Focus on the spiritual realm

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth, for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3.2,3

It is so easy to get caught up in the mundane things that we have to do on a daily basis. Our work, our studies, our lives become the focus so often of our thoughts and consequently of our actions. For us to change, we have to take a step back and look up. These things are indeed important. But they are not the most important! Paul encouraged the Colossians to keep thinking about things above. Our focus needs to be on the spiritual realm which is where the true value of our lives needs to exist. Why? Here on this earth there is so much evil in existence. We get discouraged so easily with the barrage of negative information that we receive. We can come to the conclusion that it is not worth the effort to live for God. It is so easy to focus on that and lose sight of the fact that we are not of this world. Even the day-to-day same-old same-old can take our focus off of what is important and become drudgery! Which can lead us to forget where our focus should be. In Hebrews 12.2 we are encouraged to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus who is the pioneer (he paved the way) and perfecter (he completed the task) of our faith. He has already walked the path and he can show us the way! That is cause for joy.

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Who packed your parachute?

Charles Plumb was a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience!

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”

“How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb.

“I packed your parachute,” the man replied.

Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, “I guess it worked!” Plumb assured him, “It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy uniform; a white hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.”

Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent at a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know. Now, Plumb asks his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute?”

Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. He also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory–he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you. Congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason. As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize people who pack your parachutes. I am sending you this as my way of thanking you for your part in packing my parachute! And I hope you will send it on to those who have helped pack yours!

The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning. Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. Prov. 16:21-22

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

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Thinking of the important

A motorist drove into the service station one day and asked for ten gallons of gas. Immediately three attendants sprang into action. One began wipe the windshield, another checked the air in his tires, and the third gave his attention to the water in the radiator and checked the oil. When they were through the motorist paid for ten gallons of gas and drove off.

A few minutes later, however, he returned with a worried look on his face and asked, “Did any of you put the gas in my car?” The three looked at one another…then meekly admitted that nobody had!

This same thing often happens to us in life. In the rush of life we become preoccupied with doing the superficial things … the things … the things that “glitter” but which are not absolutely essential. Then we often overlook the main purpose for which we were created–to know, to love and serve God in this life and to be happy with Him in the next.

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. (Phil 3:8-10)

“Thoughts For Today To Brighten Your Day”

From: Glenn, Mercedes & Lauren Hitchcock


An Important Distinction

An important distinction in my life has been the distinction between good and evil. Many people in our society are woefully ignorant of that distinction (Isaiah 5:20). That distinction can only come about by a daily and habitual study of God’s word (Acts 17:11; Hebrews 5:13-14; 2 Timothy 2:15), as well as an application of it (Psalm 119:33-34).

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The Power Of Kindness

Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso, writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics. In this week’s article, he emphasizes the important role kindness plays in the education of our children:

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Half of the harm that is done in this wo…

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important…They do not mean to do harm…They are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.

T.S. Eliot, Anglo-American poet (1888-1965)

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