First things first...
REAL: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, James 1:2
CULTURED: Our journey… is about progress, not perfection. We string together our efforts like so many pearls, and before long…you have a whole strand! Dick Beardsley
:) A young man had been working as a bag boy in a supermarket for several years. One day the supermarket got a new multiple juice machine. The bag boy was excited and asked the manager if he could work the juice machine. The manager "Sorry, but baggers can't be juicers."
REAL: Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep His commands. Deuteronomy 8:2
CULTURED: In a beautiful setting with our needs met and every resource at our fingertips…our soul shrivels… We need an occasional blast of storm or fiery trial if our faith is to mature. Joni Eareckson Tada
:) The man told the undertaker that he wanted the best for his deceased father. The bill: $30 K. It was paid without complaint. But then another bill came for $85, a month later, the same. So he called the undertaker and asked why the repeated charge. The undertaker said, “Well you told me you wanted the best for your father so I rented him a tux!”
God prospers us not to raise our standard of living, but our standard of giving.
~ PK- Stewardship Corner
Stewardship Thought for the Week
John the Baptist....what a great example of one of God's stewards! He actively put to use all the gifts God gave him. So it is with us as! All the things we think, do, and say in faith (apart from sin), are actions of a steward of God.