Inspiration  

By Charles Towne

Hoping that I am going to wake up one morning to discover that I have miraculously been transformed into something other than what I am isn’t likely going to happen,

But…?

the thing that we must remember is that Kind, loving, honest, generous, merciful, Christ-like people are nothing less and nothing more than walking miracles.  They are works of grace, works of God!

Our character, yours and mine, being transformed by wishing for it, (that transformation) or by hoping for it to take place, is going to happen about the same time that frogs fly!

Now please don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying it isn’t possible, but you have to admit, without divine intervention it is highly improbable.  But, what can happen is no less a miracle and it is this, it must come from Papa God, yes, the transformation must come from Him!

Now here is the crux of the matter.  If I desire for it, (that transformation that I speak of} to take place; if I really want it to happen, praise our generous and loving God, it will happen!  If I start acting out those positive character traits that are significant markers for the Christian life, If I pray for them each and every day of my life, by repetition, I will become!

Now how do I know that this transformation can become my reality and yours?  Because He has promised it and He does not lie!

He is there encouraging each of us, guiding us, pleading with us, strengthening us, so, what we practice becomes… us!

It isn’t going to happen all at once, but you might say that it happens… all at once…, because He accepts those tiny baby steps, those infinitesimal, incrementally small progressions as acceptable service and counts it as done.

Yes, it is a decision.  I must decide what sort of person I want to be, and then I must practice being that person, until one day, perhaps in a moment, or maybe in a lifetime, by purposeful intent the rascal is transformed, and in the rascal’s place, is in fact, a kind, loving, gentle, honest, generous, Christ-like, godly saintly person.  Now that my friend is a miracle!

The Father, our wonderful God, created each of us with powerful genes and placed us, you and I, in charge of determining the direction our lives will go.

Who you are and who you are going to be is in your hands, but you must decide.  You might say, “I can’t do this!  I tried it and I failed!”  Good! You are not alone.  It seems that for most of my life I have been a rascal, trying and failing, and believe me, I have sinned mightily and failed mightily, but our Heavenly Father has always been there watching over me, lifting me up, over, and over again when I have fallen, until finally…

I like to think that the Father loves us rascals with an undying and eternal love.  Isn’t that wonderful?

OUR PRAYER OF GRATITUDE

Father, dear God, thank you for doing for us what we can never do on our own.  Thank you for being relentless in your pursuit of our souls.  Thank you for giving what only can come from you. Please O Holy God, help us so that when others look into our eyes they don’t see us but they see Jesus looking back at them in love.  In His blessed and Holy name, we ask it, Amen


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Dear NH, that each of our family members and our friends will have that blessed assurance is my greatest desire. I appreciate you so much, Chaz

  2. Yes Charlie, whatever good man can conceive the Lord can help him achieve. Thank you again for your wonderful weekly thoughts and inspirations.

  3. Dear Dr. Bursey, the longer I walk this path the more I believe that God has placed us here to bless and encourage one another. I am persuaded that angry people are injured people and our purpose is to apply salve to those injuries that they hurt no more, and where hate once ruled now a holy love reigns supreme. Bless you and yours my brother, Chaz

  4. Herbert, thanks my friend, your thought is well taken but I would venture the idea that all good things come from God, therefore, whatever goodness man might conceive had to originate in the heart of a Holy God to began with! That tells me that He is always there, always present, always encouraging, always enabling. Praise you O Holy One, in Jesus’ name and for His sake, Amen.

  5. Dear Friend, why it is so is beyond me but it seems there are those that God must speak to in a language even unto death before they are able to understand His purpose and intent. There are those that love a lie to their own detriment, unhappiness, and great loss, but God never fails, He never gives up, and there is no price He will not pay to save that lost soul. One Rescued

  6. Absolutely….what comes out of your mouth is what will be.
    We must be so careful what we say and strive to be what we want to be…..what GOD wants us to be.
    Perfect timing and perfect topic, Chuck!! This is what I have been studying lately. Thank you for the encouragement! God bless you.

  7. There is a little book by Don Gossett entitled, WHAT YOU SAY IS WHAT YOU GET! I find that title to be so apt and true to life, extraordinarily so The Bible tells us that, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, therefore love comes from a loving heart, and from a broken, angry spirit issues..broken, sick, angry, and vengeful thoughts. Bless you CSG, bless you my friend, Chaz

  8. Great article and great reminder that baby steps are acceptable! Sometimes I get so impatient with myself for seeming lack of progress. Thank you for the encouragement. 🙂

  9. Dear Kristin, believe me when I say that you are not alone in the impatience arena. This is definitely a people problem. Here I am, a curmudgeonly young old person and I am still struggling. It isn’t that I am impatient. Impatience is a fault and I don’t got some. (WE KNOW BETTER THAN THAT DON’T WE?) Blessings on you dear one, Chaz

  10. Once again you have given us a reason to be thankful for a loving God! What would we be without Him? Your comments always gives us a reason to be thankful for our blessings. Thanks Chuck for the inspiration you give us!

  11. Donald my friend, knowing that you are blessed blesses me and lets me realize all the more why I am doing what I am doing. May our Holy God bless you my brother and my friend, bless you and keep you close in His arms. Chaz

  12. I am reminded as I read your article about the man trapped by a flood who sat on his rooftop and waited for God to rescue him. A man in a boat, a helicopter rescue came by and another man in a boat,all offering rescue, but the man’s faith was strong and he told them all ” The Lord will provide” well, he died and as he stood at the pearly gates he asked why The Lord didn’t rescue him and he was told, “But He sent two boats and a helocopter!” The point of all this rambling is that, as you point out, we have to take action, we need to do our part! We have to also do our part! If we just sit on the rooftop and wait for God to do it for us, we may not like the result, He gave us free will, we need to use it wisely and we all will become better people!

  13. Richard, point well taken pal! It does seem that some people have to learn the hard way that hot stoves burn, sleeping dogs do bite, and swimming against the current isn’t wise, and then there are the fools that never do learn. Thanks for the wisdom, Chaz

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