THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS AS THEY APPEAR

Let me tell you a true story, and it’s a great one. A man was flying from Atlanta to Chicago. There was one stop in St. Louis on this flight. The attendant explained there would be a slight delay in St. Louis, so if passengers wanted to get off the aircraft, the plane would reboard in 50 minutes.

Everybody got off the plane but one man. He was blind. Another passenger had noticed him as he walked by and could tell the gentleman was blind because his seeing-eye dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of him. He could also tell the old man had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached him, calling him by name. “Hey Keith, we’re in St. Louis for almost an hour. Do you want to get off and stretch your legs?”

The blind man replied to the pilot, “No thanks, Bill but I think my dog would like to stretch his legs. Duke doesn’t like these long flights.”

Now picture this: all the passengers from that flight in the gate area came to a complete standstill when they looked up and saw their pilot walk off the plane with a seeing-eye dog! He was also wearing sunglasses. People scattered. They not only tried to change planes, but they even tried to change airlines!

Most of us have lived long enough and are wise enough to know that not everything we read or hear or see it the total truth. With your friends, your family, your neighborhood, at your job, and in our great church, realize there’s always more to the story than you know. Don’t jump to conclusions. Believe the best about people whenever possible (check out 1 Cor 13:4-6). Be a peace-maker and not a trouble maker. And by all means, absolutely refuse to gossip.

Now, ever so often recall this story of the pilot with the seeing-eye dog and sunglasses. Then remember that things aren’t always as they appear. Have a great day and keep the faith.

SEVEN VOWS TO MAKE BEFORE DECEMBER 31ST.

As 2012 is just around the corner I want to challenge you to get a jumpstart on your New Years Resolutions. Why wait to do what’s right? There is never a better time to start than today.

So with that said, my challenge to you is to take these seven and with Gods help put them into practice in your life today.

01. VOW TO MAINTAIN INTEGRITY: 2 Peter 3:14 (NIV) So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this,make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.

02. VOW TO BE A PEACEMAKER: Ephesians 4:3 (NIV) Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

03. VOW TO RELAX AND TRUST GOD: Hebrews 4:11 (NIV) Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

04. VOW TO BE AN ENCOURAGER: Romans 14:19 (NIV) Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

05. VOW NEVER TO STOP GROWING: 2 Peter 1:5 (NIV) For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge;

06. VOW TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HURT YOU: Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV) Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

07. VOW TO KEEP JESUS IN THE CENTER OF YOUR LIFE: Luke 13:24 (NIV) “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.