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Long ago when I was young 

And learning from my parents tongue 

I came to know of many things 

To know the joy that learning brings

 

I learned the origin of man 

I learned just how it all began 

I knew of mighty men of fame 

But I didn't know God had a name

 

As time passed by, my knowledge grew 

There seemed no end to things

I knew The alphabet now came alive

I knew my numbers well past five

 

I learned of people and their acts 

I learned great scientific facts

I knew of Christ who healed the lame

But didn't know God had a name

 

One day a stranger spoke to me 

And told me where to find the key 

To knowledge of eternal life 

Devoid of illness, pain and strife

 

I listened to this humble man 

As he unfolded Gods great plan

He told me of the Kingdoms birth 

How men would beautify the earth

 

He told of things I'd never read

I somewhat hesitantly said,

"Tell me please, does he have a name 

This God of unsurpassing fame?"

 

He said "Would you please take the book 

I hold here in my hands and look

Until you find Psalm 83

And then read verse 18 to me?"

 

Thus as I read "That men may know"

I felt the tears begin to flow

For here before me I could see 

The answer to this mystery

 

"Jehovah" was his name I read 

Yes, that is what the scripture said

I thanked the man who came to share 

And brought the answer to my prayer

 

But now I pray I ne'er forget 

That others haven't heard it yet 

So may I publicly proclaim 

The knowledge of that mighty name

Faith and works are like the two chemicals: sodium and chlorine. Each of these chemicals is poisonous and could kill a person if ingested. But if we combine them properly, we have sodium chloride; better know as salt - the common ingredient we use that gives flavor to our food and indeed life and health to our bodies. So too, as with the ingredients of salt, faith and works are inseparable. (James 2:26)

While cleaning out his desk, a man found a shoe-repair ticket that was ten years old. Figuring that he had nothing to lose, he went to the shop and gave the ticket to the repairman, who began to search the back room for the unclaimed shoes. After several minutes, he reappeared and gave the ticket back to the man. 

"What's wrong?" asked the man. "Couldn't you find my shoes?"

"Oh, I found them," replied the repairman, "and they'll be ready next Friday."

Procrastination is not the result of lack of time to complete a task. It is an attitude and must be dealt with as such.

Exercise daily. Walk with Jehovah!

Prayer - Don't give Jehovah instructions - just report for duty!

When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. I told her that it looked like a mess from where I was. As from the underside I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat.

 

She would smile at me, look down and gently say, "My son, you go about your playing for a while, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side."

 

I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass and then I would hear Mother's voice say, "Son, come and sit on my knee."

 

This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy. Then Mother would say to me, "My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it. Now look at it from my side and you will see what I was doing."

 

Many times through the years we may have asked our heavenly Father what was happening to our lives, and how to make sense of it. As we progress in understanding of his Fatherly and compassionate nature, we in time come to understand that what seems unclear to us from the underside, is beautifully taking form on the other. The dark threads may seem jumbled and a mess, and we are inclined to develop a negative attitude in our life, despite our Fathers comforting assurances. Yet with a confident faith in the final state of Jehovah's will and purpose accomplished, we will be permitted to see the "top" side of the embroidery, when "all things are made new" (Rev. 21:5)

In a school experiment, some boys put a frog in a container of water and began to heat the water very slowly. The water finally reached the boiling point and yet the frog never even attempted to jump out. Why? Because the changes in the environment were so slight and slow to occur that the frog didn't even notice them until it was too late. 

As Christians, we can end up like the frog. There are changes in the world around us that are so gradual, that perhaps we don't even notice them. Like the frog we could be spiritually dying without even noticing it!

Consider the example of a baby trying to stand up and take its first wobbly steps. Rare is the infant who can learn to stand and walk about freely in a single day. As babes, all of us probably tried and failed many times before we finally achieved a measure of success in walking. What would have happened if upon falling for the first time, we had decided to stop trying? We might still be crawling around on out hands and knees! Persistence is essential for reaching worthwhile goals and gaining corresponding increases in skills and self-respect. As the saying goes, "Winners never quit, and quitters never win." Thus, we need stick-to-itiveness. 

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