Celebrate Lent – Third Sunday

 

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 Proper Perspective

1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.  All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

I’m thinking about Joseph. Joseph defined his whole life by the fact that God had placed him in his various situations for ministry. Even though Joseph had experienced many tough times and had been in situations that would have made anyone bitter, he chose to see things as God’s hand at work. He believed that through these events, God was placing him where he could best be used as God’s instrument.

It’s easy for me, sometimes, to keep the proper perspective. There are also many times when, in a human way,  I don’t understand what is before me. And there are times when the situation is right for ministry. But it seems that God always has a plan, even though we don’t see it clearly until after the fact.  My prayer is to always try to keep the proper perspective.

– Charlie Schnabel

Although our dear friend, Charles Jones, is no longer near at hand, his insightful poetry continues to move us and keeps him close in our hearts.

His Plan for Me

When I stand at the judgment seat of Christ
And He shows me His plan for me,
The plan of my life as it might have been
Had He had His way and I see

 How I blocked Him here and I checked Him there
And I would not yield my will–
Will there be grief in my Savior’s eyes,
Grief, though He loves me still?

 He would have me rich, and I stand there poor,
Stripped of all but His grace,
While memory runs like a hunted thing
Down the paths I cannot retrace.

 Then my desolate heart will well-nigh break
With the tears that I cannot shed,
I shall cover my face with my empty hands,
I shall bow my uncrowned head.

 Lord, of the years that are left to me,
I give them to Thy hand,
Take me, and break me, mold me to
The pattern Thou hast planned!

 – Rev. Charles Jones (1926-2007)

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