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The Popcorn Line

  • Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6'7 WEB

    We love buttered popcorn at the movies. It just seems to make the whole movie experience better and makes us happy. One day when we went to see a movie with some friends, the man at the counter was fuming because he had been assigned to the concession stand.

    He complained on and on: 'What were they thinking putting me out here in front of everyone to serve popcorn! I have not done this in years! I am the assistant something something, I am supposed to be in the back!' He practically threw your order on the counter in contempt.

    Everyone in the line looked at each other and felt like we were bothering him, but we really wanted our popcorn before the movie started, so we stayed. He was truly a sight to behold, and my heart went out to him. I could understand what he was talking about because I had been in similar circumstances.

    Each time in my life, before the Lord started to use me in any way that mattered, I went through a season of humbling to prepare me for it. It was voluntary, and I was just given the opportunity to humble myself, not forced to obey. It usually presented itself as a choice where I could choose to humbly serve in some way, or leave feeling like they didn't know how important that I really was.

    It was a choice, and I was free to do either. The times that I chose the humble path, it always ended up with me being promoted in some way later. I have literally gone from sweeping the floor, to becoming the manager.

    This verse says to humble yourselves so that God may exalt you in due time. He will provide the opportunity, but only you can humble yourself. God does not make you humble, He provides an opportunity for you to serve in a lowly esteemed position with a positive attitude. Then you do the serving.

    The further it is beneath you, the higher that He will take you. The longer that it takes, the longer the season that is coming. I once served a year polishing brass, then He put me in my own computer business for the next seventeen years.

    When He gives you the chance to humbly serve in some way, do it. It is quite possibly the greatest door that could open for you disguised as something lowly. Jesus, the King of all Kings washed the feet of the disciples like He was a servant. If He puts you at the popcorn stand, serve with a smile and work to be the best server that the world has ever seen.

    Prayer: Father help me to see the big picture and beyond the circumstances. Help me to understand Your plan for me and give me the grace to keep a positive attitude. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.


