Friday, September 07, 2012
* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
* If you plant hard work, you will reap success
* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
So, be careful what you plant now;
it will determine what you will reap later.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
It’s been a long, cold winter, and I am eager for warm weather. I’m tired of seeing bare trees and lifeless brown leaves covering the ground. I long to see wildflowers poke through the dead leaves and to watch the woods turn green once more.
Yet even as I anticipate my favorite season, I hear my mother’s voice saying, “Don’t wish your life away.”
If you’re like me, you sometimes hear yourself saying, “When such and such happens, then I will . . . or, If only so and so would do this, then I would do that . . . or, I would be happy if . . . or, I will be satisfied when . . .”
In longing for some future good, we forget that every day—regardless of the weather or our circumstances—is a gift from God to be used for His glory.
According to author Ron Ash, “We are where we need to be and learning what we need to learn. Stay the course because the things we experience today will lead us to where He needs us to be tomorrow.”
'This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call: 'Law of the Garbage Truck'. He said: "You know, many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage - full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it, so sometimes they'll dump it on you.." His advice? "Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't pick up the garbage others are trying to get rid of. If you do, you'll take it with you and will end up dumping it on people around you, at work, at home, or on the streets."
If you want to be happy, do not let garbage trucks - your own or other people's - overtake your day. Let go anything that's not positive. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. It's hard and very heavy to do, but GOD's help and strength will enable us to do it ! Just believe and trust on HIM !
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I CHOOSE LOVE..
No occassion justifies hatred, no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love.
Today, I will love God and what God loves.
I CHOOSE JOY..
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical..the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
I CHOOSE PEACE..
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.
I CHOOSE PATIENCE..
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
I CHOOSE KINDNESS..
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.
I CHOOSE GOODNESS..
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.
I CHOOSE FAITHFULNESS..
Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.
I CHOOSE GENTLENESS..
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
I CHOOSE SELF-CONTROL..
I am a spiritual being...After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.
LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL.
To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.
By MAX LUCADO
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Once upon a time, twin boys were conceived in the womb. Seconds, minutes, hours passed as the two embryonic lives developed. The spark of life grew and each tiny brain began to take shape and form. With the development of their brain came feeling, and with feeling, perception-a perception of surroundings, of each other, and their own lives. They discovered that life was good, and they laughed and rejoiced in their hearts.
One said to the other, “We are sure lucky to have been conceived and to have this wonderful world.”
The other chimed in, “Yes, blessed be our mother who gave us life and each other.”
Each of the twins continued to grow and soon their arms and fingers, legs and toes began to take shape. They stretched their bodies and churned and turned in their little world. They explored it and found the life cord which gave them life from their mother’s blood. They were grateful for this new discovery and sang, “How great is the love of our mother-that she shares all she has with us!”
Weeks passed into months and with the advent of each new month, they noticed a change in each other and in themselves.
“We are changing,“ one said. “What can it mean?”
“It means, “said the other, “that we are drawing near to birth.”
An unsettling chill crept over the two. They were afraid of birth, for they knew that it meant leaving their wonderful world behind.
Said the one, “Were it up to me, I would live here forever.”
“But we must be born,” said the other. “It has happened to all the others.” Indeed, there was evidence inside the womb that the mother had carried life before theirs.
“And I believe that there is life after birth, don’t you?”
“How can there be life after birth?” cried the one. “Do we not shed our life cord and also the blood tissue when we are born? And have you ever talked to anyone that has been born? Has anyone ever re-entered the womb after birth to describe what birth is like? NO!” As he spoke, he fell into despair, and in his despair he moaned,” If the purpose of conception and our growth inside the womb is to end in birth, then truly our life is senseless.” He clutched his precious life cord to his breast and said,” And if this is so, and life is absurd, then there really can be no mother!”
“But there is a mother,” protested the other. “Who else gave us nourishment? Who else created this world for us?”
“We get our nourishment from this cord-and our world has always been here!” said the one. “And if there is a mother-where is she? Have you ever seen her? Does she ever talk to you? NO! We invented the mother when we were young because it satisfied a need in us. It made us feel secure and happy.”
Thus, while the one raved and despair, the other resigned himself to birth and placed his trust in the hands of his mother. Hours turned into days, and days into weeks. And soon it was time. They both knew their birth was at hand, and they both feared what they did not know. As the one was first to be conceived, so he was the first to be born, the other following.
They cried as they were born into the light. They coughed out fluid and gasped the dry air. And when they were sure they had been born, they opened their eyes-seeing life after birth for the very first time. What they saw was the beautiful eyes of their mother, as they were cradled lovingly in her arms. THEY WERE HOME.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” ~ 1 Cor 2:9
Thursday, May 24, 2007
"At the end of our lives, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in."
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Somehow, God sort of spoke to me............
"What you are is God's gift to you.
What you make yourself is your gift to God."
"Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but doesn't get you any place."
"Worry is the interest you pay when you borrow trouble."
I like this one...................hehhee
"The only fellow whose troubles are all behind him is a school-bus driver!"
OK, this is the main article, here goes................
We fall into the error of thinking that happiness necessarily involves ease, diversion, tranquility - a state in which all of one's wishes are satisfied.
For most people, happiness is not to be found in this vegetative state but in striving toward meaningful goals. The dedicated person has not achieved all of his goals. His life is the endless pursuit of goals, some of them unattainable. He may never have time to surround himself with luxuries. He may often be tense, worried, fatigued. He has little of the leisure one associates with the storybook conception of happiness. But he has found a more meaningful happiness.
The truth is that happiness in the sense of total gratification is not a state to which man can aspire.
It is for cows, possibly for the birds, but not for us.
take time to think,
it is the source of power
take time to play,
it is the secret of perpetual power
take time to read,
it is the foundation of wisdom
take time to pray,
it is the greatest power on earth
take time to love and be loved,
it is a God given privilege
take time to be friendly,
it is the road to happiness
take time to laugh,
it is the music of the soul
take time to give,
it is too short a day to be selfish.
Gosh, time is so precious and it is only the thing that everyone in this world, whether great or just normal people on the street are given the same amount of "time" each day.
"Days are like suitcases. By careful arrangement, some people can pack more into them than other people can."
"Don't thou love life? Then waste not time; for time is the stuff that life is made of."
Finally I would say as a prayer.....
"As a stone gathers moss in the woods by a rill,
So we fashion our lives for good or for ill,
By a thought, a word, a deed, or a smile,
As I live my life, Lord, make it worthwhile."