Cat’s Tale

Cat’s Tale

Cat was walking along one early evening, heading toward the village. Cat was a friendly sort. In her lives, she wore many hats. Sometimes she was a companion, listener and even a watch cat. Suddenly, out of the shadows leapt a massive dog. To cat, it seemed as if a chunk of the sky had fallen into her path. In the shadowy darkness, the animal towered over cat and bared its great, sharp, yellow teeth. “Run away,” the dog snarled. Startled nearly out of her wits, cat knew that if she were going to survive she must not panic. She imposed a steely calm on herself and looked up at the beast. “I beg your pardon,” answered cat, far more calmly than she felt. “I have business here. Let me pass.” The dog had not expected this reaction. He usually left his victims weak with fear by simply looking at them. “Run,” he repeated. “I don’t like the way you drift about these parts cozying up to people and making them feel so secure. This is my place. Everyone here does as I tell them to.” Now cat was nearly paralyzed with fear and running was absolutely out of the question. Cat knew that if she did run away she would never be able to see her friends in these

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Sandbox Rock

Sandbox Rock

A little boy was spending his Saturday morning playing in his sandbox. He had with him his box of cars and trucks, his plastic pail, and a shiny, red plastic shovel. In the process of creating roads and tunnels in the soft sand, he discovered a large rock in the middle of the sandbox. The lad dug around the rock, managing to dislodge it from the dirt. With no little bit of struggle, he pushed and nudged the rock across the sandbox by using his feet. (He was a very small boy and the rock was very huge.) When the boy got the rock to the edge of the sandbox, however, he found that he couldn’t roll it up and over the little wall. Determined, the little boy shoved, pushed, and pried, but every time he thought he had made some progress, the rock tipped and then fell back into the sandbox. The little boy grunted, struggled, pushed, shoved — but his only reward was to have the rock roll back, smashing his chubby fingers. Finally, he burst into tears of frustration. All this time the boy’s father watched from his living room window as the drama unfolded. At the moment the tears fell, a large shadow fell across the boy and the sandbox. It was the boy’s father. Gently but

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Balance Sheet of Life

Balance Sheet of Life

Balance Sheet of Life Our Birth is our Opening Balance! Our Death is our Closing Balance! Our Prejudiced Views are our Liabilities Our Creative Ideas are our Assets Heart is our Current Asset Soul is our Fixed Asset Brain is our Fixed Deposit Thinking is our Current Account Achievements are our Capital Character and Morals, our Stock-in-Trade Friends are our General Reserves Values and Behaviour are our Goodwill Patience is our Interest Earned Love is our Dividend Children are our Bonus Issues Education is Brand/ Patent Knowledge is our Investment Experience is our Premium Account The Aim is to Tally the Balance Sheet Accurately. The Goal is to get the Award for Best Presented Accounts. Here are some good and bad things… The most destructive habit………………….Worry The greatest Joy………………………….Giving The greatest loss…………….Loss of self-respect The most satisfying work……………Helping others The ugliest personality trait………….Selfishness The most endangered species…Dedicated leaders Our greatest natural resource……………Our youth The greatest “shot in the arm”……….Encouragement The greatest problem to overcome……………..Fear The most effective sleeping pill…Peace of mind The most crippling failure disease…………Excuses The most powerful force in life………………Love The most dangerous pariah………………A gossip The world’s most incredible computer…The brain The worst thing to be without………………. Hope The deadliest weapon…………………..The tongue The two most power-filled words……………”I Can” The greatest asset…………………………Faith The most worthless emotion………………Self-pity The most beautiful

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What Do You Want To Be?

What Do You Want To Be?

In 1921, Charles William Paddock was widely acclaimed as the “fastest human being” in the world. In the 1920 Olympic Games in Belgium, Paddock captured the gold medal in the 100-meter dash and won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash. One day, Paddock visited a school in Cleveland, Ohio and spoke to the student body. A young black child listened intently as this famous athlete talked. “What do you want to be,” Paddock asked? You name it and then believe that God will help and you will become just that,” he said. That young man although materially poor was spiritually rich; he decided that he too wanted to be the fastest human being on earth. He shared his dream with Charles Riley his junior high track coach. Coach Riley said to him, “It’s great to have a dream son, but to attain your goal it is necessary to build a ladder to it, and on the ladder, you must have rungs or steps that will support the weight of all you hope to achieve. The first rung on your dream ladder must be determination and the second dedication. The third step is discipline! The fourth rung enabling you to build your dream is attitude!” To be successful you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, and then resolve

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The Car’s Headlights

The Car’s Headlights

Most cars today have a wonderful feature. Whenever you forget to turn off the headlights, a shrill warning goes off the minute you open the door. Although you may not like its jarring sound, it has a very useful purpose, it saves you from—a dead battery. Our conscience can work like that. When we get off on the wrong track as we’re traveling the road of life or tempted to, our conscience blows a whistle. It’s a sign that the Holy Spirit is either convicting us or warning us before we do. If we do wrong, the jarring feelings from our conscience are meant to lead us to repentance. When we confess and repent, God forgives and clears our conscience. The apostle Paul knew what it was to have a bad conscience. In I Timothy 1:13, he wrote, “I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man, but I obtained mercy.” He received the mercy of Christ’s forgive­ness, faith, and a good conscience. He charged young Timothy to fight the good fight and maintain his faith and good conscience. Paul said that some had rejected these, and spiritual shipwreck was the result (vv.18-19). Be thankful if you have a good conscience when you’re on the wrong track. When it gives you a warning whistle, pay attention so your

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The Beggar

The Beggar

“When you’re constantly looking for things from other people, you’re not looking within yourself.” – Unknown A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. “Spare some change’?” mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old red cap. “I have nothing to give you.” said the stranger. Then he asked. “What’s that you are sitting on?” “Nothing.” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.” “Ever looked inside?” asked the stranger. “No.” said the beggar. “What’s the point? There’s nothing in there.” “Have a look inside.” insisted the stranger. The beggar managed to pry open the lid. In astonishment and disbelief, and elation he discovered that the box was filled with gold! I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look inside. Not inside any box, as in the parable, but somewhere even closer inside: inside yourself. You have a treasure within that not only includes great value but is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer. — Author Unknown Meditation: We have this treasure from God, but we are like clay jars that hold the treasure. This shows that the great power is from God, not

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