PREPARED, PLANTED, PLACED, PRUNED, PROSPERED (3)

October 15

God planted a garden … there He put the man whom He had formed. GENESIS 2:8 NKJV

Notice, God placed the man in the garden, “eastward in Eden” (Ge 2:8 NKN). It’s not enough to be in the garden, you’ve got to be in the right location. You must pray, “Lord, place me in my garden.”

You learn a lot by raising children. You’re older and wiser, saying, “Don’t do that. Don’t go there.” But you can’t cut through the process. They have to stumble, because that’s how they learn to walk and find their way. Maybe you yourself worked at several jobs before figuring out what you were supposed to do. That’s because you weren’t “placed” yet. At some point, if you’re wise, you begin to pray, “Lord, don’t let me spend my life trying stuff, place me!”

You can be in the right place and not know it-because the place has been planted, not created! Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, was the child of an unwed mother. He recalls being ashamed of not having a decent pair of shoes to wear. Imagine: a school dropout, wearing shoes that don’t fit, working as a busboy waiting tables-but he has a six-billion-dollar business inside him. It doesn’t matter where you start, it just matters where you finish. You need to look in the mirror and announce, “There’s something in me that hasn’t come out yet. God, help me to be steadfast until You pull out of me what You planted in me.” Don’t let anyone convince you that you’re a failure because you don’t wear the right shoes, or have it all together right now. God has a place in mind for you. Just walk with Him and He’ll get you there.

Taken from THE BEST OF THE WORD FOR YOU TODAY

 

Miscellaneous jokes to lighten up your day:

One casket to another: “Is that you coffin?”

 

Barber: “Haven’t I shaved you before, Sir?”

Customer: “No, I got that scar in Vietnam.”

 

What do fish and guests have in common?

They both smell after three days.