MORE THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM LIFE

OCTOBER 12

I’ve learned….       never to humiliate another person. Always give him an honorable way to back down or out of something and still save face.

I’ve learned….       that the Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?

I’ve learned….       that if you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today.

I’ve learned….       that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned….       that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned….       that you view other people’s children in a whole different light when you have some of your own.

I’ve learned….       that the older I get, the smarter my parents become.

I’ve learned….       that when your wife simply answers, “nothing” when you ask her what’s wrong, you’re in deep trouble.

I’ve learned….       that love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned….       that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned….       that I always think of the right thing to say when it’s too late.

I’ve learned….       that the fire of a past love will always burn with a small flame.

I’ve learned….       that even at the age of forty-nine, you can still feel like a twelve

 year old child when your mother is talking to you.

I’ve learned….       that no matter what their ages or how far away they may be, you never stop wanting to keep a protective arm around your children.

I’ve learned….       to gather all the crumbs thrown my way.  They soon form a lovely, thick slice of life and memories.

I’ve learned….       that when you want a garment to shrink, it won’t, and when you don’t, it will come out of the dryer and fit your cat!

I’ve learned….       that the kind of adults my children are now is directly related to the kind of children I continually told them they were.

I’ve learned….       that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I’ve learned….       that there’s nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.

Author Unknown

 

Great Eyesight

An old man was a witness in a burglary case. The defense lawyer asks Sam, “Did

you see my client commit this burglary?” “Yes,” said Sam, “I saw him plainly take the goods.” The lawyer asks Sam again, “Sam, this happened at night. Are you sure you saw my client commit this crime?” “Yes” says Sam, “I saw him do it.” Then the lawyer asks Sam, “Sam listen, you are 80 years old and your eye sight probably is bad. Just how far can you see at night?” He quickly replied, “I can see the moon, how far is that?”

 

Light House Keepers Wanted

I live in Texas. I have two friends that are sisters. One day, they approached me and asked where the lighthouses were. When I tried to probe a little bit, I was told,  “Yeah, they’re good paying jobs and have lots of ads in the paper, but we don’t know where the lighthouses are to apply.”

I told them, “There are no lighthouses in Texas. Let me see that newspaper.”

Sure enough, there were ads for . . . “Light Housekeeping needed. Apply in person.”

 



THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM LIFE

OCTOBER 8 

I’ve learned….       that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned….       that when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned….       that just one person saying to me,”You’ve made my day!” makes my day.

I’ve learned….      that I feel better about myself when I make others feel better about themselves.

I’ve learned….       that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned….      that what we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.

I’ve learned….       that one sincere apology is worth more than all the roses money can buy.

I’ve learned….      that words harshly spoken are as difficult to retrieve as feathers in a gale.

I’ve learned….       that being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned….       that you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned….       that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned….       that no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned….       that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I’ve learned….       that simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned….       that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned….       that we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned….       that money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned….       that it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve learned….       that once a relationship is over, if you experienced more smiles than tears, then it wasn’t a waste of time.

I’ve learned….       that under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

 

 

 

 

Our seven-year-old daughter was thrilled when we took her to Disney World for the first time and headed straight for Space Mountain.  I worried that the roller coaster would be too scary for her, but she insisted. To her delight, we rode it twice.

The next year we returned to the Magic Kingdom, and my daughter, now eight, again dragged me to Space Mountain. As we stood in line, though, I could see her soberly studying the signs that warn about the ride’s speed.  “Dad,” she said, “I don’t think I want to go.” I asked her why she would be nervous when she had enjoyed herself last time.  She replied, “This year, I can read.”:

 

One day a boy and his father were at the dining room table working on the boy’s Social Studies homework, the chapter about government. The boy turns to his father and asks,

“Dad, how many people work in the U.S. government?”

The father replies without hesitating, “Oh, about half of them.”

 

Watch Your Step!

While driving in Pennsylvania, a family caught up to an Amish carriage.

The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign…

“Energy efficient vehicle.  Runs on oats and grass. “Caution: Do not step on exhaust.



