Jim Burns Homeword Daily Devotional for Parenting and Christian Family
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HomeWord - Oct. 29, 2007

  • 2007 Oct 29

Reach Out and Touch Someone 
This devotional was written by Jim Burns

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." 1 John 4:7,8

I love this story and want to share it with you.

Ever feel like a frog? Frogs feel slow, low, ugly, puffed, drooped, and pooped. I know. One told me. The frog feeling comes when you want to be bright but feel dumb, when you want to share but are selfish, when you want to be thankful but feel resentment, when you want to be great but are small, when you want to care but are indifferent.

Yes, at one time or another each of us has found himself on a lily pad floating down the great river of life. Frightened and disgusted, we are too froggish to budge. Once upon a time there was a frog. But he really wasn't a frog. He was a prince who looked and felt like a frog. A wicked witch had cast a spell on him. Only the kiss of a beautiful maiden could save him. But since when do cute chicks kiss frogs? So there he sat, an unkissed prince in frog form. But miracles happen. One day a beautiful maiden grabbed him up and gave him a big smack. Crash! Boom! Zap! There he was, a handsome prince. And you know the rest. They lived happily ever after. *

As a Christian you can be used by God to help change people. Who is the frog in your life who has the potential of becoming a prince or princess? Your touch has the power to begin a change in him or her. I don't think there is anything greater than being one of God's assistants and helping Him in His work of changing human beings. Don't miss the wonderful experience of servanthood!

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1. Where does today’s scripture tell us love comes from?

2. Are you in the habit of kissing frogs? Is there someone you know who needs your love and attention?

1 John 3:11, 1 John 2:4

* Wes Seeliger in church bulletin quoted in Bruce Larson, Ask Me to Dance (Wac Word, 1972), pp. 11-12.

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