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Friday, April 4, 2014

Stand Up

When have you taken a risk and stood for Jesus in a public way?  What happened?  What did you learn? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary, page 1458).

Doing so, [Jesus] reminded us that we should never let legalism get in the way of the power of Christ.  When we are prompted to act, to love, to heal, to move, that's exactly what we have to do. ("Throw Out the Playbook" April 4th devotional in The President's Devotional by Joshua Dubois).

When the need arises and one feels a divine calling to act, it is often the case that a significant measure of risk is involved primarily due to the uncertainty that a goodwill response will be forthcoming.  That is, your best intentions can be met with hostility or manipulative opportunism. The responses I've  encountered have been mixed ranging from an awesome love response to a hatred of shattering proportions.  My ultimate lesson is always the same: one is inevitably enriched by following the promptings  of the Great Jehovah--one can receive the reward of requited love or the hard lessons that build and enrich character.

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