Good Character

Good Character

Good Character

A wise old man was sitting at the river bank when he saw a cat that had fallen into the water, flailing around, trying to save itself from drowning.

The man decided to save the cat. He stretched his hand out but was scratched by the cat. He pulled his hand back in pain.

However, a minute later he stretched his hand out again to save the cat, but it scratched him again, and again he pulled his hand back in pain.

Another minute later he was yet again trying for the third time!

A man, who was nearby watching what was happening, yelled out: “O wise man, you have not learned your lesson the first time, nor the second time, and now you are trying to save the cat a third time?”

The wise man paid no heed to that man’s scolding and kept on trying until he managed to save the cat.

He then walked over to the man and patted his shoulder saying: “My son, it is in the cat’s nature to scratch, and it is in my nature to love and have sympathy. Why do you want me to let the cat’s nature overcome mine?

My son: Treat people according to your nature, not according to theirs, no matter what they are like and no matter how numerous are their actions that harm you and cause you hurt sometimes.

And do not pay heed to all the voices that loudly call out to you to leave behind your good qualities merely because the other party is not deserving of your noble actions.

When you live to give happiness to others, God will send you those who will live to give happiness to you.

“Is the reward for good anything but good?”

Be beautiful in character and hearts will love you.

So never regret the moments you gave happiness to someone, even if that person did not deserve it.

And suffice in the fact that you have a Lord Who will reward you for good with good.

“The entire lesson is (about) good character, so whoever exceeds you in good character, has exceeded you in the reward.”

— Author Unknown

Meditation: But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, – Matthew 5:44

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God, Make Me A Television

God, Make Me A Television

God, Make Me A Television

A Little Child’s Wish

A Primary School teacher asked her pupils to write an essay “what wish do you want from God?”

At the end of the day, the teacher collected all the essays given by her pupils. She took them home, sat and started marking them.

While marking the essays, the teacher saw a strange essay written by one of her pupils. That essay made her very emotional. Her husband came and sat beside her and saw her crying. The husband asked his wife, “What happened?”

She answered “Read this. It is one of my pupils’ essay.”

“Oh God, Make me into a Television. I want to live like the TV in my house.

“In my house, the TV is very valuable. All of my family members sit around it. They are very interested in it.

When the TV is talking, my parents listen to it happily and calmly. They don’t shout at the TV. They don’t quarrel with the TV. They don’t slap the TV. So I want to become a TV.

“The TV is the center of attraction in my house. I want to receive the same special care that the TV receives from my parents. Even when it is not working, the TV has a lot of value.

“When my dad and mom come home, immediately they sit in front of the TV, switch it on and spend hours.

The TV is stealing the time of my dad and my mom. If I become a TV, they will spend their time with me.

“While watching the TV, my parents laugh a lot and they smile many times. But I want my parents to laugh and smile with me. So please make me into a TV.

And last but not the least, If I become a TV, surely I can make my parents happy and entertain them. Lord I don’t ask you anything except this. I just want to live like a TV. Please make me into a TV.”

The husband completed reading the essay. He said, “My God, poor kid. He feels loneliness. He did not receive enough love and care from his parents. His parents are horrible”.

The eyes of the primary school teacher filled with tears. She looked at her husband and said, “Our son wrote this essay”.

Meditation: But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.1 Timothy 5:8

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Every Day You’re Alive is A Special Occasion

Every Day You’re Alive is A Special Occasion

Every Day You’re Alive is A Special Occasion

My brother-in-law opened the bottom drawer of my sister’s bureau and lifted out a tissue-wrapped package. “This,” he said, “is not a slip. This is lingerie.”

He discarded the tissue and handed me the slip. It was exquisite; silk, handmade and trimmed with a cobweb of lace. The price tag with an astronomical figure on it was still attached. “Jan bought this the first time we went to New York, at least 8 or 9 years ago. She never wore it. She was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is the occasion.”

He took the slip from me and put it on the bed with the other clothes we were taking to the mortician. His hands lingered on the soft material for a moment. Then he slammed the drawer shut, turned to me and said, “Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion. Every day you’re alive is a special occasion.”

I remembered those words through the funeral and the days that followed when I helped him and my niece attend to all the sad chores that follow an unexpected death. I thought about them on the plane returning to California from the Midwestern town where my sister’s family lives. I thought about all the things that she hadn’t seen or heard or done. I thought about the things that she had done without realizing that they were special.

I’m still thinking about his words, and they’ve changed my life. I’m reading more and dusting less. I’m sitting on the deck and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I’m spending more time with my family and friends and less time in committee meetings.

Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experience to savor, not endure. I’m trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them. I’m not “saving” anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event, such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, the first camellia blossom. I wear my good blazer to the market if I like it. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries without wincing.

