THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A few nights following Payne Stewart's second PGA Open victory (less than six months before he died), friends gathered to pay tribute to the champ.
The focal point of the party was a big-screen replay of the final-day TV coverage.
Seeing the tape for the first time, Payne watched images of himself sinking the winning putt and moments later giving credit to God.
At the party, Stewart's pastor, J. B. Collingsworth, noticed Payne walking away trying to hide the tears welling up in his eyes.
When he faced his pastor, the tears began to flow.
Collingsworth recalls, "I put my arm around him and said, 'Payne, I just want you to know I appreciate what God's doing with
He looked at me as hard as he could, tears now streaming down his face.
He said, 'J. B., I'm not going to be a Bible-thumper.
I'm not going to stand up on some stump. But I want everybody to know—it's Jesus.'"
(Citation: Larry Guest, The Payne Stewart Story (Stark Books, 2000), pp. 50-51; submitted by Greg Asimakoupoulos; Naperville, Illinois)
(from More Perfect Illustrations for Every Topic and Occasion Copyright © 2002 by Craig Brian Larson & Drew Zahn, English US edition © 2004 by Biblesoft with permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. All rights reserved.)
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground:
for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Basically Wednesday of Christ's Passion Week is silent in the Bible.
It is a day of meditation and reflection.
So, let's reflect.
This is the month of April.
The name April comes from a word which means "to open."
It signifies Spring is beginning, and flowers blossoming to reveal beauty.
For the lost person, there is no hope of blossoming to eternal beauty,
unless he/she is first SOWN in the "righteousness" that is of Christ.
So, let's meditate.
For the saved person, the more we "SOW" the righteousness of Christ in our soul,
the more assurance by faith we have that Christ will one day "reap in mercy" our sinful soul.
For BOTH, "it is time to seek the LORD!"
OPEN your heart to Christ!
Then, your heart will blossom and exhibit the flower of its intended beauty!
Be "in tune" with God's natural things.
Seek the "rain" of His "righteousness."
Let's reflect and meditate:
Life is MORE than YOU -- "It's JESUS!"