Learnings

Learnings

Learnings This is credited to Andy Rooney, a man reputed for saying so much with so few words: I’ve learned….That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. I’ve learned… That when you’re in love, it shows. I’ve learned… That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day. I’ve learned… That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. I’ve learned… That being kind is more important than being right. I’ve learned… That you should never say no to a gift from a child. I’ve learned… That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way. I’ve learned… That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. I’ve learned… That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand. I’ve learned… That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. I’ve learned… That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. I’ve learned… That we should be

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Never Only Focus On The Surface

Never Only Focus On The Surface

A cruise ship met with an accident at sea. On the ship was a couple who, after having made their way to the lifeboat, realized that there was only space for one person left. At this moment, the man pushed the woman behind him and jumped onto the lifeboat himself. The lady stood on the sinking ship and shouted one sentence to her husband. The teacher stopped and asked, “What do you think she shouted?” Most of the students excitedly answered, “I hate you! I was blind!” Now, the teacher noticed a boy who was silent throughout, she pressed him to answer and he replied, “Teacher, I believe she would have shouted – Take care of our child!” The teacher was surprised, asking, “Have you heard this story before?” The boy shook his head, “Nope, but that was what my mum told my dad before she died to disease.” The teacher lamented, “The answer is right”. The cruise sunk, the man went home and brought up their daughter single-handedly. Many years later after the death of the man, their daughter found his diary while tidying his belongings. It turns out that when her parents went onto the cruise ship, the mother was already diagnosed with a terminal illness. At the critical moment, the father rushed to the only chance of

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Open the Rose

Open the Rose

A young, new preacher was walking with an older, more seasoned preacher in the garden one day and feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do. he was inquiring of the older preacher. The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. The young preacher looked at the older preacher in disbelief, trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of God for his life and his ministry. Because of his high respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact…It wasn’t long before he realized how it was impossible to do so. Noticing the younger preacher’s inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it intact, the older preacher began to tell the following poem… It is only a tiny rosebud, A flower of God’s design; But I cannot unfold the petals With these clumsy hands of mine. The secret of unfolding flowers Is not known to such as I. God opens this flower so sweetly, When in my hands they fade and die. If I cannot unfold a rosebud, This flower of God’s design, Then how can I

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If Jesus Came To Your House

If Jesus Came To Your House

If Jesus came to your house To spend some time with you, If He came unexpected, I wonder what you’d do. Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room To such an honored guest And all the food you’d give to Him Would be the very best. And you would keep assuring Him You’re glad to have Him there– That serving Him in your home Is joy beyond compare. But when you saw Him coming, Would you meet Him at the door With arms outstretched in welcome To your heavenly visitor? Or would you have to change your clothes Before you let Him in Or hide some magazines And put the Bible where they’d been? Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out? Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about? And I wonder – if the Saviour spent a day or two with you, Would you go right on doing, the things you always do? Would you go right on saying, the things you always say? Or would life for you continue as it does from day to day? Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you go? Or would you maybe change your plans for just a day or so? Would you be glad to have Him meet your closest

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How Much Does Prayer Weigh?

How Much Does Prayer Weigh?

Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face, walked into a grocery store. She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries. She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they had seven children and they needed food. John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his store. Visualizing the family needs, she said: ‘Please, sir! I will bring you the money just as soon as I can.” John told her he could not give her credit, as she did not have a charge account at his store. Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer man that he would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer man said in a very reluctant voice, “Do you have a grocery list? Louise replied, “Yes sir.” “O.K.,” he said, put your grocery list on the scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in groceries.” Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on

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