Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bear - 3

Just before taking a nap, our bear decided to pray to God.  He prayed, "Almighty God, take a look at me - where I am.  You created the entire world, including this bridge and me.  I am stuck here.  If I look down, I get scared; I am helpless to move from here.  Without your mighty hands, I am unable to move out of here. In You I trust and believe.  Kindly take care of me, in this situation; my family is waiting for me; have mercy on me."  After this prayer, our bear went into a nap, tired of all the commotion he had.

Down from the bridge, there was a fisherman watching the entire scene of our bear jumping off the bridge and clinging on to the ledge of the bridge.  He decided to inform the local firefighter and the animal rescue squad.  He took some pictures of our bear in this vulnerable position as well.

The next morning our bear woke up hearing the sound of firefighter's siren.  The stopped above the bridge and studied the situation.  After analyzing the situation, they cast a strong net under the bridge, just where our bear was.

Our bear saw all these, and when he saw the net, he was not convinced that this 'thingie' could hold his weight.  He was worried since he could still see the bottom of the bridge through the net, and the strands of the net looked 'weak' to him.  He prayed to God once again.  "God, I know you heard my prayers.  There are so many humans gathered around here and I hope they will not harm me.  This 'thingie' they have near me looks so thin and weak.  Am I supposed to get into this?  What if this 'thingie' breaks off?  Will it hold my weight?  Will these humans take me to some zoo and lock me up?  Will I ever be able to see my family again?  I have so many questions about the way these humans are trying to catch me as well as the aftermath.  I still believe in you and am going to make that 'leap of faith' since you are my God."

After saying this prayer, our bear jumped off the ledge, and landed into the net.



As soon as our bear got into the net, there was a huge uproar of people shouting out joyfully.  Due to the weight of the bear, the net started to swing and he was quite stressful.  He decided to stay as a believer and kept meditating to God.


Slowly, but surely, the bear was lowered to the side of the bridge and by seeing the ground approaching near him, he started feeling secure.  Two questions still remained in his mind, "What next - are they going to take me to the zoo?  Will I be able to see my family again?"

Once our bear reached the ground, he was free to go.  There were no more traps or a cage to take him to the zoo.  He prayed once again, "Thank God - You are great."


He was set free and was heading home to meet up with his family.

The moral:
When confronted with a difficult situation - pray to God.
When things look impossible - depend on God.
When your brain does not answer all your questions - have faith in God.
When you have to take steps you have never taken before - believe in God's power and make that leap of faith.


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Resume of Jesus Christ


Name: Jesus Christ.
Address: Ephesians 1:20
Phone: Romans 10:13
Website: The Bible.
Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus

Covering letter:

Hello, My name is Jesus – The Christ. Many call me Lord!

I’ve sent you my resume because I’m seeking the top management position in your heart.

Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume, below.

Resume:

Qualifications
* I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)
* I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)
* I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7)
* I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)
* The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)

Occupational Background
* I’ve only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49).
* I’ve never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.
* My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15-17)

Skills Work Experiences
* Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18).
* I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33).
* Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)

Educational Background
* I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).
* In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).
* My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a lamp unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).
* I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).

Major Accomplishments
* I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times,(See Genesis 1:26).
* I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15).
* I defeated the archenemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15).
* I’ve miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!
* There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here.You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot – the BIBLE. You don’t need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.

References
* Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healings, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance

Conclusion:
Now that you’ve read my resume, I’m confident that I’m the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15).


Sincerely,
Jesus Christ. 

The pawn



If you know the basic moves of chess, you will very well understand this:


Once there was a pawn who wanted to be independent. He was sad, and chafed against his limitations. These rules are so unfair, said the little pawn. I can only move forward, and then only one space at a time, except for my first move.

Furthermore, complained the little pawn, I cannot attack an opponent directly in front of me, nor beside me, nor behind me. I can only attack at the front angle to the right or left. This is so unfair!

