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God's Boxes

I have in my hands two boxes,
Which God gave me to hold.
He said, "Put all your sorrows in the black box,
And all your joys in the gold."

I heeded His words, and in the two boxes,
Both my joys and sorrows I stored,
But though the gold became heavier each day,
The black was as light as before.
With curiosity, I opened the black,
I wanted to find out why,
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole,
Which my sorrows had fallen out by.

I showed the hole to God, and mused,
"I wonder where my sorrows could be!"
He smiled a gentle smile and said,
"My child, they're all here with me."
I asked God, why He gave me the boxes,
Why the gold and the black with the hole?
"My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings,
The black is for you to let go."

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Keep 'Em Busy!
The Enemy called a worldwide convention of demons. In his opening address he said, "We can't keep Christians from going to church."    "We can't keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth." "We can't even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their Savior."

"Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken."

"So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, but steal their time, so they don't have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ."  

"This is what I want you to do", said the devil: "Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!"  

"How shall we do this?" his demons shouted.  

Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds," he answered. "Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!"

 

"Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice." "Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive...to keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ."

 "Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes."  

"Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what's important, and they'll become dissatisfied with their wives. Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night. Give them headaches too! If they don't give their husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere."  

"That will fragment their families quickly!"  "Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas. Give them an Easter bunny so they won't talk about his resurrection and power over sin and death."  

"Even in their recreation, let them be excessive...have them return from their recreation exhausted. Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God's creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead."  

"Keep them busy, busy, busy!" "And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences."

 "Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause."  

"It will work!" "It will work!"  

It was quite a plan! The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get more busy and more rushed, going here and there. Having little time for their God or their families. Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives. I guess the question is, has the devil been successful at his scheme?

 You be the judge! Does "busy" mean:

B-eing
U-nder
S-atan's
Y-oke?

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I received this precious poem over email; I hope you'll enjoy it as I have.

        Mother 

Thank You For Being There -
Thank You for Love.
Thank You for telling of God up above.

Thanks for the diapers, the washing, the folding,  
The changing, repinnings and all of the Holding -             
The Rocking, the Singing, the Healing, the Smile -                        
The endurance it took to cope all the while,                             
With so many children, so many... you know                                 
I think I'd have quit not continued to go---                              
On with the Caring, the Loving, the Giving,                              
The unceasing frustrations of everyday living                                

With all of your children...                     
The cooking, the cleaning, the sewing and work.                                
Honor is due You for You did not shirk.                                
You did not cease and You did not run.                               
You did not give up as I might have done.                          

And so - For those Hours, those Days, all those Years
I Thank You Dear Mother...
Forgive me the Tears,                                      
The Heartaches, and All,                         
The Anger, the Rudeness, The Big and the Small.
Today may your heart be full to the brim
With Peace, Joy, and Love. May nothing seem grim.                                   

God Bless You Mother...
May your heart know how Dear 
You are to me     
Now and each day of the year...                  

                           m.garren Orig 1981 revised 98

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