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Tuesdays Torch week 430

Tuesday’s Torch

04/11/17

By: Tim Sader

The heavens proclaim his righteousness; every nation sees his glory. (Psalm 97:6)

There were times in the midst of middle school hell that were a much needed boost to my confidence. In the summer after seventh grade I was entered into an art contest without my knowledge. One of the art teachers in grade school liked my work so he put my name in to be selected out of several kids in Minnesota. I won so my family was selected as representatives from Northwest Airlines main hub to have one of my original drawings that would be enlarged and painted on the exterior of a plane. It was called the World Plane because along with my drawing would be drawings from children all over the world on the plane. Finding out about this project was a big deal to me; I had to go buy supplies at a fancy art store. I loved to draw and was great at it but I had no idea what to draw for something that felt so important. First I drew an outline of the state of Minnesota with a collage of drawings of all things Minnesota. This drawing was turned down because it was too detailed for them to enlarge and put on the plane. The second drawing I decided to do just one thing that represented my state so I drew a loon, the Minnesota state bird. I’m sure I practiced on smaller paper before doing the larger one and I started it over a few times. It took me several days to finish my drawing and color it in just the way I wanted it to be. Awhile after turning the art work in Northwest Airlines planned a retreat for the kids and two family members; they were flown to Minnesota to celebrate the launch of the plane that would be built. We were lavished at a luxurious sports club in Minneapolis and taken to everywhere fun and educational in the area. We ate at the Hard Rock Café, went to the zoo, science museum and Mall of America where we had the indoor amusement park rented for our group only. On the final day we had a semi-formal ceremony on the roof at the Walker Art Center where we were shown a scale model of our plane. Northwest Airlines went bankrupt later that year so our plane never flew but when they were bought out a similar World Plane was done a few years later.

At the end of this experience when I heard another plane was built I felt robbed for a moment but the memories I made were worth it. I never in my life have experienced the cultures of the world like I did on this retreat. I remember listening to a Russian girl play Beethoven on the grand piano just to show she could. A French girl innocently went topless to the pool because it wasn’t looked down on in her part of the world. We made connections with several families that felt lifelong though after a few years we fell out of touch with them. For a few brief moments I caught a glimpse of what heaven might be like when all the nations see His glory. Children of the world were welcomed so generously by this airline company. If we accept children in His name we accept Christ and through Him we accept the Lord (Mk. 9:37). It is true that God shows no favoritism but accepts every nation of those who fear Him and do what’s right (Acts 10:34-35). His children are not just little kids either I want that to be understood. He loves everyone in the world and especially those who love Him back. Christ paid the ultimate price so that persons from every tribe and language and people and nation could stand one day in heaven with Him. We have been made a kingdom and priests to serve God and we will reign with Him on the earth (Rev. 5:9-10). I felt what this could be like in this art project. Being with others from across the globe and being made important for a time gave me the feeling that I can accomplish anything.

We are important to God and He loves each of us in our own special way. When we come to Him we all come as children because our intelligence cannot stack up to what He knows and He knows what is best. It makes no difference to Him our color, sex, language or nation because He made us all to be unique so we would be special to Him. It brakes His heart when we will not see His glory in the midst of our differences. He don’t make anyone more worthy the only difference is whether we will love Him back and be His representative to the whole earth.

Lord help us to see us the way that you see us. We thank you for accepting us the way that we need to be accepting of all of your children both old and young. Help us to stop making judgments about others because of the way that you made us different. Help us also not to despise our unique qualities but to use them to your advantage God in reaching out to others who are not like anyone else. In Jesus name, Amen.

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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Tuesdays Torch week 429

Tuesday’s Torch

04/04/17

By: Tim Sader

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. (Psalm 17:20)

