Do You Fix the Hole?
A man was asked to paint a boat. He brought with him paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him. While painting, he noticed that there was a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it. When finished painting, he received his money and left.
The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a nice cheque, much higher than the payment for painting.
The painter was surprised and said, “You’ve already paid me for painting the boat, Sir!”
“But this is not for the paint job. It’s for having repaired the hole in the boat.”
“Ah! But it was such a small service. Certainly, it’s not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant.”
“My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened. When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention the hole. When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip.
“They did not know that there was a hole. I was not at home at that time. When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole. Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.
“Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole! You see, now, what you did? You saved the lives of my children! I do not have enough money to pay your ‘small’ good deed.”
So, no matter who, when, or how. Just continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively, and carefully repair all the ‘leaks’ you find. Because you never know when one is in need of us or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and important to someone.
You might have repaired numerous ‘boat holes’ along the way for several people without realising how many lives you’ve saved. You see, some will ignore the hole and the kids will die in the process. Some repairers had the opportunity to fix the leaking hole but they ended enlarging the hole.
Meditation: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going. – Ecclesiastes 9:10
How to Handle Your Needs
A little boy and his father visited the country store. Upon leaving the store, the owner of the store offered the little boy some free Sweets, “Get a hand full of Sweets”, the merchant said to the boy.
The boy just stood there looking up at his father. The owner repeated himself, “Son get a hand full of Sweets. It’s free.”
Again the boy did not move, continuing to look up in the face of his father. Finally, the father reached into the candy jar and got a hand full of Sweets, which he gave to his son.
As they walked back home, the father stopped and asked his son why he did not grab a hand full of free candy. The boy with a big smile on his face looked into the face of his father and said, “Because I know that your hand is bigger than mine.”
So, whatever your needs are in the new year, please place them in the Father’s hand, because His hand is bigger than yours.
– Author Unknown
Meditation: Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:6-7
A famous writer was in his study room. He picked up his pen and started writing:
“Last year, I had surgery and my gallbladder was removed. I had to stay stuck to the bed due to this surgery for a long time.
“The same year I reached the age of 60 years and had to give up my favourite job in the publishing company in which I had spent 30 years of my life.
“The same year I experienced the sorrow of the death of my father.
“And in the same year, my son failed in his medical exams because he had a car accident. He had to stay in bed at the hospital with the cast on for several days. The destruction of the car was another loss.
In the end, he wrote: “Alas! It was such a bad year!”
When the writer’s wife entered the room, she found her husband looking sad and lost in his thoughts. From behind his back, she read what was written on the paper, left the room silently, and came back with another paper which she placed on the side of her husband’s writing.
The husband found the following written on the paper:
“Last year, I finally got rid of my gall bladder from which I had spent years in pain.
“I turned 60 with sound health and got retired from my job. Now I can utilise my time to write something better with more focus and peace.
“The same year my father, at the age of 95, without depending on anyone or without any critical condition met his Creator.
“The same year, God blessed my son with a new life. My car was destroyed but my son stayed alive without getting any disability.
In the end, she wrote: “Last year was an immense blessing of God and it passed well!”
See. The same incidents but different viewpoints.
In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for!
Your current position is somebody’s future expectation. Your life now is somebody’s prayer request. Don’t let the devil point at you that somebody is doing better than you. It is a strategy for ingratitude.
Anything you celebrate multiplies, anything you despise diminishes. Appreciation is the vehicle for acceleration. Gratitude is the lift to great altitude. To see what God will do, you must acknowledge what God has done.
Meditation: In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I was jogging this morning and I noticed a person about 1/2 a kilometre ahead. I could tell he was running a little slower than me and I thought, good, I shall try to catch him.
I had about a kilometre before I needed to turn off. So I started running faster and faster. Every block, I was gaining on him just a little bit. After just a few minutes, I was only about 100 metres behind him, so I really picked up the pace and pushed myself. You would have thought I was running in the last leg of an Olympic competition. I was determined to catch him.
