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More like Mardoche

More like Mardoche

To end the year, I want to share a recent story from my daily devotional .......A man, during a trip to [Burkina Faso] connected with a boy named Mardoche. One morning Mardoche came up to him and made a hand sign for the man to follow him. The man followed and as they came to the back of a building Mardoche put his two hands up to the man. In each grubby hand was a piece of bread, one of the two food items the boy was given each day. Mardoche took a bite out of one of the pieces of bread and handed the other piece to the man. As the man slowly took the bread from his hand, Mardoche looked up to him and said, "FO ya mum soa" which means, "You are my friend." 
The man took a bite and looked down at this little boy with no money, no iPod, no soccer balls, no college savings account, no change of clothes, no parents, no shoes.... just a ragged t-shirt, a pair of shorts, two little loaves, and the biggest grin this side of heaven. There was something about Mardoche's kind of joy that was different from his own; the little boy seemed to have more of it. Perhaps the boy knows joy because he is unencumbered by the things of this world. After all, he doesn't have to choose between trusting God to provide for him and trusting the ATM to have cash that day, because his only provider is GOD!!!This is my hope and my desire for myself going into 2018……… I want to be less encumbered by the worldly things!! I don’t want to depend on others or on possessions for my joy!! I want to be more like Mardoche. To see every day as a blessing and a gift from God. To be thankful for what He has given me… even if it isn’t as much as someone else has!! To be happy with where God is using me and placing me every day and making the most of every opportunity He gives me.2018 – I will trust that God is my provider and know that He will see that I have all that I need, and I will be joyous with it!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you and your families.