Take the Long View of Life

When life comes at you fast and you spend most of your time reacting to us, is it a challenge to stop, and take the long view of life?  To see life as a marathon, not as a sprint?  To recognize the difference between the few short years we have on this planet and eternity. What is most important to you?

Do Not Worry

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough for itself.

Save My Fork

There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things "in order", she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

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Child of the Sixties

Looking back, it’s hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

Perhaps.  Just Maybe.

Maybe . . we were supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift.

The Master's Vessel

The Master was searching for a vessel to use; On the shelf there were many - which one would He choose?  Take me, cried the gold one, I'm shiny and bright, I'm of great value and I do things just right.

The Rosebud

A young, new preacher was walking with an older, more seasoned preacher in the garden one day and feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was inquiring of the older preacher.

The Apple Basket

One day an elderly man entered into a hospital. He was grumpy from being on medication and the nurses thought him to be insane.

SHMILY

My grandparents were married for over half a century and played their own special game from the time they had met each other. The goal of their game was to write the word “shmily” in a surprise place for the other to find.

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This is True Love

It was a busy morning at the clinic, approximately 8:30 am.  An elderly gentleman in his 80's, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.  I took his vital signs.

Words to Live By

Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind. You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.

A Mother's Child

We are sitting at lunch when my friend casually mentions that she and her husband are thinking of "starting a family.  "We're taking a survey," she says, half-joking. "Do you think I should have a baby?"

The Blind Bus Passenger

The passengers on the bus watched sympathetically as the attractive young woman with the white cane made her way carefully up the steps. She paid the driver and, using her hands to feel the location of the seats, walked down the aisle and found the seat he'd told her was empty. Then she settled in, placed her briefcase on her lap.

The Daffodil Principle

What would happen if you started planting daffodils, one at a time, and repeated that over and over again?

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The Present

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them --work, family, health, friends and spirit and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.

Are You Privileged?

If we could shrink the earth's population to village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratio remaining the same, it would look something like this.

Learning About Life

I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7.  I’ve learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.

Dad and the Game

Billy loved to play football, it had been his passion ever since he could remember. The first day of try outs at his high school he showed up, and tried as hard as he could. He wasn't spectacular but the coaches saw how much heart and desire for the game so they let him stay on the freshman squad.

What's on the Other Side?

A sick man turned to his doctor, as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said,  "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."



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