It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

WEEK 3 DAY 5 - SUMMER BIBLE STUDY

Inside the Great Mystery that is,
we don't really own anything.
What is this competition we feel then,
before we go, one at a time, through the same gate?
Rumi

We see and hear all the time constant comparisons and competitions based on what our culture tells us is looking good, attractive, and desirous. People end up rejecting themselves or others because they don't meet the correct standards and qualifications.

In Liberia having a gap in ones fron teeth is a sign of great beauty. Here, we would have braces to correct the situation. It is very difficult to be ourselves and not to be shaped by the expectations of others.

We are not meant to be like everyone else. We should give thanks to God for all we have and are and not give in to false voices of our culture.

If we have two cups that are different are they not both still vessels? Each holds what is poured into it. Each is unique, yet a blessing.

Scripture: Romans 9:19-26
But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God? Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, 'Why have you made me like this?' Has the potter not right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and another for ordinary use?
We look longingly at the gifts of others and forget or deny our own gifts. When we compare ourselves to others, we should remember and appreciate our own distinct personhoods.

When I was newly married and had no children, I would look at other couples with children and long for a baby of my own. As the good Lord didn't see fit to bless us with one until I was 27 years old, I had quite a few years of wishing I was one of those people with children. People were cruel when they suggested that we didn't know how to do 'it' right and ridiculed us because we weren't able to have children. Well, we were blessed with 7 children and then the same people ridiculed us for having so many. You cannot please people. What you can do is accept what is given to you. If you take the time to count the blessings you have, you won't have time to worry about what you don't have. In the long run, it isn't important what others think about you, it is important to be thankful to God for what He has given you !!!


Today I will not envy others or compete with them.
'On Ya' - ma

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