One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the
king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his
majesty losing a finger.
Furious and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman
said “Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and
lost my finger.”
The slave replied only “My king, despite all these things, I can only
tell you that God is good, and he knows the “why” of all these things.
What God does is perfect. He is never wrong!”
Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave.
Later, he left for another hunt and was captured by savages who made
In the altar, ready to sacrifice the noble, a savage had found that the
victim had not one of his fingers, and the king was released. According to them: it
was not so complete to be offered to the gods.
Upon his return to the palace, he authorized the release of his slave
that he received very affectionately.
– My dear, God was really good for me! I was almost killed by the wild
men, 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?
– My King, if I had gone with you in this hunt, I ‘would have been
sacrificed for you, because I have no missing finger.
Therefore, remember: everything God does is perfect. IT is never wrong
Often we complain about life and things that happen to us apparently negative,
forgetting that nothing is random and that everything has a purpose.
Every morning, offer your day to God.
Ask God to inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, to ease your
feelings. And do not be afraid. God is never wrong!
You know why this message is for you? I do not know, but God knows,
because he never makes mistakes…….
The path of God and his word is perfect, without impurities. IT is the
way of all those who trust in him, as he says in 2 Samuel 22: 31
On my walk out to the mail box, it was sprinkling rain from the sky and all of the sudden the knee that I had ACL surgery on started to pain me. Somehow rain moisture affects joints. Rain can dampen your mood and flood areas to destruction. It can also make the vegetation grow, and leave the earth with a crispy, clean feeling. You can drown to death in water, or the sound of the surf can refresh your spirits.
I could go on and on with my examples of all of the powerful things water can do, but do you realize that the words you speak can be just as powerful in affecting others?
How often has a kind word spoken lifted your heart, or a mean word brought you to sadness? What about the words you allow to come forth from your lips, are they uplifting and positive? Do you spread good cheer?
“You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now.
How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged.
Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today
but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.”
Whenever I start a new project I am so excited about getting all the materials together for it. It is so fun to go out and buy all the items and equipment I need. In fact, sometimes that is the highlight and climax of the whole project.
Once all of my planning and purchases are made, too often my excitement is then gone and there I sit with all of my new tools of the trade, but not having the motivation or energy to go forth and complete my new endeavor. How messed up is that? But can you relate? I do this all the time over and over and especially with exercise equipment.
One of my recent “new projects” was the new Asylum workout DVDs and program kit by Shaun T.
I had completed the Insanity workout program and loved it so that when I saw the add for this one I was very excited. I immediately ordered it and looked forward to receiving it in the mail. I planned in my head how I was going to get up each morning and do my fun, new, exciting workout and how I was going to get in great shape and feel wonderful about my new, stronger, healthier, leaner body!
Well, the day arrived and UPS knocked on my door and handed me my fabulous workout kit that I had been so looking forward to receiving. I opened up the box and looked through all the pretty DVDs and the beautiful case they were in. I pulled out the training ladder and jump rope, and got those all set up and even put up the training calendar on my wall! I was going to get up the next morning and begin my new workout program.
That next morning, one thing led to another, and I never did get to my workout that day or for the next month!
Finally after about 2 months I tried it for the first time and it was tough, but a great workout. Unfortunately I did not have commitment I needed to stay consistent and I quickly fizzled out.
Have you ever had this happen with new exercise equipment or any new project?
As Shaun T says… “you need to be committed”
“It is not who I am but what I do that defines me.”
This is one of my favorite quotes and it comes from the Batman Returns movie.
Well then what is it that you do?
First off, let me say that I don’t mean this literally. This question is not asking if you play the guitar, or if you write novels, or if you have climbed the Himalayans. The “Do” in this question of mine is how do you act or conduct yourself? Batman’s response was to let it be known that one should not look upon his mask or heroic attire but to look at his conduct.
We don’t want people to judge us by our looks or our clothes or our financial wealth. We want them to look deeper and see the character behind that. That is what is truly important.
In about 30 seconds or less your brain can sum up the character of a total stranger. What do others learn from you in that thirty seconds?
A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.