If you will take the time to read these.
They’re written by Andy Rooney, a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words.
I’ve learned …That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I’ve learned …. That when you’re in love, it shows.
I’ve learned …. That just one person saying to me, ’You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.
I’ve learned …. That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I’ve learned …. That being kind is more important than being right.
I’ve learned …. That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I’ve learned …. That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.
I’ve learned …. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I’ve learned …. That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I’ve learned …. That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I’ve learned …. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I’ve learned …. That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
I’ve learned …. That money doesn’t buy class.
I’ve learned …. That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned …. That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I’ve learned …. That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I’ve learned …. That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I’ve learned …. That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I’ve learned …. That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I’ve learned …. That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile..
I’ve learned …. That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I’ve learned … That life is tough, but I’m tougher.
I’ve learned …. That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I’ve learned …. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I’ve learned …. That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I’ve learned …. That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I’ve learned ….. That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I’ve learned ….. That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned …. That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
I’ve learned …. That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
- fwd: vathan shettigar
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. —Psalm 139:14
Buying a new car is a major investment.
We want to be sure we are getting our money’s worth.
We also want to be certain that the vehicle won’t cause us trouble.
So we carefully file the manufacturer’s warranty,
confident that if something doesn’t work right we can take our car back to the dealer.
Not only are we sure they have trained people
who can troubleshoot the problem and fix it,
but we know they have all the manufacturer’s specifications
and the parts that may be needed.
When we run into difficulties in life and aren’t able
to get things working right, where can we turn for help?
” Doesn’t it make sense that the One who made us is
totally qualified to supply the indispensable help we need ? “
The psalmist David found great comfort in this fact.
He wrote, “You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
marvelous are Your works . . . .
How precious also are Your thoughts to me,
O God! How great is the sum of them!” (Ps. 139:13-14,17).
God’s help is as available today as it was then.
And who is more qualified to know what we need than the One who made us!
All that I am I owe to Thee,
Thy wisdom, Lord, has fashioned me;
I give my Maker thankful praise,
Whose wondrous works my soul amaze. —Psalter
” God’s warranty: You’re covered for a lifetime “.
- fwd: v c mathews
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33).
Pain, suffering and hardships are normal ingredients of life.
What we mix them with—fear or faith– makes all the difference.
Jesus did not come to make us escapists but over-comers. How?
1. Honestly express your feelings.
Job exclaimed, “Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness.
The churning inside me never stops; days of suffering confront me…
My harp is tuned to mourning and my flute to the sound of wailing” (Job 30:26-31).
Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?”(Psalm 22:1).
Jesus said, “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say?
Father, save me from this hour?
No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour” (John 12:27).
Expressing one’s true feelings is not a lack of faith.
It’s being real, and you must be willing to face reality before you can expect to overcome it.
It makes the situation more real and valid.
It also helps to talk to someone, but choose carefully whom you confide in.
2. Don’t suffer more than necessary by indulging in self-pity and bitterness.
Some people get stuck in what if. If only. I should have.
It isn’t necessarily our pain that causes us to suffer so acutely but our tendency to put ourselves down,
to view pain or tragedy as punishment, failure, or proof of our inherent worthlessness.
They talk about it as if it happened last week.
People who won’t let go of the past are not able to enjoy the present.
They suffer more than God intended.
3. Don’t spend time and energy on asking why.
It’s not nearly as important to know the why in life, as it is to know the Who of life.
Knowing God as a benevolent Sovereign who controls the events in my life gives me peace of mind.
Now that this thing has happened, what can I do to make it better?
How can I help to bring some relief to those who are suffering?
I can’t do anything about the why, but I can do something about the what.
And that’s where I want to put my energies.
- fwd: v c mathews
“With Jesus’ help we will continually offer our sacrifice of praise
to God by telling others of the glory of His name.
Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need,
for such sacrifices are very pleasing to Him” Hebrews 13:15,16
Sometimes, in my busy schedule which takes me from country to country and continent
to continent, my body is weary, my mind is fatigued,
and if I am not careful, my heart will grow cold.
