Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tamed as a chicken


Once upon a time, while walking through the forest, a certain man found a young eagle. He took it home and put it in his barnyard where it soon learned to eat chicken feed and to behave as chickens behave.

One day, a naturalist who was passing by inquired of the owner why it was that an eagle, the king of all birds, should be confined to live in the barnyard with the chickens.

"Since I have given it chicken feed and trained it to be a chicken, it has never learned to fly." replied the owner. "It behaves as chickens behave, so it is no longer an eagle."

"Still," insisted the naturalist, "it has the heart of an eagle and can surely be taught to fly."

After talking it over, the two men agreed to find out whether this was possible. Gently, the naturalist took the eagle in his arms and said, "You belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth your wings and fly."

The eagle, however, was confused; he did not know who he was, and seeing the chickens eating their feed, he jumped down to be with them again.

Undismayed, the naturalist took the eagle, on the following day, up on the roof of the house and urged him again, "You are an eagle. Stretch forth your wings and fly." But the eagle was afraid of his unknown self and world and jumped down once more for the chicken feed.

On the third day, the naturalist rose early and took the eagle out of the barnyard to a high mountain. There, he held the king of birds high above him and encouraged him again, saying, "You are an eagle. You belong to the sky as well as the earth. Stretch forth your wings now, and fly."

The eagle looked around, back toward the barnyard and up to the sky. Still he did not fly.

Then the naturalist lifted him straight toward the sun and it happened that the eagle began to tremble and slowly he stretched his wings. At last, with a triumphant cry, he soared away into the heavens.

It may be that the eagle still remembers the chickens with nostalgia; it may even be that he occasionally revisits the barnyard. But as far as anyone knows, he has never returned to lead the life of a chicken. He was an eagle even though he had been kept and tamed as a chicken.

Some Christians never know their full potential or what they could have done. It is sad to live a life of regrets. Don’t live another person’s dreams. Don’t be born an original and die a copy. Seek to soar high above the ground and reach your fullest potential for God. Don’t think you are a chicken when you are an eagle. Uncap and release your potential!  Reach towards your God-given goals. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). Lift your wings and soar high toward the heavens. Look into the face of God and shout, “This is where I belong.” Eagles were meant to soar not remain on the ground.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Doubting Thomas


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Handwriting


A weary mother returned from the store, lugging groceries through the kitchen door.
Awaiting her arrival was her 8 year old son, anxious to relate what his younger brother had done.

‘While I was out playing and Dad was on a call, T.J. took his crayons and wrote on the wall
It’s on the new paper you just hung in the den. I told him you’d be mad at having to do it again.’

She let out a moan and furrowed her brow, ‘Where is your little brother right now?’
She emptied her arms and with a purposeful stride she marched to his closet where he had gone to hide.

She called his full name as she entered his room. He trembled with fear–he knew that meant doom
For the next ten minutes, she ranted and raved about the expensive wallpaper and how she had saved.

Lamenting all the work it would take to repair, she condemned his actions and total lack of care.
The more she scolded, the madder she got, then stomped from his room, totally distraught

She headed for the den to confirm her fears when she saw the wall, her eyes flooded with tears.
The message she read pierced her soul with a dart. It said, ‘I love Mommy’, surrounded by a heart.

Well, the wallpaper remained, just as she found it, with an empty picture frame hung to surround it.
A reminder to her, and indeed to all: ‘Take time to read the handwriting on the wall.’

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

What really matters


A young entrepreneur was opening the door of his sleek new Jaguar when a truck roared by, hit it, and ripped it off its hinges.

The police arrived at the scene quickly and found the man jumping up and down in the street. He was shrieking to anyone who would listen about the horrible damage done to his precious automobile.

"You wheeler-dealers are all so materialistic!" began the investigating officer, shaking his head in bewilderment.

"You make me sick."

"What's your problem?" the driver snapped.

"You're so worried about your precious Jag," said the cop, "that you appear not to have noticed that your left arm was ripped off!"

"Oh, no!" bellowed the guy as he looked down at the grisly stump where his arm had been a few minutes before.

"Where's my Rolex?"

When someone is told that he or she has a major disease and only a few months to live, that person can tell you what really matters.

 - You will think about the people who are most important to you.

 - You will think about what happens after you have taken your last breath.

 - Where will you spend eternity?