HOLDING HORSES

OCTOBER 7

          “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?  Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace him with your heart?  Did he get inside you?”  Acts 19:2  The Message Bible.

          When we are born into the kingdom of God, we welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives.  When He comes in, He makes the changes necessary to make us true members of that kingdom.  One of the most important aspects of that relationship is our willingness to allow Him to make those changes.  Our resistance to those changes impede our progress and spiritual growth.

A classic example of resistance to change concerns the British arm’s use of a certain piece of artillery during the early days of World War II. The army was hard up for guns and a piece of formerly horse-drawn artillery was being used for coastal defense. It was a terribly slow-firing piece of equipment, and a time study consultant was hired to determine how the firing rate could be improved. After taking slow-motion pictures, the time-study man and his crew noticed something peculiar. Before firing the weapon, two members of the artillery crew stood perfectly still and came to attention for three seconds and held that position until the gun was fired. No one could understand why the men were supposed to stand at attention, until a very elderly colonel was consulted. At first, he was puzzled, but then he exclaimed, “I have it! They are holding the horses.

What is it that we are holding on to from the past that is hindering our spiritual growth?  Like the horses, it may have been even the thing that had carried us up to that point.  But is it worth holding on to those outdated limitations?  Now that the Holy Spirit resides within you, let Him make whatever changes that He deems worthwhile.  If we do not let Him do that, we have not let Him really “get inside” us.

Pastor Don

 

The teacher was meeting her students coming into the classroom.  As one young boy came to the door, the teacher greeted him by saying, “Good morning, William. What did you have for breakfast this morning?” “I et two eggs, Miss Law.” “Don’t you mean ate, William?” “Well now, Miss Law, you ain’t never done learned me to count none too good, maybe it was eight that I et.”

 

Don’t be discouraged if your children reject your advice. Years later they will offer it to their own offspring.

 

A pastor, known for his lengthy sermons, noticed a man get up and leave during the middle of his message. The man returned just before the conclusion of the service. Afterwards the pastor asked the man where he had gone.

 “I went to get a haircut,” was the reply.

  “But,” said the pastor, “why didn’t you do that before the service?”

  “Because,” the gentleman said, “I didn’t need one then.”



LIFE AXIOMS

OCTOBER 6

          “The most important moment in your life is right now.  Don’t let hesitation and procrastination keep you from your destiny.  Procrastination is the symptom, fear is the problem.  When you delay your duties, you delight the devil.”

          “Be jealous of your time, it is your greatest treasure.  Ideas have a short shelf life — that’s why we must act before the expiration date.  Procrastination is the ability to keep up with yesterday. ‘Even if you’re on the right track – you’ll get run over if you just sit there.’ Says Arthur Godfrey.   Putting off a simple thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard thing makes it impossible.”

          “Obedience is God’s method of provision for your life.  ‘If ye are willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.’ (Isaiah 1:19)  Obedience brings blessings.  Delayed obedience is disobedience.  Obedience means at once.  Discouragement always follow a decision to delay action.”

          “Today is the day to start.  It’s always too soon to stop.  Many times we’re not to understand, just obey.  The quickest way to get out of the hole is to obey God.  There is a reason why God revealed the idea to you today.  ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’ (Acts 5:29).  Choosing to obey men is what keeps us from being instant to obey God.  Be instant to obey, taking action without delay.  What most folks need is an alarm clock that will ring when it’s time for them to rise to the occasion.”

          “Why don’t we jump at opportunities as quickly as we jump to conclusions?  Procrastination is the grave in which we opportunity is buried.  Anybody who brags about what he’s going to do tomorrow probably did the same thing yesterday.  Few things are more dangerous to a person’s character than having nothing to do and plenty of time in which to do it.  Killing time is not murder, it’s suicide.  Two things rob people of their peace of mind: work unfinished and work not yet begun.”

          “Kill Procrastination, Not time.”

          -John L. Mason, You’re Born an Original: Don’t Die a Copy…..

 

 

Two ladies were hanging out together and one was depressed. “What’s wrong?” The depressed one replied, “I’ve been married four times and every one of my husbands has passed away.”

