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The Faithful Cat

The Faithful Cat

The Faithful Cat

A cat was so faithful that the woman could leave her baby with it and go out to attend to other matters. She always returned to find the child sound asleep with the cat faithfully watching over him.

One day something tragic happened. The woman, as usual, left the baby in the “hands” of this faithful cat and went out shopping. When she returned, she saw a rather nasty scene. The baby’s cot was dismantled; his nappies and clothes torn to shreds with bloodstains all over the bedroom where she left the child and the cat. Shocked, the woman wailed as she began looking for her baby.

All of a sudden, she saw the faithful cat emerging from under the bed. It was covered with blood and licking its mouth as if it had just finished a delicious meal.

The woman went berserk and assumed that the cat had devoured her baby. Without much thought, she beat the cat to death with wood. But as she continued searching for the remains of her child, she beheld another scene. Close to the bed was the baby, who although lying bare on the floor, was safe; and under the bed the body of a snake torn to pieces in what must have been a fierce battle between it and the cat, which was now dead.

Then reality dawned on the woman who now began to understand what took place in her absence. The cat fought to protect her baby from the snake. It was too late for her now to make amends because in her impatience and anger, she had killed the faithful cat.

How often have we misjudged people and torn them to shreds with harsh words and deeds before we have had time to evaluate the situation? It is called the sin of presumption. Presuming things our way without taking the trouble to find out exactly what the situation really is. Little patience can drastically reduce major life mistakes. Who Are you misjudging right now? Don’t think what you think others are thinking. Take time to get the whole truth. Be patient with people, lest you live to regret your actions against them. Be quick to hear, but slow to respond and become angry.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. – Proverbs 16:32

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A Deadly Frozen Night (A True Story)

A Deadly Frozen Night (A True Story)

A Deadly Frozen Night (A True Story)

There was a Jewish man named Yankel, who had a bakery, in a town, Crown Heights, Germany. He always said, “You know why I’m alive today?”

He said “I was a kid, just a teenager at the time in Germany. Nazis were killing Jews with no mercy. We were on the train being taken to Auschwitz by Nazis. Night came and it was deathly cold in that compartment. The Germans left us on the side of the tracks overnight, sometimes for days, without any food. There were no blankets to keep us warm. It was snow falling everywhere. Cold winds were hitting our cheeks, every second. We were hundreds of people in that terribly cold night. No food. No water. No shelter. No blankets “.

“The blood in our bodies started freezing. It was becoming ice. Besides me, there was a beloved elderly Jewish man from my hometown. He was shivering from head to toe, and looked terrible. So I wrapped my arms around him to warm him up. I hugged him tightly to give him some heat. I rubbed his arms, his legs, his face, his neck. I begged him to try to be alive. I encouraged him. All night long, I kept this man warm this way.

I was tired and freezing cold myself. My fingers were numb, but I didn’t stop rubbing heat into that old man’s body. Hours and hours went by. Finally, morning came and the sun began to shine. I looked around to see the other people. To my horror, all I could see were frozen bodies. All people died. All I could hear was a deathly silence.

Nobody else in that cabin was alive. That freezing night killed all people. They died from the cold. Only two people survived: the old man and me.

The old man survived because I kept him warm…and I survived because I was warming him.

May I tell you the secret to survival in this world? When you warm other people’s hearts, you will remain warm yourself. When you support, encourage and inspire others, then you will discover support, encouragement and inspiration in your own life as well. My friends, That is the secret to a happy life.”

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2

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The Test of the Lord

The Test of the Lord

The Test of the Lord

I woke up this morning and knew that today,

The sun would not be shining and the clouds would be gray.

As I stepped outside, rain fell upon my head.

My car wouldn’t start so I walked to school instead.

I forgot all of my assignments

I failed all of my tests.

I dropped my head in disgust and asked the Lord for one request.

“Lord, why is it that things won’t go my way?”

He gently replied, “Dear child it is because you didn’t thank me yesterday.

I woke you up and enabled you to see the sun again.

I gave you shelter, protected your family, and even let you make a new friend.

I blessed you far greater than I ever had before.

But you were too busy to thank me once more.

You didn’t feel sick because I maintained your health.

You had money in your pocket because I maintained your wealth.

You had shoes on your feet and clothes to wear, too.

You had plenty of food to eat and what did you do?

You ignored me and went about your tasks.

But when you wanted something you never hesitated to ask.

I was there when you needed me and that wasn’t too long ago.

But when things started going your way, it was me you did not know.

As if that weren’t enough, I provided your favorite luxuries.

This was something I didn’t have to do-they weren’t even necessities.

And when it was time to get on your knees and show your gratitude,

You decided that after such a fulfilling day, you weren’t in the mood.

So I decided to give you just a little test.

To show you how it would feel to stop being blessed.”

I began to realize what the Lord was saying.

He said, “My child, you have learned and you know I do forgive.

But remember to remember this day as long as you shall live.

I love filling your life with joy, and your pain I’ll alleviate it.

But just a simple thank you would show how much you appreciate it.”

