finds inspiration everywhere,
quietly brave and fiercely loyal,
one who has no secrets to hide,
for me, the sky's the limit,
someone who adapts well to change,
an Ardent advocate for the underdog,
a man followed by sunlight,
always chooses the path of excellence,
Why can't God use you?
Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossip, Mary was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Moses stuttered, Zaccheus was short, Abraham was old & Lazarus was dead. Now, what’s YOUR excuse?
A farmer by definition is a person who cultivates the land. A gardener by definition is a person who cultivates seedlings and their offspring for growth and future transplantation. To cultivate means the preparation process of working the land/soil in order to raise crops/plants. So why do I care about a farmer or a gardener? Sounds as though the farmer and the gardener do the same thing, they both cultivate. But believe me there is a difference and it is a big one, the difference between the farmer and the gardener is what they cultivate, how they cultivate and what happens to what is cultivated. Let us start with what they cultivate. Are you a crop or a plant? Is the person giving you guidance a farmer or a gardener? Are you being raised for just a season or are you being raised to be transplanted. Crops are cultivated for consumption and plants are cultivated for growth and transplanting. Plants are raised to be transplanted into pots, moving from …
There is a painting by an African-American artist I saw when I was younger, depicting a man reaching over a wall to help another man over to freedom. The caption under it read, “He’s not heavy, he’s my brother.” This painting was inspired by a song written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell in 1969. The first verse in the song said: The road is long with many a winding turn that leads us to who knows were, who knows when but I’m strong enough to carry him. He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.
Now, I have this same painting in my home... In these uncertain times there are a lot of brothers and sisters down who not only need a hand out but more importantly need a hand up. Especially from those of us who are in a position to help someone out. We should help lift them up because in helping them we really help ourselves. The Elements of Encouragement...
Dear God, Show me how to lift up my brothers and sisters who are not heavy. Give me discernment on who …