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Raising Peanuts or Mining Gold

Years ago, a local newspaper carried an article entitled, “West Texas Gold Discovery Richest in Years.” It pointed out that gold flakes had been found in 18 sandy West Texas acres that its owners had previously been using to raise peanuts.  

When random samples were sent to the Colorado School of Mines, assay reports concluded it was one of the richest finds in modern times. Think of it, they were raising peanuts in a gold field! I love peanuts, any way they come. But if the choice is between raising peanuts and mining gold, I’ll take the gold every time.

Some people do that with their lives. Jonathan Swift wrote, “Although men are accused of not knowing their own weaknesses, yet perhaps few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.” In other words, no matter who you are or what you’ve done, there is a vein of gold in you. The Lord always looks for the gold in you and not the dirt. Give your life to Jesus, and he can refine it into something wonderful and beautiful.

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Today's Devotional

Outwitted

Edwin Markham, the poet, reached the age of retirement only to discover that the banker who was managing his money had defrauded him. He was so obsessed by anger and bitterness that he could no longer write poetry. While sitting at his desk and doodling one day the Holy Spirit convicted him that he must deal with his anger or it would destroy him. He decided then and there that he would forgive the man for the wrong he had done. Almost immediately there came to his mind one of his most famous poems entitled “Outwitted." You ought to read it for yourself. Don’t be “outwitted” by anger or bitterness. You must conquer it or it will conquer you. Master it or it will master you. Jesus can and will help.

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