I have learned to meditate on the many blessings of God
and to praise Him as an act of the will.
As I do so, my heart begins to warm and I sense the presence of God.
The psalmist often cataloged the blessings of God and found new reason to praise Him.
I would like to share with you several reasons
why I believe praise of God is so important in life.
First, God is truly worthy of praise.
Second, praise draws us closer to God.
Third, all who praise God are blessed.
Fourth, praise is contagious.
Fifth, Satan’s power is broken when we praise God.
Sixth, praise is a witness to carnal Christians and non-Christians.
Seventh, praise opens our hearts and minds to receive God’s message.
Eighth, praise is a form of sacrifice.
Ninth, praise makes for a more joyful life.
Tenth, praise enhances human relationships.
Eleventh, praise is a supernatural expression of faith.
- fwd: v c mathews
There are two days in every week that we should not worry about,
Two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One is YESTERDAY, with its mistakes and cares,
Its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
YESTERDAY has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back YESTERDAY.
We cannot undo a single act we performed.
Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said – YESTERDAY is gone!
The other day we shouldn’t worry about is TOMORROW,
With its impossible adversaries, its burden,
Its hopeful promise and poor performance.
TOMORROW is beyond our control.
TOMORROW’S sun will rise either in splendor,
Or behind a mask of clouds – but it will rise.
And until it does, we have no stake in TOMORROW,
For it is yet unborn.
This leaves only one day – TODAY.
Any person can fight the battles of just one day.
It is only when we add the burdens of ,
YESTERDAY and TOMORROW that we break down.
It is not the experience of TODAY that drives people mad,
It is the remorse of bitterness for something,
Which happened YESTERDAY,
And the dread of what TOMORROW may bring.
Let us, therefore, LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME!
LIVE FOR NOW, TODAY!
- fwd: theodore walsh / bg koshy
A person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room,
Is indeed blessed.
A day without laughter,
Is a day wasted.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter,
From the human face.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
Nothing is more frightful, Than laughter.
If love is the treasure,
Laughter is the key.
The human race has really one effective weapon,
And that is laughter.
Laughter brings out the child in all of us.
Laughter is an instant vocation
Laughter is the closest thing,
To God’s grace.
Laughter is a tranquilizer,
With no side effects.
Laughter is the closest distance between two people.
Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs from the heart.
Laughter is like
Laughter is a temple of happiness
There is nothing more beautiful than laughter lines
- fwd: blossom noronha
John 11:38-41 a Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb.
It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.
“Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man,
“by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days.”
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone. (NIV)
Martha was mixed-up in her mind and heart.
The death of her brother, Lazarus, was a profound shock:
so too was Jesus’ apparent lack of interest,
until He arrived four days after the funeral.
Nevertheless she had been willing for Jesus to teach her
about His power to raise the dead (John 11:21-27).
She said she believed that Jesus had the power to raise the dead.
It was clear that He cared very deeply.
Although they did not know it, Martha and her sister, Mary,
were on the brink of welcoming their dead brother home, alive and well.
But they could not imagine it, even after Jesus’ teaching.
So when He commanded that the stone be removed,
Martha could only think about death and decay.
After four days the body would be unrecognizable and very smelly;
and she did not want to add to her grief.
It was her way of asking Jesus to let death have the final word.
But the Lord challenged her with their previous conversation;
if she believed she would see God’s glorious power.
Faith is easy until it is put to the test.
But when we are confronted by God’s decision to take action,
will we agree to cooperate with Him or will we resist Him?
Are we going to let our circumstances have the last word,
or trust Him to complete the work He has already started?
Jesus confronts our doubts, reminding us of God’s authority and
challenging us to believe what He has said.
But after the reminder, we must not delay.
The time has come for God to take action and we must not stand in His way!
- fwd: v c mathews
“Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body.” (Romans 12:5 MSG)
You are going to give your life for something.
What will it be — a career, a sport, a hobby, fame, wealth?
None of these will have lasting significance.
Service is the pathway to real significance.
