Posts Tagged ‘Christian life’

Silly Putty®

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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According to the encyclopedia, Silly Putty® is a toy based on silicone polymers which display unusual physical properties. It bounces, but breaks when given a sharp blow and can also flow like a liquid. It contains a viscoelastic liquid silicone, a type of Non-Newtonian fluid, which makes it act as a viscous liquid over a long time period but as an elastic solid over a short time period. It was originally created by accident during research into potential rubber substitutes for use by the United States in World War II.

We all know it is a popular toy for children. Why do the kids like it? Because it can be rolled, smoothed, stretched and patted to fit into tiny crevices and corners, wadded up, reshaped and used over and over again. It will never wear out. If it is dropped, it bounces right back.

How can my Christian life be similar to a piece of putty?

  1. I must be willing to be used over and over again and never tire of doing God’s work.
  2. I must bounce back from failure, from loss or from disappointment so I can set the example for others who are watching my Christian lifestyle.
  3. I must fit into tiny crevices and corners so I can do whatever God wants me to do.
  4. I must be willing to be broken as I place all of my cares and concerns before God.
  5. I must be “silly” enough to do what God asks me to do even if it sounds “crazy” to others.
  6. I must be willing to flow freely as a liquid so I can touch the hearts of those around me who are hurting.

Romans 9:21Romans 9:21
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

21 Or hath not the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?

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states, “Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” I want the Master potter (God) to take a lump of clay (me) and create a beautiful vessel to be used for His special purpose.

In other words, I want to be Silly Putty® for Christ.

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My Easter Tribute

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

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I wrote an Easter skit many years ago that was published in the Standard Easter Program Book, Standard Publishing Company, (1994) entitled “My Easter Tribute”.  The essence of the skit states that no matter what age you are there is something you can offer as a tribute to God.  What a great price He paid for our sins by His death and resurrection on the cross!

What can you bring?  Even though the skit is broken down into several generations and I only give one example of each age group, you must decide for yourself how you will pay tribute to our Lord and Savior not only during this special season but also throughout the year.

A little child is usually so expressive in showing love to others. This would be a good time for a youngster to let Jesus know how much they love him by singing the song, “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know”.  This can be done during the week leading up to Easter.  Even though they may not fully understand the magnitude of His death and resurrection, they can be taught of His love for them.

It is usually during the teenage years that a young person begins to develop his/her talents.  What a better way to utilize their talents than by ministering to others in a church setting.  As God gifts them, they can be taught to give Him the glory for what He has gifted them with and ways to use their talent(s) to please Him.

Young mothers are rather limited in time due to demands upon them by their family and friends.  They are cooking, cleaning, running errands, going to school events and generally keeping the household functioning.  Whew!  I am sure they must get exhausted.  I am tired just thinking of all the things I had to accomplish as a young mother.  This is a good time for a mother to stop and reflect on God’s goodness and determine to spend whatever time can be squeezed out of a day for Godly things.  A young father, as well, is busy with earning a living for the family and must pause once in a while to contemplate God’s care for his family and give of his limited time to God.

God deserves our praise.  What better way for a middle-aged adult to offer a tribute to God than by a continual offering of praise.  Your strength may be limited but praising our Lord is a way to express gratitude.

Perhaps as a Senior adult you cannot bend your arthritic knees to kneel or you cannot stand for extended periods of time. No matter what position you choose, offering prayers for other families in service to the Lord (e.g. missionaries, pastors) is vitally important.  What an important tribute.  God will reward your faithfulness.

We triumph today in His resurrection victory – Christ’s triumph over the grave!  When the stone was rolled away it proclaimed to all doubting men that in Christ all things live again. This truth reaches down throughout the ages to every generation and touches each of our hearts even today.

What tribute will you offer?

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