Little Tricks and Trinkets

In 1914, before the use of insulin injections, Corrie ten Boom’s Aunt Jans was diagnosed with diabetes.

She knew that she did not have long to live. Yet, within a few days after learning this, she went right back to working in God-honoring causes. Several months later, a blood test indicated that the end was near. The family was gathered in Aunt Jan’s room when Corrie’s father gently broke the news to her. Then he added, “Jans, some must go to their Father empty-handed, but you will run to Him with hands full.”

Jans’ response touched them all. She said that her good deeds were as “little tricks and trinkets.”

It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “Well done is better than well said.”

Jesus placed a premium on faithfulness. He taught that a servant is commended, not because he was successful, but because he was good and faithful (Matthew 25:21).

Faithfulness is one of the attributes, which should characterize all believers.

We are to be faithful in all things (1 Timothy 3:11), including the most insignificant details (Luke 16:10 – 12). Faithfulness is not a temporary attitude, but we are urged to be faithful unto death in order to receive the crown of life (Revelation 2:10).

A study of Olympic medal winners produced some unexpected results.

Most people would assume the silver medal winners would be happier than the bronze medalists since they received a higher honor, but that wasn’t the case. The former Olympians explained how they felt about their medals. The silver medalists, felt like losers because they didn’t come in first. However, the bronze medalists were happy and thrilled just to have won a medal and to have finished!

“Whether you are raising the dead or taking a nap, if you are doing God’s will, the pay is the same when you stand before God.”

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center


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