Five Short Chapters on Change

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Chapter 1.
I walk down a street and there’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. It takes forever to get out. It’s my fault.

Chapter 2.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It still takes a long time to get out. It’s not my fault.

Chapter 3.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It’s becoming a habit. It is my fault. I get out immediately.

Chapter 4.
I walk down the same street and see the deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.

Chapter 5.
I walk down a different street.

I will add this, when I was walking without God in my life, I was dying…and dying for no reason. When I met Jesus, He took me off that street I was going down (going down literally) and put me on a higher road with plenty of purpose and a new direction. Now I’m living, and living life more abundantly. He, died to give it to me. Jesus gave me real meaning, new goals and a drive to get there. And definitely saved my life; healing me inside and out! That’s my short testimony!

In our lives there are many holes along the journey….and there are many streets. I know there are explorers out there, but in my experience, there are some streets we should just not go near. There is a school of hard knock, but we don’t have to show up for class. There is a better way. Amen?

Read this a couple of times….let just these little sentences sink in….and ponder the day, what changes you could make, what new path could you take instead of the one your on. I know you have faith, but you have to act on it. “…ofthestory

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Things Sure Have Changed

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I know this is probably dated for the time in which it was written or applied; regardless of who wrote the following. Once in a while, things such as this serve if nothing else to remind us of how things use to be and how people perceived them to be during that period in time. In my educated and experienced opinion, things sure have changed. Of course I wish I could say they have changed for the better, but then if things were just “cherry” and all was right in the world, we would never look beyond our scope of plane and hope for a newer world to emerge from this one; or as I should correctly put, a new earth and Heavens were righteousness ONLY dwells. I’m sure opinions will vary on this- but suffice to say…..we hang many of our hopes on a day where, aside from the world’s standards will be a utopia of truth and righteousness will be dominating every aspect of life for all eternity as God has so said will come to pass ( 2 Pet 3:13 ).

Of course, if there is to be that future bliss of Heaven there must also be a counterpart to it, where those in this world desire only to continue to rebel living in the most worst of evil, there must be a day of reckoning, Hell…..and so it shall be. I’ve never been good at breaking bad news to people….but I really ENJOY BEING TRUTHFUL ABOUT IT. ANYWAY, ENJOY THE FOLLOWING….This is just one of those itches I had to scratch ๐Ÿ˜ “…OFTHESTORY.”
Excerpt from Charles Sykes

On the rules of life for graduates.

Some have said this was from Bill Gates’ talk to high school graduates
but probably he did not say this unless he quoted Sykes.
Remember Gates built his empire on the work and success of another.

RULE 1.

Life is not fair; get used to it.

RULE 2.

The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you
to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

RULE 3.

You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school OR
college. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone, until you earn
both.

RULE 4.

If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He
doesn’t have tenure.

RULE 5.

Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a
different word for burger flipping; they called it opportunity.

RULE 6.

If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your
mistakes, learn from them.

RULE 7.

Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now.
They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and
listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the
rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try
“delousing” the closet in your own room.

RULE 8.

Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has
not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they’ll give
you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear
the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

RULE 9.

Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very
few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on
your own time.

RULE 10.

Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave
the coffee shop and go to jobs.

RULE 11.

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

The Great Fire and the Little Water

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Among the Aztec people of Mexico, it is said that a long time ago there was a great fire in the forests that covered our Earth. People and animals started to run, trying to escape from the fire. Our brother owl, Tecolotl, was running away also when he noticed a small bird hurrying back and forth between the nearest river and the fire. He headed towards this small bird.

He noticed that it was our brother the Quetzal bird, Quetzaltototl, running to the river, picking up small drops of water in his beak, then returning to the fire to throw that tiny bit of water on the flame. Owl approached Quetsal bird and yelled at him: “What are you doing brother? Are you stupid? You are not going to achieve anything by doing this. What are you trying to do? You must run for your life!”

Quetzal bird stopped for a moment and looked at owl, and then answered: “I am doing the best I can with what I have.”

It is remembered by our Grandparents that a long time ago the forests that covered our Earth were saved from a great fire by a small Quetzal bird, an owl, and many other animals and people who got together to put out the fire.

In a similar fashion, we can change the world….one heart at a time. We all have our parts to play…if we become passive we cease to love….and like the forest, it will all be burned up; and we will be accountable for them. There are still fires to be put out!

In this story, one bird and one owl saved many from disaster. The question then should be asked; is there a forest on fire in our lives (people/person) that needs water put on it? It’s been said one man can make a difference. One man (The Son of God) did, and now it’s up to us to continue to stand in the gap and follow that Man (Jesus) and show others how to follow the right path. We don’t follow ministers on television….we follow the Lord Jesus in Heaven (John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.)

The world recycles the same thing over and over, sometimes with new wrapping and other times with the old. A dog in a sweater is still a dog. But, we can make a difference, if our difference is different.

The Problem with Dandelions

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A man who took great pride in his lawn found himself with a large crop of dandelions. He tried every method he knew to get rid of them. Still they plagued him.

