Faithful Father

Faithful Father

Faithful Father

In Armenia, in 1988, Samuel and Danielle sent their young son, Armand, off to school. Samuel squatted before his son and looked him in the eye, “Have a good day at school, and remember, no matter what, I’ll always be there for you.”

They hugged and the boy ran off to school.

Hours later, a powerful earthquake rocked the area. In the midst of the pandemonium, Samuel and Danielle tried to discover what happened to their son, but they couldn’t get any information. The radio announced that there were thousands of casualties. Samuel then grabbed his coat and headed for the schoolyard. When he reached the area, what he saw brought tears to his eyes. Armand’s school was a pile of debris. Other parents were standing around crying.

Samuel found the place where Armand’s classroom used to be and began pulling a broken beam off the pile of rubble. He then grabbed a rock and put it to the side, and then grabbed another one.

One of the parents looking on asked, “What are you doing?”

“Digging for my son,” Samuel answered. The man then said, “You’re just going to make things worse! The building is unstable.” He tried to pull Samuel away from his work.

Samuel just kept working. As time wore on, one by one, the other parents left. Then a worker tried to pull Samuel away from the rubble. Samuel looked at him and said, “Won’t you help me?” The worker left and Samuel kept digging.

All through the night and into the next day, Samuel continued digging. Parents placed flowers and pictures of their children on the ruins. But, Samuel just kept working. He picked up a beam and pushed it out of the way when he heard a faint cry. “Help! Help!” Samuel listened but didn’t hear anything again. Then he heard a muffled voice, “Papa?”

Samuel began to dig furiously. Finally, he could see his son. “Come on out, son!” he said with relief.

“No,” Armand said. “Let the other kids come out first because I know you’ll get me.”

Child after child emerged until, finally, little Armand appeared. Samuel took him in his arms and Armand said, “I told the other kids not to worry because you told me that you’d always be there for me!”

Fourteen children were saved that day because one father was faithful.

How much more faithful is our heavenly Father! Whether trapped by fallen debris or ensnared by life’s hardships and struggles, we are never cut off from God’s faithfulness. He is true to His character. He is reliable and trustworthy and can always be counted on.

— Author Unknown

Deuteronomy 7:9: “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations…”

1 Corinthians 1:9 – God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

Psalm 37:28, “For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever.”

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Poor, But Very Rich

Poor, But Very Rich

Poor, But Very Rich

At the point of death, a man, Tom Smith, called his children and he advised them to follow his footsteps so they could have peace of mind in all they do..

His daughter, Sara, said, “Daddy, it’s unfortunate you are dying without a penny in your bank account. Other fathers that you tagged as corrupt, thieves of public funds, left houses and properties for their children; even this house we live in is a rented apartment. Sorry, I can’t emulate you; just go, let’s chart our own course.”

Few moments later, their father gave up the spirit.

Three years later, Sara went for an interview in a multinational company. At the interview, the Chairman of the committee asked, “Which Smith are you?”

Sara replied, “I am Sara Smith. My Dad Tom Smith is now late.”

Chairman cuts in, “O my God! You are Tom Smith’s daughter?!”

He turned to the other members and said, “This Smith man was the one that signed my membership form into the Institute of Administrators and his recommendation earned me where I am today. He did all these free. I didn’t even know his address, he never knew me. He just did it for me.”

He turned to Sara, “I have no questions for you. Consider yourself as having gotten this job. Come tomorrow, your letter will be waiting for you.”

Sara Smith became the Corporate Affairs Manager of the company with two cars, official accommodation and a hefty salary, excluding allowances and other costs.

After two years of working in the company, the MD of the company came from America to announce his intention to resign and needed a replacement. A person with high integrity was sought after, again the company’s consultant nominated Sara Smith.

During the interview, she was asked the secret of her success. With tears, she replied, “My Daddy paved these ways for me. It was after he died that I knew that he was financially poor, but very rich in integrity, discipline and honesty.”

When asked why she was weeping since she was no longer a kid as to miss her dad still after a long time. She replied, “At the point of death, I insulted my dad for being a man of integrity. I hope he will forgive me in his grave now. I didn’t work for all these, he did it for me to just walk in.”

Finally, she was asked, “Will you follow your father’s footsteps as he requested?”

And her simple answer was, “I now adore the man; I have a big picture of him in my living room and at the entrance of my house. After God, he deserves credit for whatever I have.”

Are you like Tom Smith? It pays to build a name. The reward doesn’t come quickly, but it will come, however long it may take and it lasts longer.

Integrity, discipline, self-control and the fear of God will make a man wealthy, not a fat bank account.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. – Proverbs 22:4

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Why I Decided Never to Lie Again

Why I Decided Never to Lie Again

Why I Decided Never to Lie Again

This narration is credited to Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

When I was sixteen years old, we lived in South Africa about eighteen miles outside the city.

One Saturday, my father had to go to town to attend a conference and he didn’t feel like driving so he asked me if I would drive him into town and bring him back in the evening. My parents also gave me many small chores to do in town, like getting the car serviced and the oil changed.

When I left my father at the conference venue, he said, “At five o’clock in the evening, come here and pick me up, and we’ll go home together.”

