Corrie Ten Boom’s Story

Listen to how God was with Corrie Ten Boom, and helped her to be a shining light when she and her sister were taken to one of the darkest places of all: the German concentration camp.

No matter how dark and dire your life is the Good King will be with you, and if you hold on tightly to His hand in trust He will use you to bless others where you are.

 

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“The Greatest Reward”

Here’s an inspiring story told by a teenage girl:

 

It was one of those open house parties–teens smoking and getting drunk. Being a Christian, I knew I probably shouldn’t be there. I had a little voice at the back of my head telling me to get out of there, and fast, but I stayed anyway.

It wasn’t long before I was offered alcohol. Suddenly the voice inside my head became much louder, and I simply said, “No thanks.”

“Oh, don’t be such a baby, Melissa,” said Rachel, my best friend. “Just have a little; it won’t kill you.”

“Yeah, Melissa, you chicken,” said someone in the crowd of people.

It hurt me to hear my best friend trying to make me feel so small and trying to make me do things that were totally against my beliefs. I thought they were against her beliefs, too.

“Rachel, I said no thanks!” I was trying hard to stop myself from crying.

Just then from the back of the room I heard someone start to chant, “Chicken, chicken, chicken,” and then the whole room sort of caught on and everyone started chanting. I so badly wanted the floor to swallow me up and the chanting to stop.

“Come on, Melissa,” Rachel said, “Just take a little; it’s that easy.”

It’s that easy. Hey, I thought, well maybe it is for you and the rest of the people in this room, but not for me.

“Melissa, why don’t you just take a drink?”

“Well, because…because…” I hesitated. “Because I’m a Christian!” I blurted out the words before I could stop myself. Then I burst into tears.

The whole room was silent, and all of a sudden they started laughing at me. I didn’t know what to do, and I was crying uncontrollably. I ran out of that house as fast as I could, barely seeing where I was going. I wanted to run far, far away and never come back.

I suddenly felt very angry. How could you let this happen to me, God? There I was standing up for You and what I believe in, and this is what I get in return. I think You must have made some mistake here.

After a very long Monday of feeling sorry for myself, I was walking through the now empty school hallway when a girl came up to me and said, “Hi.” I was quite surprised, since I remembered she was at the party and witnessed the whole thing.

“I’ve been looking for you the whole day,” she said.

“Really?” I asked. “Why?”

“Well, I know that what happened to you at the party on Saturday night is not something you want to talk about again, but I’m not here to laugh at you, but simply to tell you how much I respect you for what you did. You were such an inspiration to me. I never could have done what you did. You stood up for what you believed and never gave in to temptation, no matter what price you had to pay for it. You, Melissa, are a true Christian, and I hope we can become better friends.”

I remember that day as if it were yesterday. Sarah and I have been close friends ever since. I wouldn’t have wanted that night to happen any other way. Even if this wasn’t the reward I had wanted from God in the beginning, this is the only reward I want now. Making a difference in somebody else’s life is the greatest reward you could ever ask for.

From “Stories For A Teen’s Heart Book 3”, pgs. 117-118

Being Patient In Delays

Patience is the ability to keep your motor idling when you feel like stripping your gears.

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He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:32

An old train on a branch line was pulling and creaking slowly through the countryside when suddenly it lurched to a stop. The only passenger in the three-car train rose quickly to his feet and hurried to find the conductor. “Why have we stopped?” he demanded. “I’m a salesman and I have and appointment in less than an hour in the next town. Surely this old train can make it through a pasture!”

The conductor smiled, “Nothing to worry about, sir. Just a cow on the tracks. Gotta wait her out.” The salesman returned to his seat, fuming and fidgeting until the train began to creep forward again about ten minutes later. It chugged along for a mile or two and then ground to a halt once again.

This time the conductor found the salesman. “Don’t worry,” he said. “We’ll be on our way shortly. It’s just a temporary delay.” The exasperated salesman asked, “What now? Did we catch up to the cow again?”

What the salesman didn’t know was that the schedule for this particular train had been made so as to allow for temporary delays and cows on the track! The salesman made his appointment, but he was worn to a frazzle by his own frustration and concern.

Allow for delays. You’ll enjoy life’s journey more.

 

From “God’s Little Devotional Book”, pgs. 12-13

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Do you feel that you can’t do anything to bless others? There was once a man who had cerebal palsy who lived in a nursing home. But instead of feeling sorry for himself because he had a disease, he did something that became a blessing to those around him and afar. Check out the video to find out what he did!

 

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12: 9 NKJV.

Because he went beyond himself and used what he had, Jesus used him as a Lightbearer in spite of his disability. He can do the same for you no matter what your circumstances in life are. Just give yourself to Him and let Him work through you.

 

One Act Of Kindness

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Edward Everett Hale

 

God will multiply what you do for others. See how He did it in this story:

 

Show an act of kindness to someone today.