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11/08/2011

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Looking Up


"So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly" (Eccl.7:25).

Did you ever try to teach a youngster to dribble a basketball? Their instinct is to watch the ball as it bounces between floor and hand. The cry goes out from the coach....LOOK UP!!! If the dribbler does not look up, he or she can't see where they are going. As the skill is mastered, looking up should become easier and easier until it becomes natural. We must look up in our Christian walk, because if we do not, we will miss a lot of things. When we look up, we find that today is much better than yesterday. In looking up we discover that what we become on the outside is determined by what goes on inside. Looking up helps us to realize that patience and commitment are better than shortcuts. "It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid extremes" (V 18). If we look up, we'll discover that finding a balance in life is much better than going to extremes. Although many of us might like public acclaim, looking up tells us that personal integrity is much more valuable. As we look up, we ought to find that it gets easier to admit our mistakes and ask for forgiveness. In looking up we come to know that a humble heart is the best kind to have. Finally, I look to today's verse...."So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and search out wisdom." Looking up helps us to stay on task. It pushes us to have the desire to improve each day, so that today we will be better than we were yesterday...LOOK UP!!!!!

Have a wonderful day. Make a difference in your small part of the world... Love mark Phil.4:11

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