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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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August 15, 2011 - Mall Walk

By William E. Richardson

A walk through any mall is quite an experience.

You pass dozens of specialty stores. You dart in and out of some; you linger in others. I see a walk through a mall as a microcosm of one’s Christian walk. Let’s make a few comparisons.

The directory. The most important place to start in any mall new to you is like the important first step on your spiritual journey.

Located at major entrances, a directory tells you, “You are here” and shows a map of places you can visit. Likewise, God accepts you wherever you are in life, then helps you find the stops you need to take to reach your heavenly goal.

God’s directory — the Bible — keeps you moving forward. It guides your walk from entrance to exit (Psalm 119:105).

Similar stores, but with differences. A lot of mall stores sell clothes, but they don’t all sell the same styles. Life situations can be like those different stores. The specifics vary from Christian to Christian, leading everyone’s faith walk toward one end result — heaven.

Then, there are the people around you. Common mall experiences bring strangers together. Mothers who’ve never met chat while their children romp in the play area. Husbands who don’t know each other share a bench and conversation while their wives shop in a nearby store.

Christianity, however, doesn’t consist of chance meetings. God arranges divine appointments. Jesus knew His ahead of time (John 4:4); we don’t.

Straight ahead. Not every store or shop in a mall is right for you. There are places that entice you to overspend, waste your money or view items you know you shouldn’t. In those times, you can refuse to turn to either the right or the left (Deuteronomy 5:32).

Finishing. Both a mall trip and the walk of faith should end well. God doesn’t want anyone to exit this life empty-handed. He wants our lives to influence others to also take and complete the faith walk.

Some day, God will welcome you to heaven and ask to see what you brought home. He’ll give rewards for all your gains along the way (Matthew 25:20-23).

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.




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