2012 Blog Archive

Faith Moment
June 18, 2012

John Wesley was about 21 years of age when he went to Oxford University. He came from a Christian home, and he was gifted with a keen mind and good looks. Yet, in those days he was a bit snobbish and sarcastic.

One night, however, something happened that set in motion a change in Wesley's heart. While speaking with a porter, he discovered that the poor fellow had only one coat and lived in such impoverished conditions that he didn't even have a bed. Yet he was an unusually happy person, filled with gratitude to God.

Wesley, being immature, thoughtlessly joked about the man's misfortunes. "And what else do you thank God for?" he said with a touch of sarcasm.

The porter smiled, and in the spirit of meekness replied with joy, "I thank Him that He has given me my life and being, a heart to love Him, and above all, a constant desire to serve Him!"

Deeply moved, Wesley recognized that this man knew the meaning of true thankfulness.

Many years later, in 1791, John Wesley lay on his deathbed at the age of 88. Those who gathered around him realized how well he had learned the lesson of praising God in every circumstance. Despite Wesley's extreme weakness, he began singing the hymn, "I'll Praise My Maker While I've Breath."

Take time this week to give God the praise due His name.

With Love,

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fred chavarria
2012-06-21 8:13 PM

thank you for these thoughts. idont have a bed,for over a year now. ive been meaning to buy  one but found out that while serving God i really could go on with out one,or a t.v. ect....these things have become meaningless but my relationship with God has not. it has taken priority and has made me thankful just to be able to serve him. im already on the ground sleeping so its so much easier to just roii over on my knees and pray now. bed or no bed i pray to continue getting on my knees to pray and get a clearer perspective on humility and what really is important on this journey


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