How the little pawn pined and longed to be a bishop or a knight. Sometimes, he even longed to be a rook. It was just so irritating to have to be linked to other pawns to have any strength. The little pawn wanted to be able to stand on his own and have an impact on the contest, instead of being a disposable, lowly pawn.

As the game progressed, the little pawn advanced and advanced. He helped his team by holding his spot. For, as lowly as he was, no other stronger piece in the opponent’s team cared to be sacrificed for a mere pawn. Such strength! To be so lowly the enemy would not attack the little pawn for fear of its losses.

Finally, the little pawn was standing on the 7th rank. Suddenly, the chessmaster spoke to the little pawn: “you will now bring victory for our team. For of ALL the pieces on the board, only the insignificant, lowly pawns have the potential to become the strongest of them all, a queen!”

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Talent Competition - info

Talent competition is on Saturday, April 10th at 10:00 AM.  Bible verse writing is scheduled to be held on April 11th.  Tomorrow is the last day to submit names for the Talent Competition.  If you are interested in participating in any event(s), do let me know so that I can hand over your names to the respective officials.

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday.  So make sure to pick up some flowers for tomorrow's service.  You may want to start looking for those flowers since Palm Sunday is early this year and most of the flowers have not blossomed yet.  There will be no Sunday school classes tomorrow.

There is a possibility I may not be able to make it to the Church tomorrow (due to my back), but I will do my best to be there.  In case you are interested in participating in an item, do call me or email me.  If you still do not reach me, then go to our class and the entry folder is sitting on my desk.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Tea cup



There was a couple who took a trip to England to shop in a beautiful antique store to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They both liked antiques and pottery, and especially teacups. Spotting an exceptional cup, they asked “May we see that? We’ve never seen a cup quite so beautiful.”

As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke, “You don’t understand. I have not always been a teacup. There was a time when I was just a lump of red clay. My master took me and rolled me pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, ‘Don’t do that. I don’t like it! Let me alone.’ But he only smiled, and gently said; ‘Not yet!’” “Then. WHAM! I was placed on a spinning wheel and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. ‘Stop it! I’m getting so dizzy! I’m going to be sick,’ I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, quietly; ‘Not yet.’

“He spun me and poked and prodded and bent me out of shape to suit himself and then… Then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I yelled and knocked and pounded at the door. Help! Get me out of here! I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as he shook his head from side to side, ‘Not yet’.”

“When I thought I couldn’t bear it another minute, the door opened. He carefully took me out and put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. Oh, that felt so good! Ah, this is much better, I thought. But, after I cooled he picked me up and he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. ‘Oh, please; Stop it, Stop it!’ I cried. He only shook his head and said. ‘Not yet!’.”

“Then suddenly he put me back in to the oven. Only it was not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I just knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. I was convinced I would never make it. I was ready to give up. Just then the door opened and he took me out and again placed me on the shelf, where I cooled and waited ——- and waited, wondering “What’s he going to do to me next? An hour later he handed me a mirror and said ‘Look at yourself.’” “And I did. I said, ‘That’s not me; that couldn’t be me. It’s beautiful. I’m beautiful!’

Quietly he spoke: ‘I want you to remember, then,’ he said, ‘I know it hurt to be rolled and pounded and patted, but had I just left you alone, you’d have dried up. I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled. I know it hurt and it was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn’t put you there, you would have cracked. I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn’t done that, you never would have hardened. You would not have had any color in your life. If I hadn’t put you back in that second oven, you wouldn’t have survived for long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. Now you are what I had in mind when I first began with you.”

The moral of this story : God knows what He’s doing for each of us. He is the potter, and we are His clay. He will mold us and make us, and expose us to just enough pressures of just the right kinds that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing and perfect will.

