WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
.......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main
Getting to know God together.
That bridge is in the sugar-cane
growing area, in Bli Bli. There is sugar-cane growing here. You ought to
see the cane when it is on fire! It burns red and glowing at night. Some
farmers still burn sugar cane. The cane is burned so it is easier to harvest
by cutting it down with big machines. Well, back to that strange bridge.
Once the bridge was used for the cane train. It would be loaded with sugar-cane
and would chuff across the bridge to take the cane to the mill! But now
the train goes another way, so the bridge has become the ordinary road
for cars and bikes and trucks. Do you know what?
The cost of taking the train tracks off the bridge was too high, the council would have had to rip up the bridge to do it. So the tracks are still there, just on the bridge itself, not anywhere else.
The poor bike riders come along
and donít know about the tracks that go nowhere.
When the bike wheels hit the tracks when it has been raining (which is most of the time), they get stuck in them or slip! And the bike starts to wobble over. The tracks that go nowhere are dangerous things. But it will take it a long time for the council to do something about getting a new bridge - it costs too much.
We can have tracks that go nowhere
in our lives. Young people can have fantastic abilities. They can have
great blessings from God. He has blessed them with talents, and clever
brains and opportunities. They might have great parents and good schools
and churches, yet they donít seem to be going anywhere! They are like the
tracks that go nowhere, they are just a disaster waiting to happen!
They donít know what they want, they have no goals, so they could end up going nowhere. Just like those train tracks.
Donít be on a track that goes nowhere. Put your trust in God, ask Him to guide you always. Read His Word and learn about life with Him, and you will be on the Way of the Lord. You will never wobble over on Godís Way that leads to life eternal.
ď Because strait [is] the gate,
and narrow [is] the way,
which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.Ē (Matthew 7:14).
EXTRAS FOR TEENS AND BETWEENS
The older you get the more important
it is that you have a plan for your life in action.
God has given you many talents and abilities. He wants you to be useful for Him in this world. Jesus told a parable about the unfaithful servant who was of no use to his master. It is found in Matthew 25:14-30. He just hid his talents away, and wasted them. Have a look at it, it shows how important it is to be using all your talents and opportunities wisely before the Lord. Donít think you are not an important enough person for God to want to use. You have been created by God to be His own useful human being, and He loves you so much.
He wants to say to you one day: