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Friday, May 1, 2015

I am 'borrowing' this from my friend Reverend Darby

The Beaufort District of the South Carolina Annual Conference
of the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Based on II Corinthians 5:11-17

André Freitas

            One of my favorite stories involves a little girl watching her mother prepare a holiday dinner turkey by cutting it in two and roasting each half in separate pans.  When she asked her mother why she did that, her mother said, “We’ve always done it that way in our family.”  The little girl then asked her grandmother and got the same answer.

            When she then asked her great-grandmother about that “family tradition,” her great-grandmother said, “When I was a child, we were very poor and didn’t own a pan big enough to hold a whole turkey, so my mother cut the bird in half and roasted each piece separately.”  For three generations, the cooks in that family took a laborious and unnecessary step in food preparation, simply because each preceding generation had done what could have been later done in a new and easier way.

            Remember that story as you traverse life’s roads.  All of us are creatures of habit.  We settle comfortably into doing the same old things in the same safe and familiar ways, convincing ourselves that we’re either unable or unwilling to change or worrying about whether change will take us out of our “comfort zones.”  Too many good people never reach their full potential in life because we let old ways, old victories and old fears and failings cloud our vision, limit our possibilities and make us settle for comfortably doing “business as usual.”

            We’d do well to remember that we have a Savior who refused to do “business as usual,” went to the cross to give His life as the price for our sins and then arose from the dead to give us full access to eternal life and to the God who presents us with new possibilities - the God who can lead us in new directions and bring us new victories each day of our lives.

            Take the time to reflect on and consider the possibilities of new blessings and new directions that each new day brings to you - trusting in the Jesus who can carry us from where we are to where we were meant to be.  When you do, then you’ll no longer do the same old things in the same old ways.  You’ll leave your “comfort zone” and find new energy, new direction, new joy and new confidence in the Christ who enabled one writer to say, “It is no secret what God can do, what He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.”

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