So when life seems hard, and you are being pounded and patted and pushed almost beyond endurance; when your world seems to be spinning out of control; when you feel like you are in a fiery furnace of trials; when life seems to “stink”, try this:– brew a cup of your favorite tea in your prettiest teacup, sit down and think on this story and then, have a little talk with the Potter.




Delay

There has been some delay in my postings.  Early this week I had hurt my back and am taking some sedatives - signs of aging :-)  So, I could not go near my laptop yesterday evening or today morning and hence the delay in posting.  I shall catch up during the course of today.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

When God Created Fathers




When the good Lord was creating Fathers he started with a tall frame. And a female angel nearby said, "What kind of Father is that? If you're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put fathers up so high? He won't be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping."

And God smiled and said, "Yes, but if I make him child size, who would children have to look up to?"

And when God made a Father's hands, they were large and sinewy. And the angel shook her head sadly and said, "Do you know what you're doing? Large hands are clumsy. They can't manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails or even remove splinters caused by baseball bats."

And God smiled and said, "I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets at the end of a day...yet small enough to cup a child's face in his hands."

And then God moulded long, slim legs and broad shoulders. And the angel nearly had a heart attack. "Boy, this is the end of the week, all right," she clucked. "Do you realize you just made a Father without a lap? How is he going to pull a child close to him without the kid falling between his legs?"

And God smiled and said, "A mother needs a lap. A father needs strong shoulders to pull a sled, balance a boy on a bicycle, and hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus."

God was in the middle of creating two of the largest feet anyone had every seen when the angel could contain herself no longer. "That's not fair. Do you honestly think those large boats are going to dig out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries? Or walk through a small birthday party without crushing at least three of the guests?"

And God smiled and said, "They'll work. You'll see. They'll support a small child who wants to ride a horse to Banbury Cross, or scare off mice at the summer cabin, or display shoes that will be a challenge to fill."

God worked throughout the night, giving the Father few words, but a firm authoritative voice; eyes that saw everything, but remained calm and tolerant. Finally, almost as an afterthought, he added tears. Then he turned to the angel and said, "Now, are you satisfied that he can love as much as a Mother?"

The angel said nothing more.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bear - 2

When our bear jumped off the road, he realized he was on top of a bridge.


By virtue of his jungle skills, he caught the ledge of the bridge and pulled himself to safety.



It was already evening, so our bear decided to take a nap.

Tomorrow evening, let's see what happens next.


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Fasting

During lent, we ought to:

Fast from fear; Feast on Faith
Fast from despair; Feed on hope.
Fast from depressing news; Feed on prayer.
Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger and worry; Feed on patience.
Fast from negative thinking; Feast on positive thinking.
Fast from bitterness; Feed on love and forgiveness.
Fast from words that wound; Feast on words that heal.
Fast from gravity; Feast on joy and humor.

Hey - why didn't I read this earlier on? I like this sort of fasting than others that I have heard.

On second thoughts, in reality, this may **sound** too easier to follow, but could be harder to practice.


Days till Easter: 10.
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Recruitment

One day while walking down the street a highly successful person was tragically hit by a bus and she died. Her soul arrived up in heaven where she was met at the Gates of Heaven by St. Peter himself.

“Welcome to Heaven,” said St. Peter. “Before you get settled in though, it seems we have a problem. You see, strangely enough, we’ve never once had someone like you make it this far and we’re not really sure what to do with you.”

“No problem, just let me in” said the woman. “Well, I’d like to, but I have higher orders. What we’re going to do is let you have a day in Hell and a day in Heaven and then you can choose whichever one you want to spend an eternity in.”

