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The Way Up is Down

 Starting a new year and remembering what really matters…


“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.   Mark 10:43


So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matthew 20:16


For whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”  Matthew 16:25


Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things are passed away; behold, new things have come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17 


“As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;  As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.”  2 Corinthians 6:9, 10 


“‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for my power is made perfect in weakness.’  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”  2 Corinthians 12:9 


“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.”  Phillipians 3:7 


Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision.

Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter Thy stars shine;
let me find Thy light in my darkness,
Thy life in my death,
Thy joy in my sorrow,
Thy grace in my sin, Thy riches in my poverty, Thy glory in my valley. 


Arthur Bennett, Ed.  The Valley of VisionA Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.  Banner of Truth Trust, Carlisle, PA.  2003

Between You and God

 “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. “  1 Corinthians 10:31

Christmas, for some reason, has traditionally been a time when people take extra measures to reach out beyond themselves, to help those less fortunate, or less blessed.  But as followers of Jesus Christ, we are encouraged to help the poor and be rich in good works, in season and out…for the Lord.  Few have lived this example moreso than Mother Teresa.  She glorified the Lord in every deed, every act of kindness and every life she helped, and she said we could do the same…any season, every day:

People are often unreasonable and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do it anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best anyway.

For you see, in the end, it is between you and God….

It never was between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa