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THE STONECUTTER
September 21st, 2018 12:37 pm
"I have also learnt why people work so hard to succeed: it is because they envy the things their neighbours have. But it is useless. It is like chasing the wind." -Ecclesiastes 4:4
 
There once was a stonecutter who was dissatisfied with himself and his position in life. One day he passed by a wealthy merchant’s house. Through the open gateway he saw many fine possessions and important visitors. “How powerful that merchant must be!” thought the stonecutter. He became very envious an...
ENEMIES NO MORE
September 20th, 2018 5:48 pm
Erich Remarque’s book, 'All Quiet on the Western Front,' tells of a remarkable encounter between two enemy soldiers during the Second World War. During battle a German soldier took shelter in a crater made by artillery shells. Looking around he saw a wounded man, an enemy soldier. The man was dying. The German soldier’s heart went out to him. He gave him water from his canteen and listened as the dying man spoke of his wife and children. The German helped him find his wallet and take out pic...
THE POWER OF GOOD
September 20th, 2018 7:47 am
"We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why." -Stephen King
 
Geraldine Brooks won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel March. Her love for books was nurtured by a woman named Althea Glasby, a friend of her grandfather’s. One day Geraldine’s grandfather mentioned to Miss Glasby that his little granddaughter loved to read. From that day forward a parcel arrived for Geraldine every birthday and every Christmas. Each parcel contained an expensively bound, lavish...
THE JOY OF LIFE
September 18th, 2018 12:48 pm
Paul Brand is a brilliant medical doctor who did pioneering work in the treatment of leprosy. He has received the Albert Lasker Award, been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen, served as the only Westerner on the Mahatma Ghandi foundation and had medical procedures named after him. Brand grew up in India where his parents were missionaries. At the age of nine he was sent to boarding school in England. Five years later, while a fourteen-year-old student there, he rece...
LITTLE SPARK, BIG BANG
September 17th, 2018 4:49 pm

For most of us who live in the West, life would be pretty difficult without motor vehicles. They have proved an enormous convenience and though a drain on the environment, they are an enormous benefit to us in many ways. But it wasn’t always the case. The first ever “horseless carriage” was built in 1769 by a Frenchman named Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot. It was an enormous three-wheeled, steam-powered gun carriage which travelled along at the neckbreaking speed of 1 kilometre per hour. At the ti...

A MAN'S WORTH
September 16th, 2018 9:27 pm
"At thirty a man should know himself like the palm of his hand - know the exact number of his defects and qualities... and, above all, accept these things." -Albert Camus 
 
Do you know who you are? How well-informed are you about your fortes and foibles, your talents and skills, your likes and dislikes? It may surprise you but, though many people claim to know themselves well, they really do not, or at least they do not act like it. Take, for example, a man who goes often to a certain pl...
WITHOUT COUNTING THE COST
September 15th, 2018 11:30 am
In his book, 'Written In Blood,' Robert Coleman tells the story of a little boy whose sister needed a blood transfusion. She had a rare blood type which she shared with her little brother. The fact that he had recovered from the same disease two years earlier made the chances of success even greater. The doctor carefully explained all this to the little boy, pointing out that without the transfusion his sister would die. “Would you be brave and give your blood to your sister?” the doctor ask...
A MISSED OPPORTUNITY
September 14th, 2018 4:11 pm
Marco Polo is one of the most famed explorers of history. It seems he inherited the travel bug from his father. In 1260, when Marco Polo was 6, his father and uncle travelled to Mongolia (part of modern day China). When they arrived there, the Mongol emperor revealed an interest in Christianity. He asked the brothers to take a letter to the Pope requesting as many as a 100 wise men to spread the Gospel among his subjects. Three years later the brothers arrived at home and two years after that, s...
HELPING OUT
September 13th, 2018 3:43 pm

 

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank
 
A little girl was late coming home for supper. Her mother made the expected irate parent’s demand to know where she had been. The little girl replied that she had stopped to help Janie whose bicycle was broken in a fall. “But you don’t know anything about fixing bicycles,” her mother responded. “I know that,” the girl said. “I just stopped to help her cry.” -Author Unknown 
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THE SUNDIAL
September 12th, 2018 7:33 pm
Conscience is like a sundial - when the sun shines upon a sundial it points us to the right time. In the same way our conscience points us in the right direction in life. It’s important to remember, however, that the sundial works only when the sun is shining upon it. When the moonlight shines on the dial it points to the wrong time. When a torch is shone upon the sundial it again points us to the wrong time. In these instances the sundial is unreliable. In the same way our conscience is somet...
 
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