Just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. (Ephesians 1.4 NRSV)

A certain courthouse in Ohio stands in a unique location. Raindrops that fall on the north side of the building go into Lake Ontario and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, while those falling on the south side go into the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.

At precisely the point of the peak of the roof, just a gentle puff of wind can determine the destiny of many raindrops. It will make a difference of more than 2,000 miles as to their final destination.

The important thing for all of us to remember is that when we stand before God's throne, our lives will be measured not by any dividing line or what we have gained, but by what we have given. "He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world… He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ…"

God has blessed us, but only for one reason that we might be a blessing to others. Unto whom much is given, much is required.

Father, guide and help me to share your many blessings. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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