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IN TOUCH WITH GOD    by Edward Heppenstall

Keeping Spirituality Alive SEPTEMBER 3


"Martha, you are fretting and fussing about so many things; but one thing is necessary. The part that Mary has chosen is best." Luke 10:41, 42, N.E.B.

During the last war a woman wrote these lines:

I live on tinder my great trees,
Raising my children, tending my garden,
Watching for my Canterbury bells,
While half the world bleedsBleeds and curses.
Yet all I can do about it Is sew a few garments
And save a little wheat;
So my soul sits in the ashes
Brooding, unconsolable, ashamed.
—Author Unknown

This woman craved a much more important role in life; some task worthy of her ambitions. Most of us find ourselves pretty much in the same position.

The crucial decisions are made in the run of everyday activity, decisions that ultimately affect our eternal destiny. The Bible reveals how people made decisions for life or for death. Every situation in which we find ourselves is the opportunity for character development, for or against that which is true or false.

The hope of the church and the cause of God lies in the faithfulness of its members in the commonplace matters of every day. Character, not fame, must have primary consideration. How do we let God transform the commonplace? By setting moral excellence before financial success; by sacrificing cash for the sake of character; by preferring to be "in" with God rather than to be "in" with the "right" people; by declining prominence for its own sake.

We must be thankful for a small place with art opportunity to be loyal to God and to one another. Every situation sets itself to establish the moral worth in our characters. The garlands of heaven are not reserved for the great heroes in fields of human endeavor.

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