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“My View of the Pews”

Happy Thanksgiving to all, hope you all enjoyed the day with great food and time with family and friends.  I am going to share two stories I found to be uplifting at this time of year.  Hope you enjoy and can use them in your life this busy time of year.  The first one gives perspective of how we should act even under adverse situations.

The Man and a Snake

A man saw a snake being burned to death and decided to take it out of the fire.  When he did, the snake bit him causing excruciating pain.  The man dropped the snake, and the reptile fell right back into the fire.

So, the man grabbed a metal pole, took the snake out of the fire and saved its life.

Someone who was watching approached the man and said, “That snake bit you.  Why are you still trying to save it?”  The man replied, “The nature of the snake is to bite, but that’s not going to change my nature, which is to help.”  

Do not change your nature simple because someone harms you.  Do not lose your good heart, only learn to take precautions.

The next one tells how we should look at what we do and how it affects the lives of others.

The Starfish Story

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a girl hurriedly picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean.  Approaching the girl he asked, “Young lady what are you doing?”  The girl replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.  The surf is up and the tide is going out, if I don’t throw them back, they will die.”

The man laughed to himself and said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?”  After listening politely, the girl bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the surf.  Then smiling she said, “I made a difference for that one!”

Have a Blessed Holiday Season and it’s Merry Christmas for all us believers! See you in church!

Pastor Bruce