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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Short Thoughts - One Stick At A Time

African woman carrying load of sticks.

Here is a short quote that really spoke to me. How often we hold onto things that we were not meant to carry! As we continue through this year let us remember to not carry more than the Lord would give us each day.

Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 

“I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today, and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on. This we might easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for us each day; but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday's stick over again today, and adding tomorrow's burden to our load, before we are required to bear it."
- John Newton


This poem goes well with this thought:

The Heaviest Cross - by Annie Johnson Flint

Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 

Original photo by my grandfather, Glenn Hoover.

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