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Meditation: This is Just the Parade
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A little boy who lived far out in the country in the late 1800s had reached the age of twelve and had never in all his life seen a circus. You can imagine his excitement, when one day a poster went up at school announcing that on the next Saturday a traveling circus was coming to the nearby town.

He ran home with the glad news and the question, "Daddy, can I go?" Although the family was poor, the father sensed how important this was to the lad. "If you do your Saturday chores ahead of time," he said, "I’ll see to it that you have the money to go."’

Come Saturday morning, the chores were done and the little boy stood by the breakfast table. His father reached down into his pocket and pulled out a dollar bill. The father cautioned him to be careful and then sent him on his way to town.

The boy was so excited, he could hardly stand it. As he neared the village, he noticed people lining the streets, and he worked his way through the crowd until he could see what was happening. Lo and behold, it was the approaching circus parade and it was grandest thing this lad had ever seen! Caged animals passed, bands played their songs loudly, midgets performed acrobatics while flags swirled overhead.

Finally, after everything had passed where he was standing, the traditional circus clown, with floppy shoes, baggy pants, and painted face, brought up the rear.

As the clown passed by, the little boy reached into his pocket and took out that precious dollar bill. Handing the money to the clown, the boy turned around and went home. What had happened? The boy thought he had seen the circus when he had only seen the parade!

Are you experiencing all that God has for you? The Christian life is an exciting journey that is meant to last an entire life-time! Yet, many Christians seem to be content to settling for second best. Or, like the boy we just mentioned, they contentedly quit after the parade. They assume that is all there is to the Christian life. They either forget about the circus, or they just decide that they’ve seen enough. How about you - do you want the abundant life that Jesus promised? John 10:10


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