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The 5 Enemies of Unity

Posted by WebMaster on May 5, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.

- Psalm 133:1


In the weekly EntreLeadership podcast Chris Hogan discussed the 5 Enemies of Team Unity..

You can find these in any organization, including the church. These are enemies are

1) Poor communication

 

  • Is your leader telling you everything you need to know? 
  • Are you telling your leader everything they need to know?
  • Is the organization being open and honest about issues?
  • Are issues being addressed or swept under the rug

 

2) Gossip - Sharing anything negative with someone who can'e solve the problem.

Gossip is also unfair to everyone involved. It’s unfair to the gossipers because they’re

continuing to have to toil in a problem situation with no hope of resolution. It’s unfair to

others who hear the gossip because it undermines passion for their work, confidence in

their leadership and belief in your vision. John Maxwell says, “Once our minds are

'tattooed' with negative thinking, our chances for long-term success diminish.” It’s also

unfair to the EntreLeader who isn’t given the opportunity to address a problem within

their business. Gossiping is discussed in the Bible...look it up


3) Unresolved disagreements  _ A house divided against itself cannot stand.  If there is a disagreement between two or more parties in an organization...it is preventing you from being 100% effective..and is chipping away at the core of your organization like a dangerous virus.

4) Lack of a shared purpose - If you don’t give your team a roadmap for achieving your vision, they will have to find their own way. Where there is no vision, the people perish.- Proverbs 29:18

Does every member of your organization know the vision and mission of the organization, or is everyone going in different directions?



5) Sanctioned incompetence - Do you know people in your organization in postions of responsibility who aren't doing the job...everyone knows it...and the leadership isn't addressing it.... if so..this is why you can't get 100% from everyone..because you are setting you standards low.


Take my Son.....

Posted by WebMaster on March 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This is great. Take a moment to read it; it will make your day!

The ending will surprise you.

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A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art..

 

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas,

 

There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands..

 

He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly... He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.'

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture.. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.'

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

 

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?'

There was silence...

 

 

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.'

But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'

Another voice angrily. 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh's, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real bids!'

But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?'

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10 for the painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

'We have $10, who will bid $20?'

 

'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.'

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son.

 

They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

 

The auctioneer pounded the gavel.. 'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!'

A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!'

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over.'

'What about the paintings?'

'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will... I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.

 

The man who took the son gets everything!'

God gave His son over 2,000 years ago to die on the Cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: 'The Son, the Son, who'll take the Son?'

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything!

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE...THAT'S LOVE


Pass it on

The Power of Prayer

Posted by WebMaster on November 26, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Saw this one of FB


READ IS A TRUE LIFE STORY. There was a man whose wife waspregnant, One day they were eating, along the line the woman fell down and died, the woman was rushed immediately to the hospital to know if the baby in her womb was still alive, when they arrived the hospital, they rushed her into the operation room, the doctor quickly operatedon her, and the baby was broughtout alive, The husband of the woman started praying to God, with tears rolling out from his eyes, telling God to make her wife to be alive, since the baby came out alive, immediately the doctor finish operating on the woman, Behold the woman was found breathing, everybody in the hospital both the husband were shocked and they begin to thankGOD for such a Miracle. Now I decree by the name that is above all other names, let there bepeace to every storms you are facing, anything that seems impossible in your life, shall be possible beginning from today, kings shall come to your rising, nomore delay again in your life, beginning from today you shall experience supernatural speed in whatever you tend to achieve in life. So shall it be in Jesus name! If you believe, Why not say Amen? 

A Father, a Daughter and a Dog

Posted by WebMaster on August 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A true story by Catherine Moore

"Watch out! You nearly broad sided that car!" My father yelled at me. "Can't you do anything right?"

Those words hurt worse than blows. I turned my head toward the elderly man in the seat beside me, daring me to challenge him. A lump rose in my throat as I averted my eyes. I wasn't prepared for another battle.

"I saw the car, Dad . Please don't yell at me when I'm driving.."

