Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Have you ever looked at a situation and after awhile see the same problem with a new understanding?     Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied,“Things aren’t always what they seem.” The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angel sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel how could you have let this happen?” The first man had everything, yet you helped him“, she accused.“The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.” “Things aren’t always what they seem,” the older angel replied. “When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune,I sealed...
8 Things People Do That Make Their Life Miserable

8 Things People Do That Make Their Life Miserable

I think we are all guilty of standing in our own way from time to time, but did you know that a lot of people do things that actually make their life miserable? I am not talking about making unwise decisions.  I am talking about the things people do unintentionally or sub-consciously. Here Is Some Free Advice On Life Below I have outlined 8 of these things that if you do them will definitely make your life miserable.  Read them, know them, and then make sure you never do them. 1. When you get a compliment, dismiss it and the person saying, ”Oh no, it wasn’t much.” 2. When you complete a task, always find things you should have done differently. 3. Work as hard as you can never taking time for play and enjoyment because you know when you get to heaven, God is going to say,”You didn’t work enough.” 4. When you complete a project, don’t take time to enjoy the accomplishment, moving right into the next task. 5. Think only of yourself because you know that’s what it is all about anyway. 6. Tell yourself your value as a human being is in what you accomplish and all the material things you can accumulate. 7. Don’t spend time on relationships because you have work to do.  And finally if that doesn’t make you miserable this will…. 8. Focus on the things you don’t have rather than the things in your life you do have. If you want to move from misery to miracles, do the opposite of everything I have listed here. Author Bessie Stanley wrote...

The White Envelope, The Real Meaning of Christmas- A true story

I wanted to share this true story I heard last week  It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas—oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it -overspending, the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry, and the dusting powder for Grandma—the gifts given in desperation because you couldn’t think of anything else. Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way. Our son Kevin, who was12 that year, was wrestling at the junior level at the school he attended; and shortly before Christmas, there was a non-league match against a team sponsored by an inner-city church. These youngsters, dressed in sneakers so ragged that shoestrings seemed to be the only thing holding them together, presented sharp contrast to our boys to our boys in their spiffy blue and gold uniforms a sparkling new wrestling shoes. As the match began, I was alarmed to see the other team was wrestling without headgear, a kind of light helmet designed to protect a wrestler’s ears. It was a luxury the ragtag team obviously could not afford. Well, we ended up walloping them. took every weight class. And as each of their boys got up from the mat he swaggered around in his tatters with false bravado, a kind of street pride that couldn’t acknowledge defeat. Mike, seated beside me, shook his head sadly, “I wish just one of them could have won,” he said....

Fore-Giveness

I love to golf but I must admit I’m not very good. I never know where my ball is going when I hit my drive off the tee. When it goes into the other fairway I yell “Fore.” “Fore” is another word for “ahead” (think of a ship’s fore and aft). Yelling “fore” is simply a shorter way to yell “watch out ahead” (or “watch out before”). It allows golfers to be forewarned, in other words. As I am thinking about forgiveness, I think yelling is “fore” is another way of saying , I’m sorry  if the ball hits you, I’m a bad golfer, watch out. Forgiveness is key to enjoying the life God has given us. I used to be so frustrated playing golf because I set an unrealistic expectation for my golf game. I now forgive myself for the bad shots I hit and I enjoy the game so much more. When I came to grips that I was not going to play a perfect game I was able to enjoy myself much more. Maybe there is a parallel to life in the analogy.  Many times we set pretty high expectations on ourselves and others. What if we gave ourselves and others a dose of forgiveness? Do you hold onto incidents that have happened in your life? Here is a great story of a boy who had to learn this lesson. There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target. Getting...

I Take the Bible Seriously not Literally

I believe that the Bible was inspired by God.  The Apostle Paul puts it best in his second letter to Timothy: All Scripture was written by people as God “breathed” [pneuma or air or wind] on them. In other words, the Holy Spirit was speaking to their minds and spirits as they put “pen to paper” [actually, not originally paper, but little scrolls of parchment or vellum]. This is a paraphrased version of part of 2Tim 3:16. I believe that the Bible is the story of numerous relationships between God and God’ image in God’s creation– humans.  As we work out our understanding and our relationship with each other and God, we are confronted with the fact that the Bible is extremely complex and we sometimes are not able to understand the written words. We discover that no one can take the Bible literally.The Bible was written in ancient languages and understood by the readers in those ancient times. For example, in Psalm 22:16, the speaker says that his hands and feet are like a lion’s.  Well, the Jewish scholars knew that what was “meant” was that his hands and feet were swollen and rough and malformed—as if the hands and feet had been stabbed or pierced or impaled. We have a hard enough time reading the style of English that was in common use when the King James Bible was written—let alone understanding ancient Hebrew or Greek. We rely on the experts to read the ancient texts and write that in our modern language.  We also rely on the experts to choose the “best” version to translate from...