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The Tomato Game

The Tomato Game

The Tomato Game

A teacher asked her students to bring some tomatoes in a plastic bag to school. Each tomato was to be given the name of a person whom that child hates. So, the number of tomatoes would be equal to the number of persons they hate.

On a pre-determined day, all the children brought their tomatoes well addressed. Some had two, some had three and some had five, some even had 20 tomatoes in accordance with the number of people they hated. The teacher then told them they had to carry the tomatoes with them everywhere they go for two weeks. As the days passed the children started to complain about the decay and smell of the tomatoes. The students who had many tomatoes complained it was very heavy to carry and the smell was too much.

After a week, the teacher asked the students “How did you feel this week?” The children complained of the awful smell and heavy weight of the tomatoes, especially those who carried several tomatoes.

The teacher said, “This is very similar to what you carry in your heart when you don’t like some people. Hatred makes the heart unhealthy and you carry that hatred everywhere. If you can’t bear the smell of spoilt tomatoes for a week, imagine the impact of bitterness on your heart as you carry it daily.”

The heart is a beautiful garden that needs regular cleaning of unwanted weeds. Forgive those who have angered you. This makes room for storing good things. Endeavour to get better, not bitter.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. – Mark 11:25

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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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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If a Lizard Can, Why Can’t We?

If a Lizard Can, Why Can’t We?

If a Lizard Can, Why Can’t We?

This real-life story happened in Japan. In order to renovate the house, a Japanese man broke open the wall. Japanese houses normally have a hollow space between the wooden walls. When tearing down the walls, he found that there was a lizard stuck there, because a nail from outside had been hammered into one of its feet.

On seeing this, he felt pity, and at the same time curiosity. When he checked the nail, he discovered it was nailed five years ago, when the house was built!

What could have happened?

The lizard had survived in such a position for five years! In a dark wall partition for five years without moving, it was mind-boggling. Then he wondered how this lizard had survived for five years without moving a single inch since its foot was impaled! So he stopped his work and observed the lizard, to see what it had been doing, and how it was feeding.

Later, not knowing from where it came from, there appeared another lizard with food in its mouth.

He was stunned and touched deeply.

For the lizard that was impaled by the nail, another lizard had been feeding it for the past five years. And it had been doing that untiringly for five long years, without giving up hope on its partner. Imagine what that small creature did, that creatures blessed with intellect cannot do.

Many Christians have abandoned their homes and their loved ones because of financial reasons and inability to see into the future. That Lizard had hopes that one day help would come and its friend shall be delivered. It took five years of waiting for help to arrive. Help came because Hope can never be put to shame.

Never abandon your first love and loved ones. Don’t turn your back on people because they are in difficulty. Don’t see yourself as more intelligent or the best. You may be luckier today, but life is uncertain and things can change tomorrow.

A moment of negligence might break the very heart which loved you against all odds. God created space within our fingers so that we can hold hands. Be there for somebody today.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. – John 13:34

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Life Lessons from the Electric Eel

Life Lessons from the Electric Eel

Life Lessons from the Electric Eel

Yesterday, as I watched the National Geographic Channel, I came to learn of the fish called The Electric Eel. For the first time, I learnt the actual name is Electrophorus electricus.

The fish is commonly found in the Amazon and generally in freshwaters. In the narration of the documentary, Electric Eels are mostly blind, although they are not born blind. To me, they are such beautiful creatures and I was wondering how come they are blind? I then read about them and came to understand that these animals have three pairs of abdominal organs that produce electricity as a form of defensive mechanism against predators. Whenever the animal is under attack, it activates an electric field of up to 860 Volts (that is nearly 4 times the 220V electricity supplied to our homes) to electrocute its attacker.