My voice was measured and steady, sounding far calmer than I really felt.

Dad glared at me, then turned away and settled back. At home I left Dad in front of the television and went outside to collect my

thoughts..... dark, heavy clouds hung in the air with a promise of

rain. The rumble of distant thunder seemed to echo my inner turmoil. What could I do about him?

Dad had been a lumberjack in Washington and Oregon . He had enjoyed being outdoors and had reveled in pitting his strength against the forces of nature. He had entered grueling lumberjack competitions, and had placed often. The shelves in his house were filled with trophies that attested to his prowess.

The years marched on relentlessly. The first time he couldn't lift a heavy log, he joked about it; but later that same day I saw him

outside alone, straining to lift it.. He became irritable whenever

anyone teased him about his advancing age, or when he couldn't do something he had done as a younger man.

Four days after his sixty-seventh birthday, he had a heart attack. An ambulance sped him to the hospital while a paramedic administered CPR to keep blood and oxygen flowing.

At the hospital, Dad was rushed into an operating room. He was lucky; he survived. But something inside Dad died. His zest for life was gone. He obstinately refused to follow doctor's orders. Suggestions and offers of help were turned aside with sarcasm and insults. The number of visitors thinned, then finally stopped altogether. Dad was left alone..

My husband, Dick, and I asked Dad to come live with us on our small farm. We hoped the fresh air and rustic atmosphere would help him adjust.

Within a week after he moved in, I regretted the invitation. It seemed nothing was satisfactory. He criticized everything I did. I became frustrated and moody. Soon I was taking my pent-up anger out on Dick. We began to bicker and argue.

Alarmed, Dick sought out our pastor and explained the situation. The clergyman set up weekly counseling appointments for us. At the close of each session he prayed, asking God to soothe Dad's troubled mind.

But the months wore on and God was silent. Something had to be done and it was up to me to do it.

The next day I sat down with the phone book and methodically called each of the mental health clinics listed in the Yellow Pages. I explained my problem to each of the sympathetic voices that answered in vain.

Just when I was giving up hope, one of the voices suddenly exclaimed, "I just read something that might help you! Let me go get the article.."

I listened as she read. The article described a remarkable study done at a nursing home. All of the patients were under treatment for chronic depression. Yet their attitudes had proved dramatically when they were given responsibility for a dog..

I drove to the animal shelter that afternoon.. After I filled out a

questionnaire, a uniformed officer led me to the kennels. The odor of disinfectant stung my nostrils as I moved down the row of pens Each contained five to seven dogs. Long-haired dogs, curly-haired dogs, black dogs, spotted dogs all jumped up, trying to reach me. I studied each one but rejected one after the other for various reasons too big, too small, too much hair. As I neared the last pen a dog in the shadows of the far corner struggled to his feet, walked to the front of the run and sat down. It was a pointer, one of the dog world's aristocrats. But this was a caricature of the breed.

Years had etched his face and muzzle with shades of gray. His hip bones jutted out in lopsided triangles. But it was his eyes that caught and held my attention. Calm and clear, they beheld me unwaveringly.

I pointed to the dog. "Can you tell me about him?" The officer looked, then shook his head in puzzlement. "He's a funny one. Appeared out of nowhere and sat in front of the gate. We brought him in, figuring someone would be right down to claim him. That was two weeks ago and we've heard nothing. His time is up tomorrow." He gestured helplessly.

As the words sank in I turned to the man in horror.. "You mean you're going to kill him?"

"Ma'am," he said gently, "that's our policy. We don't have room for every unclaimed dog."

I looked at the pointer again. The calm brown eyes awaited my

decision. "I'll take him," I said. I drove home with the dog on the

front seat beside me.. When I reached the house I honked the horn twice. I was helping my prize out of the car when Dad shuffled onto the front porch... "Ta-da! Look what I got for you, Dad !" I said excitedly.

