Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott

THE SMILE Vol 11 No 16

August 21, 2012

Dear Friend,

 After Oscar Pistorius ran in the 400-meter race in the recent Olympics, he told TODAY’s Savannah Gunthrie, “When I got on those starting blocks, I knew 400 is always a tough event. But I had these cramps in my cheeks, I was smiling so much.”

He knew he had a tough race to win running through the challenge of legs made of spring steel. He also knew he was having an experience that felt beyond remarkable and utterly wonderful.

 And just think – our Lord has even more wonderful experiences in store for Oscar – and for you and me – not on a racetrack – but in the immediate presence of a loving God who actually cares.

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Christian people of Corinth is this extraordinary word:

                “What no eye has seen,

                        what no ear has heard,

                              and what no human mind has conceived
                                      the things God has prepared for those who love him—
these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit."
                                                                                              I Corinthians 2:9b-10a*

The God who loves you has immense plans for you – plans you cannot possibly imagine – plans far greater than anything you may have ever seen – plans for your future and your hope.

So may your smile be so wide you have cramps in your cheeks!

 With joy - E. Stanley Ott
Copyright 2012 E. Stanley Ott
*Scripture from the NIV