Saturday, September 9, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 September 9

“And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:17-27)

Today’s Morsel:  I often wonder what people could accomplish in their lives if they didn’t stop believing in their dreams and hopes?  We read about great men and women accomplishments, but what about ours?  Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's is a great example of how to keep believing.  It has been stated, that today, every five hours somewhere around the world a new McDonald’s Restaurant is opening.  However, what’s amazing about McDonald’s is that Ray did not conceive the idea until he was 52 years old.  By that time he had already been a struggling paper cup salesman, real estate broker, piano player, and milk shake mixer.  Here is what Ray said about that time in his life: “I was 52 years old. I had diabetes and incipient arthritis.  I had lost my gall bladder and most of my thyroid gland in earlier campaigns, but I was convinced that the best was ahead of me.” (Taken from Finishing Strong by Don Green).  And the majority of us have partaken at his dream and eaten in his restaurant's.  Jesus said that all things are possible to him that can believe.  Don’t stop believing.  The next act you do or the next church service may be your break through.

Sing: I’ve got a made up mind, I got a final destination. Gonna keep on pressing on, to my final destination.  Gonna burn all the bridges behind me, break all the ties that bind me, gonna keep on pressing on, till I reach that home sweet home, that new Jerusalem.

Thought For Today:  Keep believing!

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