The other lady asked, “What did they used to do?” 

The depressed lady replied, “Well, my first husband was a millionaire, the second was a magician, the third was an evangelist, and the fourth was a mortician.”

And the other said, “Oh, I see, one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.”

 

“I hope you didn’t take it personally, Reverend,” an embarrassed woman said after a church service, “when my husband walked out during your sermon.”

“I did find it rather disconcerting,” the preacher replied.

“It’s not a reflection on you, sir,” insisted the church goer.

“Ralph has been walking in his sleep ever since he was a child.”



MORE THAN ENOUGH

OCTOBER 5

“Why is everyone hungry for more?… I have God’s more-than-enough, More joy in one ordinary day… At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep, For you, God have put my life back together.” Psalm 4:6-8 The Message Bible

John Quincy Adams put it this way:

Man wants but little here below

Nor wants that little long.

`Tis not with me exactly so;

But `tis so in the song.

My wants are many, and, if told

Would muster many a score;

And were each wish a mint of gold,

I still should long for more.

–John Quincy Adams

What a vivid picture of today’s society. There never seems to be enough for anyone. There is an ever-increasing desire for “Just a little bit more”. One step requires a second, and then a third until finally it consumes us. This is true in the “good” things of life just as much as the “evil” things. Our appetites never seem to be quenched.

But the Psalmist reminds us that the God is the El Shaddai. The God who is “More than enough”. In Him we live and move and have our being we are reminded in the New Testament. Whatever state we find ourselves, we are content in Christ. We can accomplish “all things” through Him.

God is not just a servant, making sure that we always have all that we need. HE IS ALL that we need. His joy is our strength. His Peace is our rest. His Love is our motivation. His Wisdom is the glue that holds our lives together.

          So today, start with Jesus, and you will have more than you’ll be able to enjoy. And at night, you will find the rest that can only be achieved in the Master’s arms.

          Pastor Don

 

An attorney was driving through the country side when his car failed him. He looked under the hood and knocked a few items around with a hammer. In the process he knocked off a gas line and got his arm soaked with gas before getting it back on. Discouraged, he attempted to start his car. Much to his surprise it started and he headed for the nearest town for a permanent repair.

To celebrate his success he lit up a cigarette, at which time his arm exploded into flames. He stuck his arm out the window hoping the wind at 50 miles per hour would put it out. He was promptly pulled over by a local constable and given a ticket for an illegal use of a firearm.

 

An Oldie but still good:

The Tate family

How many members of the Tate family belong to your organization?

There is old man Dic-Tate, who wants to run everything, while Uncle Ro-Tate tries to change everything. Their sister-in-law Agi-Tate stirs up plenty of trouble, with help from her husband, Irri- Tate.

Whenever new projects are suggested, Hesi-Tate and his wife Vege-Tate, want to wait until next year. Then there is Aunt Imi-Tate, who wants your organization to be like all the others. Devas-Tate provides the voice of doom.

And of course, there is the black sheep of the family, Ampu-Tate, who has cut himself off from the mainstream!

But not all the members of the Tate family are bad.

Facili-Tate is quite helpful. And a delightful, happy member of the family is Miss Felici-Tate.

Cousins Cogi-Tate and Medi-Tate are always thinking things over and lend helpful, steady hands.

 

Signs, Signs Everywhere

In the offices of a loan company:        “Ask about our plans for owning your home.”

In a classified ad:   “Tired of cleaning yourself? Let me do it.”

In a New York medical building: “Mental Health Prevention Center”

On a New York convalescent home:     “For the sick and tired of the Episcopal Church.”

Outside a country shop:   “We buy junk and sell antiques.”

In the window of an Oregon store: “Why go elsewhere and be cheated when you can come here?”

In a classified ad: “Vacation special: Have your home exterminated. Get rid of aunts.”

Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail?

A: Rename the mail folder to “instruction manuals”



GOD’S POTENTIAL

OCTOBER 4

          “You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of His Son unto our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!”  Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child?  And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance.”  Galatians 4:6-7  The Message Bible.

