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Some daily grace comes from simple and often unnoticed piece of paper. This proved to be a heartwarming piece worthy of reading and reflecting. Written by motivational and relligious best-seller writer Max Lucado, this piece tells an analogy of how a person’s character is often tested. May you find grace in this great piece.

When a potter bakes a pot, he checks its solidity y pulling it out of the oven and thumping it If it “sings”, it’s ready. If it “thuds,” it’s placed back in the oven. The character of a person is also checked by thumping.

Been thumped lately?

Late-night phone calls. Grouchy teacher. Grumpy moms. Burnt meals. Flat tires. You’ve -got-to-be-kidding deadlines. Those are thumps. Thumps are those irritating inconveniences that trigger the worst in us. They catch us off guard. Flat-footed. They aren’t big enough to be crises, but if you get enough of them, watch out! Traffic jams. Long Lines. Empty mailboxes. Dirty clothes on the floor. Even as I write this, I’m being thumped. Because of interruptions, it has taken m almost two hours to write these paragraphs. Thump. Thump. Thump.

How do I respond? Do I sing, or do I Thud?

Jesus said that out of the nature of the hear a man speaks (Luke 6:45). There’s nothing like agood thump to reveal the nature of a heart. The true character of a person is seen not in momentary heroics but in the thump-packed humdrum of day-to-day living.

if you have a tendency to thud more than you sing, take heart. There is hope for us “thudders”.

Begin by Thanking God for thumps. I don’t mean a half-hearted “Thank You”. I mean a rejoicing , jumping-for-joy “Thank You” from the bottom of your heart (James 1:2). Chances are, God is doing the tumping. And, He’s doing it for your own good. So every thump is a reminder that God is molding you (Hebrew 12:5-8).

Learn from each thump. Face up to the fact that you are not “thump-proof”, you are going to be tested from now on. You might as well learn from the thumps. — you are going to be tested from now on. You might as well learn from the thumps — you can’t avoid them. Look upon each inconvenience as an opportunity to develop patience and persistence. Each Thump will help you or hurt you, depending on how you use it.

Be aware of “thump-slump” times. Know your pressure periods. For me, Mondays are infamous for causing thump-slups. Fridays can be as just bad. For all of us, there are time during the week when we can anticipate an unusual amount of thumping. The best way to handle thump-slump times? Head on. BOlster yourself with extra prayer, and don’t give up.

Remember no thump is disastrous. All thumps work for good if we are loving and obeying God.

Click here for the SOURCE LINK.

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