Finally, I did it! I caught and passed him. On the inside I felt so good. “I beat him”. Of course, he didn’t even know we were racing. After I passed him, I realised I had been so focused on competing against him that I had missed my turn. I had gone nearly six blocks past my turn and I had to turn and go back.
Isn’t that what happens in life when we focus on competing with co-workers, neighbours, friends, family, trying to outdo them or trying to prove that we are more successful or more important? We spend our time and energy running after them and we miss out on our own paths to our God-given destinies.
The problem with unhealthy competition is that it’s a never-ending cycle. There will always be somebody ahead of you, someone with a better job, nicer car, more money in the bank, more education, a prettier wife, a more handsome husband, better-behaved children, etc.
But realize that you can be the best that you can be, you are not competing with anyone. Some people are insecure because they pay too much attention to what others are, where others are going, wearing, and driving.
Take what God has given you, the height, the weight, and the personality. Dress well and wear it proudly, you’ll be blessed by it. Stay focused and live a healthy life. There is no competition in Destiny.
Run your own race this year and wish others well.
— Author Unknown
Meditation: Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. – 1 Corinthians 9:24
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
Situations that Require Silence
As the adage goes, ‘silence is golden’, the following is a list of 20 situations where it is better to be silent:
- Be silent – in the heat of anger.
- Be silent – when you don’t have all the facts.
- Be silent – when you haven’t verified the story.
- Be silent – if your words will offend a weaker person.
- Be silent – when it is time to listen.
- Be silent – when you are tempted to make light of holy things.
- Be silent – when you are tempted to joke about sin.
- Be silent – if you would be ashamed of your words later.
- Be silent – if your words would convey the wrong impression.
- Be silent – if the issue is none of your business.
- Be silent – when you are tempted to tell an outright lie.
- Be silent – if your words will damage someone else’s reputation.
- Be silent – if your words will damage a friendship.
- Be silent – when you are feeling critical.
- Be silent – if you can’t say it without screaming.
- Be silent – if your words will be a poor reflection of the Lord or your friends and family.
- Be silent – if you may have to eat your words later.
- Be silent – if you have already said it more than one time.
- Be silent – when you are tempted to flatter a wicked person.
- Be silent – when you are supposed to be working instead.
— Author Unknown
Meditation: Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles. – Proverbs 21:23
You will succeed in Jesus Name!
One on the Wall
I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighbouring town of Venice (Italy), the city of lights and water. As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat at an empty table beside us. He called the waiter and placed his order saying, ‘Two cups of coffee, one here, one on the wall.’
We heard this strange order with interest and observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he paid for two. As soon as he left, the waiter pasted a piece of paper on the wall saying, ‘A Cup of Coffee’.
While we were still there, two other men entered and ordered three cups of coffee, two on the table and one on the wall. They had the two cups of coffee, but paid for three and left. This time also, the waiter did the same; he pasted a piece of paper on the wall saying, ‘A Cup of Coffee’.
It was something unique and perplexing for us. We finished our coffee, paid the bill and left. After a few days, we had a chance to go to this coffee shop again. While we were enjoying our coffee, a poorly dressed man entered. As he seated himself, he looked at the wall and said, ‘One cup of coffee from the wall’.
The waiter served coffee to this man with customary respect and dignity. The man had his coffee and left without paying.
We were amazed to watch all this, as the waiter took off a piece of paper from the wall and threw it in the dustbin.
Now it was no surprise for us – the matter was very clear. The great respect for the needy shown by the inhabitants of this town made our eyes well up in tears.
Ponder upon the need of what this man wanted. He enters the coffee shop without having to lower his self-esteem. He has no need to ask for a free cup of coffee without asking or knowing about the one who is giving this cup of coffee to him. He only looked at the wall, placed an order for himself, enjoyed his coffee and left.
Probably the most beautiful wall you may ever see will be our wall of good deeds on the Day of Judgement. This is what is Charity when you give from one hand and the other hand does not know about it. May God help us to spend for the poor and the needy.
— Author Unknown
Meditation: Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. – Matthew 6:2-4
You will succeed in Jesus Name!