The Eel also requires rising to the surface of the water every 10 minutes in order to take in Oxygen before going back under the water. Due to this routine, the fish has developed a mindset that it is vulnerable to attack due to constant coming up to breathe; hence, it is always in a ‘suspicion mode’ – It is always and constantly electrocuting its environment even when it is not under attack. The sad effect is that in the course of continuously electrocuting its environment, its eyes are also electrocuted; hence, its blindness!

But then, as I watched this animal swimming around blind and only using its sense of feel and ears, and being unable to see, it becomes more suspicious and every movement it feels in the waters, it releases further electric shock, thus worsening its own plight. The animal thus goes into a cyclic paranoia and self-infliction of pain that causes it to be further blind beyond remedy.

You see, such is the situation in some people’s life. They suspect everybody and everything! They always have a mindset that ‘someone is undoing me’, ‘something evil is going to happen to me’, ‘someone is planning to harm me’, etc. By having this kind of mental picture, such people release shock waves that electrocute whoever comes near them. Friends, who mean well, are branded enemies; parents are considered evil; siblings are suspected of hatching evil plots; colleagues at work are branded enemies, etc.

When people go into such self-destructive mode, all they think about is themselves and not the feelings of others. The desire to protect oneself ends up in hurting others. Let us all strive to cultivate a positive attitude of love and treat each other in a brotherly manner.

Think and reflect on these things.

by Kwasi Agyenim Boateng

Meditation: Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. – Romans 13:10

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Laissez-Faire

Laissez-Faire

Laissez-Faire

A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. What food might it contain? He was aghast to discover that it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house, a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Excuse me, Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mousetrap in the house, a mousetrap in the house!”

“I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse,” sympathized the pig, “but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow. She said, “Like wow, Mr. Mouse. A mousetrap. Like I am in grave danger. Duh…NOT!”

So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital. She returned home with a fever. Now fever is treated with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. His wife’s sickness continued such that friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer’s wife did not get well and a few days later she passed away. So many people came for her funeral, that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat for all of them to eat. So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it does not concern you, remember that when there is a mousetrap in the house, the whole farmyard is at risk.

— Author Unknown

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

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We are Nothing Without Each Other

We are Nothing Without Each Other

We are Nothing Without Each Other

A bus full of passengers was traveling when suddenly the weather changed and there was a heavy downpour and dangerous lightning. The passengers could see the lightning would appear to come towards the bus and then go elsewhere.

After two or three such horrible instances of being saved from the lightning, the driver stopped the bus about fifty feet away from a tree and said‎, “There is somebody in the bus whose death is a certainty today. Because of this person everybody else may also get killed in the process. Now listen carefully, I want each person to come out of bus one by one and touch the tree trunk and come back. Whosoever is destined to die will get caught up by the lightning and die, and everybody else will be saved‎.”

The passengers had to force the first person to go and touch the tree. He reluctantly got down from the bus and went to touch the tree. His heart leaped with joy when nothing happened to him and he was still alive.

This continued with the rest of the passengers who were all relieved when they touched the tree and returned safely. When it was the turn of the last passenger, everybody looked at him with accusing eyes. The passenger was very afraid and reluctant to go down since he was the only one left to touch the tree. The other passengers had to force him down to go touch the tree.

With fear of death in mind, this last passenger walked to the tree and touched it. As he got there, there was a peal of heavy thunder and a bolt of great lightning struck the bus and killed everyone inside. It was because of this last passenger that the entire people in the bus had been spared all along. He only needed to exit for calamity to fall.

At times, we try to take credit for our achievements, but the good fortune we enjoy could be because of someone close to us, probably our parents, spouse, children, siblings, friends, colleagues, mentors, teams, partners, etc.

  ”Alone I can ‘Say’ but

    together we can ‘talk’.

    ‘Alone I can ‘Enjoy’ but

     together we can ‘Celebrate’.

    ‘Alone I can ‘Smile’ but

    together we can ‘Laugh’.

That’s the beauty of human relations.

— Author Unknown

Meditation: By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. – Proverbs 11:11

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