Saturday, June 18, 2005

We are saved by hope

"We are saved by hope." This fragment of a passage from Romans 8:24 could mean many things. If we have hope in God, we are saved to eternity. If we have hope in life, we are saved from many a defeat and many a weakness. Nestle that passage up against your mind:"We are saved by hope."

Friday, June 17, 2005

Tattoo

In a twisting little street in Kowloon, I passed a shop where tattooing was done. Pictured in the window were some suggestions: a mermaid, a flag, and the motto " Born to lose." I was so astonished by the latter that I entered the shop and asked the man if anyone ever had those words actually tatooed into his skin. "A few," he replied. But then he added a wise insight in broken English: "Before tattoo on body, tattoo on mind."

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Immortality

We do no believe in immortality because we can not prove it, but we try to prove it because we cannot help believing it. Indeed, the instinctive feeling that it is ture is one of the deepest proofs of its ture. When God wishes to carry a point with His children, He plants the idea in their instinctive. The instinct for immortality is of such universality that it can hardly be met with indifference by the universe. What we deeply long for, what we deeply feel, must surely reflect a basic fact of existence.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Words on a business card

The business card of a friend gives his name, company, address - all the usual information. On the reverse side is this message:

The Way to Happiness: Keep your heart free of hate. Keep your mind from worry. Live simply,expect little, give much.Fill your life with love,. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Patient

Patient understanding is the secret of all human relationships.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Hang-in-there

Ernest Hemingway wrote of a commander in the Spanish Civil War who "never knew when everything was lost and if it was, he would fight out of it." That is the way with people who have the equality of determination. They keep on going, no matter what. The hang-in-there attitude gives courage, strength, vitality, power. Somehow such people always seem to win through anything and everything.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Happy face

Members of a service club in one city went out to give a dollar to every person on the streets who looked happy. At the day's end, they had been able to give away only thirty-three dollars. Perhaps life in our cities is getting so impersonal that people feel insignificant and retreat into their shells and glare rather than smile. But a peaceful, happy face is a blessing to passersby and to oneself!