Wisdom is the reward you get
for a lifetime of listening when
you'd have preferred to talk.
~ Doug Larson
Make your ear attentive
incline your heart to understanding.
~ Proverbs 2:2
Patience is a form of wisdom.
It demonstrates that we understand
and accept the fact that sometimes
things must unfold in their own time.
~ Jon Katab Zinn
since you look for
these things, be diligent to be found
by Him in peace, spotless and
blameless and regard the patience
of our Lord as salvation.
~ 2 Peter 3:14-15
Friday Tale - Tending the Garden of our Lives
We live in an age of instant gratification. When we are hungry, we drive in to McDonalds, or heat something in the microwave. When we want to be entertained, we switch on the television.
We also seek instant gratification in other arenas in which its success rate is abysmal. Buying lottery tickets is an example of this irrational striving for instant gratification. Unlike the fast-food window, lottery tickets very rarely pay out. The search for a romantic partner is also susceptible to being swept up in an urge for instant gratification. While some couples do "win the lottery" of instantly finding a great relationship, the odds are very much in favor of those couples who become solid friends with shared values before they become romantically involved.
Instant gratification is not the way of nature, and has not been the path of human advancement.
Preparation, Perseverance, and Patience are the path to success in nature and in our own lives. These "Three Ps" are what allows a gardener (and Nature) to turn a tomato seed into a tomato plant filled with beautiful, tasty, nutritious tomatoes. Prepare the garden at just the right time of year by carefully grooming the soil and removing all the rocks and weeds before planting the seeds. Persevere with the weeding, the watering, and a dash of fertilizer. And then have Patience. Tomatoes, and corn, and watermelons don't grow any faster if you yell at them to grow, or if you tell them how disappointed you are that they aren't growing faster. You can't get them to grow faster by force feeding them extra fertilizer or water. If you try that, you just burn them or drown them. Preparation, Perseverance, and Patience get you vegetables. Anything less - or more - gets you nothing.
Our lives are also a garden, and like a
vegetable garden they require careful tending. Try applying the old fashioned
values of Preparation, Perseverance, and Patience to your
own life. See if you don't get far better results than when you seek instant
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie
BUT the seed in the good soil,
these are the ones who have heard
the word in an honest and good heart,
and hold it fast, and bear fruit
~ Luke 8:15
It is only the farmer who
faithfully plants seeds in the Spring,
who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
~ B. C. Forbes
"Behold, days are coming,"
declares the LORD, "When the
plowman will overtake the
reaper and the treader of grapes
him who sows seed, When the mountains will drip sweet wine....
Also I will restore the captivity of My people Israel...."
~ Amos 9:13-14
A bird does not sing because
it has an answer, it sings
because it has a song.
~ Maya Angelou
BUT let all who take refuge
in You be glad, let them ever
sing for joy, and may You shelter
them, that those who love
Your name may exult in You.
~ Psalm 5:11
If we had no winter, the spring would
not be so pleasant. If we did not
sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
~ Anne Bradstreet
I know O, LORD, that
Your judgments are righteous, and
that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
~ Psalm 119:75
Self pity is our worst enemy,
and if we yield to it,
we can never do anything
wise in this world.
~ Helen Keller
Saul looked at David
with suspicion from that day on.
Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit
from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in
the midst of the house, while David was playing the
harp, as usual; and a spear was in Saul's hand. Saul
hurled the spear for he thought, "I will pin David to
the wall." BUT David escaped from his presence.
Now Saul was afraid of David, for the LORD was
with him, BUT had departed from Saul.
~ 1 Samuel 18:9-12
You cannot control what happens to you,
BUT you can control your attitude toward
what happens to you, and in that,
you will be mastering change rather
than it allowing it to master you.
~ Brian Tracy
I press on toward the goal for the
prize of the upward call of God in
Christ Jesus. Let us therefore,
as many as are mature, have this attitude.
~ Philippians 3:14-15
The person who says it
cannot be done should not
interrupt the person who is doing it.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action,
keep a clear head, and set your hope
completely on the grace to be given
you when Jesus, the Messiah, is revealed.
~ 1Peter 1:13
Friday Tale - Mousetrap
No such thing as spare time.
No such thing as free time.
No such thing as down time.
All you got is LIFE time.
~ Henry Rollins
Therefore, be careful how you
walk, not as unwise men, BUT
as wise, making the most of
your time, because the days are evil.
~ Ephesians 5:15-16
Our Lord has written
the promise of the
resurrection, not in books
alone, but in every
leaf in spring time.
~ Martin Luther
We also believe, therefore
we also speak,
knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus and
will present us with you.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:13-14
Friday Tale - Saturday Marbles
The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable. One Saturday I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning conversation. I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. He was telling whoever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles."
I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say. "Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well, but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital."
He continued, "Let me tell you something, Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."
"You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.
"Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now stick with me Tom, I'm getting to the important part. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail", he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy.
"So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round-up 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.
"Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time. It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. 73 Old Man, this is K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"
You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast."
"What brought this on?" she asked with a smile.
"Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles."
So teach us to number our days,
that we may present to You
a heart of wisdom.
~ Psalm 90:12
Love and kindness are never wasted.
They always make a difference.
They bless the one who receives them,
and they bless you, the giver.
~ Barbara de Angelis
Each one must do just as he has
purposed in his heart, not
grudgingly or under compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
~ 2 Corinthians 9:7
Life is a quarry, out of which
we are to mold and chisel
and complete a character.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
And not only this, BUT we also exult in
our tribulations, knowing that tribulation
brings about perseverance; and
perseverance, proven character,
and proven character - hope.
~ Romans 5:3-4
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