JuST THE SITE! London businessman Lindsay Clegg told the story of a warehouse property he was selling. The building had been empty for months and needed repairs. Vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash all over the place. As he showed a prospective buyer the property, he took pains to say that fhe would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage. The buyer said, "Forget about the repairs. When I lfuy this place, I'm going to build something completely different. I don't want the building; I want the site."
That's God's message to us! Compared with the renovation God has in mind, our efforts to improve our own lives are as trivial as sweeping a warehouse slated for tfee wrecking ball. When we become God's the old life is over. He makes all things ne A] 1 He wants is the site and the permission to build-. There are still some trying "reform," but God offers "redemption." All we have to do is give Him the "propert he will do the necessary "building."
Submitted by James Swanson, Pomona, California.
EXPERIENCE, MAKING MISTAKES
"Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again."
God Makes No Mistakes
Oppressed by the noonday heat, a tired farmer sat under a walnut tree to rest. Relaxing, he looked at his pumpkin vines and said to himself, "How strange it is that God puts such big heavy pumpkins on a frail vine that has so little strength it has to trail on the ground!" And then looking up into the cool branches of the tree above him, he added, "How strange it is that God puts small walnuts on such a big tree with branches so strong they could hold a man!"
Just then a breeze dislodged a walnut from the tree. The tired farmer wondered no more as he rubbed his head ruefully and said, "It's a good thing there wasn't a pumpkin up there instead of a walnut."
Hopefully when the breezes of life blow, you will remember that God, who is great and wise, makes no mistakes. He deserves our praise under any circumstances.
— Drew Mentzer