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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles I have no words... but thank you...Pastor's Prayer: Father help me to see the big picture and beyond the circumstances. Help me to understand Your plan for me and give me the grace to keep a positive attitude. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
February 22, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Thank you for Gods word for today.Heavenly Father,thank you for teaching us your ways,for helping and guiding us,and by your grace  and mercy,being there even when we are hard of hearing.,and fall short of your ways.Forgive us our foolish ways.and may we humble ourselves before you,and seek you in all our ways.Humbly before others when we make mistakes.,and admit it when we have got things.wrong. In the name of Jesus I pray.
February 22, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful prayer, thank you so much for sharing this over our lives. God bless you. Love, hugs and prayers.
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen Lord. 
February 22, 2016
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Thank you Lord for blessing Pastor Dion with a word from you, that has brought me encouragment and strength. Thank you Lord, Amen. 
February 22, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen.
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thank you Pastor Dion for the inspirational word from the Lord, its always a blessing to start the day with words from the Lord.
February 22, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Amen, thank you for encouragement. 
February 22, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen, it was a very encourging message.
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!
February 22, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome thank you for keeping me in this place amen
February 22, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu Amen, Amen, being the best at what I was given,  grateful. I won't complain!,  thank you Father, in your son Jesus' name!
February 22, 2016
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Janet Clary
Janet Clary Pastor Dion, this is a very much needed devotion for me today.  Too often, I have worked on jobs where I felt like "I have already done this, why do I haveto be the oneto do it again?" .  Your devotion helps me to see that we as Gods children are needed to help in all things rather than choosing what we feel we want to do.   I have found myself being selfish at times in my past where i wanted to be at the top and had no clue what the true pruposewas that the Lord had for me.   Patience and serving others is the gift that the Lord wants us to give to others.  I always pray with a heavy heart for forgiveness to change my attitude whenever I am needed to do something that I have already done a 100 times.   Each day I try to do one thing to help someone in need, even if its just help someone with a chat online or sharing my money with a single parent in the grocery store who is short of change to pay for their order.   Thanks so much for showing me in this devotion that being humble will grow into love and happiness.  Hugs, Janet
February 22, 2016
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Cheryl Graham
Cheryl Graham Amen Janet,  we all need a lesson now and then on how to be Humble. A smile will get us much further than a frown. God's speed,  Cheryl
February 22, 2016
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Deleted Member Beautiful testimony and what a beautiful thing to do, to try and bless someone every day in some way. God bless your precious heart and soul for what you are doing for Jesus. Love, hugs and prayers.
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Anna Lockridge
Anna Lockridge Thank YOU LORD for all your blessings.Anna
February 22, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen
February 22, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen
February 22, 2016
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez Humble yourself or life will do it for you.............  
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Laura B. Martinez
Laura B. Martinez Amen. Thank you for the reminder that we must always humble ourselves before God.
February 22, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Amen.  
February 22, 2016
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Khalilah Horton- Spencer
Khalilah Horton- Spencer In Jesus Name...Amen
February 22, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro I thank you Dion for this message. i has brought to my attention that I have been waving my experience of last weekend like a banner.  "Look at me I am so much improved.  Aren't I wonderful!"  I forgot to be humble.  Why brag about something I learned that has been a gift to me from God?  I can share the message of God but not about me.
February 22, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Hi Kath! I didn't see that at all from your post on the testimonies forum, only that you were thankful for what He blessed you both with. May the Lord continue to knit you two together as a couple!
February 22, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Hi Kath. There is nothing wrong with being excited about what God is doing in your life. Sharing your testimony and what God has done for you is great. This guy in the story was whining and complaining about where he was in the popcorn line.  :) 
February 22, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
February 22, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield God exaults the humble--and Jesus proved this when He washed His disciples' feet at the Last Supper! We are called to follow His example.
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!
February 22, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Excellent! Been there, done that a few times myself. There is a Holy Grace that comes with choosing to be Humble. Your Soul knows you are walking in Him. Wonderful feeling.
February 22, 2016
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen, I like that Holy Grace, Praise The Lord. Thank you for sharing this with us. God bless you.
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Deleted Member Beautiful inspiring message, I must be going to be the owner of the popcorn stand, because I surely have stood at the bottom a long time. LOL. Loved this, God bless you and Syvlia. Love y'all so much.
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell Amazing Devotional! Thank You So Much for Sharing Pastor. Praise God!
February 22, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen! Thank you Jesus!
February 22, 2016
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Chris Dibbern
Chris Dibbern Just got back from Risen, last night. It's not often I go to movies, anymore, and this message hits home (I've been struggling: "why bother waiting for this person", etc, etc). Thanks, Dion!
February 22, 2016
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze Amen
February 22, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
February 22, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen pastor Todd Thank u for seeing the bigger picture! Makes me sit and think which is a very good thing! Have another great wk sincerely ScottR.
February 23, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Lord, give me the grace to keep a positive attitude.
February 23, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd What was sad was that the kid in the story was making his own life miserable with all of that complaining. We have seen others working in "starter jobs" like that who take the opposite attitude, finding and sharing joy right where they are. We always say when we see such people "that kid will go far". We did not say that on the day in the popcorn line ;-).
February 23, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler All about a choice.  To leave ourselves to serve a King!
February 25, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner well  so relate this getting  at twenty four became mother to my necies from five months two half as got married year inbetween  the n nine months later beome mother newphws  as went home yaer half later had six month old then when she ten months old got pregant her sister can,t to thrilled oh my what di get myself into this not life hoped for fear crept in well first year baby life was reck it take getting with my third and headake three years and reaching  out  asking pastor wife for help for see  my life realized stealing joy from myself   so as learned love myself learn love him and love baby call Emily yes second child learn love dioan devomently serverly recently mild  devomently delaid  so learn be focused in prayer did not know at twenty nine nor at  thirty two  did strong faith in the word now strong faith in prayer and the word.  
April 29, 2016