Saturday, August 20, 2005

Ride Storms

Storms bring out the eagles; little birds take to cover. Little people run from storms and are sometimes smashed by them. Big persons ride storms to better things

Friday, August 19, 2005

Be With You Always

Some people shrink from going to places that remind them of their departed loved ones; others shrink from doing things that they once did together with others, especially as husband and wife. This is understandable, because it can sharpen the sense of physical loss. The antidote is to remind yourself that the loved person is not only still with you in a spirtual sense but is far more constantly with you than was possible when he or she was alive. When my wife, Ruth, telephoned to tell me my mother had died, she said:"I know you will find this hard to believe right now, Norman, but your mother is going to be with you and nearer to you from now on to a far greater degree than she ever was before. In the past, you have always made plane trips to be with her for a few days or even a few hours. Now she can be with you always." This was true and, once I was able to grasp it, my sense of grief and loss was vastly diminished.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Look For a Open Door

Hope is like a pointing finger painted on a door that is closed to you. It points, directing you to another door further on that will open to your big opportunity. Look for that other door, that open door.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Instinct to Home

A homing pigeon, released in the air, instinctively heads for home. Birds in migration over thoursands of miles unerringly return to the same place from which they came. Every rivulet is pulled by the lure of the sea. We come from God; He is our home. Every human life feels the tug of Him. The instinct is to return to Him and to love Him always.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

A Rusty Pickax

There is a story about a rusty pickax found in the old corolado gold country. The handle had long since deteriorated, but the rusted pick remained driven into the ground a hundred years or more. The manner in which it was driven hard into the earth revealed the defeat felt by some frustrated prospector. It seems to say: "Oh, what the use? I'm through." The pathetic fact -- which this unknown defeated prospector never learned -- was that a few yard farther on is a rich vein of gold which later produced millions. If only he had persisted.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Private Judgement

God has confidence in us. He gives us the power of private judgement. He makes us free moral agents that we can do what we want to do. That is a big God. If God were small God, He would tell us exactly what to do, even contrary to His will. He leaves us free. Still He hopes we are smart enough to do right.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Reach A Goal

You can reach any goal...

If you know what the goal is;
If you really need it;
If the goal is good;
If you believe you can reach it;
If you work to achieve it;
If you think positively.