Friday, December 26, 2014

I’ve learned

If you will take the time to read these. 
They’re written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words.

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.
You made my day

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 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.
Walk with Father

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 under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
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 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 everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile..
I’ve learned …. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I’ve learned … That life is tough, but I’m tougher.
I’ve learned …. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I’ve learned …. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I’ve learned …. That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I’ve learned …. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I’ve learned ….. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I’ve learned ….. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned …. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
I’ve learned …. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Squeeze the most out of your day

Squeeze the most out of your day

About one hundred years ago, a man named Ivy Lee went to the president of Bethlehem Steel, Charles Schwab, and made a deal with him. Lee told Schwab he could increase Schwab’s productivity as well as the workload of all his managers. What’s more, Lee told Schwab he could help Schwab’s executives produce a significant amount more if he could just spend fifteen minutes with each of them.

To make the offer especially enticing, Lee told Schwab he wouldn’t charge anything at all unless his advice worked. “Then, after three months,” Lee told Schwab, “if my advice proves profitable, send me a check for whatever you think it’s worth.”

They struck a deal.

Here’s how productive he was—Lee actually spent only ten minutes with each executive. Here’s what he told them: “I want you to promise that for the next ninety days, before leaving your office at the end of each day, you’ll make a list of the six most important things you have to do the next day and number them in their order of importance.”

The executives were shocked that that was all they were asked to do.

“That’s it,” Lee said. “Scratch off each item after you finish it. Then go on to the next item on your list. If something doesn’t get done, put it on the following day’s list.”

To DoEach Bethlehem executive agreed to follow Lee’s instructions. Three months later, Schwab studied the results. He was so pleased, he sent Lee a check for $35,000! (That may or may not seem like a lot of money to you, but this was one hundred years ago.

At the time, the average United States worker made $2.00 a day or $4,000 a year. Thirty-five thousand dollars was a LOT of money! Even today, imagine if you spent a few minutes with a group of executives and gave each one the same, simple tip and got $35,000 for it. You’d be thrilled!)

Many people follow Lee’s advice today. The founder of the $2.2 billion direct sales cosmetics company

Mary Kay praised Lee’s idea when she wrote the book You Can Have It All: Lifetime Wisdom from America’s Foremost Woman Entrepreneur. Mary Kay Ash boasted that she herself followed Lee’s advice. After all, she reasoned, Schwab was one of the smartest business professionals of his day. If he felt that bit of advice was worth paying $35,000, she ought to try it, too.

Mary KaySo, each night she made a list of things to do the following day. But, she added a twist to it. She didn’t just number the tasks in order of importance. She always put the hardest or most unappealing task at the top. “This way,” she wrote, “I tackle the most difficult item first, and once it’s out of the way, I feel my day is off to a good start.”

Follow Lee’s advice! Before you go to sleep tonight, figure out what you need to do tomorrow. Write down the six most important things you need to accomplish. Not only will you start tomorrow ready to go, but subconsciously, you’ll also be working on those six projects while you sleep. Then, follow Mary Kay’s advice and knock those tasks out from hardest to easiest.

Don’t let your time get snuffed out by what appears to be an innocent killer! Stand guard. When you guard your time, you guard your life. For time is the stuff that life is made of.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Eagle Who Thought He Was A Chicken

The Eagle Who Thought He Was A Chicken

Eagle chicken

A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.

All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat on his strong golden wings.


The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we’re chickens.”


So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.


Friday, November 21, 2014

10 steps to success!

10 steps to success!

Author unknown
1. Self-Belief:
Success is begins in the mind. 
One has to be a believer, first, if one wishes to be an achiever. 
Never under-estimate yourself. 
You have no idea how often can you surprise yourself. 
So to begin with, let’s get in the belief, “I Can.”
2. Clarity of Vision:
There is no point running around without knowing where one wants to reach. you must get your job cut out. 
Greatest achievers in the world have been visionaries. 
Know exactly what you are best at and give it your best shot.
Clarity of Vision
3. Setting the Right Goals:
The goals should be realistic .
The goals should be achievable ,and yet challenging enough – neither too easy nor too difficult -something in the middle.
4. Be focused:
If the sun’s rays are focused on a piece of paper with a lens, the intensity of the concentrated energy burns the paper. 
Focus on your objective will enhance the intensity of the effects of your efforts.
Setting the Right Goals
5. No Short Cuts to Success:
There are no short cuts to success. 
Divide your overall goals into smaller targets. 
Divide your monthly plans into weekly and weekly plans into daily plans and see how simple can things be.
6. Take Risks:
Without any risk no progress is possible. 
Life comes to a stable standstill. 
People who take chances are the people who get ahead in life. 
The only way to reduce risk is to take risks.
Taking risk
7. Take the Initiative:
People who take the initiative make the most of their lives. 
Proactive people do not wait for success to happen; rather they make it happen. As they say, ‘JUST DO IT’.
8. Never Hesitate to Struggle:
No one has ever climbed a mountain just by looking at it. 
Struggle, hard struggle, is a key to success.
Not Easy
9. Own Responsibility:
Failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. 
People, who own complete responsibility of their lives, are the people who make the most of it.
10. Never Give Up:
Many people who failed in life, where those who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. 
Success demands extra-ordinary amount of perseverance. 
Never, never, give up.
Never Give Up