Dad looked, then wrinkled his face in disgust. "If I had wanted a dog I would have gotten one. And I would have picked out a better specimen than that bag of bones. Keep it! I don't want it" Dad waved his arm scornfully and turned back toward the house.

Anger rose inside me.. It squeezed together my throat muscles and pounded into my temples. "You'd better get used to him, Dad. He's staying!"

Dad ignored me.. "Did you hear me, Dad ?" I screamed. At those words Dad whirled angrily, his hands clenched at his sides, his eyes narrowed and blazing with hate. We stood glaring at each other like duelists, when suddenly the pointer pulled free from my grasp. He wobbled toward my dad and sat down in front of him. Then slowly, carefully, he raised his paw..

Dad's lower jaw trembled as he stared at the uplifted paw confusion replaced the anger in his eyes. The pointer waited patiently. Then Dad was on his knees hugging the animal.

It was the beginning of a warm and intimate friendship. Dad named the pointer Cheyenne . Together he and Cheyenne explored the community. They spent long hours walking down dusty lanes. They spent reflective moments on the banks of streams, angling for tasty trout. They even started to attend Sunday services together, Dad sitting in a pew and Cheyenne lying quietly at his feet.

Dad and Cheyenne were inseparable throughout the next three years. Dad's bitterness faded, and he and Cheyenne made many friends. Then late one night I was startled to feel Cheyenne 's cold nose burrowing through our bed covers. He had never before come into our bedroom at night.. I woke Dick, put on my robe and ran into my father's room. Dad lay in his bed, his face serene. But his spirit had left quietly sometime during the night.

Two days later my shock and grief deepened when I discovered Cheyenne lying dead beside Dad's bed. I wrapped his still form in the rag rug he had slept on. As Dick and I buried him near a favourite fishing hole, I silently thanked the dog for the help he had given me in restoring Dad's peace of mind.

The morning of Dad's funeral dawned overcast and dreary. This day looks like the way I feel, I thought, as I walked down the aisle to the pews reserved for family. I was surprised to see the many friends Dad and Cheyenne had made filling the church.. The pastor began his eulogy. It was a tribute to both Dad and the dog who had changed his life.

And then the pastor turned to Hebrews 13:2. "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it."

"I've often thanked God for sending that angel," he said.

For me, the past dropped into place, completing a puzzle that I had not seen before: the sympathetic voice that had just read the right article... Cheyenne 's unexpected appearance at the animal shelter .

...his calm acceptance and complete devotion to my father. . and the proximity of their deaths. And suddenly I understood. I knew that God had answered my prayers after all.

Life is too short for drama or petty things, so laugh hard, love truly and forgive quickly. Live While You Are Alive. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second time.

God answers our prayers in His time........not ours..

Bring Potato Chips

Posted by WebMaster on April 5, 2013 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of root beer and started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old man. He was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old man looked hungry, so he offered him some chips. He gratefully accepted it and smiled at him.

His smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer. Again, he smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word..

As twilight approached, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave; but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old man, and gave him a hug. He gave him his biggest smile ever..

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?"

He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? He's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"

Meanwhile, the old man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked, "dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?"

He replied "I ate potato chips in the park with God." However, before his son responded, he added, "You know, he's much younger than I expected."

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime! Embrace all equally!

Have lunch with God.......bring chips.

Send this to people who have touched your life in a special way. Let them know how important they are. I did!!!!

God still sits on the throne. You may be going through a tough time right now but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith!

My instructions were to pick four people that I wanted God to bless, and I picked you.

Please pass this to at least four people you want to be blessed. This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let's continue to pray for one another.

Here is the prayer:

Father, I ask You to bless those who read and learn from this message this right now. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

Burned Biscuits

Posted by WebMaster on February 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in

particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed

a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!

 

Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smiled at my mom and asked me how my day was at school. I don't remember

what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate

every bite of that thing... never made a face nor uttered a word about it!

 

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits.

And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."

