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Judy Smith

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Re: BE GRATEFUL FOR NOW, IT'S HERE TO ENJOY
8/3/2007 7:50:30 PM

Thanks for that great suggestion.  I hope to have many such moments over the weekend.

Blessings and have a terrific weekend, Roger

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Re: BE GRATEFUL FOR NOW, IT'S HERE TO ENJOY
8/9/2007 6:53:55 PM

Hi Roger, as usual, I'm impressed with what I've seen here. A thought comes to mind, and I'll share it here. In the end, I want to make it an object lesson!

About a year ago, I was sitting at home looking out my living room window when I noticed something blocking my view. It was my neighbor's garbage can. It was sitting squarely in the center of my window. I thought to myself, "I wish they would move their garbage can so my view would not be spoiled." Day in and day out, the garbage can was placed in the same spot. I began to be annoyed by the fact my neighbors refused to place their garbage can in the spot where it was supposed to be. I began to boil inside as I spent time trying  to decide what I should do about it. It seems funny to me now, how, I didn't notice it for a long time. Then it became an issue. I was almost to the point where I was going to go over to them and ask them to move it. Then I got to thinking, am I going to let a garbage can spoil the relationship I have with my neighbors? Should I be so narrow minded into thinking such thoughts?

The object lesson I'd like to bring to your attention is this. If we allow Christ into our hearts on a daily basis, and ask for Him to direct our thinking process in the right direction, the devil would not be allowed to enter our minds and alter our thinking process. Instead of becoming angry over the little demeaning things that cross our paths every day, we should find ways to get around them without making an issue of it. The same holds true for any relationship. If we keep Christ first in our lives, everything else will fall inline.

I am a human being, and I'll be the first to admit, I do make mistakes, and sometimes I get up on the wrong side of the bed, and forget to commit myself to the Lord, and when I don't do it right, it just seems my whole day goes wrong!!

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Judy Smith

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Re: BE GRATEFUL FOR NOW, IT'S HERE TO ENJOY
8/9/2007 7:38:58 PM

Hi Roger,

I have to comment on James's story.

James, I am thoroughly impressed with your story, and one of real life.  My hubby and I go though a similar thing at our house, only it's with the neighbor's car, and I have to sometimes hold my hubby back from saying something, and other times he holds me back.

 We feel the same the way you do at the end of every day.  We have a great relationship with our neighbors, and don't want to ruin it over a where their car is parked. 

"and sometimes I get up on the wrong side of the bed, and forget to commit myself to the Lord, and when I don't do it right, it just seems my whole day goes wrong!!"  Well, james, you are not alone!!  I make a very conscious effort before I get out of bed to commit the day to the Lord.  When I forget, when I am negligent in making that commitment, the day is long, tired, and topsy turvey.  After a lot of practice I am grateful to be able to say that there are many more great days than bad ones lately! 

Thanks for the great reminder!!

Judy

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8/9/2007 8:09:30 PM
The view may be the same each day but the attitude makes it look different if we allow it alter our vision. A brick wall may look ever so boring to one person while another sees shadows, color changes as the sun moves across it. One can see different shades of red, organge or what ever the brick is. Look for the variety in the brick wall and it will become beautiful. For someone else the brick wall will be all one color and block the view they wish they had. Thistles in the garden can be a beautiful blue flower or they can be an unwanted weed. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Re: BE GRATEFUL FOR NOW, IT'S HERE TO ENJOY
8/10/2007 1:46:16 AM

Hello James,

Thank you for your story.

Your contributions always give us something to ponder.

My two nearest neighbours still do not speak, and all over a parking space, so Judy, the problem and solutions are wordwide.

I have always hated disputes and have made it a mission to be diplomatic but like everyone, I get it wrong sometimes.

Roger

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