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nails in the fence

Nails in the fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.  His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence…
Bag of Nails
The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.
Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down.  
He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.  Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all.
Pull out one nail for each day
Holes in the fenceHe told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.
The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.  He said, ‘ You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence…  
The fence will never be the same.  
When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one.
You can put a knife in a man and draw it out.  But it won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound will still be there.  
A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one..
Remember that friends are very rare jewels indeed. 
They make you smile and encourage you to succeed; 
They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Faith to pursue the seemingly impossible

Faith to pursue the seemingly impossible

- Dr George Samuel

Faith brings things within the range of possibility.
An impossible attitude may say, “no more beyond,” but faith says, “there is more beyond”.
Sometimes we may feel that we have come to the end of the rope,
but it is never the end of our hope.
Until 1954, running a mile under 4 minutes was considered impossible.
But that year, Mr. Roger Bannister broke the barrier.
Mr. Roger Bannister
A year later in 1955, 37 others succeeded, and over 300 in the proceeding year.
Now the figure has shot upto 20,000!
Roosevelt, the former President of USA was confined to a wheel chair;
Milton was blind; and Beethoven was deaf.
President Roosevelt
But they showed us how to triumph over limitations.
A victim of arthritis, Hulda Crooks decided to learn mountaineering
on her 70th birthday and after rigorous exercise,
was able to climb Mount Fuji at the age of 95!
Hulda Crooks
Yes, all of us can definitely make some difference
with each day that the Lord gives us.
Of course, we should not assume that things will take care of themselves
or will be taken care of by others.
It takes time and practice to develop new habits.
Booker T. Washington said:
“success is to be measured not so much by the position
that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles
one has to overcome while trying to succeed.”
It is said that strong faith leads to good attitude,
while vibrant faith sustains a person in times of crisis.
This means, we don’t have to define life by limitations,
but fill our thoughts with things that we CAN do.
Suppose, we draw a line and write above it,
the things that we believe we can’t do,
and below it, the things we believe we can.
Such a line can be defined as the ‘line of limitation’.
If we desire to reach seemingly impossible goals, we have to raise the line.
Often our tendency is to bring down the line since we are reluctant to try.
When we try to do,
that which we once thought we cannot accomplish, the line is invariably raised.
We may also be tempted to bring down the line of limitation
when we face unexpected setbacks and failures.
However, we should persistently try to raise the line against all odds.
Against all odds
We must not allow frustration to rip us apart.
Failure is not a sign of weakness;
It brings opportunities to devise new ways of succeeding.
“Our focus must be on the goal, not on the failures “
We should put our mind around the limitless power of God.
Exaggerating difficulties affect the utilization of our talents.
We must focus on what we can do with what we have at hand.
The belief that we can’t do something is merely a rationalization for our unwillingness to take the risk.
Instead, we must live with positive expectation.
We will inevitably attract what we focus our mind on.
” Small steps of change in our attitude
can make a big impact in the long run “.
Thorough preparation for an upcoming event will enhance our capacity
to overcome fear and other obstacles.
We identify our strengths and maximize it.
We may have difficulties during the initial attempts.
But we will find that after awhile, they fade out.
” When God becomes ‘greater’,
the problems will appear to be smaller in comparison “.
Our God is Greater
Therefore, we need to learn to take a brief look at the problems and
a long look at the One Who is able to help us triumph over.
It is said that faith is to see the invisible.
If we are prepared to see the invisible (with the eyes of faith),
we will be able to make possible, the seemingly impossible.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Inviting God into the chaos

Inviting God into the chaos
- Unknown -

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Whenever I get to a place where life seems more than I can handle,
there’s that still, small voice that nudges me:
“Remember, Idelette, be still and know that I am God.”

Often it’s easier to run and accomplish tasks rather
than putting on the brakes and quiet my heart.
On those days, it is what I need most.
My Creator reminds me of that often.

Where do I need God to be God?
What are the questions in my heart?
Where is it that I need to be still today and invite God in?
What will this day bring, Lord?
Be still and know that I am God.
Is there a relationship that needs healing?
Be still and know that I am God.

