July 2021, Vol. 40, No. 7

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When the Water is Still

posted on July 14, 2021

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I went fishing for a couple of hours recently, caught one fish, and learned a lot. I drifted into a daydream as the ripples kept a steady rhythm on top of the water. As I thought a little deeper, I thought of the little ripples in the pond as kind of like the activities of life. For a moment, lots of things are happening, everyone is busy with some “ripples” being bigger than others. Then, the ripples are gone and the pond is still. With life, we are running every which way with more work than we can do, less time during the day, and we make plans for several years down the road. But, when age catches up with us or we experience things such as loss of health, loss of a spouse or child, or we look up one day and realize life passed us by and the “water is still,” what will our thoughts be? May we plan for that chapter in our life. Our achievements, accomplishments, and accumulations will not matter. As we ponder on the past, may we ask these questions: 

Did we treat others as we should? Galatians 6:10 says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” May we do our best to give others our best. 

Did we lead our family to Christ? Matthew 5:16 say, “ Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” May our words and actions influence our family so they will obey Jesus as they embrace Him and reject the world. 

Did we treat Jesus the way we should have? Luke 19:10 says, “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Let us continually remember His sacrifice and show our appreciation for Jesus because of what He has done for us. 

When the water is still, may we be at peace.

Allen Jones
South Green Street church of Christ
Glasgow, KY

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