“Actually, I think I’ve made up my mind, I prefer to stay in Heaven”, said the woman. “Sorry, we have rules...” And with that St. Peter put the executive in an elevator and it went down down down to hell. The doors opened and she found herself stepping out onto the putting green of a beautiful golf course. In the distance was a clubhouse and standing in front of her were all her friends - fellow executives that she had worked with and they were all dressed in evening gowns and cheering for her. They ran up and kissed her on both cheeks and they talked about old times. They played an excellent round of golf and at night went to the clubhouse where she enjoyed an excellent steak and lobster dinner. She met the Devil who was actually a really nice guy (kinda cute, he always is) and she had a great time telling jokes and dancing. She was having such a good time that before she knew it, it was time to leave. Everybody shook her hand and waved good- bye as she got on the elevator The elevator went up-up-up and opeened back up at the Gates of Heaven and found St. Peter waiting for her.

“Now it’s time to spend a day in heaven,” he said. So she spent the next 24 hours lounging around on clouds and playing the harp and singing. She had a great time and before she knew it her 24 hours were up and St. Peter came and got her. “So, you’ve spent a day in hell and you’ve spent a day in heaven. Now you must choose your eternity,” he said.

The woman paused for a second and then replied, “Well, I never thought I’d say this, I mean, Heaven has been really great and all, but I think I had a better time in Hell.” So St. Peter escorted her to the elevator and again she went down down down back to Hell. When the doors of the elevator opened she found herself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth. She saw her friends were dressed in rags and were picking up the garbage and putting it in sacks. The Devil came up to her and put his arm around her.

“I don’t understand,” stammered the woman, “yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a clubhouse and we ate lobster and we danced and had a great time. Now all there is a wasteland of garbage and all my friends look miserable.”

The Devil looked at her and smiled.

“Yesterday we were recruiting you, today.....you’re staff.


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Twins

Twins, a sister and brother were talking to each other in the womb. The little sister said to the little brother: ‘I believe that there is life after birth!’ Her brother protested: ‘No, no, this is all there is. This is a dark and cosy place, and we have nothing else to do but to cling on to the cord that feeds us.’

But the little girl insisted: ‘There must be something more than this dark place, there must be something else where there is light and freedom to move.’ Still she could not convince her twin brother. Then...after some silence, she said hesitantly: ‘I have something else to say, and I am afraid you won’t believe that either, but I think there is a mother!’

Her little brother now became furious: ‘A mother, a mother, what are you talking about? I have never seen a mother and neither have you. Who put that idea in your head? As I told you, this place is all we have so let’s be content.’

The little sister finally said: ‘Don’t you feel this pressure sometimes? Its really unpleasant and sometimes even painful.’ ‘Yes,’ he answered, ‘what’s special about that?’ ‘Well,’ the sister said, ‘I think this pressure is there to get us ready for another place, much more beautiful than this, where we will see our mother face to face! Don’t you think that’s exciting!.


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Msg from Secretary


Below is a message from the Sunday school secretary I received this afternoon. I believe this went out to our entire church.  
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All,
'Bible verse writing' will be held on April 11th for all the groups.
Also, note that the coming Sunday March 28th will be last date to receive the participants name for the talent competition.
There will be no Sunday school as it is Palm Sunday, so please make sure that you contact the teachers and let them know.
Regards,
Jaysee

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My comment:
Read the last sentence as:
There will be no Sunday school as it is Palm Sunday, so please make sure that you let your kids know.

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The cookie thief


A woman was waiting at the airport one night,

With several long hours before her flight.

She hunted for a book in the airport shop,

Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book, but happened to see,

That the man beside her, as bold as could be,

Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag between,

Which she tried to ignore, to avoid a scene.

She read, munched cookies, and watched the clock,

As the gutsy “cookie thief” diminished her stock.

She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,

Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I’d blackened his eye!”

With each cookie she took, he took one too.

When only one was left, she wondered what he’d do.

With a smile on his face and a nervous laugh,

He took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other.

She snatched it from him and thought, “Oh brother,

This guy has some nerve, and he’s also rude,

Why, he didn’t even show any gratitude!”

She had never known when she had been so galled,

And sighed with relief when her flight was called.

She gathered her belongings and headed for the gate,

Refusing to look back at the “thieving ingrate.”

