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Monday's Ministry Morsel (On Tuesday)

I read an interesting story this morning about a woodpecker that was hammering away at a limb when lightning struck the tree, splitting it down the center. Fortunately the red-headed woodpecker was not killed or even hurt. The story went on to say that immediately the little feathered creature hurriedly rounded up a few of his woodpecker friends and brought them to the sight where the exciting event happened.

When he had gathered them all around--the little woodpecker was heard to say--"See, I told you. Look at what I did!"

Humility--It can fly away rather swiftly in our conduct and conversation and pride can swoop in so quickly to fill the vacuum.

William Temple has been quoted as saying; ""Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. Humility means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other at all."

Each of us in the body of Christ have a place (1 Corinthians 12:18) and a purpose that requires inter-dependence from all the members as we function as one under the Headship of Jesus Christ. When one member thinks their contribution more important than another--a spasm of sorts can occur and the body reacts naturally and goes into an immediate 'pause of purpose'. Personal pride acts sort of like a muscle spasm that quickly draws attention away from the other vital functions of the body and places it entirely on addressing 'the issue' at hand- ('I', 'me' & 'mine').

The issue cannot nor should it be ignored less greater damage result. The thing with muscle spasms is that so many times it could have been avoided altogether had there been proper preparation and hydration been a part of the routine of our daily practice.

Muscle spasms often come as a result of overuse coupled with dehydration and on occasion a lack of stretching prior to activity. When I overuse my own strength--I quit using or relying on His. When I fail to hydrate myself properly on the living water daily--I get dehydrated spiritually. When I don't take the time to let Him stretch my faith often-- I soon settle for just getting by on my previous experiences.

Do that often and you will experience 'a pause' in your purpose. Hopefully. it will not be a situation where you are down or even out of the race for a lengthy period of time.

"Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18

If you desire to run the race and finish well--take time to daily stretch and hydrate. And don't overuse 'your' ability to accomplish what can only be realized through depending on His strength under the direction of His Lordship in our life.

Strong bodies are the result of maintaining strong members within the body. Do let pride weaken you this week.

"Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." Ephesians 6:10

You'll find it much easier to finish every day and every challenge strong.

We can because "greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world!" 1 John 4:4

May the Lord bless His work in you this week!

Pstr K

1 Corinthians 15:58