We must think of those things that really matter!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Windshield wipers

One rainy afternoon a mother was driving along one of the main streets of town. Suddenly, her son Matthew spoke up from his relaxed position in the rear seat.

“Mom, I’m thinking of something.”

This announcement usually meant he had been pondering some fact for a while and was now ready to expound all that his seven-year-old mind had discovered. His mother was eager to hear.

“What are you thinking?” she asked.

“The rain, is like sin and the windscreen wipers are like God, wiping our sins away.”

“That’s really good, Matthew”, she replied. Then her curiosity broke in. How far would this little boy take this revelation?

So she asked,”Do you notice how the rain keeps on coming? What does that tell you?”

Matthew didn’t hesitate one moment with his answer: “We keep on sinning, and God just keeps on forgiving us.”

Isn’t it comforting to know that God does keep forgiving us? That all we have to do is trust Jesus as our savior and He will keep washing our sins away.


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Monday, May 23, 2011

Always remember


Your presence is a present to the world.
You're unique and one of a kind.
Your life can be what you want it to be.
Take the days just one at a time.

Count your blessings, not your troubles.
You'll make it through whatever comes along.
Within you are so many answers.
Understand, have courage, be strong.

Don't put limits on yourself.
So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Reach for your peak, your goal, and your prize.

Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
Don't take things too seriously.
Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.

Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot . . . goes forever.
Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
Life's treasures are people . . . together.

Realize that it's never too late.
Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
Have health and hope and happiness.
Take the time to wish upon a star.

And don't ever forget . . .
For even a day . . .
How very special you are.


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Parent's prayer


They’re only little once.

Grant me the wisdom to guide them down the path that their feet should take.
For I know that they can never turn back and walk those paths with me again.

Give me the wisdom to guide their feet so that someday they’ll be able to walk alone.

They’re only little once.
Give me the time I need to enjoy them.
For I know that after they’re grown,
I’ll never have another chance to tell stories and pretend at those tea parties.
I’ll never have another chance to watch them in a school play or church sing,
or to see them catch that first fish or hit that first home run ball.

Give me the time in life’s busy schedule to have fun with my children.

They’re only little once.
Let me be a loving parent.
Let me correct and not punish,
explain and not merely scold.
Let me know when to correct, and how often,
and when it’s best to just look the other way.

Help me be patient and give me a gentle hand to mold them into better people.

They’re only little once.

Let me be a good teacher and an even better example.
Give me the right words and deeds to teach them.
Grant me the key to unlock their spirits and set them truly free.
For they’re only little one time,
only innocent and trusting and pliable for a space of time,
one minute in an eternity.

Let me do my best for them while I have the chance.

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Today is the day


Today is the day I will change my mind,
and leave all the negative things behind.
Today is the day I want to be free,
and not let life troubles get to me.

Today is the day I will do my best,
and make sure I focus to past each day's test.
Today is the day I will take a stand,
and choose to do right to my fellow man.

Today is the day I will put my foot down,
and encourage myself when I feel I want to frown.
Today is the day, no longer will I doubt
in spite of the grumblers who stand about.

You look at me and ask "How will you start?",
"Well, first there must be a change in my heart".
I will hang with new friends who want to achieve,
and who want a good education cause that's what I believe.

I will respect those around me, young and old,
for respect is the key, that's what I've been told.
I will demand excellence you see,
for I must insist to become a better me.

I will reach for the stars no matter how hard it seems,
and fly like a bird with the knowledge this journey brings.
So you see it's not impossible, I must take life day by day
and do the right things as I travel along the way!



Credits: Semetra Vanison

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Congratulations


Congratulations, graduating class!!

Over the period of years, you have sat through many classes and learned numerous life lessons - lessons about Old Testament, New Testament, Prayer, Wisdom, Trinity, etc..

For many of you attending Sunday school was voluntary, but remember, as a Christian, following Christ is not optional.  At Sunday school, have learned where the true wisdom for your everyday occupation and daily life comes from.

As you graduate from the Sunday school and say, "Hooray, no more Sunday school," you are embarking into the real world, equipped with the knowledge and wisdom you gained over the past 12 years.  At times of hardships and joy, submit yourself to our Lord and refer the Bible for answers.

Grow up as good citizens, fruitful for the society.  Let your parents and friends be proud and rejoice in what you have to deliver to the world.

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