She boarded the plane and sank in her seat,

Then sought her book, which was almost complete.

As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise.

There was her bag of cookies in front of her eyes!

“If mine are here,” she moaned with despair,

“Then the others were his and he tried to share!”

Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,

That she was the rude one…the ingrate…the thief!



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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bear - 1


A mountain bear gets hungry and while walking on a road notices two cars approaching towards him.

Suddenly, numerous calculations go through his mind.  Finally, he decides to get off the road.

What happens next?

Let's wait till tomorrow evening to find out.


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TV Channel

A farmer finally decided to buy a TV.  The store assured him that they would install the antenna and TV the next day.

The next evening the farmer turned on his new TV and found only political ads on every channel. The next morning he turned the TV on and found only political ads again.

When he came in to eat lunch he tried the TV again but still only found political ads.

The next day when he still found only political ads he called the store to complain. The owner said that it was impossible for every channel to only have political ads, but agreed to send their repairman to check the TV.

When the TV repairman turned on the TV he found that the farmer was right. After looking at the TV for a while he went outside to check the antenna. In a few minutes he returned and told the farmer he had found the problem. The antenna had been installed on top of the windmill and grounded to the manure spreader.


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The seeker of truth

After years of searching, the seeker was told to go to a cave, in which he would find a well. 'Ask the well what is truth', he was advised, 'and the well will reveal it to you'. Having found the well, the seeker asked that most fundamental question. And from the depths came the answer, 'Go to the village crossroad: there you shall find what you are seeking'.

Full of hope and anticipation the man ran to the crossroad to find only three rather uninteresting shops. One shop was selling pieces of metal, another sold wood, and thin wires were for sale in the third. Nothing and no one there seemed to have much to do with the revelation of truth.

Disappointed, the seeker returned to the well to demand an explanation, but he was told only, 'You will understand in the future.' When the man protested, all he got in return were the echoes of his own shouts. Indignant for having been made a fool of - or so he thought at the time - the seeker continued his wanderings in search of truth. As years went by, the memory of his experience at the well gradually faded until one night, while he was walking in the moonlight, the sound of sitar music caught his attention. It was wonderful music and it was played with great mastery and inspiration.

Profoundly moved, the truth seeker felt drawn towards the player. He looked at the fingers dancing over the strings. He became aware of the sitar itself. And then suddenly he exploded in a cry of joyous recognition: the sitar was made out of wires and pieces of metal and wood just like those he had once seen in the three stores and had thought it to be without any particular significance.

At last he understood the message of the well: we have already been given everything we need: our task is to assemble and use it in the appropriate way. Nothing is meaningful so long as we perceive only separate fragments. But as soon as the fragments come together into a synthesis, a new entity emerges, whose nature we could not have foreseen by considering the fragments alone.


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Two wolves


A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt.

He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one."

The grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?"

The grandfather answered: "The one I feed."


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Remaining path

Mar 28th - Last day to submit names for talent competition; email me if you have any items in mind. 

April 10th - Talent competition at 10:00 AM. 

April 11th - not sure if we have class on that day; Shall let you know as soon as I hear something. 

April 18th - Anabella and Alex present their CARS project; we cover topics such as the 'Shroud of Turin' and the 'Dead sea scrolls' if time permits. 

April 25th - Final lecture on 'Stand up for what's right'

May 2nd - Final Exam; I shall try to publish your grades online the same day.


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An Angel


Once upon a time there was a child ready to be born. So one day he asked God:

"They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

Among the many angels, I chose one for you. She will be waiting for you and will take care of you.

"But tell me, here in Heaven, I don't do anything else but sing and smile, that's enough for me to be happy."

Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you every day. And you will feel your angel's love and be happy.

"And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me, if I don't know the language that men talk?"

Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.

"I've heard that on earth there are bad men. Who will protect me?"

Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way for you to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you.

