Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Life which is a gift from God is always good, but often it does not appear that way. There are days, times, and seasons that seem like nothing goes right. It is amazing how things seem to spiral out of control, but do they really or is it just our perception while we're are in the midst of the mess.  We must learn to look for the best in every situation. Sometimes we wonder where is God in all this. We spend so much time asking God "why" and we should be asking "what". What do I need to learn from this situation? What do I really need to hear and understand? "Why" questions God's authority, whereas "what" is asking God for revelation. "What" is asking God to reveal Himself in my time of crisis.

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I read a story about identical twin boys. One was an extreme pessimist and the other an extreme optimist. It was Christmas time. Each boy anxiously awaited Christmas morning. Upon entering the living room, the pessimistic boy saw surrounding the tree every imaginable toy a young boy would want. There were trucks, cars, electronic games, and much more. When he saw all those toys just for him, he shrugged his shoulders and said, "Is this all?"  Meanwhile, the optimistic boy went to his bedroom and there in the middle of the room was a huge box. Nothing fancy, not even Christmas-wrapped, just a big ugly cardboard box.  With great anticipation and excitement in his eyes, he got his bunk-bed ladder and placed it against the box. Frantically opening it, all he saw was the box full of horse manure.  He beamed with excitement and a smile on his face. He exclaimed to his mom and dad, "With this much manure, there has got to be a pony in here somewhere." Then he dove in head first.

Maybe it is time to dive in head first into your situation, but with a different outlook. Just maybe all this that you are going through is not for your destruction, but your instruction. I am convinced that there must be a pony in all this "crap".  Something exciting is coming your way!

Humbly loving you,

Bishop Gabe

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