Anecdotes and Other Nice Stuff
The Handwriting on the Wall
The Angry Tongue
The Parable of the Cracked Pot
Lessons You Can Learn from Your Dog
Several years ago a man encountered the idea that we should live our lives in such a way that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry that we are gone!
The saying is that life begins at 40. It really begins when you want it to begin!
A University of Wisconsin study says that if you keep active as you get older, you can enjoy people, laugh at yourself, and get as much out of life at 90 as you could when you were 40!
A weary young mother returned from the store,
"While me and my Dad were outside playing ball,
Mom made a groan as she furrowed her brow.
She called his full name as she entered the room.
She went to the den to confirm her worst fears.
Well, the wallpaper stayed, just the way that she found
Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.
|If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite
you; that is the
principal difference between a dog and a man. (Mark Twain)
Selected maxims from the pen of Publius Syrus...
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.
The first day the boy hammered 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he gradually learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave scars in people just like the holes in this fence. Hurtful words are like a knife you drive into a person's heart. No matter how many times you say you're sorry, the wound will still be there."
But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. (James 3.8-10, NKJ)
Brenda wanted to learn to mountain climbing so she went with a group
to climb a high and steep cliff of rock.
After nearly an hour of hard climbing, the group stopped to rest a few minutes. Still tied to the rope that connected all the climbers, Brenda sat down on a small ledge, thankful for the chance to catch her breath.
As she sat there, whoever was above her made a mistake and jerked
the rope. The taut line struck Brenda's eye, knocking out one of her contact lenses.
So Brenda's lost contact was found -- by an ANT!
If ever your burdens seem heavy and meaningless, remember that ant and pray, "God, I don't know why you want me to carry this load. I see no good in it and it's awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, so be it."
Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise (Proverbs 6.6, NKJ)
A water bearer had two large water pots. Each pot hung on each end of a pole which the water bearer carried across his shoulders.
One pot was perfect. It always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house.
The other pot had a hairline crack in it and leaked. Each time the bearer arrived at the master's house, the cracked pot was only half full.
For many months this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water to his master's house.
The perfect pot was quite proud of its accomplishments.
The cracked pot, on the other hand, was deeply ashamed that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been designed to do.
One day the cracked pot could no longer bear with its imperfection and asked the water bearer to discard it from use.
"Why?" asked the water bearer.
"I am a leaky old failure," the cracked pot replied in a
sad voice. "No doubt the master is angry with you because you bring him only one and a half pots of water
each day. Yet this tragedy is my fault, not yours. Please -- throw me aside and use a new pot."
"But I'm cracked!" the bewildered little pot responded.
"Ah, now you are calling the master ignorant! Will your impudence never cease? Of course he knows you're cracked. He knows everything about you!"
"Then why...?" said the pot, his potty little voice trailing off in complete astonishment.
Giving no reply, the water bearer filled both pots with water and began the trek back to the master's house. By and by, as he walked along, he said, "Look now at the flowers on each side of the trail."
"I see them," the pot replied. "They are very beautiful."
"Do you see any flowers yonder in the fields?"
"Nay, sir, only along the sides of the trail," answered the pot.
"So now you understand," the bearer said.
"Understand what?" the pot asked plaintively.
"Ay, have you no brains a'tall?" the bearer said. "Well, I suppose not. After all, you're only clay. Well then... try and think, you silly little pot. This is a harsh, dry land we live in, right? And flowers need water to live, right?"
"Er... yes sir."
"So then," the bearer continued, "where you go, there's
flowers. Where you don't go, there's only sand and cactus."
"You've finally got it," the bearer muttered, rolling his eyes. "Yes lad," he went on, "when I discovered the crack in you and reported it to the master, he told me to plant flower seeds along the trail rather than throw you on the scrap heap. Because of you and your crack, the master not only has water to drink, he also has lovely flowers to grace his house and land."
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Teaching point #1 -- You can't call yourself a failure if you don't know what your Master has in mind for you.
Teaching point #2 -- Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all of us cracked pots. But if you keep on keeping on, God will fix some of your flaws, little by little. Other flaws He may leave with you for a while -- to water the flowers!
And He (God) said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12.9-10, NKJ)