Thursday, July 23, 2009
A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of Root Beer and he started his journey.When he had gone about three blocks, he met an elderly man. The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons.
The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the man looked hungry, so he offered him a Twinkie. The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at the boy. His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer.
Again, the man smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the man, and gave him a hug. The man gave him his biggest smile ever.
When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?"He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? God's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!".
Meanwhile, the elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked," Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?"
He replied, "I ate Twinkies in the park with God." However, before his son responded, he added," You know, he's much younger than I expected.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Embrace all equally!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Would this be great if it was taught in every school. A fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them in20some way to communicate ideas about God. Here are some of the results:
God is like. BAYER ASPIRIN He works miracles.
God is like.. a FORD He's got a better idea..
God is like. COKE He's the real thing. (This is great)
God is like. HALLMARK CARDS He cares enough to send His very best.
God is like. TIDE He gets the stains out that others leave behind. ..
God is like. GENERAL ELECTRIC He brings good things to life.
God is like. SEARS He has everything..
God is like. ALKA-SELTZER Try Him, you'll like Him
God is like. SCOTCH TAPE You can't see Him, but you know He's there.
God is like.. DELTA He's ready when you are.
God is like. ALLSTATE You're in good hands with Him.
God is like. VO-5 Hair Spray ; He holds through all kinds of weather
God is like. DIAL SOAP Aren't you glad you have Him? Don't you wish everybody did?
(that one is my favorite)
God is like . the U.S. POST OFFICE Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from
His appointed destination.
God is like. Chevrolet. . . .the heart beat of America
God is like Maxwell House. . .. Good to the very last drop
God is like. B o u n t y . . . .. He is the quicker picker upper. . can handle the tough jobs. ..
and He won't fall apart on you.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
On July 3rd 1776, John Adams said July 4th ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade,with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other….
In my family, for 10 plus years Fourth of July was the day all our loved ones would come and eat and swim at our house. It was a time I looked forward to. We would usually end the day with some fireworks and full bellies. Times change and today I’m sitting here in my home with no one around and I ponder this day and it’s meaning. I will be with loved ones later today and I will eat and hopefully view some good fireworks.
Best of all, when I think about freedom, I think about Jesus-who really set me free. John 8:36 says “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” I asked him to make me free when I was young and I thank him for that now as I am old. Romans 8:2 says “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” I wish I never sinned, but I do and I have the confident assurance that Jesus stands beside me and has already interceded for me , and that I am free of the burden of sin. And lastly, Galations 5:1 says “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of of bondage.” I’m thankful that Christ lives in me and is my best friend. .