Happy Groundhog Day!

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“…for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:5-7

Dear Friend,

Have you ever watched the movie, ‘Groundhog Day’? It’s about an arrogant, self-centered TV weatherman who takes a trip to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on February 2nd to do his annual story covering whether the groundhog will see his shadow and prognosticate an early spring. He does his story, goes back to his Bed & Breakfast, and goes to bed. However, when he wakes up the next morning, it is Groundhog Day again, and nobody else remembers the events that he remembers happening the previous day. Our weatherman goes through the same day over and over hundreds of times, each day a new start, and a new opportunity to live that day differently. At first he used the knowledge he gained to his own advantage but found it left him feeling empty, eventually he started using the things he learned and observed as a way to help other people. On his final Groundhog Day, he spent the day selflessly helping as many people as he could – catching a boy falling from a tree, changing a tire for some elderly ladies, preventing a homeless man from an untimely death, and performing the Heimlich maneuver on the Mayor thus saving his life, to name a few – and at the end of the day he was hailed as a hero. He awoke the next morning, and much to his surprise, it WAS February 3rd finally – he had learned his lesson!
Interestingly, Groundhog Day falls on the holiday of Candlemas, 40 days after the birth of Christ – the day that our Lord Jesus as a baby, was presented at the Temple by His parents to perform the Redemption of the Firstborn son in obedience to the Law (Leviticus 12:2-8). In the temple, they encountered devout Simeon, who upon seeing the Christ Child declared:  “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”   Jesus came to minister, not to be ministered unto (Matthew 20:28) and to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) by laying down His own life for us – now, that is the ultimate, selfless act!
As Christians, children of God, we are given a fresh start each day to humbly serve others. The paradox is that the more we try to selfishly meet our own needs, the more miserable we become, because we can never be satisfied: Our flesh always demands more. In contrast, the more we serve others, the better we feel about ourselves by meeting other people’s needs. Philippians 2:3 tells us to “esteem other better than ourselves” because our natural bent is to esteem ourselves better than others. God made us, and He knows us better than we know ourselves. How wonderful this world would be if we would just do things His way.
Happy Groundhog Day – make a fresh start and serve Christ by serving others today!

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

Satisfaction comes by self-less serving, dissatisfaction comes by selfish self-serving

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