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Strange Scenarios

Strange Scenarios

Strange Scenarios

Isn’t it strange how a 20dollar bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn’t it strange how 2hours seem so long when you’re at church, and how short they seem when you’re watching a good movie?

Isn’t it strange that you can’t find a word to say when you’re praying, but you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

Isn’t it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible, but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel?

Isn’t it strange how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games, but they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in Church?

Isn’t it strange how we need to know about an event for Church 2-3 weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events at the last minute?

Isn’t it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others, but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

Isn’t it strange how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say, but we question the words in the Bible?

Isn’t it strange how everyone wants a place in heaven, but they don’t want to believe, do, or say anything to get there?

Isn’t it strange how we send jokes in e-mails and they are forwarded right away, but when we are going to send messages about God, we think about it twice before we share it with others?

It’s strange, isn’t it?

– Author Unknown

Meditation: My brethren, these things ought not to be so. – James 3:10

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When You Reach the Top

When You Reach the Top

When You Reach the Top

A 30-year-old son decided to send his father to an old people’s home at the insistence of his wife. He brought the father in a car to an old people’s home that is run by a Catholic priest.

Then appeared this elderly priest, who came out to have a long chat with the old man. The son wondered and asked the priest whether he knew his father before since they were talking as though they knew each other.

The priest replied, “Yes,” and continued, “He came here 30 years back and took with him a very sick orphan boy whom everyone else had rejected for adoption. This man gave that boy home and save his life. He told us this little boy deserves better, he would dedicate his life to making him a successful young man by the time he turned 25.”

The priest continued, “I don’t know how long you have known him, but I can tell you he is a good man and I am glad to inform you that you were that sick boy he took from us.”

The young man, on hearing this, fell on his knees and begged the old man for forgiveness. The man looked at him with a sad smile and said, “Son I have forgiven you. You threw me out of my own home because of your wife. You can take the house, but know that I have removed you as the sole heir to my estate. I have willed all my properties to this home where I now belong.”

At the zenith of your success, don’t forget where you are coming from. Otherwise, you could miss your destination and lose your crown.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. – 1 Timothy 5:8

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The Journey is So Short

The Journey is So Short

The Journey is So Short

A young lady sat in a bus, an old grumpy lady came and sat by her as she bumped into her with her numerous bags. The other neighbor got upset, asking the young lady why she did not protest and insisted on her rights. She only responded with a smile: “It is not necessary to be rude or argue over something so insignificant! I’ll alight at the next stop.”

Here’s a response that deserves to be written in gold in our daily behaviour and everywhere: It is not necessary to argue over something so insignificant, our journey together is so short.

If each one of us could realize that our passage down here has such a short duration, to darken it with quarrels, futile arguments, unforgiveness, ungratefulness and bad attitudes would be a waste of time and energy.

Did someone break your heart? Be calm, the journey is so short.

Did someone betray, bully, cheat or humiliate you? Be calm, forgive; the journey is so short!

Whatever penalty anyone serves us, let’s remember that the journey together is so short.

Let us, therefore, be filled with gratitude and sweetness. Sweetness is a virtue never likened to bad character or cowardice, but better likened to greatness.

Our journey together down here is really short and cannot be reversed. No one knows the duration of his journey. No one knows if he has to alight at the next stop.

Let us therefore cherish and hold on to friends and family! Let us be calm, respectful, kind, thankful and forgiving. Remember: The journey down here is so short!

— Author Unknown

Meditation: But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. – Matthew 5:39-41

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Give Up!

Give Up!

Give Up!

My child,

Give up! Give up those hurts of the past. It’s time to move on. satan loves to have you live in the past because that renders you ineffective to live in the present, in the now.

Tell Me, child. What is it that has happened to you? Who hurt you? What mistakes have you made that you regret? Did what happen to you change the fact that Jesus loves you, and He died on the cross for you so you could live in heaven with Him for all eternity?

Can anything or anyone ever change that fact? You know that nothing can ever nullify what Jesus did for you on the cross. If that’s true, and it is, then nothing else matters, does it?

There is nothing that can happen to you, nothing anyone can do to you that can ever change the fact that My Son, Jesus, loves you and died on the cross for you so you gain heaven for all eternity. No one can ever take that away from you. No One!

Hold on to that thought. Put things in their proper perspective. When you do that, you’ll see that being loved unconditionally, attaining salvation and the right to go to heaven is your ultimate goal. Everything else pales in comparison to that.