          Dr. John A. Howard of Rockfort Institute, shares this interesting information about the responsibility of raising a child in the proper atmosphere:

“At the christening ceremony for one of our children, the clergyman, having taken the baby from my wife, said very quietly to the people in attendance, “What I hold in my arms, good friends, is God’s greatest gift–a new life. This child, at this time, is a wonder of potential. How that potential may develop, for better or for worse, will largely be determined by those assembled here. I charge you to remember that the shaping of this life is in your hands, and I pray that with God’s help, you may cultivate that which is good and kind and wholesome and discourage that which is self-centered and petty and destructive in this life which has been given to your care and nurture.” ”

“For better or for worse,” he said. A simple option, but a momentous one, for the child, and for all those whose lives will be touched by his. That shaping of the young life delineates, in the most basic terms, the importance of the family as an institution in our society, doesn’t it? In a tyranny, where the citizens are accorded no dignity as persons, but are, instead, mere working units of the state, with their activities regulated by commands and threats and fear, it makes little difference to the society how the child is treated in the home. He is molded and programmed by state indoctrination, propaganda and terrorism. In a republic, however, where each person is a free agent, traveling where he will and fulfilling his life according to his own decisions and skills, the achievement of emotional maturity and of a sound and affirmative set of priorities for his life is of critical importance for the society and also for the stability and sense of self-worth of the individual. ”

God sees us in that same way.  He desires to work in us His ultimate good through His plan for us.  Someone said, ” There is only one beautiful child in the world, and every mother has it.”  God says, “All my children are beautiful in my sight.”   He is working on developing you to be His special child.

Pastor Don

 

A little girl was sitting on her daddy’s lap.  She gazed up at her father and said, “Daddy, did anyone ever tell you that you’re the most wonderful and smartest man in the

world?”

Her father, filled with pride said, “Why no, honey, they haven’t.”

“Then where did you get the idea?” She asked.

 

Top 10 Bumper Stickers

10.) I Didn’t Climb to the Top of the Food Chain to Be a Vegetarian

9.) Liberal Arts Major…Will Think For Money

8.) IRS – Be Audit You Can Be

7.) Growing Old is Inevitable; Growing Up is Optional

6.) Coffee, Chocolate, Men…Some Things Are Just Better Rich

5.) Gravity… It’s Not Just a Good Idea. It’s The Law.

4.) If You Want Breakfast In Bed, Sleep In The Kitchen

3.) In America, Anyone Can Be President. That’s The Risk You Take.

2.) First Things First, But Not Necessarily In That Order.

1.) I Just Do What The Voices Inside My Head Tell Me To Do

 



WHO WILL YOU MEET TODAY?

OCTOBER 1

          “You cry out to God for help and He helps — he’s a good Father that way.  But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.  Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God.”  1 Peter 1:7  The Message Bible

          One thing seems to be lacking greatly in our modern world of the information highway.  We teach many things, but fail to teach the most important…. character.  Here is a good example of what character should be:

I was interested to read a beautiful love story recently–a true story. It was about a Lt. John Blanchard, a young soldier in basic training in Florida during World War II.

One evening he wandered into the Army library and found a book to read. As he worked his way through the book he became very impressed–not with the content of the book but with the notes penciled in the margins–the feminine handwriting showed insight and understanding as well as a bit of tenderness. He flipped to the front of the book and found the name of the book’s previous owner–a Miss Hollis Maynell.

Blanchard did some research and found her address way up in New York. He wrote her a letter. The following day he was shipped overseas. For thirteen months the two corresponded by letter and began to open up their hearts to one another. They both began to realize that they were falling in love. One time he asked her to send a picture, but she refused, saying that if he really loved her it wouldn’t matter what she looked like.

Finally the day came when they were to meet. They had arranged to meet each other in Grand Central Station in New York at 7:00 p.m. She told him, “You’ll recognize me by the red rose that I’ll be wearing on my lapel.”

At a minute to 7:00 the soldier straightened his uniform as people walked toward him, his heart pumping with anxiety and longing for the long awaited meeting.

