Ragman

Ragman

I saw a strange sight. I stumbled upon a story most strange, like nothing my life, my street sense, my sly tongue had ever prepared me for. Hush, child. Hush, now, and I will tell it to you. Even before the dawn one Friday morning I noticed a young man, handsome and strong, walking the alleys of our City. He was pulling an old cart filled with clothes both bright and new, and he was calling in a clear, tenor voice: “Rags!” Ah, the air was foul and the first light filthy to be crossed by such sweet music. “Rags! New rags for old! I take your tired rags! Rags!” “Now, this is a wonder,” I thought to myself, for the man stood six-feet-four, and his arms were like tree limbs, hard and muscular, and his eyes flashed intelligence. Could he find no better job than this, to be a ragman in the inner city? I followed him. My curiosity drove me. And I wasn’t disappointed. Soon the Ragman saw a woman sitting on her back porch. She was sobbing into a handkerchief, sighing, and shedding a thousand tears. Her knees and elbows made a sad X. Her shoulders shook. Her heart was breaking. The Ragman stopped his cart. Quietly, he walked to the woman, stepping round tin cans, dead

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True Meaning of Grace

True Meaning of Grace

The boy stood with back arched, head cocked back and hands clenched defiantly. “Go ahead, give it to me.” The principal looked down at the young rebel. “How many times have you been here?” The child sneered rebelliously, “Apparently not enough.” The principal gave the boy a strange look. “And you have been punished each time, have you not?” “Yeah, I been punished, if that’s what you want to call it.” He threw out his small chest, “Go ahead I can take whatever you dish out. I always have.” “And no thought of your punishment enters your head the next time you decide to break the rules does it?” “Nope, I do whatever I want to do. Ain’t nothin’ you people gonna do to stop me either.” The principal looked over at the teacher who stood nearby. “What did he do this time?” “Fighting. He took little Tommy and shoved his face into the sandbox.” The principal turned to look at the boy, “Why? What did little Tommy do to you?” “Nothin, I didn’t like the way he was lookin’ at me, just like I don’t like the way your lookin’ at me! And if I thought I could do it, I’d shove your face into something.” The teacher stiffened and started to rise but a quick look from the

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The Cross Room

The Cross Room

The young man was at the end of his rope. Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer. “Lord, I can’t go on,” he said. “I have too heavy a cross to bear.” The Lord replied, “My son, if you can’t bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then open another door and pick any cross you wish.” The man was filled with relief. “Thank you, Lord,” he sighed, and did as he was told. As he looked around the room he saw many different crosses; some so large the tops were not visible. Then he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall. “I’d like that one, Lord,” he whispered. And the Lord replied, “My son, that’s the cross you brought in.” -Author Unknown Meditation: And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. – John 19:17 You will succeed in Jesus Name! Also read: Point of View The Wings of Burdens A Perspective to the Pressures of Life

Some Rules to Make Living Worthwhile

Some Rules to Make Living Worthwhile

Some Rules to Make Living Worthwhile Rule #1. Life is not fair — get used to it! Rule #2. Eat an elephant, but one bite at a time. Rule #3. To better your lot, you have to be a lot better. Rule #4. If you have a friend, learn to talk to each other instead of about each other. Rule #5. True love isn’t Romeo and Juliet who died together, it’s Grandmom and Granddad who grew together. Rule #6. Life is not a movie. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to work. Rule #7. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one. Rule #8. Never give up on something you really want. It’s difficult to wait, but more difficult to regret. Rule #9. If you can’t get someone off your mind, they are probably supposed to be there. Rule #10. Be yourself. No matter how hard you try; you will fail trying to please everyone. Rule #11. Never be a prisoner of your past. Be the architect of your future. Rule #12. Don’t wait for a perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect. Rule #13. Recognize there is a huge difference between failing at something you do and being a failure as a person. Rule #14. Worrying

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God Can Do It

God Can Do It

A young man working in the army was constantly humiliated because he believed in God. One day the commander decided to humiliate him before the troops. He called him and said: “Young man, take the key and go park the Jeep in front.” The young soldier replied, “Sir, I cannot drive!” The superior said, “Then ask for assistance from your God! Show us that He Exists!” The young man took the key and walked to the vehicle, praying all the way. He started the car, and started to move hesitantly at first, and gently he began to move until he got to the place where the commander told him to park it. As he parked the car and came out, he saw the commander and his colleagues all crying. Then they said, “We want to serve your God!” The young soldier was astonished, he wanted to know what was going on? The commander was still busy sobbing, then he opened the hood of the jeep to reveal to the young man that the car had no engine. Then the lad said, “See? This is the God I serve, the God who gives life to what does not exist.” Perhaps, you may have concluded there are things that are still impossible in your life. The God of possibilities will show forth

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The Magic Pebbles

The Magic Pebbles

One night a group of nomads were preparing to retire for the evening when suddenly they were surrounded by a great light. They knew they were in the presence of a celestial being. With great anticipation, they awaited a heavenly message of great importance that they knew must be especially for them. Finally, the voice spoke, “Gather as many pebbles as you can. Put them in your saddlebags. Travel a day’s journey and tomorrow night will find you glad and it will find you sad.” After having departed, the nomads shared their disappointment and anger with each other. They had expected the revelation of a great universal truth that would enable them to create wealth, health and purpose for the world. But instead, they were given a menial task that made no sense to them at all. However, the memory of the brilliance of their visitor caused each one to pick up a few pebbles and deposit them in their saddlebags while voicing their displeasure. They travelled a day’s journey and that night while making camp, they reached into their saddlebags and discovered every pebble they had gathered had become a diamond. They were glad they had diamonds. They were sad they had not gathered more pebbles. By John Wayne Schlatter From A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the

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