Life's Little Lessons

I mentioned a while back we have had a guest teacher for July and he will continue on through August. He is amazing and I could listen to him all day. God has blessed him with the great ability to teach. It feels like ‘one on one’ and his classes have been remarkable.

Today I will share one of the things he shared with us this past Sunday, and I hope I get it right.

A grandfather instructs his grandson to go to the kitchen, get a glass and only fill it half full of water. The grandson does and brings the half-full glass of water back to his grandfather. The grandfather takes the boys arm and shakes it causing the water to spill out. He then asks the grandson why the water spilled out of the glass and his grandson replied “because you shook my arm.” The grandfather said “no, it was because you put the water in the glass.”

The moral of the story is that whatever we allow our heart to be filled with, good or evil, that’s what will spill out when we are shaken by life, so we need to choose carefully what we allow in.

So simple yet so profound!

Here are a couple of other things he mentioned.

The first thing Jesus said to Simon after he had fished all night and then caught so many fish the nets were breaking and the boat was sinking is  “don’t be afraid.” Luke 5:8 Jesus isn’t waiting for us to mess up, he knows we are sinners; he wants us to keep on keeping on. “Don’t be afraid!”

He also said, “We either bring others up to their spiritual potential or bring them down. Be an advocate for another and, at the very heart of community is forgiveness.”

I don’t know, perhaps it won’t be the same reading about it second hand; perhaps you “had to be there.” I do know people are talking about this class and it is attended by more and more people each week.

3 comments for “Life's Little Lessons

  1. August 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Me? Crotchety? Where would you ever get an idea like that?

  2. August 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I do like the point that whatever we put into our hearts is what spills out when life shakes us up, but I think there is a flaw in reasoning when the “grandfather” gave his reason for the water spilling. I think the grandkid was correct and the grandfather should chill out a little!! 🙂

    Greg, are you being crotchety? 🙂

  3. Ted
    July 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    who is the guest speaker?

    Ted, the guest speaker is Jim Roberts.

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