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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Keeping our Perspective 2

Joseph had talent. He had gifts from God and those gifts were evident even at a young age. but when he was young, those gifts sort of went to his head and he used them to brag to his brothers and to his dad.

he suffered the consequences. sold into slavery and, if that wasn't bad enough, he ws an innocent man thrown into prison on the whim of some lady. i guess he had a lot of time to think.

"how did i end up in this mess? was it my fault? was it my brother's fault? what about that woman, she certainly bears some responsibility, right? what about my gifts? how am i going to use them here? i don't know...maybe my dreams were just dreams...maybe i was wrong about my brothers and my dad bowing down to me...well, at least i was wrong to tell them that..."

i suppose that that thinking time helped joseph to gain proper perspective.

God did have a plan for his life.
God had given him the dreams.
God will turn his "bad" to good.
God is in control of all of his life.
God can be trusted at all times.

dead dreams? Jesus said He is the resurrection and the life!
wrong turns? God will make your crooked paths straight!
mistakes? God chooses to forgive sins for Jesus' sake!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord who always leads us in triumphal procession!

2 Comments:

Blogger Susan said...

The life path of Joseph was amazing and filled with wonder. Several things pop out for me. It is so important that we teach our children/each other and model for each other the process of having a right estimate of our talents and and knowing how to use them (in other words not have false modesty)in God's service.That process has to be balanced against being filled with self and becoming arrogant. It is my observation that women in particular have difficulty with this as we are not encouraged to assess our skills, but are taught to demure to others and be modest. And just a point (my second "pop")... Potiphar's wife "ain't no lady"!

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Blogger PMike. said...

see romans 12:3-4 to see what susan is saying in the Scripture.

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