Saturday, June 11, 2011

Optimist and Pessimist


An optimist finds the positive in the negative, and a pessimist can only find the negative in the positive.

An avid duck hunter was in the market for a new bird dog. His search ended when he found a dog that could actually walk on water to retrieve a duck. Shocked by his find, he was sure none of his friends would ever believe him.

He decided to try to break the news to a friend of his, a pessimist by nature, and invited him to hunt with him and his new dog.

As they waited by the shore, a flock of ducks flew by. They fired, and a duck fell. The dog responded and jumped into the water. The dog, however, did not sink but instead walked across the water to retrieve the bird, never getting more than his paws wet. This continued all day long; each time a duck fell, the dog walked across the surface of the water to retrieve it.

The pessimist watched carefully, saw everything, but did not say a single word. On the drive home the hunter asked his friend, "Did you notice anything unusual about my new dog?"

"I sure did," responded the pessimist. "He can't swim."

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Dad



God took
the strength of a mountain
the majesty of a tree
the warmth of the summer sun
the calm of a quiet sea
the generous soul of nature
the comforting arm of night
the wisdom of the ages
the power of the eagle’s flight
the joy of a morning in spring
the faith of a mustard seed
the patience of eternity
the depth of a family need

Then God combined these qualities when there was nothing more to add.

He knew His masterpiece was complete and so He called it ‘Dad.'



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Friday, June 10, 2011

Catch

Apart from spending our day in the mountains, here is today's catch.

We maxed our quota of 8 per person per day, and let go of some smaller ones. Let them grow big and we'll go get them at a later time.





Birds

It is believed that King Solomon observed nature so much he could even talk to the creatures.  He knew about Botany and Zoology so much from his observation.

This morning, let's observe the birds outside.  As the sun comes out, birds are ready in our yard, picking their own food, and joyfully chirping.  Those birds didn't have anything to worry about in the world.  They live in such a way they trust their creator so much, that He will find food for them.

While the birds trust God day by day, they also work hard from dawn to dusk. Someone once said, "Pray as if everything depends on God, and then work as if everything depends on you."

Let us pray to the Lord and share our worries and concerns.  Let's work hard everyday like the birds.  Let us trust our Lord to provide resources.  We won't have the time to worry.


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Purpose in life

Take some time and think about this.  What does time mean to you?  How precious is time for you?  As you are reading this, time is ticking and you can do nothing to stop it. How do you invest your time?  How do you prioritize time?

Do you know your purpose in life?  What are you planning to do with your life, with the time you have on hand?  Are you working towards that purpose everyday?  If you do not yet know your purpose in life yet, spend some time with God and seek that answer.  Ask, and you will be answered.  We believe in the living God, and we should open a communication channel with God.  I promise, if you try talking to God, He will answer you - He wants to talk to us, just like how we talk to our family and friends.

At an early age, we choose what subjects to learn in college and pave our path towards a certain career.  However, that just sets you on a career path - but not on a life path. We ought to know our purpose in life to act accordingly, and that's where we need the help of God.  Once you understand your purpose in life, it adds a brand new dimension with a meaning to your life.

Next, we need the blessing and support to move on that path.  There will be challenges and obstacles en-route, but we can overcome them with the support and guidance of Holy Spirit.

Knowing your purpose in life and having the support and back up of Lord to accomplish that purpose will fulfill your life.

Talk to God and seek that answer for your purpose in life - it will be the best investment of time you ever made.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Son and Dad


One night a father overheard his son pray, “Dear God, make me the kind of man my Daddy is.”

Later that night the father prayed, “Dear God, make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.”

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Love and romance



One woman believed her life should always be with romance. She found herself seated at a banquet next to a gentleman in his eighties - about her age. She stared at him until she had his attention.

Finally, she said, "Please forgive me for staring at you like this, but I can't help it. You see, you look exactly like my third husband!"

"Oh," he responded. "How many times have you been married?"

With a warm smile and a twinkle in her eye, she patted his hand and answered, "Twice!"

Many find love, but some will also find romance - and keep it.

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Dalmatian



Do you remember our childhood days, when we used to discuss 'big topics' without having a clue about it?  We must have heard one of two sentences pertaining to the topic from our parents or relatives and then we go on and add our imagination to it. :-) Here is one such story:

On an end-of-the-year field trip, a kindergarten teacher was walking her class along the road when a fire engine roared past. Sitting in the front seat was a Dalmatian.

The children immediately started debating the dog’s duties.

“They use him to keep the crowds back,” said one.

“No,” said another. “The dog’s just for good luck.”

A third child brought the argument to a close.

“They use the dogs,” she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrants.”

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Prayer life


How's your prayer life? Fulfilling or disappointing?

We have heard numerous times the importance of prayer.  Most people pray. But the reality is, prayer is often disappointing. We don't get the results we desire.

Prayer is not about asking God for what we want. We should never approach God as if we are approaching Santa Claus. Prayer is about finding out what He wants and finding the strength to do it. Our selfish prayers are the ones that disappoint us. According to the book of James, it says, "You ask and do not receive because you ask selfishly."

On the contrary, prayers to get to know God, to find strength and to do His will, to receive the Holy Spirit, etc., bring tremendous results - sometimes even supernatural results. This kind of praying is powerful because you get connected instantly with the ultimate power source - the God of the universe. According to the book of Luke, it says, “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Next time you pray to God, check your motive.  If your motives are clean and good, you'll be surprised how fulfilling the results are.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Lessons from animals


ELEPHANTS:
Have you ever noticed elephants that weigh tons tied to a small wooden stake with nothing but a rope that they could break without effort? Their training starts out with a steel cable that they cannot break. After a while, the cable is removed and the rope is put on. They never try to break the rope because they are so used to not being able to break the cable.

FISH:
Put a piece of plexi-glass down the center of a fish aquarium. The fish will not be able to go to the other side of the tank. After a while, remove the glass. The fish will swim up to where the glass was, but never attempts to swim farther. They remember bumping into the glass.

Many of us, since we are so used to it, we stay in a prison of our own making when all we would have to do is take a couple of steps out of our comfort zone to be truly free. We seldom think about anything outside that  comfort zone.

However, there are select few independent thinkers, who take the bold move of deviating from the regular norms.  They think for themselves, without being biased, and choose what their consciousness tells them is right.  They hold their heads up, and are not scared about the implications of what their friends or society think of them.  They are the ones who set new trends and standards. They are the ones who dare to walk on water.

Moral: If we want to walk on the water, we’ve got to get out of the boat.

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Indirect talk


A woman was sipping on a glass of wine while sitting on the patio with her husband.

She says, "I love you so much. I don't know how I could ever live without you."

Her husband asks, "Is that you or the wine talking?"

She replies, "It's me...... talking to the wine."

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