 

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in

his arms and said, "Your momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides - a little burned biscuit

never hurt anyone!"

 

As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best at

hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning

to accept each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a

healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

 

And that's my prayer for you today... that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the

feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!

 

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or

friendship!

 

"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."

 

So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.

 

And PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life.

 

Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

 

"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."

The Important things

Posted by WebMaster on January 4, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

 

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles roll

ed into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

 

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

 

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

 

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.

 

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

 

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

 

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

 

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

 

Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

 

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

 

Take another look

Posted by elden heyward on October 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Often we look at where are,and what has been accomplish at this point in life, then sometime think about what could have been, what we would do differently if given another chance to start over again. We wrestle with the thought Wow!!, i could be retired, living the life in the sunshine state, if only i'd stayed with that company another year, Just think about it, sleeping in late every day no alarm clocks, no time clock, and no signing in to start the day at work. How could i, have make such a terrible mistake? Well welcome to the circle of most of us. Now we do think about things pass, but it must not govern our future nor our present condition. How do you deal with those maybe's and should have's? At least

 you know where you are at this point in life, and yet alive, Ask yourself,  am i willing to give up what i have in hand now, for an unknown journey? Do you  have any idea what might have happen if you remained on that job? If you'er not at peace where you are.Take another look at God's word  ( Jeremiah 29: 11.

I know the plans i have for you, it is of peace, not to hurt, but to give you a future and an expected end,)

Remember you are not alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Apples

Posted by WebMaster on September 13, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in  Chicago . They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere.

Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly-missed boarding... ALL BUT ONE!

He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned.He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor.

He was glad he did.

The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her; no one stopping and no one to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket.

When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, "Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did.

Are you okay?"

She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, "I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly."

As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, "Mister...." He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes.

She continued, "Are you Jesus?"

He stopped in mid-stride ... And he wondered. He gently went back and said, "No, I am nothing like Jesus - He is good, kind, caring, loving, and would never have bumped into your display in the first place."

The girl gently nodded: "I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me gather the apples. He sent you to help me, so you are like Him - only He knows who will do His will. Thank you for hearing His call, Mister."

Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: "Are you Jesus?"

Do people mistake you for Jesus?

That's our destiny, is it not?

To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.

If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day .

You are the apple of His eye even though you have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked up you and me on a hill called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

Sometimes we just take things for granted, when we really  need to be sharing what we know....Thanks.

"Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections."

Your connection with God

Posted by elden heyward on September 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Often we are put down by those who have reach levels beyond ours, And if we are not careful what is said about us can shape what we become. Therefore we must believe only what the Bible paints us to be. 1 Peter 2: 9 states "You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises to God, who called you out of darkness into the marvellous light.". Think about that, hand picked by God !!!!!!! Always in His Care.

A decided heart (Principle 4)

Posted by WebMaster on August 21, 2012 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Certain Decision

I Have a Decided Heart.

A wise man once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Knowing this

to be true, I am taking my first step today. For too long my feet have been tentative, shuffling left

and right, more backward than forward as my heart gauged the direction of the wind. Criticism,

condemnation, and complaint are creatures of the wind. They come and go on the wasted breath

of lesser beings and have no power over me. The power to control direction belongs to me. Today

I will begin to exercise that power. My course has been charted. My destiny is assured.

 

I have a decided heart. I am passionate about my vision for the future. I will awaken every morning

with an excitement about the new day and its opportunity for growth and change. My

thoughts and actions will work in a forward motion, never sliding into the dark forest of doubt or

the muddy quicksand of self-pity. I will freely give my vision for the future to others, and as they

see the belief in my eyes, they will follow me.

 

I will lay my head on my pillow at night happily exhausted, knowing that I have done everything

within my power to move the mountains in my path. As I sleep, the same dream that dominates

my waking hours will be with me in the dark. Yes, I have a dream. It is a great dream, and I will

never apologize for it. Neither will I ever let it go, for if I did, my life would be finished. My

hopes, my passions, my vision for the future is my very existence. A person without a dream

never had a dream come true.

