Imagine Hearing This

Imagine Hearing This

Imagine praying and hearing this: “Thank you for calling My Father’s House. Please select one of the following four options: * Press 1 for requests. * Press 2 for thanksgiving. * Press 3 for complaints. * For all other inquiries, Press 4.” What if God used the familiar excuse: “All of the angels are helping other customers right now. Please stay on the line. Your call will be answered in the order it was received.” Can you imagine getting these kinds of responses as you call on God in prayer? * “If you’d like to speak with Gabriel, press 1. * For Michael, press 2. * For any other angel, press 3.” * “If you want King David to sing you a psalm, press 6.” “For reservations at My Father’s House, simply press the letters J-O-H-N on the keypad, followed by the number 3-1-6.” “For answers to nagging questions about dinosaurs, the age of the earth and where Noah’s ark is, wait until you get here!” “Our computers show that you have called once today already. Please hang up immediately.” “This office is closed for the weekend. Please call again Monday.” End of message. Thank God, you can’t call Him too often! You only need to ring once and God hears you. Because of Jesus, you never get a busy

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My Decisions

My Decisions

“It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming. In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make choices. Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I choose… I CHOOSE LOVE… No occasion 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 circumstances. 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

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The Law of the Garbage Truck

The Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’ This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck’. He explained that 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 and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally, just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. Meditation: Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools. –Ecclesiastes 7:9 You will

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Today

Today

Today we have bigger houses and smaller families. More conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less common sense. More knowledge, but less judgment. We have more experts, but more problems. More medicine, but less wellness. We spend too recklessly; Laugh too little, Drive too fast, Get too angry too quickly, Stay up too late, Read too little, Watch TV too much, And pray too seldom! We’ve multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too little, and lie too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life, not life to years. We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy it less. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet our neighbours. We’ve conquered outer space, But not inner space. We’ve split the atom, But not our prejudice. We write more, learn less; plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We have higher incomes, but lower morals. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies, But have less communications. We are long on quantity, But short on quality. These are

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Locked Inside

Locked Inside

John worked at a meat distribution factory. One day, when he finished with his work schedule, he went into the meat cold room (Freezer) to inspect something. But in a moment of bad luck, the door closed and he was locked inside with no help in sight. Although he screamed and knocked with all his might, his cries went unheard as no one could hear him. Most of the workers had already gone. Besides, it’s impossible to hear what was going on inside from outside the cold room. Five hours later, whilst John was at the verge of death, the security guard of the factory eventually opened the door and saved him. After recovering a little breath to talk, John asked the security guard what he came to do there as it wasn’t part of his work routine. The man replied: “I’ve been working in this factory for 35 years. Hundreds of workers come in and out every day but you’re one of the few who greet me in the morning and say goodbye to me every night when leaving after working hours. Many treat me as if I am non-existent. “So today, like every other day, you greeted me in your simple manner at the entrance when resuming for work. But, curiously, after working hours today, I observed I’ve

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