Friday, January 29, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/29/2021

 Friday Tale - Life is the Coffee

 A group of graduates, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain-looking, some expensive, and some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

    After all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is but normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress."

    "Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it's just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups...and then began eyeing each other's cups."

    " Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, houses, cars, things, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life, and the type of cup we have does not define nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us. God brews the coffee, not the cups ... enjoy your coffee.
~ Unknown

The LORD bless you from Zion,
and may you see the prosperity
of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
~ Psalm 128:

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/28/2021

 Start where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.
~ Arthur Ashe 

You are my friends if you do
what I command you.
~ John 15:14

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/27/2021

 Great opportunities to help others
seldom com, BUT small ones
surround us every day.
~ Sally Koch 

We have not ceased to pray for you
so that you will walk in a manner
worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all
respects, bearing fruit in every good
work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
~ Colossians 1:10

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/26/2021

 Small opportunities are often the
beginning of great enterprises.
~ Demostheses 

He will bless those who fear the LORD,
the small together with the great.
~ Psalm 115:13

Monday, January 25, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/25/2021

 

Sometimes when you're in a dark place
you think you've been buried, BUT
you've actually been planted.
~ Christine Caine

The righteous man will flourish like
the palm tree, he will grow like a
cedar in Lebanon. Planted in the
house of the LORD, they will flourish
in the courts of our God.
~ Psalm 92:12

Friday, January 22, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/22/2021

 Friday Tale - Blame 

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.

 Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

 Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road.

 After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!

 Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

Don’t blame others!

~ Unknown

 Through all this, Job did not sin
nor did he blame God.
~ Job 1:22

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/21/2021

 Direct your attention to
finding a way forward,
rather than on assigning blame.
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie 

May the Lord cause you to increase
and abound in love for one another,
and for all people, so that He may
establish your hearts without blame
in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus.
~ 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/20/2021

 Take your life in your own hands,
and what happens?
A terrible thing - no one to blame.
~ Erica Jong 

This I pray, that your love may abound
still more and more in real knowledge
and discernment, so that you may
approve the things that are excellent,
in order to be sincere and blameless
until the day of Christ.
~ Philippians 1:10

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/19/2021

 When you blame others,
you give up your power
for growth and change.
~ Dr. Robert Anthony 

Some people ruin themselves
by their own stupid actions
and then blame the LORD.
~ Proverbs 19:3 (GNB)

Monday, January 18, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/18/2021

 The best day of your life is the one on
which you decide your life is your own.
No apologies or excuses.
No one to rely on, lean on, or blame.
The gift is yours.
This is the day your life begins.
~ Unknown 

You shall be blameless
before the Lord your God.
~ Deuteronomy 18:13

Friday, January 15, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/15/2021

 Friday Tale - Hut on Fire 

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

 One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, "God! How could you do this to me?" Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him!

 "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.

 The Moral of This Story:

It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground, it just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

 Why not pass this on? You never know whose hut is on fire today.

~ Unknown

 Out of my distress I called on the LORD;
the LORD answered me and set me free.
~ Psalm 118:

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/14/2021

 Keep on going and the chances
are that you will stumble on
something, perhaps when you
are least expecting it. I have
never heard of anyone
stumbling on something
while they were sitting down.
~ Charles F. Kettering 

BUT as for me, I shall sing of Your
strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing
of your loving-kindness in the morning,
for you have been my stronghold and
a refuge in the day of my distress.
~ Psalm 59:16

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/13/2021

 Protect your vision.
Prevail over adversity.
Persevere in the midst of turmoil.
Passionately act upon your convictions.
Purposefully walk into the day.
~ Mary Anne Radmacher 

When you are in distress and all
these things have come upon you,
in the latter days you will return to the
LORD your God and listen to His voice.
For the LORD your God is a
compassionate God; He will not fail you.
~ Deuteronomy 4:30-31

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/12/2021

 Nearly all men can stand
adversity, BUT if you want to
test a man's character,
give him power.
~ Abraham Lincoln 

A hot-tempered man stirs
up strife, BUT the slow
to anger calms a dispute.
~ Proverbs 15:18

Monday, January 11, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/11/2021

 More than anything else,
what keeps a person going
in the midst of adversity is
having a sense of purpose.
~ John C. Maxwell 

Blessed is the man whom You chasten, 
O Lord, and whom You teach, 
that You may grant him relief 
from the days of adversity, for
the Lord 
will not abandon His people.
~ Psalm 94:12-14

Friday, January 08, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/8/2021

 

Friday Tale - Choose a Life that Matters

 * Some day the things we have collected, our wealth, our fame, our power - Will not matter.

* Some day what we owe or what we are owed - Will not matter.

* Some day our wins, our losses, and our to-do lists - Will not matter.

* Our grudges and our resentments our frustrations and our jealousies - Will not matter.

* Whether we are beautiful or brilliant, our gender and our skin color -

Will not matter.

 

**** So what will matter?

* What will matter - Is not what we have, but what we gave.

* What will matter - Is not what we bought, but what we built.

* What will matter - Is not what we learned, but what we taught.

* What will matter - Is not our competence, but our character.

* What will matter - Is not our success, but the success of those we helped.

* What will matter - Is our integrity and our compassion, that encouraged and enabled others to have integrity and to be compassionate.

 

Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.

It's not a matter of circumstance.

It's a matter of choice.

May we choose - each day - to live a Life that Matters.

~ Michael Josephson

 

Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for You.
~ Psalm 25:21

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/7/2021

 Integrity is choosing
your thoughts and actions
based on values, rather
than personal gain.
~ Chris Karcher

 It is better to be poor and

walk in integrity, than to be
stupid and speak lies.
~ Proverbs 19:1

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/6/2021

 It has always seemed to me that
the test of integrity is its blunt
refusal to be compromised.
~ Chinua Achebe 

Better is the poor who walks
in his integrity than he who
is crooked though he be rich.
~ Proverbs 28:6

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/5/2021

 Live so that when your
children think of fairness and
integrity, they think of you.
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 

The integrity of the upright
will guide them, BUT the
crookedness of the treacherous
will destroy them.
~ Proverbs 11:3

Monday, January 04, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/4/2021

 Nobody can acquire honor
by doing what is wrong.
~ Thomas Jefferson 

Honor shall uphold the
humble in spirit.
~ Proverbs 29:23

Friday, January 01, 2021

Thought for the Day 1/1/2021

 Friday Tale - Make Mistakes

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.

You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself.

Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before.

Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year. Don’t QUIT .

~ Neil Gaiman

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith,
act like the brave, be strong.
Let all that you do be done in love.
~ 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Thought for the Day 5/14/2021

  Friday Tale - The High School Loser For Sparky school was all but impossible. He failed every subject in the eighth grade. He flunked ph...