Feb 05 2013

Speaking Out

There's a story in the news about a teenager from Pakistan... who is living proof that it's possible.

Malala Yousafzai. She is fighting for the right for girls in her country to go to school, and she was shot because of it.
 
She is recovering now. "God has given me this new life, " she says ,"and this is a second life. This is the new life and I want to serve the people."
 
She's still fighting. 

I don't know about you, but her story makes me not want to take my freedom for granted. Instead of complaining about sitting in the long carpool line this afternoon at my daughter's school, I will appreciate that my daughter get to go.
 
 

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Feb 04 2013

The "If Only" in Life

Have you've ever found yourself saying, "if only I had (fill in the blank) I'd be happy"?

 

The funny thing is that when you get that (fill in the blank), the happiness only lasts for a short period of time.  You're left unfulfilled again, searching for the next thing. 

 

Watching the Super Bowl commercials last night seemed like a new list of "if onlys." If only I switched brands of soda or if only got a new car. That would make me oh so happy. And yeah, a new car would make me happy, for the time being.

 

But, if you're looking for long-lasting fulfillment, the new car smell or a new soda is not quite going to do it.

 

In the Bible there's a story about Jesus meeting a woman at a well.  This woman was not the kind of church-going girl who religious people were supposed to talk to, but Jesus talked to her anyway. She was the kind of woman that was seeking fulfillment through relationships with men. 

 

It's easy to judge her. However, when you think about it, we all seek fulfillment and happiness in "things".  Whether it's a person, a new house or a new car.  It's the same thing.  It's fleeting.

 

Jesus said, "Whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more.  But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) continually within him unto eternal life."  -John 4:14 (AMP)

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