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Better Than You Found It

"Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” Numbers 14:3 My parents taught me at a very early age that I should always leave things better than I find them.  If I find a mess in the kitchen, I should clean it up.  If I find trash on the floor, pick it up--even if I didn't put it there.  As I have grown older, it has been easy to see this teaching translating into people, relationships, everywhere we go and everything we do. I haven't always left things and people better than I found them, but the older I get, the more I recognize how important this principle really is.  It is service, and God's Word teaches us that service is at the core of our relationship with Him.  1 Corinthians 9:19 says,  "For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them."  And, Matthew 23:11 tells us,  "The gr

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