Even physical death cannot take heaven away from you, for then the real you – your spirit – just changes abodes. Physical death for Christians is moving from living in the temple of the Holy Spirit, your body, to living in heaven.

I know, My child, I know. Your mind is often filled with hurtful things that happen to you. Sometimes you even say to people “You don’t know how much it hurt Me when such and such happened.” Well, I ask you again, does what happen to you in the past change the fact that Jesus loves you and died for you, and now you can spend eternity with Him in heaven? I don’t have to wait for your answer, because I know immediately your mind said, “No!”

Then, child, nothing else matters! Compared to eternity, all problems are nothing. Loving Me, being in My family, gaining the right to live in heaven for eternity – that’s what’s important in life. If you lose that, you’ve lost it all. Don’t hold grudges. Forgive! Nothing you can gain on earth can make up for that loss, and nothing can happen to you on earth that can take that away from you – Nothing!

Love.

– Author Unknown

Meditation: But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. – Romans 8:25

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When to be Silent

When to be Silent

The 20 pointers below suggest the time when silence should be golden in our affairs and dealings with fellow humans.

And the Bible says…

  1. Be silent In the heat of anger – (Proverbs 14:17)
  1. Be silent When you don’t have all the facts – (Proverbs 18:13)
  1. Be silent When you haven’t verified the story – (Deuteronomy 17:6)
  1. Be silent If your words will offend a weaker person – (1 Corinthians 8:11)
  1. Be silent When it is time to listen – (Proverbs 13:1)
  1. Be silent When you are tempted to make light of holy things – (Ecclesiastes 5:2)
  1. Be silent When you are tempted to joke about sin – (Proverbs 14:9)
  1. Be silent If you would be ashamed of your words later – (Proverbs 8:8)
  1. Be silent If your words would convey the wrong impression – (Proverbs 17:27)
  1. Be silent If the issue is none of your business – (Proverbs 14:10)
  1. Be silent When you are tempted to tell an outright lie – (Proverbs 4:24)
  1. Be silent If your words will damage someone else’s reputation – (Proverbs 16:27)
  1. Be silent If your words will damage a friendship – (Proverbs 16:28)
  1. Be silent when you are feeling critical – (James 3:9)
  1. Be silent If you can’t say it without screaming it – (Proverbs 25:28)
  1. Be silent If your words will be a poor reflection of the Lord or your friends and family – (1 Peter 2:21-23)
  1. Be silent If you may have to eat your words later – (Proverbs 18:21)
  1. Be silent If you have already said it more than one time – (Proverbs 19:13)
  1. Be silent When you are tempted to flatter a wicked person – (Proverbs 24:24)
  1. Be silent When you are supposed to be working instead – (Proverbs 14:23)

– Author Unknown

Meditation: Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.Proverbs 21:23

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ABC of Happiness

ABC of Happiness

ABC of Happiness

A–Accept

Accept others for who they are and for the choices they’ve made even if you have difficulty understanding their beliefs, motives, or actions.

B–Break Away

Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.

C–Create

Create a family of friends with whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and happiness.

D–Decide

Decide that you’ll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

E–Explore

Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you try something new, you’ll learn more about yourself.

F–Forgive

Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

G–Grow

Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.

H–Hope

Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.

I–Ignore

Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.

J–Journey

Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day, and you’ll grow.

K–Know

Know that no matter how bad things seem, they’ll always get better. The warmth of spring always follows the harshest winter.

L–Love

Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there’s room for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there’s room for endless happiness.

M–Manage

Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you’ll suffer less stress and worry. Then you’ll be able to focus on the important things in life.

N–Notice

Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

O–Open

Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of times, there’s still much to be thankful for.

P–Play

Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.

Q–Question

Ask many questions, because you’re here to learn.

R–Relax

Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that things always have a way of working out in the end.

S–Share

Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will return to you many times over.

T–Try

Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

U–Use

Use your gifts to the best ability. Talent that’s wasted has no value. Talent that’s used will bring unexpected rewards.

V–Value

Value the friends and family members who’ve supported and encouraged you, and be there for them as well.

W–Work

Work hard every day to be the best person you can be, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.

X–X-Ray

Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you’ll see the goodness and beauty within.

Y–Yield

Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you’ll find success at the end of the road.

Z–Zoom

Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rear an ugly head.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. – Numbers 14:24

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