Last spring I was walking in a park. A short distance ahead of me was a mom and her three-year-old daughter. The little girl was holding on to a string that was attached to a helium balloon.
All of a sudden, a sharp gust of wind took the balloon from the little girl. I braced myself for some screaming and crying.
But, no! As the little girl turned to watch her balloon go skyward, she gleefully shouted out,
I didn’t realize it at that moment, but that little girl taught me something.
Later that day, I received a phone call from a person with news of an unexpected problem. I felt like responding with “Oh no, what should we do?” But remembering that little girl, I found myself saying, “Wow, that’s interesting! How can I help you?”
One thing’s for sure – life’s always going to keep us off balance with its unexpected problems. That’s a given. What’s not preordained is our response. We can choose to be frustrated or fascinated.
No matter what the situation, a fascinated “Wow!” will always beat a frustrated “Oh, no.”
So the next time you experience one of life’s unexpected gusts, remember that little girl and make it a “Wow!” experience. The “Wow!” response always works.
Rob Gilbert – Editor of “Bits & Pieces”
May we ever look for the Wow and not feel a sense of panic in all life’s different situations.
“The Gift of Friendship”
You gave me words of kindness tied with a ribbon of gold,
hearing them was important to heal my heart and soul.
Your gift of words made a difference when I was down and blue,
questioning why I bother, doing what I do.
Life can be a challenge sometimes it seems unfair,
but when I was tired and struggling it helped that you were there.
What can I give you in return your friendship is so dear,
please know if you ever need me I will always be here.
Kind words and time are needed by people everywhere,
when wrapped with a smile or a hug they’re a gift that says I CARE!
– Author Unknown
Are you receiving the blessings that come from being a friend of God the Father and His Son Jesus?
As you consider the above quote I encourage you to take stock in the message. It is very easy to say I want to learn more and then just sit back and expect it to happen. The reality is each one of us has to take action to make it happen. If you want to learn to improve in doing things, you must first start doing them. Then, as time goes on, the more you practice the better you become.
May we all recognize that we are to take action if we want to improve our spiritual lives. We are not promised a tomorrow so the time to act is now. May you ever look to the Lord for strength and God as you endeavor to act upon His Word.
He Brought Me Here
First, He brought me here, it is by His will I am in this strait place: in that fact I will rest. Next, He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace to behave as His child. Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow. Last, In His good time He can bring me out again—how and when He knows.
Let me say I am here, (1) By God’s appointment, (2) In His keeping, (3) Under His training, (4) For His time.
Andrew Murray, quoted in Though the Mountains Shake, by Amy Carmichael, p. 12
This message is clearly taught in the Bible.
May we all remember to allow the Lord to do His will in His time!!!
The Paradoxical Commandments
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building someone could destroy overnight.
And if you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous,
Be happy anyway
The good you do today people will often forget tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have; it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God,
It was never between you and them anyway.
© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001
Let us all remember that whatever we do is to be done for the glory of God and not of man.
Let us never forget that one of the true tests of character is how we treat those that cannot do anything for us and how we deal with those who are less fortunate.
Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you just don’t have the strength to go on? The feeling that no matter how you try you just can’t make it? Consider the following quote:
Does it seem strange that victory doesn’t necessary follow the strongest but rather the one that is willing to persevere? Rather than seeing this as strange or unbelievable we should take great comfort in the fact that no matter how hard things may get, as long as we are willing to push on and persevere, we can accomplish our goals.
As always, let’s see what the Word of God has to say about perseverance.
The reward is worth the effort…the choice is yours…are you willing to persevere?