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THE POWER OF ENCOURAGEMENT.pdf

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
When Simon was introduced to Him, Jesus
looked upon him intently and said : " Thou
art Simon . . . thou shalt be called Peter."
He saw the best in the old fisherman. Nobody
else saw in him what Jesus saw. Other people
saw only uncouthness, an overmeasure of
self-confidence, a sort of rugged but undis-
ciplined strength, rashness, impulsiveness, a
certain coarseness and rudeness. Nobody saw
in Simon of the fishing boats anything great
or beautiful. But Jesus saw in him large pos-
sibilities, elements of power, all that the man
afterward became.
When Simon was introduced to Him, Jesus
looked upon him intently and said : " Thou
art Simon . . . thou shalt be called Peter."
He saw the best in the old fisherman. Nobody
else saw in him what Jesus saw. Other people
saw only uncouthness, an overmeasure of
self-confidence, a sort of rugged but undis-
ciplined strength, rashness, impulsiveness, a
certain coarseness and rudeness. Nobody saw
in Simon of the fishing boats anything great
or beautiful. But Jesus saw in him large pos-
sibilities, elements of power, all that the man
afterward became.

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THE POWER OF ENCOURAGEMENTBY J. R. MILLER CHRIST knows what is inman. When He looksupon us He sees not onlywhat we are, but alsowhat we may become. Thegardener in the earlyspringtime, when he looks at the bare, brierybush in his garden, sees in it a vision of glori-ous roses — what it will be in June under hisculture. Christ looks upon a young life as itstands before Him and sees in it, beneath itsunattractiveness, a vision of splendid man-hood, and calls for its fulfilment.When Simon was introduced to Him, Jesuslooked upon him intently and said : " Thouart Simon . . . thou shalt be called Peter."He saw the best in the old fisherman. Nobodyelse saw in him what Jesus saw. Other peoplesaw only uncouthness, an overmeasure of self-confidence, a sort of rugged but undis-[43]a i^eart (BarDtnciplined strength, rashness, impulsiveness, acertain coarseness and rudeness. Nobody sawin Simon of the fishing boats anything greator beautiful. But Jesus saw in him large pos-sibilities, elements of power, all that the manafterward became. In the rough, impetuousSimon He saw the fimi, strong, and masterful
 
Peter of the apostolic days.Jesus alwa^'s saw the best in every man orwoman. He saw the possible good there wasin the publican, Levi, under all his greed anddishonesty, and called him to be one of Hisfriends. He saw^ the vision of a white soul inthe outcast woman who lay at His feet, andspoke to her words of mercy and hope whichsaved her. He saw the good waiting to bebrought out in every one who came into Hispresence.There is something good in every life. Somepeople never see anything beautiful in anyother one. They see, instead, the faults, theblemishes, the follies, the frailties. They seethese lacks and flaws because that is what theyare looking for. So long as we look upon[44]Ci^tijst'js Call for ti^e iBe^tpeople in this hopeless way, we cannot doanything to make them better. We must havean eye for the best that is in men, and be ableto find beauty and good in every life, if wewould inspire them to reach their best.The new name which Jesus gave this fisher-man had in it a vision of the man that was tobe. The giving of the name, with its prophecy-of strength, security, and worthiness was theMaster's call for all that was good in Simon.It would have been a bitter disappointmentto Him if the rough fisherman had never be-come anything but what he was that day.Then what a loss to the world it would havebeen !
 
Yet Simon's character was not changed in-stantly — it was the work of years, even inthe hands of Christ, to make the transforma-tion. Work on lives is always slow. Some peo-ple speak as if becoming a Christian were asudden matter, the work of a moment. Thebeginning of a Christian life may be sudden,a choice, a decision made in an instant — oneminute not a Christian, next minute a Chris-[45]a i^catt (0artientian. But this is only the beginning, andthere is a great deal after that. The begin-ning is only an unopened bud — it takes timefor the bud to open into the full, rich beautyof the rose. It often takes God many daysto open a little flower. It takes Him muchlonger to bring a life to its full bloom andbeauty.A child had been playing in the garden oneday, and when she came in her mother said," What have you been doing, my dear.? "" Helping God, mother," said the little one."How have you been helping God?" askedthe mother. " I saw a flower going to blos-som, and I blossomed it," answered the child.There are some people who think they arehelping God when doing just what this childdid. God does not want help in opening Hisbuds and blossoming His roses. The budsmust be opened and the roses blossomed in na-ture's gentle way, in God's way. To blossomthem before their time would be to ruin them.

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