Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
"The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity."- Benjamin Franklin
"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving."- Dale Carnegie
"People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be."- Abraham Lincoln
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Better keep yourself bright and clean. You are the window through which you must see the world."- George Bernard Shaw
"Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do."- Gerry Sikorski
"Be the change you wish to see in the world"- Ghandi
"Better to live one year as a tiger than one hundred as a sheep." - Madonna
"The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the man you want to be. Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others."- Wilfred Peterson
"Love all, trust few. Do wrong to no one." - William Shakespeare
"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."- Aesop
"The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood."- Ralph Nichols
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."- Mark Twain
"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."- Aldous Huxley
"Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much."- Blaise Pascal
"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."- Thomas Edison
"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up."- Vince Lombardi
"The quality of an individual is reflected in the standards they set for themselves."- Ray Kroc
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step."- Confucius
"You can't hold a man down without staying down with him."- Booker T. Washington
"Was she so loved because her eyes were so beautiful, or were her eyes so beautiful because she was loved?" - Anzia Yezierska
"Nothing is black or white."- Nelson Mandela
“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” —Indian (Cherokee) Proverb
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Three men were stranded on a desert island. A genie appeared and promised to grant each of them just one wish. So the first guy says, “I want to go back to my job with the brokerage firm.” Shazam, he’s back in the office behind his desk. The second guy says, “I’d like to be back in Chicago with my family.” Instantly, he’s zapped back to the Midwest. So the genie turns to the last guy and says, “What’ll it be for you?” He looks around and says, “It’s so lonely here. I wish my friends were back.”
Actually, the pain of loneliness is no laughing matter. And, sad to say, there is no magic-genie cure for the loneliness so many of us struggle with. After God created Adam, He said that it is not good for man to be alone and created Eve for companionship and mutual encouragement. So, it’s no wonder that we hurt when we are disconnected from others who could be a source of satisfaction and joy.
Yet, in one sense, even the loneliest among us is not truly alone. In fact, Jesus not only assures us of His presence but can empathize with the agony of our loneliness. He was brutally cast off by His own people, the object of criticism and scorn, abandoned by His best friends in His hour of need, and betrayed by a trusted colleague. Still, in the midst of this loneliness He was not truly alone. John 8:29 records Christ’s strong confidence in the midst of His standing alone when He says, “The one who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone.” And even though He realized His teaching was rejected by men, He said, “If I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent Me” (v.16).
The only true loneliness is the aloneness of being disconnected from God. When we live disconnected from Him, we scramble to fill the void with food, sex, alcohol, shopping, drugs, or meaningless activity. Many of us will do anything to medicate the emptiness we feel without God. In its advanced stages, this aloneness from God fogs our outlook with a cloud of cynicism until our only response to life is “Who cares?” or “Whatever.”
The only real way out is to cling to Jesus, the one who will never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and the one who promises to give us life, in fact life more abundantly (John 10:10).
Maybe we know this, but we’ve been afraid to put all our eggs in the basket of all Jesus has to offer. Maybe our fear is reflected in the words of the poet who wrote, “lest having Him I would have nothing else beside.”
But Christ will never let us down. Jesus is certainly no magic genie. He does not exist in a foggy vision only to vanish in a puff of smoke. In fact, it’s just the opposite—we have the assurance that He is constantly with us. Jesus said, in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Because of this promise, we can trust that God will never leave us stranded alone on the desert island of life without Him, but will satisfy us with His presence and peace.
Psalm 139:7-10 (New International Version)
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, [a] you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
Isaiah 49:13-16 (New International Version)
13 Shout for joy, O heavens;
rejoice, O earth;
burst into song, O mountains!
For the LORD comforts his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
14 But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me,
the Lord has forgotten me."
15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.
35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
• We do not define Him; He defines us (Romans 1:21-23).
• He is completely sovereign; any lesser view is manmade (Isaiah 45:9).
We mistake defiance for devotion, arguing with God instead of surrendering. We refuse to look at the evidence that clearly indicates where we are wrong. Have I been asking God to give me money for something I want, while refusing to pay someone what I owe him? Have I been asking God for liberty while I am withholding it from someone who belongs to me? Have I refused to forgive someone, and have I been unkind to that person? Have I been living as God’s child among my relatives and friends? (see Matthew 7:12 ).
I am a child of God only by being born again, and as His child I am good only as I "walk in the light" ( 1 John 1:7 ). For most of us, prayer simply becomes some trivial religious expression, a matter of mystical and emotional fellowship with God. We are all good at producing spiritual fog that blinds our sight. But if we will search out and examine the evidence, we will see very clearly what is wrong— a friendship, an unpaid debt, or an improper attitude. There is no use praying unless we are living as children of God. Then Jesus says, regarding His children, "Everyone who asks receives . . ." ( Matthew 7:8 ).
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
"May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out..."
"True love isn't a feeling... It's choosing to sacrifice yourself and love someone even when they reject and rebel against you."