Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Vol. 1, No. 8 Page 8 August 1999

Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Drink in the Rain

We plant a garden every year. We look forward to the time when the vegetables are full grown and we can harvest them.  But before we can harvest, the plants must grow. And to grow they must get plenty of water. We rely mostly on rain for our garden to get water.

In some parts of the world it doesn't rain very often. When it finally does rain many plants grow very fast. This is because the ground soaks up the rain very quickly because it is so dry. The plants are very thirsty and drink up the water that the ground soaks up.

We are to be like the garden plants that are thirsty and drink up the rain. In Hebrews 6:7 we read, "For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God."  This verse is among others which are talking about the Christian who should study and obey the Word of God, the Bible.

If we will study the Bible (drink up the rain) which God blesses us with and obey it, he will bless us in many ways.  But if we do not drink up that rain, then he will curse us (verse 8).

Until next time, keep studying your Bible. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you. Get the wisdom of God.


Life

(author unknown)

Life isn't about keeping score.
It's not about how many friends you have
Or how accepted you are.
Not about if you have plans this weekend or if you're alone.

It isn't about whom you're dating, whom you used to date,
and how many people You've dated,
or if you haven't been with anyone at all.

It isn't about who your family is
or how much money they have
Or what kind of car you drive.
Or where you are sent to school.

It's not about how beautiful or ugly you are.
Or what clothes you wear,
what shoes you have on,
or what kind of Music you listen to.

It's not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, or brown
Or if your skin is too light or too dark.
Not about what grades you get, how smart you are,
how smart everybody else thinks you are,
or how smart standardized tests say you are.

It's not about what clubs you're in
or how good you are at  "your" sport.
It's not about representing your whole being on a piece of
paper and seeing who will "accept the written you."

LIFE JUST ISN'T.

BUT, LIFE ISó

-- about whom you love and whom you hurt.
It's about whom you make happy or unhappy purposefully.
It's about keeping or betraying trust.
Its about friendship, used as sanctity or a weapon.

It's about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening.
About starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip.
It's about what judgments you pass and why.
And who your judgments are spread to.

It's about whom you've ignored with full control and intention.
It's about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge.
It's about carrying inner hate and love,
letting it grow, and spreading it.

But most of all, it's about using your life
to touch or poison other
People's hearts in such a way
that could have never occurred alone.

ONLY YOU CAN CHOOSE
the way those hearts are affected,
and those choices are
what life's all about.



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