The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


July 5, 2014

Having faith to walk in the light

Keeping the Faith

— Editor’s note: This column by the late Bev Davis originally was published Jan. 28, 2006. Davis passed away Aug. 1, 2010, of a sudden illness.


Having received the following e-mail from two different people in less than a week’s time, I thought it might be a sign I’m supposed to share it with you. These are great one-liners that I found inspiring to read over and over again. Hope you find them meaningful.

- Give God what’s right — not what’s left.

- Man’s way leads to a hopeless end. God’s way leads to an endless hope.

- A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.

- He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.

- In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma, but never let him be the period.

- Don’t put a question mark where God puts a period.

- Are you wrinkled with burdens? Come to the church for a faith-lift.

- When praying, don’t give God instructions — just report for duty.

- Don’t wait for six strong men to take you to church. Go willingly and expectantly.

- We can’t change God’s message. His message changes us.

- When God ordains, He sustains. Where God guides, He provides.

- Plan ahead — it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.

- Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory position.

- Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your Bible.

- Exercise daily — walk with the Lord.

- Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive.

- Give the devil an inch, and he’ll become a ruler.

- Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.

- Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.

- He who angers you controls you.

- Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.

- Be fishers of men, but know where your work stops. You catch them. Let God clean them.

- God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.

- What we do in life echoes in eternity.

The one that stayed in my mind was, “Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.” It’s true. Worry about something long enough, and you start to react as though the worst case scenario is true. Stew in your juices long enough, and your mind, will and emotions will react in negative ways.

Faith challenges us to allow the picture to develop as it will, knowing God will guide us safely through whatever storm it might depict. The difficulties we encounter are not interruptions in our lives. They are part of the path. Each is designed to teach us, train us, develop us and mold us more in the character the Master Designer desires for us.

The best thing to do with worry is force it to be a catalyst that drives us to faith. The moment we realize we’ve fallen in its clutches, we need to turn immediately to prayer and take some step in a positive direction.

We need to walk in the Light and leave worry languishing alone in the dark.

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