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Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2010 04:52:47 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: REALITY CHECK

Legacy
 by Stan Mitchell

"A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's
children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the
righteous, (Proverbs 13:22, ESV).

I think of the image where a father puts his arm around
his child's shoulder, points to a great estate and
declares, "Someday, all this will be yours."

At the end of his term in office, President Harry
Truman and his wife, Bess, were moving back to their
home in Independence, Missouri. Citizen Harry walked
into his bedroom to find Bess tossing dozens of their
love letters into the fireplace!

"Bess," he cried in horror, "Think of history!"

"I have, Harry" she replied, "I have!"

We all come to a point in our lives when we begin to
think of the legacy we leave to our children. What will
it be? Great wealth? Sin and failure? A Christian
lifestyle?

Of course for a legacy to be complete there must be the
hard work of the older generation, and the cooperation
of the generation that follows!

"A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a
scoffer does not listen to rebuke." ( Proverbs 13:1).

Have you ever heard a son respond to his father's
instructions with disdain and mockery? Have you ever
heard young people make fun of the convictions of their
elders? Unfortunately, you probably have!

So leave a legacy worth receiving ... and appreciate
the legacy with which you were left. Don't throw a
lifetime into the fireplace!

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COLUMN: ENCOURAGING WORD

The Big Picture 
 by Paula Harrington

Recently, while flying out west and relaxing against
the airplane window, something below caught my
attention.

Stretching on, as far as I could see, was the great
Mississippi River. Its magnificence fails though when
you see it from the small window of an airplane.

Sure, it's big and over 2000 miles long, but from
30,000 ft, it looks like a little boy took a stick to
the dirt. That tiny stream looks nothing like it does
when you're standing on its shore

Aren't our troubles that way, too? Up close, they
occupy our entire view. They threaten to immobilize and
strand us on one disappointing side. However, given the
big picture, they're never as big as they seem.

Our daily struggles and heartaches cannot compare to
the greatness of our God and isn't it comforting to
know that he is always in control?

How much simpler our lives would be if we remembered
that our trials are never too big or too small for the
one who spoke Old Man River into existence.

As the turbulence bounced that plane around, I focused
on the small brook that is one of the largest waterways
in the world and thought of my Savior. 

What could I face in this life that He couldn't get me 
through? I watched the Mississippi winding away into the 
horizon and reminded myself, "Nothing."

Don't be tricked by the illusions of this world. Though
your problems may seem like mountains, if Gods on your
side, then they're nothing but small pebbles on the
road to Heaven.

It's time to put our faith where our fears are and let
the big picture fill us with peace, hope, and love
(Romans 8:28-39).

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