Let me describe what happened in his own words:

“A young woman was coming toward me, her figure was long and slim, her blond hair lay back in curls from her delicate ears, her eyes were blue as flowers, her lips and chin had a gentle firmness, in her pale green suit she was like spring time come alive. I started toward her entirely forgetting to notice that she [was not wearing] a rose. And as I moved a small provocative smile curved her lips: `Going my way, sailor?’ she murmured. Almost uncontrollably I made one step closer to her, and then I saw Hollis Maynell.

“She was standing almost directly behind the girl. A woman well-past forty, she had greying hair tucked under a worn hat. She was more than plump, her thick-ankle feet were thrust into low-heeled shoes. But she wore a red rose on the rumpled brown lapel of her coat. The girl in the green suit was walking quickly away. I felt as though I was split in two, so keen was my desire to follow her, and yet so deep was my longing for the woman who’s spirit had truly companioned me and upheld my own. And there she stood. Her pale, plump face was gentle and sensible, her grey eyes had a warm and kindly twinkle. I did not hesitate. My finger gripped the small worn blue leather copy of the book which was to identify me to her. This would not be love, but it would be something precious, something perhaps even better than love, a friendship for which I had been and must ever be grateful.

“I squared my shoulders and saluted and held out the book to the woman even though while I spoke I felt choked by the bitterness of my disappointment. `I’m Lt. John Blanchard, and you must be Miss Maynell. I am so glad you could meet me, may I take you to dinner?’ The woman’s face broadened in a tolerant smile. `I don’t know what this is about son,’ she answered, `but the young lady in the green suit who just went by, she begged me to wear this rose on my coat. And she said if you were to ask me out to diner, I should tell you that she is waiting for you in the big restaurant across the street. She said it was some kind of test!'”

          I wonder how many of us would have passed this test?

          Pastor Don

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

Marriage is love.  Love is blind.  Therefore, marriage is an institution for the blind.

QUOTE WORTH RE-QUOTING

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.  — Sam Keen,

 

SHORTYS

Q: Why is your nose in the center of your face?

A: Because it’s the scent-er.

 

One day, a blonde went to a seafood restaurant and saw the tank where they kept the lobsters.  She took pity on these creatures and hid them in her purse.

Later, she went to the woods to set the poor animals free.

 

A farmer had a very successful rabbit breeding operation for many years. Suddenly, he liquidated the whole farm and replaced the rabbit cages with nesting towers for bats. His neighbors asked if he wasn’t out of his mind.

“Well, that’s the kind of farmer I am,” he said. . . .  “Hare today and guano tomorrow.” (By  Guy Ben Moshe)

 

Church Bored Meeting:

After a long, dry sermon, the minister announced that he wished to meet with the church board following the close of the service. However, the first man to arrive was a total stranger.

“You misunderstood my announcement.  This is a meeting of the board,” said the minister.

“I know,” said the man, “but if there is anyone here more bored than I am, I’d like to meet him.”



LESSONS FROM A FISH

SEPTEMBER 30

          “There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear.  Since fear is crippling, a fearful life – fear of death, fear of judgment – is one not yet fully formed in love.”  1 John 4:18  The Message Bible.

          A fable is told about a small fish that lived in the waters of the ocean close to the surface. One day he looked down into the cold, dark depths beneath him and became fearful. “What if I were to fall,” he thought to himself. And the thought became an obsession. “I must catch my tail,” he thought, “and hold it up so I will not fall.” Around and around he chased his tail until he heard the ocean say to him, “Relax, little fish. I am around you and in you. I provide you with life-giving oxygen to breathe and food to eat. Relax, I will not let you fall.” How like the little fish we are. How we need to hear the words of the Master, “Do not be anxious about your life…

          Fear is the handcuffs of life that cause us to miss opportunities of Blessings.  When we are controlled by our fears, it is worst than being in a prison since we hold the key to freedom in our hands. 

          What fears have you chasing yourselves trying to keep you from drowning?.  What obsession is holding you back from the freedom that God has intended for you this day?.  It is time to face those fears head on… Excellent advice was given by a superintendent of a telephone company who was instructing young men in pole climbing. “Do not look straight up or down,” he cautioned, “but just a little ahead of your highest hand.”

