of October 14, 2002 Edition
Here Until I Die?
The bible tells a story about four
men who sat at the entrance of the city's gate
dying with leprosy, an incurable disease which
causes terribly visible swelling and sores on the
skin, only then to eat inward to the bones. These
lepers sat outside of the city because they were
not permitted to live within the city because of
this contagious and incurable disease. These
men were faced with a fatal disease, they were
outcasts, and they were starving because of a
feminine in the land. Such a dark and
gloomy life and no perceived future would make
the average person throw in the towel and just
give up on life - but not these men.
Sitting and examining their
situation, they realized that just simply sitting
and doing nothing would result in having and
being nothing, so they asked themselves the
question, "Why do we sit here until we
die?" They knew that if they entered
the city, they would die because of the feminine.
They also knew that if they sat there and did
nothing, that they would die as well. What
did they do? They made the decision to ACT.
Regardless of their gloomy circumstance, they got
up from were they were and decided to do
something to change their situation. They
made the choice to face their obstacles and do
something different. They went into the
city realizing that difficulties may be ahead,
for if the city dwellers spared their lives, they
would live, and if not, they would die--but given
the situation that they were in, things were not
going to just get better.
Upon entering the city, to their
pleasant surprise, no one was there, because God
had caused the city dwellers to abandon their
tents. Because of their decision to change
their situation, and the decision to act, these
hungry dying men when into a tent, and feasted as
they ate, drank, and carried off silver, gold,
and clothing. However, it did not end
there, after putting away the silver, gold, and
clothing, they entered another tent and again met
You, just like
the lepers, may be in your decision place today.
If you are in a place, or situation that seems
lifeless, regardless of where that place may be,
or how things look, ask yourself the question, why
do I sit here until I die? Take a good
look at where you are, and where you want to be.
Then take the necessary steps to find yourself in
that desired place. Because in the midst of
misfortune - choice, and then action will find
you reaping the great benefits that God has
purposed for your life.
Copyright © 2002 by Audrina Jones
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Think About It!!
For I know the
plans I have for you," declares the LORD,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.--
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