 

I have a decided heart. I will not wait.

I know that the purpose of analysis is to come to a conclusion. I have tested the angles. I have

measured the probabilities. And now I have made a decision with my heart. I am not timid. I

will move now and not look back. What I put off until tomorrow, I will put off until the next day

as well. I do not procrastinate. All my problems become smaller when I confront them. If I

touch a thistle with caution, it will prick me, but if I grasp it boldly, its spines crumble into dust.

I will not wait. I am passionate about my vision for the future. My course has been charted. My

destiny is assured.

 

I have a decided heart.

From Andy Andrew's -The Traveler's Gift

 

The Active Decision (principle 3)

Posted by WebMaster on July 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Part 3 of 7

The Active Decision

I Am a Person of Action.


Beginning today, I will create a new future by creating a new me. No longer will I dwell in a pit

of despair, moaning over squandered time and lost opportunity. I can do nothing about the past.

My future is immediate. I will grasp it in both hands and carry it with running feet. When I am

faced with the choice of doing nothing or doing something, I will always choose to act! I seize this

moment. I choose now.


I am a person of action. I am energetic. I move quickly. Knowing that laziness is a sin, I will create a habit of lively behavior. I will walk with a spring in my step and a smile on my face. The lifeblood rushing through my veins is urging me upward and forward into activity and accomplishment. Wealth and prosperity hide from the sluggard, but rich rewards come to the person who moves quickly.


I am a person of action. I inspire others with my activity. I am a leader. Leading is doing. To

lead, I must move forward. Many people move out of the way for a person on the run; others are

caught up in his wake. My activity will create a wave of success for the people who follow. My

activity will be consistent. This will instill confidence in my leadership. As a leader, I have the

ability to encourage and inspire others to greatness. It is true: An army of sheep led by a lion

would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep!


I am a person of action. I can make a decision. I can make it now. A person who moves neither

left nor right is destined for mediocrity. When faced with a decision, many people say they are

waiting for God. But I understand, in most cases, God is waiting for me! He has given me a

healthy mind to gather and sort information and the courage to come to a conclusion. I am not a

quivering dog, indecisive and fearful. My constitution is strong and my pathway clear.

Successful people make their decisions quickly and change their mind slowly. Failures make

their decisions slowly and change their mind quickly. My decisions come quickly, and they lead

to victory.


I am a person of action. I am daring. I am courageous. Fear no longer has a place in my life. For

too long, fear has outweighed my desire to make things better for my family. Never again! I have

exposed fear as a vapor, an impostor who never had any power over me in the first place! I do

not fear opinion, gossip, or the idle chatter of monkeys for all are the same to me. I do not fear

failure, for in my life, failure is a myth. Failure only exists for the person who quits. I do not quit.

I am courageous. I am a leader. I seize this moment. I choose now.


From the Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews

Christian

Posted by WebMaster on July 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of

eastern Kentucky with his young grandson.

Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table

reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like

him tried to imitate him in any way he could..

 

One day the grandson asked, 'Papa, I try to read the Bible just like

you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as

I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?'

 

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and

said, 'Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a

basket of water.'

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out

before he could get back to the house.

 

The grandfather laughed and said, 'You will have to move a little

faster next time,' and sent him back to the river with the basket to try

again.

 

This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket was

empty before he returned home.

 

Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was 'impossible to

carry water in a basket,' and he went to get a bucket instead.

 

The old man said, 'I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket

of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough,' and he went

out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show

his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would

leak out before he got far at all.

 

The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his

grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, 'See Papa,

it's useless!'

'So you think it is useless?' the old man said. 'Look at the

basket.'

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that

the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it

was clean.

'Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not

understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you

from the inside out.'

Moral of the wicker basket story:

Take time to read a portion of God's word each day;

it will affect you for good even if you don't retain a word.

Thought for Today:

 

God's Love is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings

but not its end.

