Oct 23, 2015

The End of the Parade

At the end of the parade, you get those who are dedicated to doing their job. They don't get the accolades that the Grand Marshal gets. You don't read his name or see his photo in the paper. He just does his job.

More of us are street sweepers than Grand Marshals.

Most of us just quietly do our job without recognition.

I want you to do two things:
1. Keep doing your job with excellence, because the excellent God we serve sees what you're doing and, more importantly, knows your heart.
2. When you see a "street sweeper," make it a point to say words of appreciation.

You could change a life.

Or an eternity.

Oct 21, 2015

Ripples in the Pond

For every person to whom you are kind, there are hundreds of others in succession that your kindness will affect.

Like ripples in the pond, when you are kind to one, you are kind to hundreds. Every word, every deed is multiplied.

Joyce Meyer said (paraphrasing) as many people as you can help, that's exactly how many you can hurt.

Choose wisely. Choose well.

Oct 17, 2015

Respecter of Persons

And Peter opening his mouth, said: In very deed I perceive, that God is not a respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34)

God does not show favoritism, and neither should we. We are commanded to love all people, even those who bus tables, who polish the rails, who deliver the mail. (Does it cost anything to smile at someone and say Hello? To acknowledge them and thank them for doing what they do?)

In your life, you will meet many people who will snub you. You're not worth their time and attention. They discount you, try to make you feel small and insignificant. When God elevates you to a new level, these same people will come back and act like they've been your BFF all along. By their fruits ye shall know them. Don't be ugly to them. But don't befriend them. They're opportunists. 

We should praise God in the valleys, the hard times. Why? Because He's still giving us an opportunity to learn something very useful:

When you are limping along, you'll learn whom to let ride with you in the limousine. 

Oct 16, 2015

Oil in Israel & the Rapture

Israel has lots of oil. (Fox news link) I knew this for 30 years or so, since I studied Bible prophecy. Most of the world acts surprised about it. Google Asher's foot, boot, or toe. It's been a long time since I learned of it. The slant on the sources, unfortunately, were all decidedly protestant. Lots of talk about end times, and last days.

Many think it means we'll be raptured soon. I'm not holding my breath. God did not rapture Daniel out of the lion's den, nor Noah out of the flood. He doesn't remove us FROM our troubles, but gives us the means and grace to go THROUGH.

So, yes, I believe there are storm clouds on the horizon. Every day I read a paper or watch tv, I see that we are not becoming a kinder and gentler world. Things are going to get uglier. But I am not shaken, since I know whose I am. No matter how many days I have left.

Oct 7, 2015

I Can't Make You Happy!

Some people are determined to be miserable no matter what.

You can't make them happy.

I can't make them happy.

It's not my job to make them happy.

As soon as I succeed in "making them happy," they'll find something else about which to be miserable.

Because the problem isn't with me.

It's with them.

Oct 1, 2015

Living In The Moment

You spend all afternoon building something that you know is not going to be there tomorrow.

What's groovy about it is that it forces you to live in the moment. You have to appreciate what you have NOW.

A groovy way to live - every moment.

No one is guaranteed tomorrow.