When I first met my friend David we were in fifth grade and were in the same class through sixth grade so we also went to the same middle school. I haven’t heard too many people explain this awkward period of life in the most positive of manners and mine was no exception to the rule. Puberty makes us feel different in so many ways but when you add in a wheelchair to that equation things get very interesting. I was not on the list of the best person to hang out with to make you popular. In the early 90’s Hip Hop culture was the in thing to make a person cool or not. I could not wear baggy jeans and sit in them all the time every day and my parents couldn’t afford what was most popular. I did get a pair Nike Airs, a fitted Chicago Bulls hat and San Jose Sharks team jacket. I faked it so I might fit in but despite my best efforts I was never popular. Part way into seventh grade I got my first motorized wheelchair it was a positive because I could get around on my own again. Shortly after this I met Jim. My school aide was his helper to and we were immediately assumed to become friends. Jim had no arms or legs just a small nub and little foot he used to control his wheelchair with. The level of independence he had with so little to work with was pretty amazing. We tried being friends so he came and stayed the night at my house. Out of his wheelchair he could eat, drink, play video games and roll his body from room to room. We had fun this one time but soon I learned that he wasn’t a good friend. He used little things my mom said, my Mickey Mouse sheets and collection of toys to roast me every chance he could. At lunch we sat at opposite ends of the same table and soon all his friends picked on me to. I remember one kid would spit at me when he saw me and I never could catch him to teach him a lesson. Jim was my nemesis; we never gave up our friend façade but would fight the best we could any time we could.

I went through middle school hell dealing with Jim and his punk friends. I spent too much time afraid of their threats but eventually I wouldn’t back down from them either. Though I had many bitter troubles at this time I didn’t focus on it. My life was restored from the depth of my despair and the Lord was faithful to build me up whether I realized it or not. I was troubled mostly because of what was being said to me. They made me believe they were in a gang and I was going to get beat up or shot because of their angry words (Ps. 55:2-3). I’m not sure to what extent their threats were real but they stole my Bulls hat one time. I prayed to get it back and the principal found it in his locker. God’s great love was there for me; He delivered me from whatever trouble could have come my way (Ps. 86:13). Whether we are in heaven on earth or if we make our bed in the midst of Hell God is there (Ps. 139:8). I know God interviened for me a few times when I’ve been in the depth of my personal hell. Winston Churchill says, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” This is the most important lesson I might have learned in middle school. Just because we are going through hell doesn’t mean we have to get stuck in that place. The righteous may fall seven times but with the Lord we will rise every time. Jesus told us to love and do good to our enemies. If we get slapped by them to turn our other cheek to them. If they steal our coat to give them our shirt also without expecting them to return it. This is how we want to be treated so it is how we should treat others (Lk. 6:27-31). We don’t need to take revenge it is for the Lord to defend our cause and repay it when necessary. We should continue being descent to them and this will heap burning coals on them. Don’t be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:19-21). In middle school I didn’t follow all these rules; Jim and I were frenemies at best so when he had to move it was better for everyone.

Almost all of us have been mistreated by someone at some time in our life and it impacted us in some way. More often it causes bitterness to rise up in us and it leaves a bitterness in our soul that blocks us from being loved and loving others like we should. If bitterness goes unchecked it’ll lead us down a dark path where we will believe the lies that we are unlovable and that even God could never love us. He does love us and feels broken when we are bitter. We accuse Him when He is innocent of any crime against us. We treat Him exactly how we were treated and He don’t deserve it.

Lord we thank you for being there for us even when we are going through hell. We know that you will never leave or forsake us. If we have been bitter toward or angry at you please forgive us and help us to see that you are good. We also forgive the people who have hurt us and from this day we choose to free ourselves from the bitterness in our soul. Lord if we have been the enemy of anyone please forgive us and help us to make it right if we can. Help us to do good at all times and allow you to be the one to avenge the wrongs done against us. In Jesus name, Amen.

Tuesdays Torch has been viewed in countries all across the globe through our website and social media. We pray the words of every Torch will sink into the hearts and minds of readers. Please share Tuesdays Torch and encourage others with it. To partner with Tuesdays Torch and help expand our reach please contact us. We pray the Lord will touch our readers. All of what Christ did was so we would believe. He told us not to believe because of what He said but in what He did (John 14:11). Every Tuesday we talk about what He did and is still doing. The best thing God’s done is send His Son so we could be saved (John 3:16). If anyone is not a believer we pray they will invite the Lord into their lives by asking Him to forgive their sins and believing that He is the Son of God. Please share testimonies, feedback or encouraging words by email at: tuesdaystorch@gmail.com we enjoy hearing from you. Look out for next Tuesdays Torch on our website http://www.tuesdaystorch.com , by email, on Facebook as Tuesdays Torch or Twitter @tuesdaystorch Thanks and God Bless!

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16

 
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