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“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people.”  I have always loved this quote and I found that it is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt.  http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/File:Eleanor_Roosevelt_portrait_1933.jpg  Not to pick Eleanor’s quote apart, but this quote has me thinking and of course, I need to share my thoughts with you!

1. Great minds discuss ideas.  I  love this part of the quote because I love ideas.  I am a thinker and am constantly ‘thinking’ about something.  (However, I do wish my brain would shut down at night and give my brain a rest!).  I have all these great things that I want to do, helping solving issues at work by coming up with ideas, planning new and exciting fun things to do, etc.  In the Bible, there are many great truths and those are discussed by many theologians over the centuries.  One of my favorite quotes on truth is found in John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” One thing I love about this verse is that it was on the wall as I walked in to my Junior High where I grew up in Iowa.  It didn’t ever have the scripture reference attached it but I am curious if it is still there today….I am betting some anti-Christian extremists figured out it is a scripture verse and it has been removed and replaced with something more politically correct. 🙂

2.  Average minds discuss events.  I am conflicted on this one….there are the events that are of no consequence that people talk about over the water cooler.  “Wow, it sure is a hot one out there today!” “Yeah, I am glad I don’t work out in this heat.”  Talking about the weather is not that exciting and I can see why Eleanor called this an average-minded topic.  However, there are events that so worth discussing….like Jesus dying on the cross for our sins for all of mankind.  To me, minds that discuss this event are truly great!

3.  Small minds discuss people.  Whenever, I have heard this quote….I have agreed with this part because when I think about minds discussing people it is usually gossip and in my mind, these people DO have small minds.   But when I think about some great people in history – like Abraham Lincoln, Billy Graham and even, Jesus, himself….minds who talk about great people are truly great as well!

So where do we end up with this quote?  Great minds discuss great ideas, great events and great people….yep, that’s it!  I can agree with all of those…but then the ‘greatness of the idea, event or person’ is in the mind of the beholder.  My son, Kyle, says that I picked Eleanor’s brain…nah, just questioned the validity of each part of the quote.

Ahh, I will leave the quote the way it is…way to go Eleanor!

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Hide away in the love of Jesus– we sang this in church this past week.  It is such a moving song.  Whether you are weary, a wandering soul, a hopeless heart or weighed down with the guilt of your sin –this song is for you.  The lyrics speak of the strength, the peace, and the overflowing love that is yours when you hide in Jesus’ love.  Here are the lyrics, enjoy!

Hide away in the Love of Jesus

Come weary saints, though tired and weak
Hide away in the love of Jesus
Your strength will return by His quiet streams
Hide away in the love of Jesus

Come wand’ring souls, and find your home
Hide away in the love of Jesus
He offers the rest that you yearn to know
Hide away in the love of Jesus

Hear Him calling your name
See the depths of His love
in the wounds of His grace
Hide away

Come guilty ones, weighed down with sin
Hide away in the love of Jesus
The freedom you long for is found in Him
Hide away in the love of Jesus

Hear Him calling your name
See the depths of His love
in the wounds of His grace
Hide away

Come hopeless hearts, do not despair
Hide away in the love of Jesus
For ten thousand joys await you there
Hide away in the love of Jesus

Written By Steve and Vikki Cook

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Occupied

I got to the door and the sign said, “occupied”.  That is what I found when I trapsed across the field to the porta potty.  That word is not good to see when you really gotta go!  The smell of these units are way less than appealing but very necessary for them to be unoccupied when you are in need of one.  I thot about my porta potty dilemma this morning when I was in Sunday school because we had encountered the word ‘unoccupied’ in our study.  The occupancy in this case was an evil spirit occupying a ‘house’.  It had been cast out and returned to find “the house unoccupied, clean and put in order” (Mt. 12:44).   Then the spirit returned “with seven more spirits more wicked than itself and the final condition of the man is worse than the first” (Mt. 12:45).  What is interesting to note here is the definition of  occupancy according to Merriam Webster is “to take up a place or space; to reside in or as an owner or tennant”.  The man had the evil spirit as a tennant or living within him but when Jesus cast the evil spirit out, the man didn’t replace the tennant with a new and much better tennant.  We today as Christians know that once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live in us…take up tenancy there. (Jn 7:39).  This is a promise that has been happening since the day of Pentecost.  Prior to this, a person had put his faith in God or Jesus and God’s presence in their faith was the tennant.  Our discussion centered around that when Jesus had cast the evil spirit out, the man didn’t have faith occupying the space so the spirit returned with some friends to inhabit the house once more.  So my question to you today is who or what occupies you or your ‘house’?  Are you filled with the Holy Spirit, working on living the kind of righteous life the Lord desires or is your house swept clean, unoccupied and ready for a tennant that will destroy you inside and out?  If you don’t know the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the peace and freedom that a living a life in Christ can have, I encourage you to call 1-888-NeedHIM or go to needhim.org today!

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