Costly, Yes –Rewarding Yes!

I get excited when I’m with people I love, and who love me.

I’m blessed because, being human, I can experience the joys of love. But Jesus showed that sometimes love involves pain.

Paul felt love’s pain when he wrote: “I will gladly spend and be spent for you, although I know that the more I love you, the less I am loved by you.”

People may misunderstand… or reject… or intentionally offend me. Yet godly love leads me to hold the relationship open.

This is tough. Sometimes really tough.

But I get excited about spending time with the people I love. And I am inspired by Paul who understood that problems don’t last, but that joy does . . . if I love!

Dave ‘Tud’ Nance

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“A Foreign Language”

Have you ever listened to people talk in a language you don’t understand?

I’ve noticed I can learn a lot about what people are saying, even without understanding a single word.

Sometimes they are friendly. Sometimes its just business.

And how quickly emotions change as they talk.

More importantly, love or respect are obvious—contempt or resentment—joy or frustration are all hard to hide.

“What goes around comes around,” they say. The simple tone of my voice, the expression on my face, often gives away the great truth that I allow Jesus to shape my life.
Or that I don’t!

Dave ‘Tud’ Nance
Proverbs 15:13

“A Heart of Faith”

I was looking at a small palm tree I had in my office, and I noticed that it grows differently than the oak and hickory trees where I live.

It grows near the top, from the center of a very small heart.

And this small heart is able to support the life of a whole tree—one that may grow to weigh thousands of pounds, able to withstand hurricanes and fires.

Jesus is the heart at the center of my life.
And in Him I can withstand the storms of life!
“Be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart” (Psalm 31:24)

Dave ‘Tud’ Nance

“A Bit Too Warm”

I watched my father-in-law turn a rusty knife into a beautiful, shining blade with a razor-sharp edge.

He simply used a sanding belt in his shop. He was careful not to press too hard or too long in any one spot.

The blade got pretty warm, a bit uncomfortable to hold.

Life is like that sometimes. Just a bit too hot for comfort. So I try to remember that I’m in the Master’s hand. He’s sharpening me, and I’ll be better for it.

Dave ‘Tud’ Nance

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