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from earth could already be heard, and the child in a hurry asked softly:

"Oh God, if I am about to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

Your angel's name is of no importance, you will call your angel: Mommy!


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Monday, March 22, 2010

Family comes first

Let me share a lesson I learned at work during April of 2008.

I was working as a consultant here in Atlanta, helping a multi billion dollar company formulate and implement their Business Intelligence strategy and vision. As the only consultant and dealing with latest technology, it was an enormous challenge. At the same time, my father in law suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized.  His condition was deteriorating and my wife was debating whether to go to India or not, since our son was attending school.  We used to talk to our good friends in Atlanta who provided us with comfort during our roller coaster ride.

It was tiring and stressful, but I commited to do my very best both at work and home.  During the day, I would do my very best to provide solutions to this company, and during nights, I would be on phone calls to India checking the condition of my father in law.  After few days, my wife left to India, and left my son with me to take care of.  I didn't want to bother the company with what I was going through. Still, my boss at work could read my face and figured something was wrong.  She asked me and expressed interest in learning what was going on. Therefore, I shared with her, the situation I was going through and told her not to share it with the top executives.

After couple of days, I received a one-on-one meeting invite with one of the executives of this company.  Thinking it was about one of the many issues we were working on, I walked into his office with all my notes.  Upon entering his office, he asked me to sit down and close the door.  Across from his large desk, he looked at me in the eye and asked, "Tell me, what's bothering you?"

At this point, I could not hide my troubles anymore and told him point blank what was going on.  He just looked at me, maintained silence for a minute, and told me something I will never forget:

"Your family comes first, and rest everything comes next. Any project can wait until you get back; let us know how we can help."

That was it. The same afternoon I booked a flight to India to be with my wife's family.  On April 4th, I reached India, and on the same day I was holding his hands by his death bed when his spirit passed away.  It seemed as if he was waiting for me to arrive and to take care of his burial rituals. If one of your friends has a death anniversary of their parents or relatives, do your best to call them up or to drop in a note.  It actually means lot more than a birthday or wedding wish; it conveys the message 'I care.'
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The qualities of this man at work, to both let me be in my pain and to offer me help were qualities of compassion that I carry with me to this day.  I am practicing to provide similar help to others who need it.

Whenever I have conflicting thoughts, I remember those words,

"Your family comes first, and rest everything comes next."


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Not my job

This's a story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody have done.

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Tea party


One day dad was in charge of his 3 year old girl at home.  Someone had gifted the little girl a little ‘tea set’ for her birthday, and it was one of her favorite toys. Dad was in the living room reading the evening news when the little girl brought Daddy a little cup of ‘tea’, which was just water.

After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, Mom came home. Dad made her wait in the living room to watch the little girl bring him a cup of tea, because it was ‘just the cutest thing!’ Mom waited, and sure enough, the little girl came down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy; and she watched him drink it up.

Then Mom said, (as only a mother would know), “Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?”

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Thou shall not

1. Thou shall not worry needlessly over mistakes.
You aren't unworthy or incapable just because you made some mistakes. Remember that mistakes are necessary for growth.

2. Thou shall not control things.
Your way is not always the best way. Remain open-minded, and don't worry if things don't go as expected.

3. Thou shall not blame others.
Don't make others responsible for your happiness. You are in control of your happiness, and you can choose to make the day a positive one.

4. Thou shall not worry needlessly.
Try not to fret about the things you can't change or have no control over. Have faith that storms never last long and tomorrow will be brighter.

5. Thou shall never surrender.
You must try to climb that hill even when it seems too steep. No matter how difficult the task seems, it's better to try than to wonder if you could have succeeded.

6. Thou shall grow.
Never think that you have to stay where you are in life. Every new day offers an opportunity for change.

7. Thou shall not judge others harshly.
Try to accept other people for who they are. Just because someone is different from you, doesn't mean they are inferior. Everyone was created in God's image.

