SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW
There's something wonderful about old things that are still in good shape. Old furniture with its scrapes and dents and the patina of the ages is far more intriguing than the generic, plastic stuff of today. Old churches with their stained glass and creaking, oak pews have a charm all their own. I especially love old, hardback books! Those classic, leather-bound volumes with colorful pages and tiny print have a feel and even a smell that defy duplication.
I suppose my love for old things is a major reason I love the Bible so much. Its timeworn stories never fail to shout out, "You can make it! Don't quit!" In fact, Paul had that very idea in mind when he wrote this: "For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope" (Romans 15:4). I love that verse! That one reference offers three essential perspectives: yesterday. . . today. . . and tomorrow.
Which should be the daily motto of every true believer.
When we consider yesterday—"what ever was written in earlier times"—we have "the encouragement of the Scriptures" to persevere today. Whether it's a Patriarch's prayer, a Poet's psalm, or an Apostle's challenging reminder, God's Word encourages us today through the good and bad examples of yesterday. Why? So that "we might have hope." As we read the stories of yesterday, our view of tomorrow becomes less frightening. Fresh feelings pulsate within—a new determination to press on . . . new courage to stand alone . . . new gratitude to keep us humble.
In the end, the secret lies in how we handle today. . . that special block of time that learns from yesterday's lessons and anticipates tomorrow's possibilities. What is done today will have a direct influence on what will come tomorrow.
There is a word that has been derived from the religions of Buddhism and Hinduism, that word is Karma. Essentially it means that what is done today will inevitably have a direct result on what will happen tomorrow. Life is simply a pathway of learning, as we all learn from trial and error. We have all made errors in our decisions in the past, this is to be looked at as a learning experience. the mistake comes when we do the exact same thing again and expect the outcome to result in a different consequence. This is where prayer comes into the equation. Ernest prayer for the leading of the Holy Spirit will bring about the rightful decision and outcome of the situation before us. We must listen and obey what is being brought into our thinking, obey the leading of the Holy spirit to avoid the pitfalls which are in the world today. Spend time in" Ernest Prayer", and then persevere until the will of God is revealed unto you .
Rev William A Tyler Sr