September 29th, 2019 8:29 pm
"Life is short, God's way of encouraging a bit of focus." -Robert Brault
My dear friends, life here on earth is what it is - and it is rather short. The Bible tells us, in Psalm 90:10, that "Seventy years is all we have - eighty years, if we are strong; life is soon over, and we are gone." Even if we lived up to what is referred to as the "ripe old age" of seventy or eighty, the Bible tells us even these are "soon over and we are gone." Imagine, then, living for even less time! But the...
September 5th, 2019 11:03 am
"The first requirement in taking a step in the right direction is to take a step in some direction." -Robert Brault
It is Benjamin Franklin who famously said, "Well done is better than well said." There is so much that a man can think up and say - but if that man does not do anything about what is thought and said, that thing, most likely, will amount to nothing. There are many who have big dreams - but their small commitment to work is what often leaves them heartbroken and frustrated....
September 3rd, 2019 3:55 pm
If too much work is bad for an individual, having employees work longer hours does not necessarily bring greater productivity to a company either. Witness what happened to Apple Computer during the 1980s, as described in Geoffrey James' 'Business Wisdom of the Electronic Elite.' When Apple launched the Macintosh, IBM PCs were running an operating system called MS-DOS, a terribly cumbersome Microsoft product. Macintosh was easier to use with its click-on icons - and thus commanded a higher price....
August 29th, 2019 8:19 am
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." -Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
It was a sweltering Spring day. The temperatures felt more like July than May. A thunderstorm had passed over earlier but now the clouds were clearing and the sun had returned. Steam was coming off the wet sidewalk as I parked my car next to the meter and tossed a quarter into it. I headed into the local thrift store to buy my son a shirt. The air conditioning in there was a welcome relief from the heat...
August 27th, 2019 8:20 am
"You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list. The longer your list, the smaller your God." -Author Unknown
At the conclusion of a dinner, the waiter happened to place a finger bowl in front of Harold Russell, the handless ex-servicemen who became famous for his role in the film, 'The Best Years of Our Lives.' Suddenly realising his blunder, the waiter was visibly embarrassed. Harold saved the situation with a grin and his comment, "Sorry, son, I never tou...
August 21st, 2019 9:09 am
"Prayer is the most powerful form of energy that one can generate. The influence of prayer on the human mind and body is as demonstrable as that of secreting glands. Its results can be measured in terms of increased physical buoyancy, greater intellectual vigour, moral stamina and a deeper understanding of the realities underlying human relationships. True prayer is a way of life; the truest life is literally a way of prayer." -Alexis Carrel
There is nuclear energy, electric energy, sol...
August 20th, 2019 8:34 am
"Sitting still and wishing makes no person great. The Good Lord sends the fishing, but you must dig the bait!" -Daryl Hoole
It is always better to do something about your situation than to fold your arms and do nothing about it. And yes! Prayer, too, counts as doing something; in fact, it is more of a "doing" than anything else! Observe a child. It is, in the natural sense, ordained that a newborn child will learn how to turn over, then sit, then crawl, then stand and, finally, walk - a...
August 19th, 2019 11:54 am
My wife was homeless as a teenager. On Friday afternoons a "businessman" would walk up to her and ask her if she was hungry. She would say "Yes," and he would take her into the restaurant on the corner. She never felt any danger with him (and she has had to cut somebody badly before). He was just some dude offering her a meal. He would let her get anything on the menu. He would sit and read the paper and drink a cup of coffee. There was never any conversation. When he was done, he would pay the...
August 18th, 2019 11:53 am
A thirsty ant went to a brook to get a drink. He climbed onto the edge of a blade of grass overhanging the brook, but the surface was so shiny and wet that he lost his balance and fell into the water. A dove sitting on a nearby tree saw the drowning ant and decided to help him. "I'm going to drop a leaf in the water near you. Climb atop it and save your life," the dove yelled to the ant. Plucking a leaf from the tree, the dove fluttered just above the ant and dropped it. The ant scrambled onto t...
July 17th, 2019 2:07 pm
When the Zen spiritual teacher and his disciples began their evening meditation, the cat which lived in the monastery made such noise that it distracted them. The teacher, thus, ordered that the cat be tied up during the evening practice. Years later, when the teacher died, the cat continued to be tied up during the meditation session. When the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the monastery and tied up. Centuries later, learned descendants of the spiritual teacher wrote scholarly...
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