1. Words of Wisdom
Thought for the week: “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.” – Cavett Robert
“If you want to leave your footprints on the sands of time, be sure you’re wearing work shoes.” – Author Unknown
“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” – Carol Burnett
“The key to successful time management is doing the most important task first, and giving it your full concentration, to the exclusion of everything else.” – Alex MacKenzie
“You will never win if you never begin.” – Unknown
2. On the Lighter Side
One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother has several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, “Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?”
Her mother replied, “Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.”
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, “Momma, how come ALL of Grandma’s hairs are white?”
Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.
© 2012 Mike Atkinson, www.mikeysFunnies.com
3. A Driving Safety Tip
A 36-year-old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kilgore, Texas, she was traveling between Gladewater and Kilgore. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!
When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened, he told her something that every driver should know: NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON. She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain. But the highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed, making you take off like an airplane. She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.
The patrolman said this warning should be listed on the driver’s seat sun-visor: NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning.
– Source Unknown
may soon pass away
and forgotten be,
But when spoken
in love and kindness,
are like beautiful flowers,
and even though
they fade and die
from conscious memory,
their fragrance lives on
embedded in the
deeper mind –
– Dick Innes © Copyright
5. Don’t Forget Your Passport for Heaven
Would you like a simple and non-offensive way to share God’s message of forgiveness with His promise of life after death with family, friends and contacts? If so, giving friends, family and contacts a Passport for Heaven booklet is a very attractive way to do this.
The Passport for Heaven booklets, published by ACTS International, are attractively produced and are the same size as a regular passport … with 28 pages. You can read the entire text of this booklet by clicking HERE.
If you click on the Passport picture above, this will take you to the website where you can see the prices and also from there place an order. Or you can click HERE and this will take you to ACTS online store for prices and ordering.
The Passport booklets can be purchased in packs of 5, 10, or 25, 50, 100, 200, or more.
6. What I’ve Learned: The Perspective from 13-Year-Olds
By Michael Josephson of Character Counts (678.3)
A few years ago I got a note from Sam Rangel, an eighth-grade teacher in Corona, California. He distributed some of my commentaries on “What I’ve Learned” to his students and asked them to write down what they’d learned over the past year or in their lives. Here’s the world of growing wisdom from the 13-year-old perspective:
I’ve learned that work comes first; fool around later.
I’ve learned that being popular isn’t everything.
I’ve learned that being pretty on the inside is better than being pretty on the outside.
I’ve learned that not everything in life is fair.
I’ve learned that all people want is someone to listen to them.
I’ve learned that girls seem to fight with their friends a lot, but almost never with their enemies.
I’ve learned that it takes a long time to make a friendship and a fraction of a second to destroy it.
I’ve learned that your imagination is as important as your knowledge.
I’ve learned that to say no to someone is not wrong.
I’ve learned that by following others, you aren’t following yourself.
I’ve learned that the harder it is to do something, the stronger it makes us.
I’ve learned that I am responsible for me.
I’ve learned to give everybody a second chance.
I’ve learned that teenagers will do dumb things.
I’ve learned that if you respect your elders, they will respect you too.
I’ve learned that words do hurt people more than sticks and stones.
I’ve learned that when I come to a fork in the road, ask for help.
I’ve learned that the easy way is not the best way.
This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.
© 2012 Josephson Institute of Ethics; reprinted with permission. Michael Josephson, one of the nation’s leading ethicists, is the founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and the premier youth character education program, CHARACTER COUNTS! For further information visit www.charactercounts.org
7. Lost and Found
A sample of Daily Encounter by Dick Innes
But he [Jesus] answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”1
Some years ago Bishop Fulton Sheen was scheduled to speak at the Town Hall in an unfamiliar city. He decided to walk and, on the way, got lost. He saw some boys so asked them the way to City Hall.
“What are you going to do there?” asked one of the boys.
“I’m going to give a lecture,” replied the bishop.
“On how to get to Heaven. Would you care to come along?”
“Are you kidding?” said the boy, “You don’t even know how to get to Town Hall!”
Wherever we’re going, it helps to know the way … especially if we want to get through life successfully and go to Heaven. Clear directions are available. They’re all in the Bible. For help, see the article, “Passport to Heaven” at: http://tinyurl.com/dm472.
Suggested prayer: “Dear God, help me to be sure I know the way to Heaven and please give me opportunities to tell others how to get there too. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus’ name, amen.”
1. Matthew 4:4 (NKJV).