I’m not saving my good perfume for special parties; clerks in hardware stores and tellers in banks have noses that function as well as my party-going friends. “Someday” and “one of these days” are losing their grip on my vocabulary. If it’s worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now.

I’m not sure what my sister would’ve done had she known that she wouldn’t be here for the tomorrow we all take for granted. I think she would have called family members and a few close friends. She might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think she would have gone out for a Chinese dinner, her favorite food. I’m guessing – I’ll never know.

It’s those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew that my hours were limited. Angry because I put off seeing good friends whom I was going to get in touch with – someday. Angry because I hadn’t written certain letters that I intended to write – one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn’t tell my husband often enough how much I truly love them.

I’m trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, I tell myself that it is special. Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God.

By Ann Wells

Meditation: See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.Ephesians 5:15-16

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Lessons in Companionship from A Lizard

Lessons in Companionship from A Lizard

Lessons in Companionship from A Lizard

While renovating his 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. He saw this, felt pity and at the same time curiosity. On checking the nail, it appeared it was nailed five years ago when the house was built.

What happened?

The lizard had survived in such a static position for five years! In a dark wall partition for five years without moving, it is impossible and mind-boggling. 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 has been doing and how it has been feeding.

Not long afterwards, there appeared another lizard, with food in its mouth.

‘Ah!’ 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. The second lizard has been doing that faithfully and untiringly every day for five long years, without giving up hope on its partner. Imagine what a small creature can do.
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This is a lesson in companionship. Never abandon your 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 a bit luckier today but life is uncertain and situations can change tomorrow. A Moment of negligence may break the very heart which loved you against all odds.

Remember, it takes a moment to break, but an entire lifetime to make. God created space within our fingers so that we can hold hands. So be there for somebody today.

Author Unknown

Meditation: Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; – Romans 12:10

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Purpose: Anointed to Influence

Purpose: Anointed to Influence

Purpose: Anointed to Influence

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
– Acts 4:13

One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to model the ideal life to us with the aim of influencing us to live rightly and maximally. He came to help us to see real-life how we can live a godly, holy, righteous and pure life and still be successful. Through personal examples and teachings, He showed us how to operate and conduct ourselves in various circumstances.

He also modelled affection, care, kindness, compassion, boldness, justice, perspective, tact, discipline, work ethics, relationships, how to pray, how and when to speak, personal and social responsibility, among other things, to us. You should make it an obligation to read the gospels of Matthew to John to have firsthand knowledge of Jesus’ way of life. After that, you can proceed to read from the book of Acts to Revelation. This will further entrench your knowledge of the Lord and enhance your relationship with Him.

From the passage above, we see that at whatever level Jesus met you, He is bound to leave you a better person than you were. Peter and John met Him as “uneducated and untrained men,” but He left them a bold and articulate pair. Peter was particularly shifty and garrulous; two attributes that are not becoming of a leader. But, by the time Jesus was done with Him, he was an embodiment of wisdom, calmness, and grace. Paul met Jesus as a learned, but vitriolic young man; but he became enlightened and purposeful, without losing his trademark passion, only having it redirected in the right course. He was learned, but not enlightened; he had zeal, but for the wrong cause. He later wrote: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

Jesus is a game-changer any day. And He didn’t want us to imbibe His spirit alone; He also desires that we are living examples of the finest ideals wherever we are.

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Purpose: Sent to Bless

Purpose: Sent to Bless

To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you…”
– Acts 3:26

This passage introduces another purpose of Jesus Christ to us, He was sent to bless us. In whatever way you look at it, Jesus has been a blessing. During His lifetime, innumerable people had solutions, healing, breakthrough, deliverance, turnaround, restoration, recovery of sight as well as many other positive interventions in their lives by virtue of their encounter with Him.

Even long after He had departed physically from the earth and ascended to heaven, His name continues to bless billions of lives across the ages and His power still ministers to people in various ways. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap; to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory’ (1 Samuel 2:8). Take it or leave it, from the beginning of times till date, no one like Him has ever lived. No one loves humanity more than Him; no one has blessed more people than Him; and no one has intervened in critical situations more than Him.

The mandate to bless is a universal calling. But, of course, there are people around, as there have always been, who take this calling more seriously than others. They have a compulsive desire to bless people and make a difference in their situations. To such people, their day would not complete without having extended a hand of kindness to someone else. The interesting thing about this is that it is the key to greatness. Being enamoured with it offers you more platforms and resources to do more. You don’t deplete by being a blessing to others, you can only increase.

The call to bless is not restricted to the rich alone, and no one is so impoverished that he cannot be a blessing. There is always something to do; a word of prayer, committed intercession, little gifts, sincere compliments, community service, words of encouragement, the list is endless. It is in the doing that increase is assured.

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