Am I anxious about finances?
Be still and know that I am God.
Someone I love is sick, Lord.
Be still and know that I am God.

Am I concerned about my work, my future, my purpose?
Be still and know that I am God.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Prayer by Sir Francis Drake : Turn back to Jesus Christ

Prayer by Sir Francis Drake : Turn back to Jesus Christ

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.


Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

The Stars

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Do You Feel Useful ?

Ask a flower in the field:

‘Do you feel useful? After all, you do nothing but produce the same flowers over and over?’

And the flower will answer:

‘I am beautiful, and beauty is my reason for living.’

Ask the river:

‘Do you feel useful, given that all you do is to keep flowing in the same direction?’

And the river will answer:

‘I’m not trying to be useful, I’m trying to be a river.’
Nothing in this world is useless in the eyes of God. 

Not a leaf from a tree falls, not a hair from your head, not even an insect dies because it was of no use.
Everything has a reason to exist.

Even you, the person asking the question. ‘I’m useless’ is the answer you give yourself.

Soon that answer will poison you and you will die while still alive, even though you still walk, eat, sleep and try to have a little fun whenever possible.

Don’t try to be useful.

Try to be yourself: that is enough, and that makes all the difference.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Pick yourself up and walk!

Pick yourself up and walk!
- Unknown -

The path to your God-given destiny will have different challenges, so you must expect them or rather … you must prepare yourself to face them.

Why does the Bible record the failures of great men like Abraham, Moses, Elijah and Peter?

To give you hope; to let you know that nobody performs flawlessly; to help you believe if they can do it, by God’s grace you can too.

The road to success, even in ministry,  has many potholes.

You’ll fall into some – and they’re messy.

Not only will you have to climb back out, you’ll have to dust yourself off, refocus, recommit,
and keep going.

Since failure is inevitable, why not make it your friend….by examining each experience and growing stronger through it !

Once you learn to do that, you won’t keep repeating the same mistakes, and more importantly you’ll become more emotionally and spiritually stable.

Timelines change, resources dry up, assumptions prove false, plans and people fail.

As you walk the pathway to your God-given dream,

remember the old Italian proverb: ‘Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.’
Just make sure you don’t wear out and give up.

Here’s God’s promise to you today: ‘Keep travelling steadily along His pathway and in due season He will honour you with every blessing.’ (Psalm 37:34)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My father is the pilot

My father is the pilot

A priest was on a long flight home after a Church Conference

The first warning of approaching problems came when the ‘Fasten Your Seat Belts’ sign flashed on.

After a while a calm voice said, “We shall not be serving beverages at this time as we are expecting a little turbulence. Please make sure your seat belt is fastened.”

The priest looked around the aircraft and saw that many of the passengers were becoming apprehensive.
Later, the voice on the intercom said, “We are so sorry that we are unable to serve meals at this time… The turbulence is still ahead of us.”

And then the storm broke.

The ominous cracks of thunder could be heard even above the roar of the engines. Lightning lit up the darkening skies, and within moments that great plane was tossed around like a cork in a celestial ocean. One moment it was lifted on terrific currents of air, the next it fell as if about to crash.

As the priest looked around he could see that nearly all the passengers were alarmed – except one little girl!
Little Girl

She sat calmly, feet tucked under her, looking at pictures in a book, oblivious of the turbulence around her.

Sometimes she would close her eyes, and then she would go back to her book.

The storm blew over. When the plane landed and the passengers were disembarking, the priest approached the little girl and asked her why she was not afraid like the other passengers.

The little girl replied, “Cause my Daddy’s the pilot and he’s taking me home.”

There are many storms that buffet us…Physical, mental, financial, domestic and other storms that can darken our skies and throw us into turmoil.

Like the little girl, let us always remember: Our Father is the Pilot.
He is in control… He will take us Home… Don’t worry!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Will Rogers Humorous Observations

Will Rogers Humorous Observations

 Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash with his best friend, Wylie Post, was probably the greatest political sage this country ever has known.

Enjoy some of Will's humorous observations on Life...

1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3.. There are two theories to arguing with a woman... Neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.

8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.

12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.


First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved.

Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Sixth ~ I don't know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.

Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.

Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Tenth ~ Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf.

And, finally ~ If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Brazilian Football team and their Faith

Brazilian Football team and their Faith
World Cup Thanksgiving to God

Source - Indian Christian Activist network eNews

The World Cup 2002 was not supposed to be Brazil’s tournament.

A powerful Argentinean teaming sporting the likes of Batistuta and Verón seemed unbeatable, while the Brazilians had barely managed to qualify.

