Nobody’s Fool

power3A long time ago, some fool said that only the weak need God. The truth is, without God, one is destined to a life of foolish mistakes with a tragic ending.

I continue my 40 day journey seeking “Everyday Epiphanies” and have been pondering a couple of comments a friend made this week. As a manner of introduction, this guy has enjoyed an extremely successful career – in fact he retired from a regular work schedule in his 40’s as he’d already earned financial independence. He lived for himself and his family with a fiercely independent attitude.

His first remark was about my husband, who is also a successful businessman. The friend making the remark has known him since they were children. Jim is one of the hardest workers you’ll ever meet. He spent more than 2 decades of his adult life saying, “God and I have gotten along just fine without each other.” About 15 years ago, he experienced what he describes as a power encounter with the living God and he’s never been the same. His friend commented, “Jim has always been strong and had a lot of energy. But now he has power.” Indeed, he does.

Then he commented on the fact that his own hearing is bad. He served for a number of years in the military without using the recommended protective devices for his ears. (The young truly believe in their own immunity from the effects of aging!) His observation was that his life has been filled with noise. He said, “Now that the noise is muffled, I don’t hear so well in the physical realm but I can hear so much more clearly with my heart.” There’s an “Aha!” moment for you.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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