Reaching Forward

How Much Does Heaven Mean to Us? (June 25)

There is no denying that, as we grow older, our faces come to be a mirror of the contents of our hearts. “When you speak of heaven, let your face light up. When you speak of hell — well, then your everyday face will do” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon).

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We All Live in the Same World (June 24)

The world remains the same generation after generation. There is a certain context common to all men and women, no matter when and where they have lived. We experience the same joys, we suffer the same sorrows, and we encounter the same challenges.

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All the Sweeter (June 23)

Whatever ease and pleasure may be ours here, that should only whet our appetites for the real joys to come. And whatever difficulty or pain we may have to deal with while “on the job,” that should only increase our capacity to enjoy “quittin’ time.”

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Finding Our Joy in That Which Is Right (June 22)

In every situation, we must ask what is the best thing that can be done, and having done what we knew was best, we must learn to be gratified by the knowledge that we’ve done the honorable thing. Integrity should be a source of joy to us.

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There Is No Love Without Sorrow (June 21)

If we must suffer sorrow, shall we then not love? I know not what choice others may make, but I shall continue to keep my heart open to love. Even at the bitterest ending of love’s sweetness, there is no grief great enough to keep me from the clear, pure joy of having loved.

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Submission, Sacrifice, and Strong Joy (June 18)

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” There is not a purer joy in the world than doing this, and there is no more freeing, liberating experience. Yielding to someone else’s dreams will break many a chain the devil has made.

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