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Why You Shouldn't Drop Raisins!

My son and I love eating raisins. They're a very tasty treat. My son is five years old and he is a busy body, like most boys his age. One day, we were eating raisins and after we were done eating, I looked down on the floor and noticed that he dropped about five raisins. As I picked them up, I said, "Boy, I can't believe you dropped all these raisins!" Then I got to thinking even more about all the opportunities we come across in life. 

Small opportunities often times grow into bigger ones. As you are building your business, it's not wise to let the small opportunities go by the waist side because you're waiting for the big ones. How do you expect God to trust you with the big stuff if He can't trust you with the small stuff? 

Do you remember that book, 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff?' Well, I do and I agree with the title. You shouldn't stress over what you can't control. Actually, God says you don't have to stress as you can cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you. So, when those small opportunities come, pray first. Ask God to put you in the right mindset of gratefulness. And believe that they're meant to thrust you into even bigger ones. Raisins are small and watermelons are big, but God created both for a purpose. They both have seeds. Sow your seeds, expect your harvest, and remember, "Don't drop the raisins!" 

Why do little bullies become Big Bullies?

Lyle’s Story

“What’s up, I’m Lyle. So what I bully! I like it! It’s cool! It allows me to be in control, you know? The kids I pick on don’t even defend themselves. They just let me do whatever I want, no questions asked. It’s like a game for me, you know. I put a little out there in the beginning to see if they’ll bite. When they do, I go for the jugular! It’s just my way of testing the waters! What’s the big deal? Just a little harmless fun at their expense! I rule the school!!”

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We just read Lyle’s story and how he feels about his behavior. Unfortunately, there are a lot of kids who think the way he does. They believe they’re in control; that it’s cool and fun to bully. Some probably truly believe that it’s just harmless fun. But, we all know that bullying is serious business! It affects the lives of so many children, families, schools and society and it’s getting worse day by day. “But, what can I do to help change the situation?” Well, I’m glad you asked. You and I and all of us can pray. We can pray for the bully. “Pray for the bully?” Yes, we can get down on our knees and pray for them. Prayer really changes things. The more we saturate the atmosphere with prayer, the more we’ll begin to see change. There is no “catch-phrase” solution to ending bullying. The thief comes only but to kill, steal and destroy. The thief is destroying our children. It’s time to take our children and families back. And through prayer, a mighty mountain can be moved.

Let’s take time out to pray for the bully. To pray that he or she sees bullying as ugly, as poison, and that God creates in them a heart to want to change.