          So should we not stare at the fears or problems, but just a little above them to see the hand of God.  My favorite illustration is David and Goliath.  When all the army of Israel looked up, they saw a Giant of a man.  When David looked up, he looked just a little above the head of Goliath and saw a Giant of a God. 

          Remember, the larger the fear or problem, when you look just above it’s peak, God is still higher and bigger.  The smaller you are, the bigger God is.

          Pastor Don

 

One Liners Plus!

I don’t eat snails… I prefer FAST food!

Weather Forecast: There will be a high chance of darkness tonight.

Anyone who uses the phrase ‘easy as taking candy from a baby’      has never tried taking candy from a baby.

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

Most of us can keep a secret.  It’s the people we tell it to who can’t.

Kindness is the oil that takes the friction out of life.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

There are times when silence has the loudest voice.

When God measures a person, he puts the tape around his heart,  not his head.

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.

By the time we realize our parents were right, we have children who think we’re wrong.

I never eat anything that takes longer to cook than it does to eat…        – Rodney Lee

I’ve gone out to look for myself. If I should return before I get back… Keep me here!

Experience may be the best teacher, but it sure is a tough grader.                 – Bob Thaves (Frank & Ernest)

I have claustrophobia combined with fear of success, so I completely fell apart when I did a really good job painting the inside of my closet.  – Bob Thaves (Frank & Ernest)

For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday.  – Senator John Glenn

I panicked and hung up!  What kind of sick company has an actual PERSON answer their phone?!  – Bob Thaves (Frank & Ernest)

How could I have been doing 70 miles an hour when I’ve only been driving for 10 minutes?  – Jim Unger (Herman)

You know you’re a parent when peace and quiet are more suspicious than they are relaxing.  – Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott (Baby Blues)

Old age is when your former classmates are so gray, wrinkled and bald that they don’t recognize you.  – Bennett Cerf

I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.

Never trust a doctor who’s stethoscope has Mattel written on it.

Revised judicial oath:  “I solemnly swear to tell the truth as I know it, the whole truth as I

believe it to be, and nothing but what I think you need to know.”

When I give a lecture, I accept that people look at their watches, but what I do not tolerate is when they look at it and raise it to their ear to find out if it stopped.

          – Marcel Achard

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first.  By the second day you’re off it.  –Jackie Gleason



LOST OR FOUND

SEPTEMBER 29

          “You’re blessed when you’ve lost it all.  God’s kingdom is there for the finding…  You’re blessed when the tears flow freely.  Joy comes with the morning.”  Luke 6:20-21  The Message Bible

          It never seizes to amaze me at the seemingly paradox of Scripture.  But it never amazes me that Scripture is always right.

          It would seem strange that the Lord would say we are Blessed when we’ve lost it all.  But some of the happiest people I know have little to call their own.  As a matter of fact, those with the most seem to be the least happy because they are either trying to amass more or are worried about losing what they have.

          But Christ reminds us that even if we have lost it all, the kingdom of God is there and worth the finding.  It is that kingdom economics that give more security than anything that the world’s economy has to offer.

          And then Christ said that tears were blessed.  Tears usually bring to mind pain, and problems.  They are the evidence of hurts and frustrations according to modern standards.  But again Christ uses the paradox, the Joy comes with the morning.  Tears only make room for the joy of the Lord, which then becomes our strength.

          I’m not sure who said it first, but I use it often. “Happiness comes from happenings.  Joy comes from Jesus.”  We may not always have “happiness”, because things around us are not happening right.  But we can ALWAYS have Joy, because we always have Jesus

          When you feel that you may have lost it all, remember you have found the Kingdom of God and you can not lose that.  All the riches of God are yours.  Not as the world sees it but as God does.

          When you cannot stop the flow of tears, remember “Joy comes in the morning”. And the sun is on the horizon.

