DayBreaks for 09/20/12 – The Few, the Brave, the Courageous

DayBreaks for 09/19/12 – The Few, the Brave, the Courageous

Joshua 1:9 – I command you — be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

Let’s face it: life isn’t for the weak of heart.  Life is a challenge – far more difficult and hard than we could ever imagine.

We start out as children and life is like a game.  Then, we get a bit older and we find out that we can’t win every game, and that along with the game, come certain expectations and responsibilities.

We become young adults and find someone to love and marry – and for a while, we enjoy this thing called a “honeymoon” period of our relationship where all is peachy, but then we start to discover aspects of this person we married that we don’t care for very much.  And as the pressures of job, children and money mount, we become more disillusioned with this thing called life.

As young and middle-aged adults, we have probably settled into a relatively calm routine…and then we awaken one day to find that the routine is really a rut – a rut we don’t feel we can get out of and the walls start closing in and we feel desperately trapped.  The result: mid-life crises.

As age begins to descend upon us and our health starts to fail, we can get discouraged as we look back at our lives and wonder, “What if?”  We may often ask ourselves the very disturbing question: “Did I misunderstand what God wanted me to do?”  And we realize we don’t have time left to go back and undo what we may have misunderstood, to undertake what we might have been able to do when we were younger.

Life isn’t for the weak of heart.  It takes courage.

“Whatever you do, you need courage.  Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.  There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.  To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.  Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will face choices today that will take courage because life is like that.  Let the strength of the Lord be your strength, let his courage fill your spirit and may you make the right choices.

PRAYER: Life frightens us at nearly every corner, Lord.  We can’t see past the shadows and often, even though we know what we should do, we lack the courage it takes to win the victory.  Give us your courage today!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/17/12 – Making Life Work

DayBreaks for 05/17/12 – Making Life Work

John 14:6 (NLT) – Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

Let’s face it.  Life is T-O-U-G-H.  And let me say something to the younger readers out there: I don’t find it getting any easier as I tack on the years!  Sure, in some ways it gets easier, but in others it becomes harder, less comfortable and more difficult than ever.  I don’t say that to discourage you, but I must be honest about it.  But there is a consolation that comes with age: knowing that we are closer to the goal and our home-going!

Have you heard the story about the man who ordered a tree house over the internet for his children? When the box arrived, on the top were words that have become every parent’s nightmare: “Some assembly required.”

The man began to assemble the tree house but as he laid out all the parts on the floor and began reading, he realized that the instructions were indeed for a tree house…but the parts were for a sail boat!!

The next day, he sent an angry e-mail message to the company complaining about the mix-up. Back came the reply:

“We are truly sorry for the error and the mix-up and the inconvenience. However, it might make you feel better to consider the fascinating possibility that somewhere today there is a man out on a lake trying to sail your tree house.”

The point is clear: To put something together, you must have the right parts and the right instructions. This is where faith comes in. The only way you can put your life together is through faith. Faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. That’s what makes it work.

We often quote John 14:6 and focus on Him being the Way, on Him being the Truth…but He is also the Life.  It just doesn’t work without Him!

PRAYER: Increase our trust in the truth, the way, and in the reality that life only works when we do it Your way!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks 2/28/11 – Propped Up on the Leanin’ Side

DayBreaks for 2/28/11 – Propped Up on the Leanin’ Side

Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.- Luke 6:47-49, ESV

Battered by the storms...

A good friend sent this to me, and I thought it was well worth posting.  I unfortunately don’t know the author’s name:

“Every time I am asked to pray, I think of the old fellow who always prayed, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leanin’ side.’ After hearing him pray that prayer many times, someone asked him why he prayed that prayer so fervently.

“He answered, ‘Well sir, you see, it’s like this…. I got an old barn out back. It’s been there a long time; it’s withstood a lot of weather; it’s gone through a lot of storms, and it’s stood for many years.

“It’s still standing. But one day I noticed it was leaning to one side a bit.

“So I went and got some pine poles and propped it up on its leaning side so it wouldn’t fall.

“Then I got to thinking about that and how much I was like that old barn.  I’ve been around a long time…I’ve withstood a lot of life’s storms. I’ve withstood a lot of bad weather in life, I’ve withstood a lot of hard times, and I’m still standing too.

“But I find myself leaning to one side from time to time, so I like to ask the Lord to prop us up on our leaning side, ’cause I figure a lot of us get to leaning at times.

“Sometimes we get to leaning toward anger, leaning toward bitterness leaning toward hatred, leaning toward cussing, leaning toward a lot of things that we shouldn’t . So we need to pray, ‘Lord, prop us up on our leaning side, so we will stand straight and tall again, to glorify the Lord.”

Galen’s Thoughts: One of the unpredictable things about storms is which way the wind will blow.  Most places have a prevailing wind that puts pressure on the side of buildings and trees that makes them lean in a downwind direction.  Those are the kinds of winds that we have grown familiar with all our lives: the particular temptation that plagues you, the hurts that seem to recur over and over and over.  Then, every once in a while, the wind shifts direction and catches us off balance.  We don’t expect it – we find an unexpected pressure beating on us.  Perhaps it is in those moments that we are even more in perilous straits.  It doesn’t really matter where the storm comes from.  What does matter is the foundation and support we have when it strikes.  It does no good to prop yourself up with 2×2’s when you need a steel pole.  Jesus is the one support guaranteed to never collapse or fail you, no matter how strongly the winds beat against you.

If you stare at the picture of the barn for a bit, you will see Who will help us stand straight and tall again. Do You See HIM?  (I don’t know who made up the picture, or I’d give them credit for it, too.)

PRAYER: God, it seems like there has been an abundance of storms and strong winds lately sweeping across our lives and across the world.  At times we are tempted to think that everything is going to come crashing down, taking us with it.  Help us to remember that it is not “what” that holds us up, but “Who.”  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2011, Galen C. Dalrymple  ><}}}”>

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