I really like this story because I don't retain things too well

anymore...age may have something to do with it but I figure my brain

just gets overloaded!

God isn't concerned about my brain anyway;

He's more concerned about my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

In God We Trust

I Will Seek Wisdom. (princ 2)

Posted by WebMaster on June 5, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I Will Seek Wisdom.

Knowing that wisdom waits to be gathered, I will actively search her out. My past can never be changed, but I can change the future by changing my actions today. I will change my actions today! I will train my eyes and ears to read and listen to books and recordings that bring about positive changes in my personal relationships and a greater understanding of my fellow man. No longer will I bombard my mind with materials that feed my doubts and fears. I will read and listen only to that which increases my belief in myself and my future.

I will seek wisdom. I will choose my friends with care. I am who my friends are. I speak their language, and I wear their clothes. I share their opinions and their habits. From this moment forward, I will choose to associate with people whose lives and lifestyles I admire. If I associate with chickens, I will learn to scratch at the ground and squabble over crumbs. If I associate with eagles, I will learn to soar great heights. I am an eagle. It is my destiny to fly.


I will seek wisdom. I will listen to the counsel of wise men. The words of a wise man are like raindrops on dry ground. They are precious and quickly used for immediate results. Only the blade of grass that catches a raindrop will prosper and grow. The person who ignores wise counsel is like the blade of grass untouched by the rain—soon to wither and die. When I counsel with myself, I can only make decisions according to what I already know. By counseling with a wise man, I add his knowledge and experience to my own and dramatically increase my success.


I will seek wisdom. I will be a servant to others. A wise man will cultivate a servant’s spirit, for that particular attribute attracts people like no other. As I humbly serve others, their wisdom will be freely shared with me. Often, the person who develops a servant’s spirit becomes wealthy beyond measure. Many times, a servant has the ear of the king, and a humble servant becomes king for he is the popular choice of the people. He who serves the most grows the fastest.


I will become a humble servant. I will not look for someone to open my door—I will look to open the door for someone. I will not be distressed when no one is available to help me—I will be excited when I am available to help.


I will be a servant to others. I will listen to the counsel of wise men. I will choose my friends with care.


I    w i l l    s e e k    w i s d o m .

From The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews

The Buck Stops Here (Principle 1)

Posted by WebMaster on June 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Part 1 of 7


From this moment forward, I will accept responsibility for my past. I understand that the beginning of wisdom is to accept the responsibility for my own problems and that by accepting responsibility for my past, I free myself to move into a bigger, brighter future of my own choosing.

Never again will I blame my parents, my spouse, my boss, or employees for my present situation. Neither my education or lack of one, my genetics, or the circumstantial ebb and flow of everyday life will affect my future in a negative way. If I allow myself to blame these uncontrollable forces for my lack of success, I will be forever caught in a web of the past. I will look forward. I will not let my history control my destiny.

The buck stops here. I accept responsibility fo...r my past. I am responsible for my success. I am where I am today—mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially—because of decisions I have made. My decisions have always been governed by my thinking. Therefore, I am where I am today—mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially—because of how I think. Today I will begin the process of changing where I am—mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially—by changing the way I think.

My thoughts will be constructive, never destructive. My mind will live in the solutions of the future. It will not dwell in the problems of the past. I will seek the association of those who are working and striving to bring about positive changes in the world. I will never seek comfort by associating with those who have decided to be comfortable.

When faced with the opportunity to make a decision, I will make one. I understand that God did not put in me the ability to always make right decisions. He did, however, put in me the ability to make a decision and then make it right. The rise and fall of my emotional tide will not deter me from my course. When I make a decision, I will stand behind it. My energy will go into making the decision.
I will waste none on second thoughts. My life will not be an apology. It will be a statement.
The buck stops here. I control my thoughts. I control my emotions.
In the future, when I am tempted to ask the question “Why me?”, I will immediately counter with the answer:

“Why not me?” Challenges are a gift, an opportunity to learn. Problems are the common thread running through the lives of great men and women. In times of adversity, I will not have a problem to deal with, I will have a choice to make. My thoughts will be clear. I will make the right choice. Adversity is preparation for greatness. I will accept the preparation. Why me?

