TIDBITS

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TRUST
“It takes years to build trust and a few seconds to destroy it”

VALUE
“What is most valuable is not what you have in your life but who you have in your life”.

MONEY
“Money can buy everything but happiness”.

DON’T HURT ANYBODY
“It only takes a few seconds to hurt people you love, and it can take years to heal”.

LIVE TODAY
There are two eternities that can break you down. Yesterday and Tomorrow. One is gone and the other doesn’t exist… So live today”.

MARRIAGE
Do not marry a person that you know that you can live with; only marry someone that you cannot live without”.

SHARERS
“A successful relationship is not built on givers and takers only, but on people who also become sharers”.

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The Peacock and The Crow

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A crow lived in the forest and was absolutely satisfied in life. But one day he saw a swan. “This swan is so white,” he thought, “and I am so black. This swan must be the happiest bird in the world.”

He expressed his thoughts to the swan. “Actually,” the swan replied, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a parrot, which has two colors. I now think the parrot is the happiest bird in creation.” The crow then approached the parrot. The parrot explained, “I lived a very happy life until I saw a peacock. I have only two colors, but the peacock has multiple colors.”

The crow then visited a peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him. After the people had left, the crow approached the peacock. “Dear peacock,” the crow said, “you are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. When people see me, they immediately shoo me away. I think you are the happiest bird on the planet.”

The peacock replied, “I always thought that I was the most beautiful and happy bird on the planet. But because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this zoo. I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realized that the crow is the only bird not kept in a cage. So for past few days I have been thinking that if I were a crow, I could happily roam everywhere.”

Moral of the story:

Too often this is our problem too. We make unnecessary comparison with others and become sad. We don’t value what God has given us. This all leads to the vicious cycle of unhappiness. Learn to be happy in what you have instead of looking at what you don’t have. There will always be someone who will have more or less than you have. Person who is satisfied with what he/she has, is the happiest person in the world.

2 Cor. 10:12For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

1 Timothy 6:8And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”

Hebrews 13:5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Rebellion Strange or Virtuous ?

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Strange Rebellion

I recently read an online piece that claimed the common social perception of a young adult who is trying to live a life in pursuit of God is that they are conformists, have a herd mentality and lack the ability to reasonably think for themselves. In other words, the concept of individualism has been lost on those people; for if they truly had a unique personality then their life path would be one of their own choosing – not adherence to an ancient book……..adherence which includes the attempt, not the guarantee, of being submitted to and respectful of New Testament Christian teaching.

Let’s consider that. What is the alternative to the somewhat predictable and old fashioned values a Christian is expected to live by? If there are 10 million ( probably a generous estimate) American young adults honestly striving for that life of supposed conformity, then that means there are tens of millions more who aren’t: who aren’t concerned with God, church community, church culture or Biblical guidance.

Is it possible that viewing Christ as the foundation of your life is true rebellion?…against society, excuses, pride, rationalization, selfishness? If so, the idea of virtuous rebellion isn’t that strange after all.

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Virtuous Rebellion

Our culture celebrates rebellion, the guy who goes out on his own and fights the system, wears abnormal, and yet strikingly awesome clothes and, of course, he’s not clean-shaven.

Closer examination of rebellion reveals that rebels all look and act the same. Kids think being a rebel is refusing social norms, yet rebellion is the social norm (against the ways of the world). All rebelling kids have the same dumb look.

Rebellion is not inherently from sin. In other words, rebellion “aint always bad”, it can, in fact, be rather righteous.

Virtuous rebellion is the rebellion against sin, against state tyranny. Being righteous is the greatest form of rebellion in this world. Tough guys think smoking, drinking, drugs and fighting are rebellion. It’s actually weak to insinuate strength through those things. True toughness is denying all these.

When you rebel to righteousness the people will hate you, that’s how you know if your rebellion is truly rebellious. We are to be fighting a fight of faith and it’s a fight of rebellion.

We fight to throw off the shackles of slavery to sin and the world’s vices and enter into righteousness. We fight to throw off the world and cling to Heaven. We fight to mortify the deeds of our body and present our bodies as living sacrifices.

Rebel against stupid. Rebel against sin. Rebel against evil and the powers of this world. Come out from among them and be separate. This is true rebellion. Anything else is just following the crowd on the broad road.

