Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Parable of the Apple Pie

Carol wanted to do something nice for her neighbor Mrs. Smith, so she baked an apple pie and carried it next door. When Mrs. Smith opened the door, she said, "For me? Thank you so much! You just don't know how much I appreciate it! You’re so thoughtful for doing this!"

The next week Carol baked another one. When she took it over Mrs. Smith said, "Thank you so much. You are so kind!"

She took another pie to her the following week and Mrs. Smith muttered, "Thanks."

Carol took another pie over the next week. Her neighbor said, "Try using a little more sugar and don't bake it quite as long. And next time, I’d like cherry filling. Didn’t ever occur to you that I might be getting tired of apple?"

The next week Carol didn’t have time to bake. When Carol passed by her house on the way to the store, Mrs. Smith stuck her head out the window and yelled, "WHERE’S MY PIE??"

He who has ears to hear, let him hear. The pie represents God’s blessings. Mrs. Smith is how many people respond to God. We usually thank God at first when He blesses us. But over time we tend to stop appreciating them. Psalm 138:1 says, “I will give thanks to You with ALL MY HEART.” Once we stop thanking God from our hearts, we’ll start complaining and telling God what He needs to do differently. We can’t thank God and complain at the same time.

I thank God from my heart every day for saving me, for my wife, family, house, cars, electricity, water, air-conditioning, etc. because I never want to stop appreciating what God has given me. Celebrating Thanksgiving isn’t once a year, but every day. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Your High IQ Won't Find God

Mensa is an organization whose members have an IQ of 140 or higher. A few years ago at a Mensa convention in San Francisco, several members lunched at a local cafe.  While dining, they discovered the salt shaker contained pepper and the pepper shaker had salt. How could they swap the contents of the bottles without spilling and using only the implements at hand? Clearly, this was a job for Mensa!

The group came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw and an empty saucer. They called the waitress over to dazzle her with their solution. “Ma’am,” they said, “we couldn’t help but notice the pepper shaker contains salt and the salt shaker…’
“Oh,” interrupted the waitress. “Sorry about that.” She unscrewed the caps of both bottles and switched them.

Know-it-all people don’t have all the answers, especially when it comes to spiritual things. Jesus said, “I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants” (Luke 10:21).

God hides things from the wise and intelligent? He’s not against those with high IQs. After all, God is the one who made them intelligent. He’s talking about those who think they’re so smart they don’t need God and won’t acknowledge Him as their creator.  
He reveals things to infants? God reveals truth to those who have humbled themselves and depend on Him, like an infant depends on its mother.

We discover God’s truth through His Spirit revealing it to our hearts, not through our intellect. “But the unbeliever does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually (1 Cor. 2:14 HCSB).

God wants a relationship with everyone—whether your IQ is 80 or 180, but we must come to Him as a child. Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3). You don’t have to be a member of Mensa to find God. He made it so simple that even a child can find Him. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

He Found WHAT in the Sewer?

Roy Parrino works in a sewer where he helps clean out 650 miles under Los Angeles. Parrino says, "You really have to psych your mind up for it. You're going into the filthiest environment there is. It's like being inside a big toilet."
On his first day at the job, Roy climbed out of the sewer holding a 2-carat topaz ring he had found. But that's not all. Parrino has found gold necklaces, bracelets, and even diamond rings while working in the sewer. When Roy goes into the sewer, he looks past the filth and searches for treasure.

Maybe you’re in a “sewer” right now—a disturbing workplace, an awkward relationship, or a stressful situation. It’s easy to see the sewage, but God wants you to look past the filth and search for treasure. Every situation contains both good and bad, and you can choose what you'll focus on. It’s easy to see what’s wrong but it takes determination to search for and find what’s good.

No matter where you work and what you own, you won’t be happy unless you have a positive attitude. First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” God wants us to be thankful in every situation, both good and bad, all day long.

So the next time you go down into the sewer, keep a positive attitude and start looking for the gold and diamonds buried there. God wants you to find them and be thankful in every situation. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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