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Some years ago I saw an unsigned essay supposedly from a person who dreamed they interviewed God. The first question of the interview was: “What surprises you most about mankind?”

God answered: “They get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. They lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future. That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived....”

God's hands took mine and we were silent for a while and then I asked:  "As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?"

God replied with a smile: “To learn that they cannot make anyone love them.  What they can do is to love as I love and to let themselves be loved. To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives. To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.  All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis! To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least. To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them. To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness. To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings. To learn that money can buy everything but happiness. To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally different. To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them, and likes them anyway. To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves.”

There are many wonderful truths in those words. I hope you are blessed by them, and during this season of Lent I hope you will be drawn to the one who loves you more than life itself. Jesus would rather die than lose you. Commit your life to him again today.

See You Sunday                     Steve

[Steve's Space for March 12, 2018]

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