A man once asked hIs friend, "How many people work in your office?” The friend replied, “Oh, about half of them.”
Robert Frost wrote, “The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.”
I once viewed a film clip of a TV reporter who followed a street beggar to a nice home and ask him why he didn't throw away his cardboard sign an get a job. The man replied, "Begging is my job. If you think it isn't hard work to stand on that street corner all day, in all kinds of weather, you are crazy." (Self employed?) I'm sure he had a state tax number.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat.
He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.
Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.
Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Image via WikipediaI recently read some comments about the laws under which we live in this country. (And world) Some expressed the opinion that we had too many. Others said that the problem was not only the quantity, but quality of the laws.
All of this discussion got me to thinking. (You can tell I'm thinking when rust comes out of my ears and idle chatter comes out of my mouth)
I certainly agree that we have more laws than we need. There are only ten laws needed and they are found in the Bible at Exodus 20: 1-17. They are called the Ten Commandments. If all of mankind dedicated themselves to obeying these ten laws, there would be, “Peace on earth and goodwill toward men.”
We are free moral agents and each of us can make our own choices concerning these laws, but they were here in the beginning and they will be here at the end. To try to discredit or destroy them is as futile as trying to destroy an anvil with a rubber mallet.
Character, ethics, or morality is not legislated. It is embraced, and it is embraced within the context of the Ten Commandments. We are all imperfect beings and subject to failure, but the closer we live to these ten laws the closer we live to the divine purpose that God meant for our life to have.
THAT IS MY BLOG, AND I AM STICKING WITH IT!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
But have you ever seen the back side of cross stitching?Why is it that on the back side there is a stitch for each stitch on the front, and even though the colors are all there it is still void of beauty and in such disarray?
The answer is in the purpose for the pattern. You see, the purpose of the pattern is for people to see the beauty of the artist's creation when viewed from the proper perspective.
Our lives are like that.Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
Being called according to His purpose simply means that everything that happens in our lives, the good and the bad, are woven together by God so that viewed from the proper perspective, the world sees the beauty of His Holiness.
“Lord, today I want my life to be viewed by those around me from the proper perspective. Please don't let them see all of the ugly mistakes, poor judgements, and bad decisions I have made. But let them see the result of your grace that takes those and produces a puropse that can glorify you.