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Thank You, Lord!

There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It’s never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they’ll never speak to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, “Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat.”

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy’s lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, “Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!”

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else… Susie.

She tries to help, but they tell her to get out.

You’ve done enough, you klutz!”

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, “You did that on purpose, didn’t you?”

Susie whispers back, “I wet my pants once too.”

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do good.

Missed Opportunities

The story is told of a young man who wished to marry the farmer’s beautiful daughter.  He went to the farmer to ask his permission.  The farmer looked him over and responded, "Son, go stand out in that field and I’m going to release three bulls, one at a time.  If you can catch the tail of any one of the three bulls, you can marry my daughter."

The young man stood in the pasture awaiting the first bull.  The barn door opened and out ran the biggest, meanest-looking bull he had ever seen.  He decided that one of the next bulls had to be a better choice than this one, so he ran over to the side and let the bull pass through the pasture out the back gate.

The barn door opened again.  Unbelievable.  He had never seen  anything so big and fierce in his life.  It stood – pawing the ground, grunting, slinging slobber – as it eyed him.  Whatever the next bull was like, it had to be a better choice than this one.  He ran to the fence and let the bull pass through the pasture, out the back gate.

The door opened a third time.  A smile came across his face.  This  was the weakest, scrawniest little bull he had ever seen.  This one  was his bull.  As the bull came running by, he positioned himself just right and jumped at just the exact moment.  He grabbed… but the bull had no tail!

Life is full of opportunities.  Some will be easy to take advantage of, some will be difficult.  But once we let them pass (often in hopes of something better), those opportunities may never again be available.

The same thing is also true of opportunities to serve Christ.  God often opens doors  — opportunities to speak up for Him, opportunities to minister to someone who is hurting or in need, opportunities to make an influence on the world around us.  If we allow them to pass by (perhaps because we are waiting for something easier to come along), we may miss out on them altogether.

"Continue praying, keeping alert, and always thanking God.  Also  pray for us that God will give us an opportunity to tell people his message."
Col. 4:2-3a

"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith."
Gal. 6:10