Fruits & Nuts April 2017

By Paddy Elkins

Valley Bugler Columnist

Look In the Mirror

In Genesis 1:26-28 it says that  “God created man in his own image,…male and female created he them. And God blessed them and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea,…the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” In another passage in the Bible, it says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and in another, that He has “knit us together in our mother’s womb”.

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see a magnificent, one-of-a-kind, Designer Original? I certainly hope so. For you are defintely that. (Even if you are an identical twin! You still have your very own personality and unique calling and purpose in life to fulfill!)

In Jeremiah 29:11 it says: “For I know the thoughts that I have towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a hope and a future.”

Comforting words, those. Each of us can rise up each day knowing we are being thought well of by our Father in Heaven, that He has a plan for us to fulfill each day, and that He will help us to fulfill it. Scripture says we are “the apple of His eye” and that “our steps are ordered by the Lord”! Amazing!

We live next door to a family that tends a herd of “Oreo Cows” (Belties of Galloway herd from the Netherlands). Sometimes one or two of the cows get out of the fence and roam around seeking extra grass. When that happens, I usually call the family and let them know, and they come out and herd them back into their pasture.

But one day recently, they weren’t home when two young cows made a break for it and ended up in our yard. I decided to “take dominion over the cattle of the field” and went out there and had a talk with those two cows. When they saw me coming towards them, they looked right at me, expectantly. I pointed to each one and said, with authority: “You and YOU need to get back into your pasture!” To my amazement and delight, they turned around and high-tailed it back into their pasture and stayed there the rest of the day! (I was thankful those two cows were evidently familiar with Genesis 1:28!)

So when you look into the mirror, whether you see a cattle-wrangler or a “fisher of men”, enjoy the view. Appreciate who you are in Christ Jesus.

Second Corinthians 5:17 says: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away: behold all things are become new.”

Ah, Springtime! Season of new birth and new life! Enjoy every moment, my friend!

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