          Be Blessed

          Pastor Don

 

 

Information for Northerners Visiting the Southern States

If you are from the northern states and planning on visiting or moving to the south, there are a few things  you should know that will help you adapt to the difference in life styles:

 

If you run your car into a ditch, don’t panic. Four men in a four-wheel-drive pickup truck and a tow chain will be along shortly. Don’t try to help them, just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.

Don’t be surprised to find movie rentals and bait in the same store. Do not buy food at this store.

Remember: “Y’all” is singular, “All y’all” is plural, and “All y’alls'” is plural possessive.

Get used to hearing “You ain’t from around here, are ya?”

Don’t be worried about not understanding what people are saying; they can’t understand you, either.

The first Southern expression to creep into a transplanted Northerner’s vocabulary is the adjective “big ol’,” as in “big ol’ truck ” or “big ol’ boy.” Most Northerners begin their new Southern-influenced dialect this way. All of them are in denial about it.

The proper pronunciation you learned in school is no longer proper.

If you hear a Southerner exclaim “Hey, y’all, watch this,” stay out of the way. These are likely to be the last words he’ll ever say.

 

A man walked into a doctor’s office with a frog growing  out of his ear.

 “When did you first notice this?” asked the doctor  “Well, it all started with a wart.” said the frog

 



TIME FLEES – GOD DOESN’T

SEPTEMBER 28

          “I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there too – your reassuring presence, coming and going.  This is too much, too wonderful –  I can’t take it all in!  Psalm 139:5-6  The Message Bible

          I can hardly believe that September is almost over.  Time seems to have rocket burst speed these days.  Another new year is on the horizon with promises of changes and better and easier lifestyles. Have you ordered your new IPhone?  How can we live without it. Technology changes every day hour.

          But there is one thing for sure, God has never changed and He is constantly surrounding us, in front and in back for our good. The Palmist indicates that when he looks ahead of him, he sees God.  And when he reflects on the past, he sees the hand of God.  God has had an integral part of his life and will continue to do so.

          It is so assuring that, for the believer who is walking in daily obedience to God, to know that his steps are ordered by God.  The only thing that will cause us to get out of step is our own attempts to walk alone.

          Many people ask how to know what the will of God is for their life.  And most of the time, they want to know what their future destiny will be.  Usually they are most concerned about their job, their future mate, their success, etc.  But the best answer that I have learned about the will of God, is simply, “obey the last thing He told you to do.”

          God knows that if He tells us too much, too early, we’d all be overcome by His blessings. So, we take each day as it comes, with God’s presence engulfing us.

          So today, look behind you.  Look ahead of you.  See God there, and your day will be headed in the right direction.

          Pastor Don

 

The Pastor’s Plight

The pastor of a church is in a precarious position; he can’t please everyone! 

It has been said:

If he is young, he lacks experience; if his hair is grey, he’s too old for the young people.

If he has several children, he has too many; if he has no children, he’s setting a bad example.

If he preaches from his notes, he has canned sermons and is too dry; if he  doesn’t use notes, he has not studied and is not deep.

If he is attentive to the poor people in the church, they claim he is playing to the grandstand; if he pays attention to the wealthy, he is trying to be an aristocrat.

If he suggests changes for improvement of the church, he is a dictator; if he makes no suggestions, he is a figurehead. 

If he uses too many illustrations, he neglects the Bible; if he doesn’t use enough illustrations, he isn’t clear.

If he condemns wrong, he is cranky; if he doesn’t preach against sin, he’s a compromiser.

If he preaches the truth, he’s offensive; if he doesn’t preach the truth, he’s a hypocrite.

If he fails to please somebody, he’s hurting the church and ought to leave; if he tries to please everyone, he is a fool.

If he preaches about money, he’s a money grabber; if he doesn’t preach spiritual giving, he is failing to develop the people.

If he drives an old car, he shames his congregation; if he drives a new car, he is setting his affection on earthly things.

If he preaches all the time, the people get tired of hearing one man; if he invites guest speakers, he is shirking his responsibility.

If he receives a large salary, he’s mercenary; if he receives only a small salary, well-it proves he isn’t worth much anyway.

-Author Unknown

 

 




 

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