— Author Unknown

Meditation: In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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How You Can Increase Your Value

How You Can Increase Your Value

How You Can Increase Your Value

Michael Jordan was born in 1963, in the slums of Brooklyn, New York. He had four siblings, and his father’s earnings were not sufficient to provide for the whole family. He grew up in a poor neighbourhood. Exposed to mindless violence and heavy discrimination in the slums, he saw for himself only a hopeless future.

His father saw in Michael, a lost soul and decided to do something. He gave Michael, who was 13 years old, a piece of used clothing and asked: “What do you think the value of this outfit would be?”

Jordan replied, “Maybe one dollar.”

His father asked, “Can you sell it for two dollars? If you can sell it, it would mean that you are a big help to your family.”

Jordan nodded his head, “I’ll try, but no guarantee that I’ll be successful.”

Jordan carefully washed the cloth clean. Because they didn’t have an iron, to smoothen the cloth, he levelled it with a clothes brush on a flat board, then kept it in the sun to dry. The next day, he brought the clothes to a crowded underground station. After offering it for more than six hours. Jordan finally managed to sell it for $2. He took the two-dollar bill and ran home.

After that, every day he looked for used clothing, washed and ironed it, and sold it in the crowd.

More than ten days later, his father again gave him a piece of used clothing, “Can you think of a way you can sell this for 20 bucks?”

Aghast, Jordan said, “How is it possible? This outfit can only fetch two dollars at the most.”

His father replied, “Why don’t you try it first? There might be a way.”

After breaking his head for a few hours, finally, Jordan got an idea. He asked for his cousin’s help to paint a picture of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse on the garment. Then he tried to sell it in the school where the children of the rich study.

Soon a housekeeper, who was there to pick his master, bought that outfit for his master. The master was a little boy of only 10 years. He loved it so much and he gave a five-dollar tip. 25 dollars was a huge amount for Jordan, the equivalent of a month’s salary of his father.

When he got home, his father gave him yet another piece of used clothing, “Are you able to resell it at a price of 200 dollars?” Jordan’s eyes lit up.

This time, Jordan accepted the clothes without the slightest doubt. Two months later a popular movie actress from the movie “Charlie’s Angels”, Farah Fawcett, came to New York for her Movie promos. After the press conference, Jordan made his way through the security forces to reach the side of Farah Fawcett and requested her autograph on the piece of clothing. When Fawcett saw this innocent child asking for her autograph, she gladly signed it.

Jordan was shouting very excitedly, “This is a jersey signed by Miss Farah Fawcett, the selling price is 200 dollars!” He auctioned off the clothes, to a businessman for a price of 1,200 dollars!

Upon returning home, his father broke into tears and said, “I am amazed that you did it, my child! You’re really great! ”

That night, Jordan slept alongside his father. His father said, “Son, in your experience selling these three pieces of clothing, what did you learn about success?”

Jordan replied, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

His father nodded his head, then shook his head, “What you say is not entirely wrong! But that was not my intention. I just wanted to show you that a piece of used clothing which is worth only a dollar can also be increased in value, Then how about us – living and thinking humans? We may be darker and poorer, but what if we can increase our value.”

This thought enlightened young Jordan. ‘Even a piece of used clothing could be made dignified, then why not me? There is absolutely no reason to underestimate myself.’

From then on, Michael Jordan felt that his future would be beautiful and full of hope. He went on to become the greatest basketball player of all time.

How can you increase your own value?

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you…. – 2 Timothy 1:6

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You Shall Not

You Shall Not

You shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.

You shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.

You shall not carry grudges, for they are the heaviest of all life’s burdens.

You shall face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one at a time anyway.

You shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.

You shall not borrow other people’s problems. They can better care for them than you.

You shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!

You shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own.

You shall not become “bogged down” by frustration, for 90% of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.

You shall count your blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.

– Author Unknown

Meditation: Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. 1 Timothy 4:16

Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, – Deuteronomy 11:16

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.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 6:1-4

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After A Flash of Inspiration, What’s Next? (4)

After A Flash of Inspiration, What’s Next? (4)

Today we will look at the final part of 14 questions that will help you clarify your steps after having a flash of inspiration.

For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery. – Ecclesiastes 8:6

12. Who are my partners?

Taking time to answer all the questions above will also help to determine the kind of people you would need as partners or running mates. Knowing your own areas of strengths and weaknesses is a critical factor in determining whom you seek to partner with you and what skills set you require to deliver on the assignment.

13. What preparations are required?

You will also need to determine the kind of preparation you would need in order to deliver effectively on your assignment. What skills you need to acquire, what training you need to subscribe for, what habit you need to acquire/shed etc, etc.

14. What knowledge is required?

Acquisition of relevant knowledge is an aspect of preparation. But it deserves to be treated as an independent factor so that it is not abandoned altogether. You need to know the range of information you will require to execute your assignment successfully. You also need to know where you can access this information, whether they are formal or informal settings. What are those things you need to know even before you start? What are the ones you need to acquire on the go?

All these are questions you would have to answer verifiably to insure your inspiration and ensure that it does not end as “one of those ideas” we all have and don’t give attention to until we see someone else running and thriving with it.

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