Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Be Happy.. Everything happens for a reason

A King had a male servant who, in all circumstances always said to him; My king, do not be discouraged because everything God does is perfect, no mistakes.

One day, they went hunting and a wild animal attacked the king, the servant managed to kill the animal but couldn't prevent his majesty from losing a finger.

Furious and without showing gratitude, the King said; if God was good, I would not have been attacked and lost one finger.

The servant replied, 'despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good and everything He does is perfect, He is never wrong'.

Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his servant. While being taken to jail, he told the king again. God is Good & Perfect.

Later, he left for another hunt and was captured by savages who use human beings for sacrifice.
In the altar, the savages found out that the king didn't have one finger in place, he was released because he was considered not "complete" to be offered to the Gods.

On his return to the palace, he authorized the release of his servant and said; My friend, God was really good to me.

I was almost killed but for lack of a single finger I was let go. But I have a question; If God is so good, why did He allow me to put you in jail?

He replied; My king, if I had gone with you, I would have been sacrificed because I have no missing finger.

Everything God does is perfect, He is never wrong.

Often we complain about life, and the negative things that happen to us, forgetting that nothing is random, and that everything has a purpose.

God knows why he chose you to receive this message today, please bless someone with it by sharing it.

Everything happens for a reason, things do happen for our own Good. God is Good!!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A lesson in Humility

There was a young man who desired humility. He went to an old wise man and said to him, "Sir, I wish to be humble, but I don't know how to obtain it. What must I do to acquire humility?"

The old wise man thought for a minute and replied, "Here is what you should do. Go out and find someone who is beneath you and do something nice for him. Give him something that you have or do something for him that needs to be done."

The young man replied, "I can do that!"

He immediately left and came upon a homeless man on the street who looked like he had not eaten in days. He took the man to a restaurant and bought him a nice hot meal.

After he dropped off the homeless man, the young man, who was feeling pretty good, returned to the wise man and told him what he had done. He then asked him, "Do I now have humility?"

The wise old man replied, "Not yet!"

The young man's face fell and after a while, he asked the wise man, "What else must I do to acquire humility?" The wise man said, "Go out and find someone else who is beneath you and do something nice for him."

This upset the young man. He replied, "But I did that already! If I go help someone else, Will I then have humility?"
The wise man replied, "No you will not!"

This upset the young man even more and he asked, "How many people do I have to help, 10 people?"


"100 people?"


"I don't understand! Please tell me how many people do I have to help? How will I know when I have obtained humility?", asked the young man.

The wise old man replied, "You will have obtained humility when you can no longer find anyone that you think is beneath you !"

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Presence of Mind

Harry the Carpenter, returning home with his week's wages, was stopped by an armed robber on a deserted street.

"Take my money," said Harry, "but do me a favor: Shoot a bullet through my hat otherwise my wife won't believe I was robbed."

The robber obliged. He threw Harry's hat into the air and put a bullet through it.

"Let's make it look as if I ran into a gang of robbers," said Harry, "otherwise my wife will call me a coward! Please shoot a number of holes through my coat."

So the robber shot a number of holes through the carpenter's coat. "And now…" continued Harry.

"Sorry," interrupted the robber. "No more holes. I'm out of bullets."

"That's all I wanted to know!" said Harry. "Now hand me back my money and some more for the hat and coat that you've ruined or I'll beat you black and blue!"

The robber threw down the money and ran away.

Moral: It's never too late to use our brains to get out of a difficult situation!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Touchstone

When the great library of Alexandria burned, the story goes, one book was saved. But it was not a valuable book; and so a poor man, who could read a little, bought it for a few coppers.
The book wasn’t very interesting, but between its pages there was something very interesting indeed. It was a thin strip of vellum on which was written the secret of the “Touchstone”!

The touchstone was a small pebble that could turn any common metal into pure gold. The writing explained that it was lying among thousands and thousands of other pebbles that looked exactly like it. But the secret was this: The real stone would feel warm, while ordinary pebbles are cold.

So the man sold his few belongings, bought some simple supplies, camped on the seashore, and began testing pebbles.

He knew that if he picked up ordinary pebbles and threw them down again because they were cold, he might pick up the same pebble hundreds of times. So, when he felt one that was cold, he threw it into the sea. He spent a whole day doing this but none of them was the touchstone. Yet he went on and on this way. Pick up a pebble. Cold – throw it into the sea. Pick up another. Throw it into the sea.

The days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months. One day, however, about mid-afternoon, he picked up a pebble and it was warm. He threw it into the sea before he realized what he had done. He had formed such a strong habit of throwing each pebble into the sea that when the one he wanted came along, he still threw it away.

So it is with opportunity. Unless we are vigilant, it’s easy to fail to recognize it as an opportunity when it is in hand, and it’s just as easy to throw it away.