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Friday, June 26, 2015

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody

This is a little story about 4 people named EverybodySomebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

-----Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done...


Got it?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Daddy, can I ask you a question?




SON: "Daddy, may I ask you a
question?"
DAD: "Yeah sure, what is it?"
SON: "Daddy, how much do you make
an hour?"
DAD: "That's none of your business.
Why do you ask such a thing?"
SON: "I just want to know. Please tell
me, how much do you make an hour?"
DAD: "If you must know, I make $100
an hour."

SON: "Oh! (With his head down).
SON: "Daddy, may I please borrow
$50?"
The father was furious.

DAD: "If the only reason you asked that
is so you can borrow some money to
buy a silly toy or some other nonsense,
then you march yourself straight to
your room and go to bed. Think about
why you are being so selfish. I work
hard everyday for such this childish
behavior."

The little boy quietly went to his room
and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get
even angrier about the little boy's
questions. How dare he ask such
questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man
had calmed down, and started to think:
Maybe there was something he really
needed to buy with that $ 50 and he
really didn't ask for money very often.
The man went to the door of the little
boy's room and opened the door.

DAD: "Are you asleep, son?"
SON: "No daddy, I'm awake".

DAD: "I've been thinking, maybe I was
too hard on you earlier. It's been a
long day and I took out my aggravation
on you. Here's the $50 you asked for."
The little boy sat straight up, smiling.
SON: "Oh, thank you daddy!"
Then, reaching under his pillow he
pulled out some crumpled up bills. The
man saw that the boy already had
money, started to get angry again. The
little boy slowly counted out his
money, and then looked up at his
father.

DAD: "Why do you want more money if
you already have some?"
SON: "Because I didn't have enough,
but now I do.

"Daddy, I have $100 now. Can I buy an
hour of your time? Please come home
early tomorrow. I would like to have
dinner with you."

The father was crushed. He put his
arms around his little son, and he
begged for his forgiveness. It's just a
short reminder to all of you working so
hard in life. We should not let time slip
through our fingers without having
spent some time with those who really
matter to us, those close to our hearts.

Do remember to share that $100 worth
of your time with someone you love? If
we die tomorrow, the company that
we are working for could easily replace
us in a matter of days. But the family
and friends we leave 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.

Some things are more important.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

How much does this glass of water weigh?

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!


Author unknown. 


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Do you know the secret to loving an UGLY DOG?

Ugly dogs.

I know, no dog is ugly, but the ones below defy all odds. 



Tongues sticking out, crazy eyes, and super hips.  It's a little hard to look at if you ask me. 


Here is something to think about. Each one of these dogs is loved dearly by their owners. Why? In spite of their awkward appearance, they have won over hearts. I've heard it said that "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself."  
Is there anything quite like a dog?

As a pup they latch on to you with such single handed devotion and unlike humans, their love never fades, it only continues to grow. I do not think it's a coincidence that they have the name "dog," as it is GOD spelled backwards. Such pure, undivided love. It can be found in no other species on a regular basis other than the dog.  

Do you have a dog that has touched your life?
Here is mine! Charlie Brown.
He is my best friend and has stretched out my heart for what seems like miles. 


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Walking the tight rope -with Jesus.


On September 15th, 1860, the great French acrobat Charles Blondin stood on a 3-inch thick tightrope stretched across the massive Niagra Falls gorge. Blondin had recently made history as the first person to cross the falls on a tightrope, and on this day, he inched across again, hovering precariously above the swirling, violent waters below.

As Blondin made his way safely across the gorge, the tense bewilderment of the crowd turned to a deafening roar of cheers. Then, Blondin spoke.

“Do you believe I can cross the falls again?” he asked.

The crowd cheered back, “Yes!”

Blondin responded, “Do you believe I could cross the falls carrying a man on my back?”

The crowd had seen Blondin perform many dangerous tightrope stunts. They knew he could carry a man on his back, and they roared back in reply, “Yes!”

Then Blondin asked, “Who will volunteer?” The crowd was silent.

Blondin pointed to an onlooker nearby and asked, “Will you trust me?”

“Hardly! I can’t risk my life like that!” the man replied.

Then, Blondin turned to his manager, Harry Colcord. “Harry, do you believe I can carry you across?” he asked.

“Yes, Charles, I know you can,” Harry replied.

“Then will you trust me to do it?” Charles asked.

Harry replied, “I will.”

Harry Colcord stepped onto the platform with Blondin and hopped onto his back. Blondin, with his balancing pole in hand, slowly began to carry his friend across the Falls. Though a few of the guy ropes snapped as they crossed, they both made it safely to the other side, and Charles Blondin cemented his place as the greatest tightrope walker in history.

Is Belief Enough?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16

This is Christianity 101–the requirement for eternal life. But in light of the story of Charles Blondin, it begs the question about the meaning of the word “believe.”

The most ardent supporter in the crowd that day likely believed deeply that Blondin could cross Niagra carrying a man. Yet, when Blondin asked for a volunteer, belief was no longer sufficient. For someone to put their life in Blondin’s hands and become one with him on the rope, it required something more than belief.

It required pisteuo.

It Takes Trust

The Greek word for “believe” used in John 3:16 is pisteuo. While “believe” is the best English word we have for pisteuo, in Greek, the word evokes a deeply held form of belief that implies acting on the belief. We might also call it “trust.”

While Harry Colcord believed in Charles Blondin, he took it further. He acted on his belief with trust when he climbed onto Blondin’s back. The entire crowd believed in Blondin, but only Harry trusted in him. Trust was the difference! Trust is belief set in motion by faith.

So What About You?

God doesn’t call us to just believe from the sidelines. He requires that we step out in faith from the crowd. He’s asking, “Will you trust me?”

So what does trust look like for you? Are you unsure if you are a Christian? Maybe you are like many in the crowd that day: you believe in Jesus with your mind, but you know that if He pointed at you to ask if you’d trust him to carry you, you’d recoil and say “Hardly! I can’t risk my life like that!” Maybe it’s time for you to trust Him and climb on.

Maybe you are a Christian who knows God’s promises, but He’s asking you to do something crazy: to leave your good-paying corporate job to be a stay at home mom, to sell your house and move your family to the mission field, or to trust Him by tithing 10% or more. Maybe it’s time for you to climb on, too.

Whatever your situation is, the answer is simple–trust Him. He has proven he is trustworthy. He has shown you that. He is calling you to step out on faith–to become one with Him as He carries you across the perilous gulf. His hand is outstretched.

Will you trust Him?