by John Barnett

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John Barnett

Losers Are Keepers

Remember when you went to school as a kid? Out on the playground you learn a lot of things that stay through life. Here's one "Finders keepers, losers (what?) weepers". Right?

Well let's find out. Turn to Luke 9.23. What does Jesus say? He says that what we lose for Him we get to keep forever. What we find and keep for self we lose forever. So in reality Losers are Keepers and Keepers are the Weepers!

One of the best illustrations of that is in the tale of two men – one who lost and gained and one who gained and lost it all.

Sometimes I am amazed at some of the unexpected opportunities I had growing up. Let me share just one. I was about 9 years old. My family was caring for an 88-year-old saint from our church named Dora Kaiser. Now Mrs. Kaiser was quite adventurous but also very weak. She always wanted to go with us but usually had to find a place to sit down soon after she got anywhere.

My dad heard that a famous exhibit was coming to the Museum of Detroit and wanted us to go. I wasn't sure what we were going to see but it was exciting all the same. After the 90-minute ride we rolled up to the curb in downtown Detroit. Soon we saw that there was a line half a block long waiting to get in. So I was assigned to take Mrs. Kaiser to find a comfortable bench inside where we were to sit and wait. Turning we saw people coming out a door just in front of where we parked by the curb. So being obedient I guided my elderly friend through the crowd saying excuse me as I went in search of a soft seat for her to rest while we waited.

Within moments of entering the building, I was astounded as we began to walk by glass cases filled with gold objects. More gold than either of had seen in the 97 years we had lived between us. Mrs. Kaiser never found a bench. In fact we never stopped looking in amazement at row after row of displays ...

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