Him a member of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. There was never such a reception as this! This fact is still most sure this day, He's still receiving sinners: would to God sinners would receive Him.