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When we don't understand
By Linda Wegner

Because I am a lover of words, I've got three particular quotes attached to the bookcase above my desk. To be more explicit, however, I am a lover of words that are both meaningful and skillfully executed into expressions of value.

Here's the first of those three: "Give what you have; to someone it may be better than you dare to think." The sources I used attributed that wisdom to Longfellow so it's no surprise that they say so much in so few words.

The second quote I see each time I sit down to my computer reads like this: "A bird does not sing because it has an answer but because it has a song." (Chinese proverb).

The third, and one I have to remind myself of often: "Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being excited about what could do right." (Mindset of Greatness).

Although these are rightfully attributed to the sources I've noted, Solomon and his father, David, proclaimed these truths centuries ago; by reading both Psalms and Proverbs, we can't miss their insights on the matter. I've struggled this week with an overwhelming sense of injustice in our world, and I've had to remind myself that we've never been promised an easy journey with instant and excellent results. We have been assured, however, that God has something better in store for us. We just may have to wait to see the fruition of some of His plans.

In the same context, it's important to remember that a word of encouragement or a deed of kindness can minister to someone else in ways we could not have imagined. Finally, adjusting our thoughts to God's promises changes our whole outlook on life.

"When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation." Proverbs 10:25
Aug. 13, 2018