Saturday, April 23, 2011

Year end gift

It was the end of the school year, and a kindergarten teacher was receiving gifts from her pupils. The florist’s son handed her a gift. She shook it, held it overhead, and said, “I bet I know what it is. Flowers.”

“That’s right!” the boy said, “But, how did you know?”

“Oh, just a wild guess,” the teacher said.

The next student was the candy-store owner’s daughter. The teacher held her gift overhead, shook it, and said, “I bet I can guess what it is. A box of chocolates.”

“That’s right, Miss Jones, but how did you know?” asked the girl.

“Oh, just a wild guess,” said the teacher.

The next gift was from the son of the liquor store owner. The teacher started to hold his package overhead, but noticed it was leaking. She touched a drop of the liquid with her finger and tasted it.

“Is it wine?” she asked.

“No,” the boy replied, with some excitement.

The teacher repeated the process, tasting a larger drop of the leakage. “Is it champagne?” she asked.

“No,” the boy replied, with more excitement.

Miss Jones took one more big taste before declaring, “I give up, what is it?”

With great glee, the boy replied, “It’s a puppy!”


Friday, April 22, 2011

7 words from the cross

1. "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." - Luke 23:34

On the cross, Jesus forgives his enemies. Their slate is wiped clean. I can’t leave the cross just yet; I don’t know how to forgive my friends, my family let alone my enemies.

Forgive me, Lord, that I may forgive others.

2. "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise." - Luke 23:43

The dying thief may have spoken the greatest words of faith in the whole Bible; this dying man looks upon another dying man, and believes that this man will bring in God’s kingdom. If that is faith, do I believe yet? Lord, I believe - help my unbelief.

Forgive me, Lord, and increase my faith.

3. "Woman, here is your son." - John 19:26-27

If I were in your place, Lord, I doubt I’d be thinking of others. Every little pain and discomfort directs my attention inward. Yet on the cross, you see your mother and you see to her welfare. You know the pain she feels and will always feel, and you provide for her.

Forgive me, Lord, and show me how to care for others.

4. "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" - Matthew 27:46

I cannot fathom what it meant for you to say those words, Lord, what agony of spirit you were going through, what it was like to be separated from the Father when you had never before known such separation.

Forgive me, Lord, and turn my face towards my Father God.

5. "I am thirsty." - John 19:28

We sometimes think you are above these things, Lord. Thirst. Hunger. Tiredness. When a child says, "I’m thirsty," we know what to do. We get a glass of water. But you, Lord - you are the one who gives us the Living Water! Yet you thirst.

Forgive me, Lord, and turn my face towards those in need.

6. "It is finished." - John 19:30

Lord, you didn’t say, "I am finished." Instead, you said, "It is finished." The work you had come to do was done. You had returned to the Father, the awful pain of being cut off was gone. You were victorious; you had done what you set out to do. You remained faithful to death, you loved your own unto the very end. You promised that those servants who keep your word will one day hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant." First and foremost, these words are for you.

Lord, forgive me, and keep me faithful to you.

7. "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." - Luke 23:46

Having done all, you take your last breath, and entrust yourself to your Father. So often, Lord, I stand at a distance from you. I avoid obeying you if it might cost me; I fear that I do not possess a commendable spirit.

Forgive me, Lord, and purify my heart, that the promise may be mine too.


Thursday, April 21, 2011


A new driver for an interstate trucking company found the long cross-country trips extremely tiring.  But he noticed that the older driver who traveled with him seemed to thrive on the road.  He always looked as fresh at the end of the ride as he did at the start.  So one day the young man asked the older driver what his secret was.

"It's all in your attitude," he replied.  "While you went to work this morning, I went for a ride in the country."

Your focus will determine whether life is work or a ride in the country.

Winston Churchill once said, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Coffee Cups

There once was this wise teacher who took all his students for coffee. They were surprised that all the cups on the table were different. They all took a cup and started drinking their coffee, each looking at the cups of others.

The teacher let them do that for a while and then said, "Do you notice your behaviour? You all are looking at each other´s coffee cup and I can see some of you with the chipped ones are even envious of the finer cups of others. Is this not so?"

The students agreed, amused of their own behavior.

"You may have wondered why you all had different cups, but I put them here on purpose. You see - they represent life itself. Life is like that coffee - and the cups are like the physical circumstances of your life. You all got the same thing in your cups - coffee. And yet you cannot truly enjoy it in your envy of another´s cup. It is just the same with life. You forget to enjoy your own life when you concentrate on envying the circumstances of someone else's life. So now, close your eyes, and taste your own coffee. Really taste it. And tell me - did it matter from which cup it came from?"


Keys to happiness

Happiness is finding good things in your life - right here, right now. Realizing you have wonderful things all around you. So many people live their life stuck on the idea they will only be happy once they have achieved this, that and the other thing.

And when they do - they realize they aren´t happy after all. Because then they have new things to want. There is no way they can put on a happy face - for real. They haven´t learned to like the wanting-part  - i.e., the journey itself. Their mind is set on the idea they cannot be happy unless they have achieved something (or everything). They haven´t learned to find happiness in their journey towards the wanted thing.

Happiness is an attitude. And as such you carry the keys to happiness with you where ever you go - it is all inside your own mind. You can learn that attitude of happiness if you so decide.

By finding things to appreciate here and now you flow easier with your life - you let the river of life take you. Learn to appreciate your life first as it is can bring almost magical results.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Kandu, the Amazing 2-Legged Dog

For the pet lovers.

Playing in the dirt

As a group of college students were touring the slums of a large  city, one of them, upon witnessing a young child playing in the dirt, asked the guide, "Why doesn't her mother clean her up?"

Came the reply, "Because, her mother loves her, but doesn't hate the dirt enough. You hate the dirt, but don't love the child enough to clean her up. Until love for the child, and hate for the dirt reside in the same person, the child will continue to play in the dirt."


Monday, April 18, 2011

God is Love

In his book, a minister carried a bookmark that was made of silk threads woven into a motto.  The back of the bookmark was a tangled web of crossed threads that seemed to be without reason or purpose.

When the minister visited a home or hospital room where there was great trouble, sorrow, or death, he would frequently show the bookmark, first presenting the reverse side with all its unintelligible tangle.

When the distressed one had examined it intently without finding any meaning to the seeming disorder, the minister would ask him to turn the fabric over.  Immediately, against a white silk background, there appeared a phrase in colored threads: "God is Love."  That side made sense, it had order and meaning.

So it is in life.  We often experience events that seem to be without explanation or meaning, like a maze of tangled threads.  But when we are face to face with Christ and can view our life from eternity, we will see that every detail - good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant - was woven together to show us that indeed "God is Love."


Sunday, April 17, 2011



Burnt Biscuits

A story I came across about happiness:


When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.

On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school.

I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing… never made a face nor uttered a word about it!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then.”

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides – a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!”

As I’ve grown older, I’ve thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults - and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences – is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that’s my prayer for you today… that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal-breaker!

Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket – keep it in your own. So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.

Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

“Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no points.”