8. Thou shall not fret over other's opinions.
Not everyone will like you, and some people will criticize you, but you must not feel unworthy. You need no one's approval to be you.

9. Thou shall not doubt your ability.
You should always have faith in yourself. Refuse to give the negative voice in your head an audience.

10. Thou shall not fix the world.
It's good to help others, but remember that you can't fix everyone's problems.

Friends for life

Friendship and friends continue to remain central to our lives. The relationship that we share with our friends is grounded in a mutual concern as our friends help us in shaping up our personalities as well. Even in this age of online social networking and ecards, the need of expanding the network of friends, whether online or offline remains a primary concern for people. We may have a very vague understanding of what makes a friend but we all want to have a good many number of friends around us.

Research has shown that the quality and nature of your friends are one of the key influencing factors in achieving happiness, self esteem, and satisfaction. Friends often affect the health and energy of a person as well. More and more people are increasingly turning towards their friends for support and mutual sharing rather than communicating to their relatives; and this sociological phenomenon has escalated the desire to make more friends. Though friendship is an impulsive relationship developed between two autonomous individuals marked by a voluntary, emotional and mutual concern, but there are certain steps, which, if implemented can win you friends or at least help you get close to those whom you want to make your friends.

The first step to make friends with someone is to make them like you. If they don't like you in the first place, it is unlikely that they'll be eager to become your friends. To let someone know that you are genuinely interested in them, simple gestures like a little smile and calling him/her by his/her name can lay the basic foundation. To make the other person feel important you need to be a good listener and encourage the other person to talk. Give your honest and sincere opinion but do not overtly criticize or make fun of him or her.

The second step of making someone your friend is to develop a mutual consideration between each other. You need to share his or her perspective and for that it is necessary for you to develop an inclination to see things from the other person's point of view. To become best of friends you must show a genuine concern and consideration for your friend's desires and opinions.

The third and final step towards friendship is to show your unconditional support and encouragement towards your friend. Moreover, you also need to be very clear about your expectations from your friend. If what you expect from the person you want to be friend, matches with what that person can and want to contribute in friendship, the developing friendship between you and your friend is assured to flourish, making both of you gratified with mutual emotional bonding.

Friendship has overwhelming significance on both social and individual level. Friendship doesn't only provide us with emotional as well as utilitarian support but it also helps us to improve our personal identities. So it is quite natural to feel the urge to reach out and make new friends, expanding your friend's circle. Using the internet and the associated services like free friendship ecards come as a natural extension to this escalating aspiration. Friendship remains familiar yet quite ambiguous for our deeper understanding of this elusive relationship but then again, friends remain the most important ingredients in the recipe of life!


-An article by Sean Carter

How many friends

The old man turned to me and asked
"How many friends have you?"
Why 10 or 20 friends have I,
And named off just a few...

He rose quite slow with effort
And sadly shook his head
"A lucky child you are
To have so many friends," he said

But think of what you're saying
There is so much you do not know
A friend is just not someone
To whom you say "Hello"

A friends a tender shoulder
On which to softly cry
A well to pour your troubles down
And raise your spirits high

A friend is a hand to pull you up
From darkness and despair...
When all your other "so called" friends
Have helped to put you there

A true friend is an ally
Who can't be moved or bought
A voice to keep your name alive
When others have forgot

But most of all a friend is a heart
A strong and sturdy wall
For from the hearts of friends
There comes the greatest love of all!!!

So think of what I've spoken
For every word is true
And answer once again my child
How many friends have you???

And then he stood and faced me
Awaiting my reply
Softly I answered
"If lucky...one have I"

"You!!!!"


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CARS - revised grades

I had a second look at the grades you gave your fellow students.  Hmm - you all are pretty strict when it comes to grades.  As a result, the highest is 84.86%.  The CARS project is the one and only homework/project I initiated for our class, this school year, and you cooperated well with me.  I am quite satisfied with your performance and am glad that you learned something new about a Biblical character.

