DayBreaks for 6/16/14 – Scarred, but Loved

DayBreaks for 6/16/14 – Scarred, but Loved

1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) – But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

David Roever was a young man in July of 1969.  He was the recipient of a draft notice at the height of the Vietnam War, but not wanting to be an infantryman in the jungles of southeast Asia, he joined the Navy and became a boat gunner serving in the Brown Water Berets in Vietnam.  Eight months into his tour of duty, a white phosphorous grenade exploded a mere six inches from his face.  It was believed he would die from the injuries, but he would live.  Live as a scarred and disfigured human being.

He spent fourteen months in the hospital recovering.  When his wife first came into the room where he lay, she ran up to him and kissed him and called him, Davey, the pet name she had for him.  He was stunned, and stammered out an apology, “Brenda, I’m so sorry!”  He was desperately afraid that she would not want to have anything to do with a man who was so disfigured.

“Sorry for what?” she replied.  “None of this is your fault!”

“I’m sorry that I will never look good for you again,” he blurted out between sobs. 

“Davey,” she said, “you were never that good looking to begin with!”

I heard this story on Sunday during a sermon, and it stuck a chord in me.  We like to think that we look pretty good – and not just physically, but spiritually, too!  We like to think that our good deeds and sacrifices for God make us look pretty darn good and are impressive.  On the other hand, sometimes we think we are so ugly and marred by sin that not even God could love us.  The truth is quite different.  God comes to us, calls us by name, and reassures us of His love for us.  We may apologize and beg Him to love us…and He just simply reminds us that we had no beauty of spirit or body that would attract Him.  He is attracted to us simply because He made us and loves us and cherishes us. 

And just as Brenda stuck by her man and raised a family and now grandchildren, God sticks by us – even when our lives are scarred ugly.

God will never abandon you.  You have His word on it!

PRAYER: Thank You for not being driven away by our ugly lives, but for loving us in Your great love and mercy! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple

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DayBreaks for 4/07/14 – Wanted, Chosen and Desired

DayBreaks for 4/07/14 – Wanted, Chosen and Desired

Ephesians 1:4-6 (MSG) – Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!)Heanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.

Used by permission from my friend, Barney Cargile, Barney’s Bullets: “A couple from Nashville were in the process of adopting an eight-year-old Russian girl.  The proceedings required that a judge read a long list of legalese, informing the girl of her decision to leave her native country and live in America.  It contained these statements: “Do you understand that you are unwanted and undesired by anyone in your native country?”  Her parents were horrified that she was forced to hear such words spoken about her.  Following the proceedings, they knelt before her, and hugging her they said, “You are our child now.  From this day forward, you will never hear words such as ‘unwanted’ and ‘undesired’ spoken over you again.” 

“Most of us have experienced this world’s rejection in some form; it’s easy to feel “unwanted and undesired”.  But when we come to Christ we’re given a new identity as adopted children of God (Rom.8:14-17). Regardless of what has happened in our past, never again will we be unwanted or undesired.  The Creator of the universe desired you as his child before he created the world (Eph.1:4-5). Rather than speaking words of rejection over us, Zephaniah 3:17 says that God takes great delight in us and rejoices over us with singing.  Isn’t that amazing in a world where we’re judged by our looks, bank account or performance?  The One whose opinion matters most thinks you’re great!  So let go of the conditional acceptance of the world, and move into the new identity you have in relation to Jesus.  You are wanted and desired.”

Galen’s thoughts: we all grow up hoping that some day we will find someone to love us. Once we do, we may be afraid that if that person knows all about us that they will decide they made a mistake, so we start keeping secrets, fearful that their love for us will go up in a puff of smoke.

The good news about God’s love for us is this: He does know all about us.  He even knew all about us before He chose us – and He chose us anyway!  As in comprehensible as it sounds, we are that precious to Him!

PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for choosing us, for telling us that You love and desire us forever!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/08/13 – Is It Nothing to You?

DayBreaks for 04/08/13 – Is It Nothing to You?

