Don’t Grow Old

Don’t Grow Old

Many people are afraid of growing old. I’m afraid of growing old and boring. Many people are afraid of growing old, alone. I’m afraid of growing old, insane. Many people are afraid of losing their looks. I’m afraid of losing my dreams. Many people are afraid of losing their youth. I’m afraid of losing my soul. When you’re 15, 35 seems ancient. When you’re 35, 15 seems juvenile. A turnaround in a split second – two decades zoom past and before you know it, it’s only a mile to the next millennium. Don’t fear age, it’s a right of person-hood. Don’t fear death- it’s God’s greatest jest. Don’t grow old – you don’t have to. Don’t date because you’re desperate. Don’t marry because you’re miserable. Don’t have kids because you think your genes are superior. Don’t separate because you think it’s fashionable. Don’t drink because you have troubles. Don’t gamble because you think winning is inevitable. Don’t philander because you think you’re irresistible. Most likely, you’re not. Don’t associate with people you can’t trust. Don’t cheat. Don’t lie. Don’t pretend. Don’t try to buy your way into the kingdom of God. Don’t dictate because you’re smarter. Don’t demand because you’re stronger. Don’t sleep around because you think you’re old enough and know better. Don’t hurt your kids because loving them

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Optimism

Optimism

In order to better understand people’s views of the world, a researcher once placed two children, one a pessimist and the other an optimist, alone in separate rooms. The pessimist was placed in a colourful room full of all kinds of imaginative toys, while the optimist was put in a room filled with horse manure. The first child played in the room for a little while but soon came to the door asking to leave because the toys were boring and because they broke too easily. Likewise, the young optimist soon came to the door, but rather than asking to leave, she asked for a shovel. Of course, the researcher asked the child why she wanted a shovel. She replied, “With all this manure around, I know that there must be a pony in here somewhere.” Life is as you choose see it. – Author Unknown Meditation: But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” – Romans 10:16 You will succeed in Jesus Name! Also read: ABC of Multiculture May You Always Feel Loved The Most, the Easiest, the Greatest

I Took Your Place

I Took Your Place

One day, a man went to visit a church. He arrived early, parked his car, and got out. Another car pulled up near him, and the driver told him, “I always park there. You took my place!” The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat, and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, “That’s my seat! You took my place!” The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome but said nothing. After Sunday School, the visitor went into the church sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, “That’s where I always sit. You took my place!” The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still said nothing. Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, “What happened to you?” The visitor replied, ”I took your place.” — Author Unknown Meditation: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” – Luke 18:8 You will succeed in Jesus Name! Also read: Getting it Right with People Where Your Focus Should Be The Most Important Question

Empty Eggs

Empty Eggs

The Rev. Harry Pritchett, Junior, is rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta. His church includes specific ministries for the poor, for street people, for college students. It is Dr. Pritchett who called my attention to a boy named Philip. He was nine – in a Sunday School class of eight-year-olds. Eight-year-olds can be cruel. The third-graders did not welcome Philip to their group. Not just because he was older. He was “different.” He suffered from Down’s syndrome and its obvious manifestations: facial characteristics, slow responses, symptoms of retardation. One Sunday after Easter the Sunday school teacher gathered some of those plastic eggs – the kind in which some ladies pantyhose are packaged. Plastic eggs which pull apart in the middle. The Sunday school teacher gave one of these plastic eggs to each child. On that beautiful spring day, each child was to go outdoors and discover for himself some symbol of “new life” and place that symbolic seed or leaf or whatever inside his egg. They would then open their eggs one by one, and each youngster would explain how his find was a symbol of “new life.” So… The youngsters gathered around on the appointed day and put their eggs on a table, and the teacher began to open them. One child found a flower. All the

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A Lesson on Forgiveness

A Lesson on Forgiveness

My niece, Darcy, is an incredibly sweet child, always eager to please. She is three years old and she absolutely adores her slightly older cousin. Recently the two were playing together and had gone into a bedroom together. Suddenly, Darcy came down the hall in a state of indignation, saying, “Jo-Jo slapped my face.” She had a slightly reddened place on her very pale cheek. Jo-Jo followed her saying, “I didn’t do anything. Darcy banged me with her head and I know she did it on purpose.” Now I love both little girls, but I knew Darcy did not do it on purpose. Bouncing around in her excitement, she had banged her head into Jo-Jo’s nose. The sudden pain made Jo-Jo fly off the handle and I knew she had slapped her without thinking. We had a little talk about it and she finally allowed that she had put up her hand and it had hit Darcy’s cheek. I asked her to apologize to Darcy because her hand had hit her cheek. She refused, saying, “No. I didn’t do anything.” Whereupon Darcy said, “Jo-Jo, I’m sorry my cheek hit your hand.” Now that is forgiveness. I’ve never seen anybody forgive any better. — Aunt Martha Meditation: “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But

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The Price Jesus Paid

The Price Jesus Paid

One day Satan went to visit Jesus in the Garden of Eden, and Satan came all happy and boasting. “Yes, Lord, now I have everybody captive, well nearly everybody down there. I set traps, I used the baits of temptation; I know well what each one of them can’t resist. I nearly caught them all!” “What are you going to do with them?” Jesus asked. He was praying to God the Father. Satan answered “Oh, I am going to have some fun with them! I’ll make them divorce after they have married so the foundation of humanity [the family] will never be established. I will make them hate each other and abuse each other, make them fall into alcohol and drugs without control. I will teach them to make weapons and bombs, so they kill each other. I am really going to have fun! “And when you are tired of playing with them, what will you do?” Jesus asked. And continued praying. “Oh, I will kill them all and their souls will be mine forever. Lord, by all respect, it will be their decision.” “How much do you want for all of them?” Jesus asked. “Oh, you can’t want these people. They aren’t anything good. Why do you want them if they neither follow you nor love you? Many hate

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