Finally he wrote to the Department of Agriculture. He enumerated all the things he had tried and closed his letter with the question: “What shall I do now?”

In due course, the reply came: “………the world is full of Dandelions we suggest you learn to love them.”

In life we will always run into people that we really don’t “click” with, or that we could never be on the “same page” with….and rightly soย . However, even the worst of people need compassion and direction. If we don’t pause to give it to them; what kind of inspiration and moral integrity could we ever show to our own?

Jesus said it better this way, (Matt 5:44) “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;…”

Mt 5:46 “For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?”

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Free to Soar

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One windy spring day, I observed young people having fun using the wind to fly their kites. Multicolored creations of varying shapes and sizes filled the skies like beautiful birds darting and dancing in the heady atmosphere above the earth. As the strong winds gusted against the kites, a string kept them in check.

Instead of blowing away with the wind, they arose against it to achieve great heights. They shook and pulled, but the restraining string and the cumbersome tail kept them in tow, facing upward and against the wind. As the kites struggled and trembled against the string, they seemed to say, “Let me go! Let me go! I want to be free!” They soared beautifully even as they fought the imposed restriction of the string. Finally, one of the kites succeeded in breaking loose. “Free at last” it seemed to say. “Free to fly with the wind.”

Yet freedom from restraint simply put it at the mercy of an unsympathetic breeze. It fluttered ungracefully to the ground and landed in a tangled mass of weeds and string against a dead bush. “Free at last” free to lie powerless in the dirt, to be blown helplessly along the ground, and to lodge lifeless against the first obstruction.

How much like kites we sometimes are. The Lord gives restrictions, rules to follow from which we can grow and gain strength. Restraint is a necessary counterpart to the winds of opposition. Some of us tug at the rules so hard that we never soar to reach the heights we might have obtained. We keep only part of His sayings and (pardon the pun) never rise high enough to get our tails off the ground.

Let us each rise to the great heights our Heavenly Father has in store for us, recognizing that some of the restraints that we may chafe under are actually the steadying force that helps us ascend and achieve. In spite of all the chaos around us, we still can fly high and soar above the modern issues of life. Have faith in God to see you through it.

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” Jesus Is Lord!

In the Same Boat

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Two men were out on the ocean in a boat.

One of them began drilling in the bottom of the boat, and the other, aghast said “What are you doing? Stop drilling!”.

And the first man replied: “It’s all right. I’m only drilling on my side.”

Yeah, you can imagine….the boat did sink!

That was a little funny, but this story/joke has a moral

Ya know we are all in the same boat, everyone of us. Bear in mind that whatever you do, can have a profound affect on your neighbor. What you do and say around others can be detrimental not only to them but to you also. The things we say and do can build up or tear down. It’s easier to destroy something that it is to create it. Make the extra effort today for your sake and others, to start building things….not just in the world, but in the heart.

Consider the consequences before you act and think before you speak.

Mt 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”

1 Jn 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

You can’t always believe what people say but you can believe what they do

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Daddy Is Driving

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A Christian speaker has once shared his experience:

‘While his family and he were in Europe, there was a time that they needed to drive 3 days continuously, day and night, to get to Germany. So, they all got into the car — he, his wife, and his 3 years old daughter.

His little daughter has never traveled at night before. She was scared the first night in the car, with deep darkness outside.

“Where are we going, Daddy?” “To your uncle’s house, in Germany.”

“Have you been to his house before?” “No.”

“Then, do you know the way?” “Maybe, we can read the map.”

Short pause. “Do you know how to read the map?” “Yes, we will get there safely.”

Another pause. “Where are we going to eat if we get hungry before arriving?” “We can stop by restaurants if we are hungry.”

“Do you know if there are restaurants on the way?” “Yes, there are.”

“Do you know where?” “No, but we will be able to find some.”

The same dialogue repeated a few times within the first night, and also the second night. But on the third night, his daughter was quiet. The speaker thought that she might have fallen asleep, but when he looked into the mirror, he saw that she was awake and was just looking around calmly. He couldn’t help wondering why she was not asking the questions anymore —

“Dear, do you know where we are going?” “Germany, Uncle’s house.”

“Do you know how we are getting there?” “No.”

“Then why aren’t you asking anymore?” “Because Daddy is driving.”

Because Daddy is driving. This answer from a 3 years’ old girl has then become the strength and help for this speaker for the many years follow whenever he has questions and fears on his journey with the Lord Jesus. Yes, our Father is driving. We may know the destination (and sometimes we may just know it like the little girl — “Germany”, without understanding where or what it really is). But the little girl knew the most important thing — Daddy is driving — and so she is safe and secure. She knows that her Daddy will provide all that she needs.

Do you know your Daddy, Did you know He’s driving today? What is your behavior and response as a passenger, His child?

You may have asked many questions before, but can you like the little girl, starts to realize the most important focus should be “Daddy is driving?”