As a teacher's bonus, I am awarding additional 10% to all your grades for the CARS project.  The revised grades are as follows.


Joseph Joy = 81.25%
James Joy = 92.5%
Rony Jacob = 90.14%
Sherlyne Sam = 91.25%
Alina Thomas = 92.78%
Merlyn Thomas = 91.39%
Sherine Sam = 81.81%
Amal Punnoose = 94.86%.


Let's wait and see how Anabella and Alex perform.


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CARS Grade

Here is the grade your peers gave you for our CARS project.  Grades are out of 100.

Joseph Joy = 71.25%
James Joy = 82.5%
Rony Jacob = 80.14%
Sherlyne Sam = 81.25%
Alina Thomas = 82.78%
Merlyn Thomas = 81.39%
Sherine Sam = 71.81%
Amal Punnoose = 84.86%. 

Good work, class.  

Anabella Jacks and Alex Thomas will present in our next class, after Easter.

A prayer


My heart aches to see you in such pain.

Valiantly, you set your chin to strive to cope, to understand and to rally your heart against such agony.

What is going on? I wish I knew.

You have grown old enough to say. "Don't worry. It's my problem and I can handle it."

And I suspect that is true. You can handle it. You will. But I remain a silent witness to the pain and fear the possible mistakes along the way.

I don't care about the mistakes: I care about you.

So here is what I promise:

Not to whisk away your pain and try to make it my own; nor attempt to cover it over with false happiness or minimize it with cliches or platitudes.

To let you take your own lessons and discover your own truths and find your own strength, and to gently offer my own truths and strength for what aid they may provide.

To care, deeply, with no strings attached.

To be on your side and by your side.

And though we may walk through he valley of darkness, to remain hopeful enough to see that we are guided by the light of grace and guarded by God's mighty arm.


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Indian Father

An Indian father takes his son into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.

He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it.  He cannot cry out for help to anyone.  Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.  He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified.  He can hear all kinds of noises.  Wild beasts must surely be all around him.  Maybe even some human might do him harm.  The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, a Great Spirit (God!) is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us.

When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him.

Moral: Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not there.

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Correction on twins

A small correction about an earlier post with regards to CARS project

Sherlyne Sam presented St. Paul
Sherine Sam presented Mary Madeline.

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Second Chance

During our next class, let's give Anabella Jacks and Alex Thomas a second chance to present their CARS project.  

Since Anabella had let me know earlier, let's not penalize her.  Alex will have to pay a small penalty for not presenting it today.  


Class on Mar 21 2010

Today in class you presented your Bible Character for our CARS project.  You came prepared to present your research topic.  Some of you wore costumes while presenting your character.  Amal had a power point presentation along with his costume to deliver his part.  Anabella could not make it today since she did not have ride today.

The following characters were presented:

Joseph Joy - Joseph
Alex Thomas - Did not present
James Joy - James
Amal Punnoose - St. Stephen
Rony Jacob - Isaiah
Sherine Sam - St. Paul
Alina Thomas - Ruth
Anabella Jacks - Did not present
Merlyn Thomas - Esther
Sherlyne Sam - Mary Madeline

The grading was done by the rest of the class on the following items:
Relevance & Costume
Clarity of presentation
Interesting fact presented
Something new that you learned during this research.

I have not compiled your grades yet - shall post it soon.  James Joy took pictures of your presentation and is going to mail it to us.

We had a fun time during our Easter treat yesterday.  All of you showed up on time, and we reached there on time despite heavy traffic.  It was nice to hear that you enjoyed our outing.  James Joy took some pictures of our outing and he said he will email it to our group.

We will not have Sunday school next Sunday due to Palm Sunday.  The following Sunday is Easter and we will not have class on that Sunday either.  The week after Easter, you have spring break.  Most of the schools have tests/exams this week, before your spring break.  Do well on your tests and enjoy your spring break.

Days till Easter = 13.

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