He laid his hands on Saul and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 9:17 NRSV)

I don't know if you know this, but we adults are really funny sometimes. We have little routines, little rituals that we go through that help us function. For example I was reading about the great musician, Beethoven. Beethoven was one of the great composers of all time. He wrote beautiful music. Do you know how Beethoven got ready each day to write music? He would pour cold water over his head. He believed that it stimulated his brain. Maybe he didn't get enough sleep at night and he used the cold water to wake himself up. We don't know.

People do all kinds of things to help make themselves better. We read, we jog, we take vitamins. But there is one way to improve ourselves that is better than any other. That is to invite Jesus into our hearts. Our Scripture lesson is about a violent man named Saul who let Jesus come into his heart and became perhaps the greatest Christian that ever lived.

All we have to do is to pray, "Lord Jesus, come into my heart and help me to be what you want me to be." That's better than a glass of cold water over the head any day! Even in this Texas heat.

Lord Jesus, come into my heart. I've got some junk that needs to be cleaned out. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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