Parable of the Pencil

Parable of the Pencil

The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box. “There are five things you need to know” he told the pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.” One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone’s hand. Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you’ll need it to become a better pencil. Three: You will be able to correct the mistakes you will make. Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s inside. And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write. The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart. Now replacing the place of the pencil with you; always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be. One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God’s hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess. Two: You

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The Man In The Glass

The Man In The Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self And the world makes you king for a day, Just go to a mirror and look at yourself, And see what that man has to say. For it isn’t your father or mother or wife, Who judgement upon you must pass; The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life Is the one staring back from the glass. He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest. For he’s with you clear up to the end, And you’ve passed the most dangerous, difficult test If the man in the glass is your friend. You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years. And get pats on the back as you pass, But your final reward will be the heartaches and tears If you’ve cheated the man in the glass. – Dale Wimbrow Meditation: As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man. – Proverbs 27:19 You will succeed in Jesus Name! Also read: Love Yourself Develop The Right (self) Attitude Benefits of Wisdom (19): Self-Examination

Slow Me Down, Lord

Slow Me Down, Lord

Slow me down, Lord! Ease the pounding of my heart By the quieting of my mind. Steady my harried pace With a vision of the eternal reach of time. Give me, amidst the confusions of my day, The calmness of the everlasting hills. Break the tensions of my nerves With the soothing music of the sighing streams That live in my memory. Help me to know The magical restoring power of sleep. Teach me the art Of taking minute vacations of slowing down to look at a flower; To chat with an old friend or to make a new one; To pat a stray dog, To watch a spider build a web; To smile at a child; Or to read a few lines from a good book. Remind me each day That the race is not always to the swift; That there is more to life than increasing its speed. Let me look upward Into the branches of the towering oak And know that it grew slowly and well. Slow me down, Lord, And inspire me to send my roots deep Into the soil of life’s enduring values That I may grow toward the stars Of my great destiny. By Wilferd A. Peterson Meditation: It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the

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Learnings

Learnings

Learnings This is credited to Andy Rooney, a man reputed for saying so much with so few words: I’ve learned….That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. I’ve learned… That when you’re in love, it shows. I’ve learned… That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day. I’ve learned… That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. I’ve learned… That being kind is more important than being right. I’ve learned… That you should never say no to a gift from a child. I’ve learned… That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way. I’ve learned… That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. I’ve learned… That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand. I’ve learned… That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. I’ve learned… That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. I’ve learned… That we should be

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The Frogs

The Frogs

A group of frogs was travelling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate frogs they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and simply gave up. He fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and suffering and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs asked him, “Why did you continue jumping? Didn’t you hear us?” The frog motioned to them that he was deaf. He only thought they were encouraging him the entire time. ———— ——— ——– This story teaches two lessons: 1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day. 2. A destructive word to someone who is down

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No Such Thing As An Unimportant Day

No Such Thing As An Unimportant Day

After many years of service, retirement day has come. There was a formal ceremony. A large crowd of employees gathered around to bear witness. And the following conversation took place between the president of the company and the retiring employee: The president said: “As a symbol of our gratitude, we have created this special gold watch to serve as a reminder of your many years with the company. It needs a lot of winding up, is always a little late, and every day at quarter to five, it stops working.” What a way to go. I started Monday of a particular week with giving a talk to a full-packed auditorium of students in a very well known university. And then this was followed by four continuous whole day leadership training seminars. Then excitedly faced the crowd of 6,000 teachers, gave a short talk designed to pay them tribute and inspire them to stick to their mission, meaning and purpose; and then rush out of the convention center immediately after the talk, got on a car, went out of town, did a training on the next morning, got back in the same car and rushed home on the same day. This is the story of my life. People close to me tell me, “Francis, you don’t have to work so hard!”

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