Why not me? I will be prepared for something great!


I accept responsibility for my past. I control my thoughts. I control my emotions. I am responsible for my success.

From The Traverer's Gift by Andy Andrew

May The Lord Richly Bless You Is My Prayer

Posted by WebMaster on May 15, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Someone has written these beautiful words. Must read and try to understand the deep meaning of it. They are like the ten commandments to follow in life all the time.


1. Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.

2. So why is a car's windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So, look ahead and move on.

3. Friendship is like a book. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.

4. All things in life are temporary. If it's going well, enjoy it, that won't last long. If it's going badly, don't worry, that won't last long either.

5.Old friends are gold! New friends are diamond! If you get a diamond, don't forget the gold! Because to hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold!

6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!"

7. When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities; when God doesn't solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities.

8. A blind person asked St. Anthony, "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied, "Yes, losing your vision!"

9.When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10. Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away today's peace.

Live this day to the fullest. It could be your last! Trust in God and enjoy life. It's the only one you'll ever have. God is in control even if you don't think He is. He's been running the universe for countless years and He'll continue to do so. Relax, breathe, laugh and rest in the knowledge of God's power, purpose and care of your life.

An Interesting Story

Posted by WebMaster on April 3, 2012 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

(This was sent to me via e-mail)

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you. "The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you.

I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."

 

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.

Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.

 

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew  Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

 

By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by -- still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing

Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however, he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot.

But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room.

When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful - in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

 

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

 

Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!"

 

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front.

Jim was terrified.. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"

 

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed,

Jim told him the story. The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and

then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive Officer!

 

His name is "Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed.

 

"How could he be the new CEO?" the others said. Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was  not possible for them to grow.

 

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new  Chief Executive Officer!"

  • If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
  • If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
  • If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
  • If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
  • If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
  • If you plant hard work, you will reap success 
  • If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation

So, be careful what you plant now;  it will determine what you will reap later. 

Think about this for a minute.

  • If I happened to show up on your door step crying, would you care?
  • If I called you and asked you to pick me up because something happened, would you come?
  • If I had one day left to live my life, would you be part of that last day?
  • If I needed a shoulder to cry on, would you give me yours?

This is a test to see who your real friends are or if you are just someone to talk to you when they are

bored.

Do you know what the relationship is between your two eyes?

  • They blink together,
  • they move together,
  • they cry together,
  • they see things together,
  • and they sleep together,
  • but they never see each other;

that's what friendship is.

Your aspiration is your motivation, your motivation is your belief , your belief is your peace,

your peace is your target,  your target is heaven, and life is like hard core torture without it!

Save the Earth. it's the only planet with chocolate!

This reaaaaaalllly cool guy is looking for a job opening

Posted by WebMaster on January 7, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Resume of Jesus

Christ Address:     Ephesians 1:20
Phone:        Romans 10:13
Website:      The Bible . Keywords: Christ, Lord, Savior and Jesus

_____________________________________________________
Objective
My name is Jesus -The Christ. Many call me Lord! I've sent you my resume because I'm seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my resume.
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Qualifications
  I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7)I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)
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Occupational Background
I've only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49 ).I've never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15 -17)
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Skills Work Experiences
Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18).I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, (See Proverbs 1:33 ).Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)
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Educational Background
 I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).
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Major Accomplishments
I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26 ).I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15 ).I defeated the arch enemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15 ).I've miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead!There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot - the BIBLE. You don't need an Internet connection or computer to access my website
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References
Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healing, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.
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In Summation
Now that you've read my resume, I'm confident that I'm the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart. In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47 ). When can I start? Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15 ).


Send this resume to everyone you know, you never know who may have an opening! 

Thanks for your help.


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