Dot Robinson, who sent in a verse this month, also sent in a poem for this issue. It’s quite good and also appropriate for all of us as we continue into the New Year.
The Rearview Mirror
While driving along the road one day
I diverted my attention and lost my way
I was busy looking at what was behind
To the things ahead I was temporarily blind.
Don’t we do the same in life?
Look back at all our pain and strife
And forget to look at where we are going
Missing blessings without even knowing.
We can learn from our past, that is true
But the past is gone- it’s done, it’s through!
Look back with thanksgiving in your heart
Then with the bad times, let them depart.
Look ahead for the blessings God has in store
Trust in his goodness more and more
God wants to be the focus of our gaze
As we trust in him for all our days.
Remember looking back should be a glance
To relive your life, you won’t get a chance
Cherish your fond memories, let the pain go
And then God’s fullest blessings you’ll know.
Dealing With Issues
Some of us have a difficult time dealing with all of the issues that face us on a regular basis. Some of the matters that are sure to come up are complex and difficult. Others are less complex and less difficult. Some are expected to come up and others catch us by surprise on occasion. I believe that it’s very important to plan for the expected and to be ready for the surprises.
We all need to make sure we are able to distinguish what is more important from those things that are in reality less important. But at the same time we must be careful not to let those less important things become unimportant. I have found from experience that doing the mundane and that which is considered less important right on a daily basis is in itself very important. Failing to handle those matters will create problems down the road.
So when we set our daily priorities in dealing with the essential matters that will come up, and being ready for life’s surprises, keep this in mind. We should begin each day with the affirmation found in Psalms 118:24:”This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” If we will do this daily, it will definitely make setting our priorities much easier and it will make sure we also take care of the surprises!
A Mother’s Letter About Her Son’s Role On The Auburn Football Team
A friend of mine sent me a letter that was written by Mrs. Teresa Caudle, the mother of an Auburn football player. While some readers may not recognize the name Neil Caudle, he was an important member of Auburn’s National Championship team. Neil had been a highly-recruited quarterback out of Birmingham. But he had a series of serious knee injuries that set him back. This caused Neil never to start a game as an Auburn quarterback. But nevertheless, Neil was a key player during his time on the Plains, especially during his senior year. He was the holder on extra points and field goals. I don’t recall Neil ever “messing up” in that role. Here’s what his mama wrote about her son:
Hey, Auburn Fans! I just downloaded my pictures from the National Championship game. Because we were on the south end of the field, opposite from the action at the end of the game, I made pictures of the Jumbotron and scoreboard. The attached picture reveals that not only did #19 take the snap and hold the ball for the 19-yard field goal to break the 19-19 tie to win the National Championship, but there were 19 seconds on the play-clock.
All of us have to wonder at times whether or not we are in God’s will. With each injury and disappointment, Keith and I wondered if God wanted Neil to play football at Auburn. But Neil always felt he was in God’s will, even when things didn’t go like he wanted them to. Getting to be a part of the National Championship team seemed to be an affirmation that he was right to stick it out. But God always exceeds our expectations. Sometimes God gives us signs.
You can do the math and see it is no coincidence. I believe God orchestrated Neil’s last college football game to show His power and to affirm to Neil (and us) that number 19 was right where he was supposed to be all along. (Matthew 25:21)
For now I see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
God always does what He says he will do. (Psalm 33:4 and Psalm 145:13)
God is all powerful and He will never forsake us. (Psalm 37:28 and Romans 8:35)
God will bless those who seek to follow His will. (1 John 5:14 and Matthew 26:39)
God requires us to humble ourselves and take the form of a servant. (Matthew 20:26 and 23:12)
Verse-of-the-day today is this: “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31
Thank you for sharing in this experience with us. Thank you for all your prayers and support. Our God is an awesome God!
Teresa and Keith Caudle
A Monthly Reminder
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
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