Thanks for Your Time

Thanks for Your Time

A young man learns what’s most important in life from the guy next door. It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams. There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him. Over the phone, his mother told him, “Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday.” Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days. “Jack, did you hear me?” “Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,” Jack said. “Well, he didn’t forget you. Every time I saw him he’d ask how you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it,” Mom told him. “I loved that old house he lived in,” Jack said. “You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man’s influence

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Showing Appreciation

Showing Appreciation

Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. – Hebrews 13:15 One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview and had to see the director for the final interview. The director discovered from the CV that the young man’s academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until postgraduate research, there was no year when he did not score A. The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered, “None.” The director asked, “Was it your father who paid for your school fees?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one-year-old, it was my mother who paid my school fees.” The director asked, “Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes cleaner.” The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect. The director asked, “Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?” The youth answered, “Never. My mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.” The director said, “I have

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Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love

This is a very moving story about unconditional love. A soldier was finally returning home after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco. “Mom and Dad, I’m coming home but, I’ve got a favor to ask. I have a friend I’d like to bring with me.” “Sure,” they replied, “we’d love to meet him.” “There’s something you should know,” the son continued, “he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a landmine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go, and I want him to come live with us.” “I’m sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere to live.” “No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us.” “Son,” said the father, “you don’t know what you’re asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We have our own lives to live, and we can’t let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come home and forget about this guy. He’ll find a way to live on his own.” At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from the San Francisco police. They were

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The Marriage Vow – A True Story

The Marriage Vow – A True Story

This is a true life story about the importance of keeping the marriage vow, no matter how tough and unbearable the vicissitudes of life throw at us. “I, Sarah Adams, take you Lawson Lawrence as my lawful wedded husband, to love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.” She smiled at him through her veil. “You may now kiss your bride, Mr. Lawson.” The Pastor beckoned. Lawson’s heart raced as he gently unveiled his bride’s face. She looked so beautiful. He gently bent over and placed a soft kiss on her lip. Sarah, in turn, embraced him tightly with tears of joy streaming down her face. “Never leave me, Sarah.” He whispered in her ear. “I will never leave you.” She whispered and they slowly released themselves from the embrace. “I present to you the latest couple!” The Pastor exclaimed excitedly. The church cheered and Sarah cried more in her husband’s arms. Five Years Later Sarah silently tiptoed behind her husband. He was in his study, engrossed in reading. She smiled to herself and gently covered his eyes with both hands. “It’s just you and I in this house Sara. Plus, I smelled you the moment you walked in.” He said. Sara released her hold, sighed and sat on the study table, “Why do

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Parenting: How to Make Life Easy for Your Children

Parenting: How to Make Life Easy for Your Children

Still continuing from the passage we meditated on yesterday, here is a Daily Dew insight on how to make life easy for your children such that they d not have to suffer unnecessarily on account of your actions after you are gone. And it is a lesson from the example of Mr Zelophehad. Then came the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher…And they stood before Moses, before Eleazar the priest, and before the leaders and all the congregation, by the doorway of the tabernacle of meeting, saying: “Our father died in the wilderness; but he was not in the company of those who gathered together against the Lord, in company with Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be removed from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father’s brothers.”  So Moses brought their case before the Lord. – Numbers 27:1-5 The second lesson for our meditation from this passage is the legacy of the man called Zelophehad, whose five daughters tabled their case before Moses and the elders of Israel. The first striking lesson about Zelophehad was that he had a good testimony. See what his children said about him, “Our father died in the wilderness; but he

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How to Turn Disadvantage to Advantage

How to Turn Disadvantage to Advantage

Here is an insight on what you can do when you find yourself in a disadvantaged position for reasons not of your own making or out of your control, and how you can turn a disadvantage to an advantage. Lesson From the Daughters of Zelophehad. Then came the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher…And they stood before Moses, before Eleazar the priest, and before the leaders and all the congregation, by the doorway of the tabernacle of meeting, saying: “Our father died in the wilderness; but he was not in the company of those who gathered together against the Lord, in company with Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be removed from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father’s brothers.”  So Moses brought their case before the Lord. – Numbers 27:1-5 There are three lessons for our meditation from this passage: firstly, there is the forthrightness of the daughters of Zelophehad whom, finding themselves disadvantaged by the traditions of their patriarchal society, did not accept the disadvantage as a fact and bemoan their lot in silence. By virtue of the traditions, inheritance was supposed to be shared among the male children in the family. But in the case

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