Fear and Gratitude

Replace fear with gratitude, and the whole world changes. 

          ~Terri Guillemets

How well God must like you—
    you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon,
    you don’t slink along Dead-End Road,
    you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.

Instead you thrill to God’s Word,
    you chew on Scripture day and night.
You’re a tree replanted in Eden,
    bearing fresh fruit every month,
Never dropping a leaf,
    always in blossom.

Psalm 1:1-3

     A former student of mine passed away suddenly.  He was a bright young man, full of promise.  He pursued college for a time, had a loving family around him.  He is gone.  Out of respect for the family, I am not mentioning details here, God knows them all.

     I was tempted to fear from one  of the younger, very very sensitive siblings.  But I know whom I have believed.  I know how that young one has been prayed for. I believe that God will raise that young man up to be everything that God wants him to be.

     You who work in schools, who deal with young people, know that temptation often has an office just outside the doors.  Don’t give up on your kids.  Keep asking God to show you who to pray for, and how.  

     You are that tree getting ready for Eden.  You know the Gardener.  Replace that fear with praise, with gratitude.


All Good Gifts

Because of Him,



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