“I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. […] It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”

“Does the end justify the means? That is possible. But what will justify the end? To that question, which historical thought leaves pending, rebellion replies: the means.”

Rebellion Def:

“is a refusal of obedience. It may therefore be seen as encompassing a range of behaviors from civil disobedience and mass nonviolent resistance, to violent and organized attempts to destroy an established corrupt authority such as the government or corporation, to refuse or fail to participate with the accepted norm or adherence of forced social changes through new laws that reflect an immoral or subversive unity for the masses for the good of all. Those who participate in rebellions are known as “rebels”.

If you are not running into people on this matter, or running into and having issues with the devil, then it’s probably because you’re tunning in the same direction.”

CAN YOU RELATE?

 

Funny Friday

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IT’S FRIDAY!!! Ok, so as I’ve said before here; can’t be serious all the time. LOL With that said, below here are a couple of funny writes I ran across. Hope they put a smile on your face. Share ’em! Have a great weekend to all those watching. More later. God loves you and so do I! -“…ofthestory.”

#1

Inner Peace !

I’m passing this on because it worked for me today.

A doctor on TV said to have inner peace we should finish things we started,

and we all could use more calm in our lives.

I looked around my house to find things I’d started and hadn’t finished,

so I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay,

a bodle of Bailey’s, a butle of wum, tha mainder of Valiuminun scriptins,

an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how fablus I feel rite now.

Sned this to all who need inner peas. An telum u luvum!

#2

A Confession – Funny Retirement Speech

A priest was being honored at his retirement dinner after 25 years in the parish. A leading local politician, who was also a member of the congregation, was chosen to make the presentation and give a little leaving speech at the dinner. He was delayed so the priest decided to say his own few words while they waited.

‘I got my first impression of the parish from the first confession I heard here. I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place. The very first person who entered my confessional told me he had stolen a television set and, when stopped by the police, had almost murdered the officer. He had stolen money from his parents, embezzled from his place of business, had an affair with his boss’s wife, taken illegal drugs. I was appalled. But as the days went on I knew that my people were not all like that and I had, indeed, come to a fine parish full of good and loving people.’

Just as the priest finished his talk the politician arrived full of apologies at being late. He immediately began to make the presentation and give his speech.

‘I’ll never forget the first day our parish priest arrived, ‘said the politician.’ In fact, I had the honor of being the first one to go to him in confession.’

Restaurant Feeds Around 40 Homeless People Every Day

The following was not written by me, nor modified in any way by me. And, it does not reflect a saying, or cliche’ but what it does inspire us to give in all we do, including in our business. I know there are hungry people all over the world. However, the ones that are neglected and hungry and should not be are right here in our own back yard. Before we can fix the world, we maybe should start right where we are….to fix things here at ground zero before we can effectively reach out to a dying world. PLUS, pizza just happens to be my favorite food.

If you’re wondering where to go, what to do…then start where you’re at, with what you got. This story not only inspires us to give without expectation of return, but to walk in love to those who have no one. We can be that person’s someone…and never needing to reveal our identity. We are in it to win it AND to help our own neighbors attain that same victory. Stories like this always inspire me further; I hope they will inspire you.

Jesus made this statement: 34 “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:34-40

Restaurant Feeds Around 40 Homeless People Every Day

‘When 27-year-old business school graduate Mason Wartman quit his Wall Street job to sell $1 pizza slices, to many of his friends it seemed like the anticlimax of a brilliant career. But the man was simply trying to achieve a different sort of greatness with his no-frills pizza shop, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, in Philadelphia’s Center City. In the past one year, the shop has served 8,500 free slices of pizza to homeless people, by harnessing the generosity of its patrons.

The shop operates by a ‘pay it forward’ system – customers who walk in to buy pizza can also sponsor a slice for a homeless person. In this way, about 30 to 40 homeless people are able to eat for free at Rosa’s every single day.

Even before the pay-it-forward scheme was implemented, Rosa’s Pizza, which is located on an almost vacant block, used to always give away free slices to hungry homeless people in the neighborhood. But one day last March, a customer asked if he could pay for the next homeless person who walked in. Wartman immediately agreed, and then put up a sticky note on the wall, just to keep track of the pre-paid slice.’