It is through ministry that we discover the meaning of our lives.
The Bible says, “Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body” (Romans 12:5 MSG).
As we serve together in God’s family, our lives take on eternal importance.
“I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less … because of what you are a part of” (1 Corinthians 12:14a, 19 MSG).
God wants to use you to make a difference in his world.
He wants to work through you.
What matters is not the duration of your life but the donation of it, not how long you lived but how you lived.
If you’re not involved in any service or ministry, what excuse have you been using?
Abraham was old.
Jacob was insecure.
Leah was unattractive.
Joseph was abused.
Gideon was poor.
Samson was codependent.
Rahab was immoral.
David had an affair and all kinds of family problems.
Elijah was suicidal.
Jeremiah was depressed.
Jonah was reluctant.
Naomi was a widow.
John the Baptist was eccentric, to say the least.
Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered.
Martha worried a lot.
The Samaritan woman had several failed marriages.
Zacchaeus was unpopular.
Thomas had doubts.
Paul had poor health.
Timothy was timid.
That is quite a variety of misfits, but God used each of them in his service.
He will use you, too, if you stop making excuses.
- fwd: v c mathews
Stay away from Anger.
It hurts only you and nobody else.
If you are right, then there is no need to get angry
and if you are wrong then you don’t have any right to get angry.
Patience with family is love
Patience with others is respect
Patience with self is confidence and
Patience with GOD is faith.
Never think hard about the past, it may bring tears.
Don’t think more about the future, it may bring fears.
Trust in God & Live the present with a Smile, it will bring cheers.
Every test in our life makes us “bitter” or “better”
Every problem comes “to make us” or “break us”,
The choice is ours whether we become ‘victims’ or ‘victorious’.
Search for a beautiful heart not a beautiful face.
Beautiful things are not always good, but good things are always beautiful.
Remember all that glitters is not gold.
Do you know why God created gaps between your fingers?
So that someone who is special to you comes
and fills those gaps by holding your hand forever.
Caution: Familiarity breeds contempt, so always hold them dear
For when no one else is around they’ll always be near.
Happiness keeps You Sweet, Trials keep You Strong
Success keeps You Glowing,
Only God keeps You Going!
When you don’t give up, you cannot fail
Trust in Jesus
Jesus never fails!
He will lead you step by step
Not all at once, but step by step…..
And if you walk by FAITH & not by sight
Each step will be a miracle!
You can do a lot by yourself
With God all things are possible
That means nothing is impossible!
With Him you can achieve much more
So walk with Him in FAITH & be blessed.
If you accept Jesus as your Lord & Savior
He has promised never to leave you or forsake you.
He’s a faithful friend
You can trust Him to the very end.
Deut 31:6. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Matt 28:18-20. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- fwd: stanley luiz
“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT)
One reason why you need to be connected to a church family is to fulfill your calling to serve other believers in practical ways.
The Bible says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT).
Your service is desperately needed in the Body of Christ — just ask any local church.
Each of us has a role to play, and every role is important.
There is no small service to God; it all matters.
Likewise, there are no insignificant ministries in the church.
Some are visible and some are behind the scenes, but all are valuable.
Small or hidden ministries often make the biggest difference.
In my home, the most important light is not the large chandelier in our dining room but the little night-light that keeps me from stubbing my toe when I get up at night.
There is no correlation between size and significance.
Every ministry matters because we are all dependent on each other to function.
What happens when one part of your body fails to function?
You get sick.
The rest of your body suffers. Imagine if your liver decided to start living for itself: “I’m tired! I don’t want to serve the body anymore!
I want a year off just to be fed.
I’ve got to do what’s best for me!
Let some other part take over.”
What would happen? Your body would die.
Today thousands of local churches are dying because of Christians who are unwilling to serve.
They sit on the sidelines as spectators, and the Body suffers.
As I said when we began this study, God calls you to a service far beyond anything you could ever imagine.
He created you for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for you to do (based on Ephesians 2:10 TEV).
Whenever you serve others in any way, you are actually serving God.
- fwd: v c mathews