August 21, 2019
Scripture: Psalm 30:5b
Weeping may stay all night, but by morning, joy!
Thought for the Day: Have you ever come across a quote that you found inspiring, and then upon seeing who said it, the inspiration grew exponentially? That happened to me yesterday. Someone had referenced a quote, but no name was attached. Some quick research provided what I thought was the answer, and I went from being blessed to awestruck. The quote was this:
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Those words were attributed to Harriet Tubman. Her life-story is breath-taking by itself, but amidst all the obstacles and perils of her life, these words made we want to stand up and stretch a bit further in my quest to change the world. But here’s the thing, those words were probably not spoken by Harriet Tubman. Come to find out, lots of people have attempted to attribute these words to her, but historians suggest they were not spoken by her. After wanting to stand up and reach for those stars, I felt a little deflated in this new knowledge. We can so quickly lose sight of everything Harriet Tubman did if we allow something like this to leave us feeling defeated. I say this because I have a tendency to do the same in my relationship with God. Something disappoints me in the church or a fellow Christian screws-up, and I can feel deflated in regard to my faith. I too often see people become sour on faith simply because one thing didn’t live up to their expectations. We can allow that single happening to blind us from everything else that is breath-taking and amazing. It is ok to be disappointed, but try your best to keep your disappointment in check. Harriet Tubman, whether she said those words are not, is still a rockstar in American history.
Prayer: Let me continue to see and name the good around me, O Lord. Disappointment and sadness might hit me unexpectedly, but through your grace, they shall not define the possibilities that come with each new morning. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge