It’s what you have in your heart.

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Two brothers went away to college. One brother became a farmer. The other became a brilliant lawyer. The lawyer brother visited the farmer brother on the farm. He said, “I can’t believe you’ve not made anything of your life. You’re out here on a farm. Look at me. Look where I am. I’m on Wall Street. I’m an investor in the stock market. I have clients who are millionaires. Here you are, stuck out here on the farm. I wonder what the difference between us is.”
The brother farmer then spoke. He pointed out to his wheat field. He said, “You’ll see two types of wheat out there, brother. You’ll see the wheat that’s standing straight up. In the head of that wheat, there is nothing. It’s empty. That’s why it’s standing so high. You’ll also see some other wheat that is bent over. That’s because the head is full. It’s full of wheat.”
Some of us are standing straight up. We are walking tall. However, we are only able to do so because we are empty. Some of us walk a little bent over indicating that we are full. The test isn’t what you have in your pocket. It’s what you have in your heart.

The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.

James 1:11

During Trials Praise God

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Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.  But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower.  For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.     Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

James 1:9-12

God will always use trials for our benefit and He is always in control.  Praise Him for who He is no matter what you are going through. Scripture says we should give thanks not for everything but in everything.  Always remember to count it as joy that God has decided to use a trial in your life to make you more like His Son.

Father, although I may feel the fire of a trial I know that you are using it to refine and purify me to be more like His Son.

Sticks and Stones Can Break Our Bones, And Words Can Surely Hurt Us

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With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?  My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

James 3: 9-12

There once was a frog that wanted to cross a large lake but he did not have the strength to make it on his own.  So he tried to figure out a way to get across the water and finally came up with a fantastic idea.  He noticed two birds nearby and he talked the birds into picking up a pretty good size twig, a sturdy twig, and holding it in their mouths while he grabbed and held on with his mouth between them.  The idea was that the birds would fly across the lake holding the twig while he held on to the twig.  Now the birds thought that the frog was quite intelligent for coming up with such a plan to overcome what seemed an impossible situation.  The frog latched his mouth to the twig and the birds took flight.

As the birds started their ascent, there was  a man nearby who saw this most unusual sight, two birds carrying a frog across the water.  He yelled, “Hey! Who came up with that brilliant idea?”  The frog said, “I……”

Don’t be like the frog, remember, opening your mouth at the wrong time in the wrong way can do great harm.