A View of the Heart - Thursdays Dose - August 23rd 2012

Thursdays Dose - August 23rd 2012


A View of the Heart


"Samuel saw Eliab and thought 'surely the Lord's anointed [for king] stands here before the Lord.' But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not
consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The
Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the
outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'" - 1. Samuel
16:6-7 (NIV). 


Today's society places tremendous emphasis on physical appearance not only for women, but also (even if to a lesser degree) for men. If, for example, two men of equal qualifications apply for the same job the tallest man is most likely to be given the position.


Because of his amazing courage in the Battle of Lodi in 1796,
Napoleon Bonaparte became know as "the little corporal." He was only five-feet-two-inches tall!


William Wilberforce was another small man who apparently never
enjoyed good health. For twenty years he was under a doctor's care.
More than any other person he was responsible for stopping the
British slave trade. He was known for his eloquence and in 1780
entered the British Parliament at age 21. Six years later he joined
Thomas Clarkson, the anti-slave campaigner, and began his fight
against slavery even though the bill to end the slave trade didn't
become law until 1807—twenty-one years later.


On one occasion James Boswell, the great Scottish author went to hear Wilberforce speak. Afterward he said, "I saw what seemed to be a mere shrimp ... but as I listened, he grew and grew till the shrimp became a whale."


Often in life, many of the greatest achievements have been
accomplished by persons who have had a serious setback, a major
limitation or handicap, or a significant failure of one kind or
another, but have overcome their defect, and risen above their
circumstances.


If you feel you have a shortcoming, be encouraged, the people God
uses are ordinary people who make themselves available.


Prayer: "Our Merciful Father in Heaven, thank you that you use
ordinary people to accomplish your work on earth. I am available.
Please use me to be a part of what you are doing in the world today.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus loving Name I Pray, Amen."


Have a Blessed Thursday and God Bless you all.
Courtesy : Daily Dose team

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