But I do not count my life of any value to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God's grace. (Acts 20:24 NRSV)

Some of you may have visited Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. One of the main attractions is "Old Faithful," a geyser that regularly spouts water approximately 160 feet into the air. That is an amazing sight. I got to see it as a child. It was an amazing sight.

I understand that there is another geyser in Yellowstone, however, that spouts water even higher than "Old Faithful." This geyser, named "Beehive," spouts water well over 200 feet skyward. The problem is that you never know when Beehive is going to perform. You might watch it for a long time and nothing will happen. But with Old Faithful, you can count on it. You will see it spout its water when it is supposed too. So, millions of people are familiar with Old Faithful and hardly anyone knows about Beehive.

There is a rich lesson there. You will find a lot of people who are very talented, they can do lots of things well. But you can't count on them. They tell you they will do something, but they never do. So, even if they have the ability to be superstars, they never really accomplish much at all. It is one of the great secrets of life to be a person that other people can count on. To be where people expect you to be.

Be somebody who can be counted on like we have counted on Christ our savior.

God of what counts, push me to be one who others can count on to share your love. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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