The pastor said to Mr. Smith, one of his long-time parishioners, “Thank you, Mr. Smith, for attending out church. I wish I had twenty parishioners like you.”
“Gosh, it’s nice to hear that, Pastor, but I’m kind of surprised,” admitted Smith. “You know that I complain about every sermon and hardly ever give money.”
The pastor said, “I’d still like twenty parishioners like you. The problem is, I have two hundred.”
He who laughs last thinks slowest.
Thought for the day
The Bible says, “It was the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede, the son of Ahasuerus, who became king of the Babylonians. During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years” (Daniel 9:1-2 NLT).
You will never pray effectively until you study the Scriptures and listen to the Lord.