You Are an Example…The Question is, “Are You a Good Example?”

Yesterday evening we had a father and son come and visit our Bible class.  They are from the Tampa, Fl. area but had the opportunity to attend a Virginia Tech football game the following evening.  What really impressed me about their showing up midweek to study was the example this father was teaching his young son.  The message was plain and clear…While it may be okay to make exceptions and possibly choose to miss a day of school to do something special, we do not take a break from serving God.  I really admire this man’s conviction and action and pray that I can be the example others that he has proven to be.

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When Things Don’t Seem to be Working Out


When you’ve trusted God and walked his way

When you’ve felt his hand lead you day by day

But your steps now take you another way…

Start over.

When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry

When you’ve tried your best and there’s no more try

When you’ve failed yourself and you don’t know why…

Start over.

When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do

When you’ve trusted them and they didn’t come through

And you’re all alone and it’s up to you…

Start over.

When you’ve failed your kids and they’re grown and gone

When you’ve done your best but it’s turned out wrong

And now your grandchildren come along..

Start over.

When you’ve prayed to God so you’ll know his will

When you’ve prayed and prayed and you don’t know still

When you want to stop cause you’ve had your fill…

Start over.

When you think you’re finished and want to quit

When you’ve bottomed out in life’s deepest pit

When you’ve tried and tried to get out of it…

Start over.

When the year has been long and successes few

When December comes and you’re feeling blue

God gives a January just for you to…

Start over.

Starting over means “Victories Won”

Starting over means “A Race Well Run”

Starting over means” God’s Will Done”

Don’t just sit there…………..


~author unknown


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Ask Yourself, “Is this a Wow! moment?”


Last spring I was walking in a park. A short distance ahead of me was a mom and her three-year-old daughter. The little girl was holding on to a string that was attached to a helium balloon.

All of a sudden, a sharp gust of wind took the balloon from the little girl. I braced myself for some screaming and crying.

But, no! As the little girl turned to watch her balloon go skyward, she gleefully shouted out,

I didn’t realize it at that moment, but that little girl taught me something.

Later that day, I received a phone call from a person with news of an unexpected problem. I felt like responding with “Oh no, what should we do?” But remembering that little girl, I found myself saying, “Wow, that’s interesting! How can I help you?”

One thing’s for sure – life’s always going to keep us off balance with its unexpected problems. That’s a given. What’s not preordained is our response. We can choose to be frustrated or fascinated.

No matter what the situation, a fascinated “Wow!” will always beat a frustrated “Oh, no.”

So the next time you experience one of life’s unexpected gusts, remember that little girl and make it a “Wow!” experience. The “Wow!” response always works.

Rob Gilbert – Editor of “Bits & Pieces”

May we ever look for the Wow and not feel a sense of panic in all life’s different situations.