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People often speak of donkeys in belittling terms. You may have heard the expression, "I'm just someone who has to do all the donkey work." Or "So-and-so is as stubborn as a mule" (a mule is part donkey).

These sayings overlook the contributions of a truly valuable animal. Donkeys have served the human race for thousands of years. They were once prized as symbols of humility, gentleness, and peace.

In Bible times, donkeys that had never been ridden were regarded as especially suitable for religious purposes. So it was most fitting that Jesus sent for a colt to perform the royal task of carrying Him into Jerusalem. How enviable was that donkey's mission! How like our mission as Jesus' followers! Jehovah needs many such "donkeys" in today's world, humble people who will carry the message to the world. The donkey had to be untied before Jesus could use it. We too must be released from worldly attachments if we are to serve Jesus and Jehovah. Are we willing to be His donkey?

Monday Wash Day Jehovah, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead.   Tuesday Ironing Day Dear God, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have collected through the years so that I may see the beauty in others.   Wednesday Mending Day O God, help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others.   Thursday Cleaning Day Jehovah, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart.   Friday Shopping Day O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love.   Saturday Cooking Day Help me, Jehovah God to brew a  big kettle of brotherly love and serve it with clean,  sweet bread of human kindness.   Sunday The Lord's Day Jehovah God, I have prepared my house for you. Please help me to prepare my heart so that I may spend the day and the rest of my life in your presence.  

The early Native Americans believed that the conscience was a triangular shaped object placed close to a persons heart. When a person did something that he knew was wrong, this triangle shaped object (the conscience) would rotate and prick the heart, causing pain. Each time, it would rotate again, pricking the heart, causing pain. However, they believed, that if a person kept on doing something over and over that he knew was wrong, the sharp points of his conscience would get blunt, and therefore STOP pricking his heart and causing pain when it rotated. 

The Bible illustrated this another way at 1 Timothy 4:2 "by the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, marked in their conscience as with a branding iron." Paul's reference to a conscience that is marked as with a branding iron indicates that it would be like seared flesh that is covered over with scar tissue and void of nerve endings and, therefore, without sense of feeling. (1Ti 4:2)

Most of us have seen a red light come on our automobile's dashboard - maybe for oil pressure, engine temperature, brake system, low fuel, etc. We can avoid much trouble by giving the needed attention to these warning light signals as soon as possible!

There is a Spiritual Dash Board Warning Lights System that each of us needs to check on regularly:

What are these Warning Indicators?:

  1. Increasing Problems In Family - Due To Lack Of Applying Bible Principles. 
  2. Lack of Zeal and Joy in the Ministry. 
  3. Lack of Self-Control. 
  4. Loss of Enthusiasm for the Truth. 
  5. Neglecting of Associating at Meetings. 
  6. Overly Critical of Elders and Organization. 
  7. Harboring Serious and Continued Doubts.

Have you checked your dashboard lately?

First of all, always rely on your GPS (God's Powerful Spirit)!   When leaving The Worldly Mall make a turn around and go to Faith Blvd. Keep straight on Lamp to my Roadway. There, you must turn onto the Endurance Bridge, which is over troubled water.   When you get off the bridge, do not turn right or left but keep straight. You are now on Narrow Road. Keep going for three and a half miles, then exit off onto Virtue Blvd.   From there, make a Right turn on Knowledge Lane. Keep Straight and then make another Right onto Self Control Road.   As you go on your way, be aware of the traffic jam on Temptation Ave. Do not take the short cut on Sin Street because it is a DEAD END.   You will have to pass up Envy Drive, Hate Avenue, Hypocrisy Street, Gossiping Lane, and Backbiting Blvd. because these are No Through Streets and will lead you back to Temptation Ave.   Stay on Self Control Road because this will turn into Long-Suffering Lane. You may have to make a brief detour onto Persecution Blvd. if there is construction going on. If that happens you may have to go through Trials and Tribulations Ave but in any case you will eventually end up on Victory Street.   Victory Street will take you straight into Spiritual Paradise!  

The outer appearance of a cup, a dish or even a building reveals only so much. Jesus' disciples were awestruck by the beauty of the temple, which Jesus called a "cave of robbers" because of what was going on inside (Mark 11:17; 13:1). What was true of the temple is true of millions of professed Christians. They perform "powerful works" but are "workers of lawlessness" (Mat 7:22, 23). In stark contrast, the widow "dropped in her whole living" (Mark 12:41-44). Jehovah sees the motives behind the façade. Different people have different circumstances, and Jehovah makes an estimate of the heart, not of statistics (i.e. how many hours, placements).

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;

But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, 

Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea. 

And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

 

Drop a pebble in the water: in a minute you forget,

But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet, 

And those little waves a-flowing to a great big wave have grown; 

You've disturbed a mighty river just by dropping in a stone.

 

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute it is gone;

But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on. 

They keep spreading, spreading, spreading from the center as they go, 

And there is no way to stop them, once you've started them to flow.

 

Drop an unkind word, or careless: in a minute you forget,

But there's little waves a-flowing, and there's ripples circling yet, 

And perhaps in some sad heart a mighty wave of tears you've stirred, 

And disturbed a life was happy ere you dropped that unkind word.

 

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone; 

But there's half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on, 

Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave 

Till you wouldn't believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

 

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;

But there's gladness still a-swelling, and there's joy a-circling yet, 

And you've rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard 

Over miles and miles of water just by dropping one kind word.

The African impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet. Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3-foot wall. The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall.

Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see, and with faith we are freed from the flimsy enclosures of life that fear allows to entrap us.

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