|作者簡介 鮑勃和黛比·蓋斯 Bob and Debby Gass 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師出生於北愛爾蘭貝爾法斯特，十八歲移居美國。 在他服事主超過四十多年後，於1992年開始著手寫The Word For You Today“得力的一天”。 他的靈修文章善於激勵與啟迪人心，更幫助許多讀者每日倚靠主、與主同行。 The Word For You Today“得力的一天”，最初在美國發行， 後來經由英國UCB電台的推廣，目前除了英國、澳洲，在全世界各地有不同的語言版本， 每季發行超過三百五十萬冊。 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師希望藉由每日的靈修小品， 使讀者得著神的啟示與靈感，更深切的渴慕神的話。|
LOOK FOR THE BEST IN OTHERS
“We have this treasure in earthen vessels.”
One of the worst arguments recorded in Scripture took place between one of the most successful ministry teams of all time—Paul and Barnabas. What was it about? John Mark. Barnabas wanted to take him on their next missionary journey and Paul didn't. Why? Because Paul was upset with John Mark for wanting to take time off to be with his family. (Sometimes passionate, purpose-driven people don't see things clearly!) But after consideration, Paul changed his mind and wrote: “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world…Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry” (2Ti 4:10-11). There are three important lessons here: (1) Everyone deserves another chance. After all, that's what God repeatedly does for you. Now, in extending grace you can get hurt and disappointed, but if you're going to be Christlike it's a risk you must take. (2) Not everyone has the same calling. The person you're upset with may not be called to do what you're called to do, or they may have been called to do it in a different way. Never make your personal preferences a condition for loving, accepting, and working with someone. (3) Look for the best in others, not the worst. The Bible says, “We have this treas- ure in earthen vessels.” That means everyone you deal with has “treasure,” but it comes in a flawed “earthen vessel.” It also means it's your responsibility to look for that treasure and value it. Generally speaking, when people feel appreciated they try to rise and meet
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NKJV)
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.