Later, the entire team knelt in prayer to give God the glory, and on the winner’s podium several players sported shirts with slogans such as, 
A Selecão did receive a lucky draw, however, and played China, Turkey, and Costa Rica in the group stage.

After defeating these three opponents the team went on the play Belgium and then England in the quarter-finals.

In the semi-final game they once again matched up against Turkey and managed to win 1-0.

Meanwhile, Argentina had been eliminated in the group stage by a David Beckham goal and stellar play from the Swedish squad, and a Germany team led by star goalkeeper Oliver Kahn was all that stood between Brazil and World Cup glory.

Kahn won the trophy amidst the frenetic celebration and streaming confetti a group of three players, including Kaka and Lucio, knelt face down on the field and gave thanks to God for the victory.

“I belong to Jesus” and “Jesus loves you.”

After the 2002 World Cup several Brazilian players continued to publicly display their faith.

There were a total of seven Christians on the 2006 Brazilian World Cup roster; many were known for praying on the field and for modelling Christian apparel after scoring a goal or winning a game.

Lucio and Kaká continued to lead the Christian delegation – both displayed Christian-message shirts after Brazil won the 2005 and 2009 Confederations Cups.

Lucio became the team captain after Brazil’s disappointing 2006 World Cup performance.

He does not seem to be overly concerned with the weight of a nation resting on his shoulders, he said “anyone who steps onto the football field has to accept the result. When you lose there is a need to analyze why.”

His analysis must have been effective – in the early summer of 2009 Brazil beat the USA to win the Confederations Cup.

In the upcoming World Cup the expectations for the Brazilian side will once again be high, but the players are quick to point out that life is about more than winning and losing.

In an online interview Lucio said,

“Anyone who thinks that he has everything and doesn’t have Jesus doesn’t have anything.”

Hats Off to Brazil Team

Thursday, June 12, 2014

An incident on Psalm 23

An incident on Psalm 23
Author Unknown
There once was a Shakespearean actor who was known everywhere for his one-man shows of readings and recitations from the classics. He would always end his performance with a reading of Psalm 23.

Each night, without exception, as the actor began his recitation “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”… the crowd would listen attentively. And then, at the conclusion of the psalm, they would rise in thunderous applause in appreciation of the actor’s incredible ability to bring the verse to life. But one night, just before the actor was to offer his customary recital of Psalm 23, a young man from the audience spoke up. “Sir, do you mind if tonight I recite Psalm 23″?

The actor was quite taken aback by this unusual request, but he allowed the young man to come forward and stand front and center on the stage to recite the Psalm, knowing that the ability of this unskilled youth would be no match for his own talent. With a soft voice, the young man began to recite the words of the Psalm.

When he was finished, there was no applause. There was no standing ovation as on other nights. All that could be heard was the sound of weeping. The audience had been so moved by the young man’s recitation that every eye was full of tears. Amazed by what he had heard, the actor said to the youth, “I don’t understand.

I have been performing Psalm 23 for years. I have a lifetime of experience and training, but I have never been able to move an audience as you have tonight.

Tell me, what is your secret?” The young man quietly replied, “Well sir, you know the Psalm. I know the Shepherd.”

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Something to think about

Something to think about

Think about it..

1. Stay away from anger, It hurts only You!
2. If you are right then there is no need to get angry, and if you are wrong then you don’t have any right to get angry.

no need
3. Patience with family is love, Patience with others is respect.Patience with self is confidence and Patience with GOD is faith.

4. Never think hard about the PAST, It brings tears. Don’t think more about the FUTURE, It brings fears. Live this moment with a smile, It brings cheers.


5. Every test in our life makes us bitter or better, Every problem comes to make us or break us, The choice is ours whether we become victims or victorious.
victim or victor

6. Beautiful things are not always good but good things are always beautiful.

good things

7. Do you know why God created gaps between fingers? So that someone who is special to you comes and fills those gaps by holding your hand forever.

holding hands
8. Happiness keeps you sweet so try and be as happy from within as possible.

9. God has send us all in pairs… someone, somewhere is made for you…
so wait for the right time n right moment.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

God Said No

God Said No
Author Unknown 

I asked God to take away my bad habits.
God said, no.
They are not for me to take away, but for you to give them up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, no.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, no.
Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, no.
I give you blessings; happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, no.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, no.
You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, no.
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said...Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lessons about the way we treat people - V

Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease.

Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek.

Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Lessons about the way we treat people - IV

Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path

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. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lessons about the way we treat people - III

Third Important Lesson -
Always remember those who serve

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table.

A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "Fifty cents," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.

By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.

When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies.

You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lessons about the way we treat people - II

Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm.

Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's.

The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.

A special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away... God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others." Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.