I said, “Fine.”

I rushed off, did all my chores as quickly as possible, left the car in the garage and went straight to the nearest movie theatre. I got so engrossed in a double feature that I didn’t realize the passage of time. The movie ended at 5:30, I came out and ran to the garage and rushed to where my dad was waiting for me. It was almost six o’clock when I reached there and he was wondering what had happened to me.

The first question he asked me was, “Why are you late?”

Instead of telling him the truth, I lied to him, and I said, “The car wasn’t ready; I had to wait for the car,” Not realizing that he had already called the garage.

When he caught me in the lie, he said, “There’s something wrong in the way I brought you up that didn’t give you the confidence to tell me the truth, that made you feel you had to lie to me. I’ve got to find out where I went wrong with you, and to do that I’m going to walk home.”

There was absolutely nothing I could do to make him change his mind, and I couldn’t leave him and go away. For five and a half hours I crawled along in the car behind Father, watching him go through all this pain and agony for a stupid lie.

I decided then and there that I was never going to lie again.

It’s almost 50 years since the event, and every time I think about it I still get goosebumps. That is the power of non-violent action. It’s a lasting thing. It’s a change we bring through love, not fear.

Anything that is brought by fear doesn’t last. But anything that is done by love lasts forever. – Arun Gandhi

Meditation: Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds. – Colossians 3:9

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10 Lessons from the Hen

10 Lessons from the Hen

10 Lessons from the Hen

1. She first laid enough eggs before sitting on them – Good Planning.

2. When she starts sitting on the eggs, she minimizes her movements – Discipline

3. She loses weight while sitting on the eggs by feeding less – Sacrifice and Self-Denial.

4. She can even sit on the eggs for another hen – Indiscimination and Generosity.

5. She sits on her eggs for 21 days, patiently waiting’ even if they do not hatch, she lays eggs again – Faith, Hope and Non-Discouragement.

6. Whenever she detects unfertilized eggs, she rolls them out – Sensitive and Discernment.

7. She abandons the rotten and unfertilized eggs and starts caring for the hatched, even if it is just one – Wisdom, Consciousness and Being Realistic.

8. No one touches her chicks. Otherwise, there will be a fight – Protection and love.

9. She usually gathers her chicks together – Sense of Unity and Purpose.

10. She never abandons her chicks before maturity – Mentorship.

Great lessons to learn in life. Never give up, keep pushing, then always come with a smile.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. – Acts 14:17

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The ABC of Fatherhood

The ABC of Fatherhood

The ABC of Fatherhood

A – Always trust them to God’s care

B – Bring them to church

C – Challenge them to high goals

D – Delight in their achievements

E – Exalt the LORD in their presence

F – Frown on evil

G – Give them love

H – Hear their problems

I – Ignore not their childish fears

J – Joyfully accept their apologies

K – Keep their confidence

L – Live a good example before them

M – Make them your friends

N – Never ignore their endless questions

O – Open your home to their visits

P – Pray for them by name

Q – Quicken your interest in their spirituality

R – Remember their needs

S – Show them the way of salvation

T – Teach them to work

U – Understand they are still young

V – Verify your statements

W – Wean them from bad company

X – eXpect them to obey

Y – Yearn for God’s best for them

Z – Zealously guide them in biblical truth

— Author Unknown

Meditation: May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us. – 1 Kings 8:57

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Uncommon Courtesy

Uncommon Courtesy

Uncommon Courtesy (Adapted)

I ran into a stranger, as he passed by.

“Oh, excuse me please,” was my reply.

He said, “Oh, please, excuse me too;

I wasn’t even watching; I didn’t see you.”

We were very polite, this stranger and I.

We went on our way, and we said goodbye.

But at home, a different, story is told,

How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, near the evening meal,

My son stood beside me, very still.

When I turned, I nearly knocked him down.

“Move out of the way,” I said with a frown.

He walked away, his little heartbroken.

I didn’t realize how, harshly I’d spoken.

Later that night, while I lay awake in bed,

God’s still small voice, came to me and said,

“When dealing with a stranger, such courtesy you use,

But the children you love, you seem to abuse.

Go into the kitchen, and look on the floor,

You’ll find some rocks, there by the door.

Those are the rocks, he brought for you.

He picked them carefully: some are rough, some smooth.

He stood quietly, not to spoil the surprise,

And you never ever saw, the tears in his eyes.”

By this time…I felt, very, very small

And now my tears, they began to fall.

I walked in his room, and knelt by his bed;

“Wake up, little boy, wake up,” I said.

“Are these the rocks, you found for me?”

He smiled, “I found ’em, out by the tree.

I picked ’em out by myself, That one’s so smooth.

I knew you’d like it.  It’s especially for you.”

I said, “Thank you so much, and I really want to say,

I am very sorry, for how I acted today;

I should not have yelled, at you, that way.”

He said, “That’s okay, Daddy. I love you anyway.”

I said, “Son, I love you too.  Now, why don’t we pray.”

Are you aware that:

-If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.

-But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

-And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family…an unwise investment indeed.

– Author Unknown

Meditation: Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise. – Proverbs 11:29 (NIV)

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