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‘Before he knew it, word had spread and more and more patrons came in with similar offers. Soon, the walls were covered with over 500 sticky notes. Although he now keeps track of donations at the cash register, Wartman has left all the notes on the walls as a symbol of the warmth and generosity of his customers. “They’re just really nice people, you know,” he said. “Sometimes homeless people buy them for other homeless people.”

According to Wartman, a lot of people want to help out, but aren’t sure what to do. “This is a super-easy way, a super-efficient way and a super-transparent way to help the homeless.” he explained. The handout slices now account for 10 percent of his overall business.’

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‘He said that the first customer who started it all was inspired by a similar practice in Italy, called ‘suspended coffee’, where customers purchase an extra cup of coffee for someone who can’t afford it.

Wartman also revealed that a lot of homeless people told him they were touched by the gesture, and that it has helped them avoid petty crime in order to get money for food. “I knew it saved people money,” he said. “I hadn’t considered that it stopped people from committing crime.”

Some of the recipients of the free slices of pizza have also left notes of appreciation on the wall. “I just want to thank everyone that donated to Rosa’s; it gave me a place to eat everyday and the opportunity to get back on my feet,” a note read. “I start a new job tomorrow!”

While most food-related businesses turn the homeless away from their premises, Wartman surely is doing something gutsy and different. According to Susan Mudambi, a professor of marketing at the Fox School of Business at Temple University, customers don’t usually reject businesses because they serve the homeless. “Rosa’s Pizza did it right,” she added.’

READ MORE HERE > http://www.post-gazette.com/news/portfolio/2015/01/17/Portfolio-Philadelphia-pizza-shop-clients-pay-it-forward-buy-slices-for-homeless/stories/201501170028

Our reward for our actions and motives may not clearly be seen among men, and that’s fine. The fruit of our giving is known unto God and our satisfaction in our deeds is us knowing that we helped some one eat. Somewhere in our past God brought someone into our lives that helped us. We need to remember our neighbors in need. Motives (heart) are everything. We never want to give anything that does not cost us something. If we give to get that “tax write-off,” then it profits us nothing (ref. 1 Cor. 13:3 KJV)

Do all you do as unto the Lord Jesus. I learned long time ago, that if you have one hand open to give, the other hand will always be full.

Remember the poor and the cold tonight as you lay down in your warm bed….tell the Lord you care. And ask Him what more can you do.

Matt. 6:6 “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”

THE BAR HAS BEEN RAISED! -“…ofthestory.”

A Fascinating Story!

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A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband,dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into the president of Harvard’s outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn’t even deserve to be in Cambridge.

She frowned. “We want to see the president,” the man said softly. “He’ll be busy all day,” the secretary snapped. “We’ll wait,” the lady replied. For hours, the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away.

They didn’t. And the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted to do. “Maybe if they just see you for a few minutes, they’ll leave,” she told him.

And he sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn’t have the time to spend with them, but he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office. The president, stern-faced with dignity, strutted toward the couple. The lady told him, “We had a son that attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he died. And my husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus.”

The president wasn’t touched, he was shocked. “Madam,” he said gruffly. “We can’t put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery“. “Oh, no,” the lady explained quickly. “We don’t want to erect a statue.”

We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard.” The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, “A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical plant at Harvard.”

For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. He could get rid of them now. And the lady turned to her husband and said quietly, “Is that all it costs to start a University? Why don’t we just start our own?” Her husband nodded. The president’s face wilted in confusion and bewilderment. And Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the University that bears their name, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.

Maybe…

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-Maybe………..

Maybe it’s good to meet a few wrong people before meeting the right one so that when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful to God for them.

A woman’s heart should be so into Jesus, that it takes a man seeking HIM, to find her

When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one that has been opened for us.

The best kind of friend is the kind that you can sit on a porch and swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.

It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.

Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they’ll love you back! Don’t expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their hearts but if it doesn’t, be content it grew in yours.

It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

Don’t go for looks; they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile.

There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real!

Don’t be a woman who needs a man….. be a woman a man needs

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you wise, enough sorrow to make you strong, enough hope to make you happy.

Always put yourself in others’ shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person too.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.

The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can’t go on doing well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

Never leave the one you love for the one you like, for the one you like will leave you for the one they love.

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends………never end!.

-Maybe so……………