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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Things Learned From a Snowman

By Alan Smith

I found the following list at (author unknown):
It's over 90 degrees here in NC today, but I felt cooler just reading this list!

~ It's okay if you're a little bottom heavy.

~ Hold your ground, even when the heat is on.

~ Wearing white is always appropriate.

~ Winter is the best of the four seasons.

~ It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection.

~ There's nothing better than a foul weather friend.

~ The key to life is to be a jolly, happy soul.

~ We're all made up of mostly water.

~ You know you've made it when they write a song about you.

~ Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!

~ Don't get too much sun.

~ It's embarrassing when you can't look down and see your feet.

~ It's fun to hang out in your front yard.

~ Always put your best foot forward.

~ There's no stopping you once you're on a roll.

There's actually a few good pieces of advice in there, from a biblical standpoint. I especially like the second item on the list: "Hold your ground, even when the heat is on."

That could be used as a summary statement for Peter's first epistle, which was written to Christians who were suffering persecution as a result of their faith. Here is some of what Peter wrote to encourage them:

"Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter....Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator." (I Peter 4:16,19).

I urge you today to commit yourself to doing good no matter what the opposition may be. And next time you see a snowman, be reminded of this truth: "Hold your ground, even when the heat is on."

- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today," and minister for the White House church of Christ in White House, TN, may be contacted at

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