WorthPosterNOTE: I am on a missions trip/internship to Africa and will be gone until 5/25.  Please pray for God’s work to go forth mightily, for protection for myself and those with whom I will be working, and for my wife in my absence!  Thank you…I cherish your prayers!  You will be receiving DayBreaks as usual (from the archive) after today until I’ve returned.

From The Unchained Soul, by Calvin Miller comes this analogy:

An African myth tells of a tribe whose people noticed that their cows were not giving as much milk as they once did.  In spying on their cows at midnight, they noticed a beautiful young woman carrying a large pail and floating down to earth on a moon ray.  She milked their cows and went back to the skies.  One the following night, when they trapped this thieving goddess, they discovered that she was the Sky Maiden, a member of a sky tribe who had no other way to get food for themselves.  The man who had trapped the Sky Maid promised to release her if she would return and marry him.  She agreed, but only if he would allow her to return to the sky for three days and prepare herself.  When she returned, she brought with her a large sealed box.  She told the man that she would not marry him, but he must promise her he would never look inside the box.  They were married and for many weeks lived happily together, but one day when his wife was away from their hut, the bridegroom’s curiosity got the best of him.  He opened the box and looked inside.  He was amazed.  The box was empty.

“When the Sky Maid discovered that he had looked inside, she refused to be married to him any longer.  Her earthbound husband did not understand why she would leave him for so trivial a matter as an empty box.  She replied to him with these words: ‘I’m not leaving you because you opened the box, I thought you probably would.  I’m leaving you because you said it was empty.  It wasn’t empty; it was full of sky.  It contained the light and the air and the smells of my home in the sky.  When I went home for the last time, I filled that box with everything that was most precious to me to remind me of where I came from.  How can I be your wife if what is most precious to me is emptiness to you?’

“This parable explains the plight of God.  His is it that, when we mean so very much to God, he means so little to us?  Yet his love is unconditional.  It flows eternally toward us, whether or not we stop to love God in return.

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Rom. 5:6-8)

“God loves us to the extremity of the cross and says to us, ‘Look in the box.’  Grace fills the treasure chest of God.  Is His glorious love of no value?  Do you experience this love beyond all telling, or are you incriminated by Jeremiah’s cry, ‘Is it nothing to you?’ (Lam. 1:12)

How important to you are the treasures of God?

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 05/14/12 – The One Jesus Loves

DayBreaks for 05/14/12 – The One Jesus Loves

John 13:23 (MSG) – One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved dearly, was reclining against him, his head on his shoulder. Author and speaker Brennan Manning came up with a slogan. The slogan is, “I am the one Jesus loves.” It sounds a little arrogant doesn’t it? But he is actually quoting Scripture. Jesus’ closest friend on earth, the disciple named John, is identified in the Gospels as “the one Jesus loved.” Manning said, “If John were to be asked, ‘What is your primary identity in life?’ he would not reply, ‘I am a disciple, an apostle, an evangelist, an author of one of the four Gospels,’ but rather, ‘I am the one Jesus loves.'”

What would it mean, I ask myself, if I too came to the place where I saw my primary identity in life as “the one Jesus loves”? How differently would I view myself at the end of a day? Sociologists have a theory of the looking-glass self: you become what the most important person in your life (wife, father, boss, etc.) thinks you are. How would my life change if I truly believed the Bible’s astounding words about God’s love for me, if I looked in the mirror and saw what God sees? Does “I am the one Jesus loves” describe how you feel about yourself? Do you believe it? Whether you believe it or not, it doesn’t change the fundamental truth of that statement. Let the meaning and joy of that one simple sentence shine light into your day today!

PRAYER: Father, help us to believe not just that You exist, but that Your love for us knows no limits, no bounds, that each of us is the one You love! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya. We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids. If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans Thank you! Your donations are tax deductible for 2012. If you prefer to send a check rather than give through PayPal, write it and mail it to: I Am 2 Partners, Inc., c/o 3678 Creekstone Drive, Norcross, GA 30092.

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