DayBreaks for 10/06/15 – Being Taught by Babies

DayBreaks for 10/06/05: Being Taught by Babies

This was in our worship bulletin on Sunday, and I think it makes a point well and reminds us of something that should bless and encourage us all:

“I’ve got friends who have a baby that’s learning to walk. Whenever their baby tries to stand and take a step or two, he stumbles and falls, but then he gets right back up and tries again, only to fall once more. He doesn’t give up, he keeps trying over and over to walk to his parents. Do you think his parents scold him or tell him he’s worthless, and he’ll never make it? NO, they smile, courage him, and applaud his efforts, they even assist him a little. They don’t expect him to perform perfectly, instead, they boost him up spiritually and physically because they understand he’s just learning to walk.

“Our Heavenly Father loves us, and As a father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has mercy on those who fear Him, (Ps. 103:13).  God tenderly forgives us and encourages us to repent, get back up, and walk with Him again and again. Proverbs 24:16 says, Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin. God’s people will stumble and fall, but they won’t be destroyed because He’ll forgive them. With his help, they’ll get back up and keep walking toward Him. However, when those who don’t know Him fall, they get stuck in the quicksand because they can’t rescue themselves.”

They also wrote a poem, part of which I’m sharing here:

“Did you ever see a baby who’s learning to walk?

He doesn’t seem to mind when he falls.

He never even thinks to give up on it all,

He picks himself right up and keeps on.

And I’m learning to walk with the Savior,

And I stumble and tumble and fall.

I’m embarrassed by my bad behavior;

Sometimes all I can do is just crawl.

 

“Ever hear a baby who’s learning to talk?

Her syllables make no sense at all.

Her father doesn’t mind; he just sites there enthralled,

Waiting just to hear his name called.

And I’m learning to talk with the Father,

And I fumble with words when I pray.

But to the Lord I am never a bother;

He just longs to hear me speak His name.”

Be blessed…your Father is not embarrassed by your falling, even when all we can do is crawl. And when you feel your prayers are weak and faulty, all He wants is to hear you call His name.

PRAYER: Oh, Jesus! How wonderful to be reminded of these simple truths of your love for us and patience with our weaknesses! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright by 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 5/12/15 – The Big Mouth

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DayBreaks for 5/12/15: The Big Mouth

Ecclesiastes 5:1 (NIV) – Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.  Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God.  God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.  As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words.

What is it about us that makes us so like the sound of our own voice?  We prattle about this and that, pontificate and pronounce our opinions on everything as if we were something special.

How smart is that, really?  Or, let me ask the question a bit differently: how often has your mouth and your words gotten you into trouble because you said something that either was true or was deceitful, hurtful, boastful, derogatory or just plain malicious?  Or, how many times have you stuck your foot in your mouth and said something really “stupid”? 

It isn’t unique to unbelievers…we Christians are often just as bad because we think we’ve got all the truth locked down so tightly that we just couldn’t possibly be wrong about our opinion on this or that.  And, it’s not wise.

There are times when I think I don’t say enough, but you know what I’ve found?  I have found that I learn immensely more when my mouth is shut and my ears are open than the other way around. 

The writer of Ecclesiastes cautions us to not be quick with our mouths or to utter anything before God.  He wasn’t talking about just when we go into worship, but at all times because we are never out of God’s Presence.

I suspect there would be a lot less hurt and pain in the world if we kept our words to ourselves and listened more to others.

PRAYER: Teach us to be good listeners but people of few words! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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