Thursday, August 20, 2009

Clay balls

Photos from a potter's village in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Anonymous by email:

A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves, he found a canvas bag, full of small hardened balls of clay. Someone had rolled clay balls. Then baked them in the sun. They didn't look like much. Intrigued, the man took the bag out of the cave. As he strolled along the beach, he threw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.

He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the ugly clay balls. It cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!

Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each ball contained a valuable jewel. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the clay balls he had left.

Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the small clay balls, with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have found tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewels. He had just thrown them into the sea!

It is like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see only the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It isn't beautiful. So we discount it.

We see ourselves or that other person as less important than someone more beautiful, stylish, well known or wealthy. We have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. We need to take the time to get to know and love others. We need to ask God to show us how He sees us and other people. Then, the clay begins to peel away. The brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not thrown away a fortune in friendships, because the gems were hidden in bits of clay. May we see the people in our world as God sees them.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Enlightened Perspective by Andy Rooney books by Andy Rooney
Andy Rooney, an American radio and television writer, has the gift of saying so much with so few words.

I've learned .... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I've learned .... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned .... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.

I've learned .... That having a child or a dog fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned .... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned . .... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned .... That I can always pray for some one when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned .... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned .... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I've learned ... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned .... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I've learned .... That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned .... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned .... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I've learned ..... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I've learned ... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned .... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned .... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned .... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned .... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness, and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned .... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Shake them haters off! by T.D. Jakes

Shake them haters off! by REV T.D JAKES*

A hater is someone that is jealous and envious and spends all their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall. They are very negative people. Nothing is ever good enough! When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters... That's why you have to be careful who you share your blessings and your dreams with because some folk can't handle seeing you blessed... It's dangerous to be like somebody else...

If God wanted you to be like somebody else. He would have given you what He gave them. You don't know what people have gone through to get what they have... The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story... If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too. We've all got some haters among us:

Some people don't like it that you can:
  • Have a relationship with God
  • Light up a room when you walk in
  • Start your own business
  • Tell a man/woman to get lost (if he/she ain't about the right thing)
  • Raise children without both parents being around
  • And not ask for a dime from Anyone
Haters don't want:
  • Haters don't want to see you happy
  • Haters don't want to see you succeed
  • Haters don't want you to get the victory
Most of our haters are people that are supposed to be on our side. How do you handle the haters who you at least expect to have your guard up against?

You can handle your haters by:
  1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are
  2. Having a purpose to your life
  3. By remembering what you have is by divine prerogative and not human manipulation.
Purpose does not mean having a job. You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be.

Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you. Fulfill your dreams! You only have one life to live...when its your time to leave this earth, you want to be able to say,'I've lived my life and fulfilled my dreams, I'm ready to go HOME!'

When God gives you a favor, you can tell your haters, 'Don't look at me. Look at who is in charge of me.'

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Love's Counterfeits

A comparison study of 1 Corinthians 13 by David Film

Love is patient, but tolerance runs out

Love is kind, but sentimentality pretends

Love does not envy, but jealousy puts on an act

Love does not brag, but approbation fishes for compliments

Love is not proud, but false humility is

Love is genuine, but "eros" tries to impress

Love has no selfish motives, but greed says "What's in it for me"

Love returns good for evil, but revenge IS evil

Love does not look for evil, but hostility looks to criticize

Love does not rejoice in evil, but rebellion loves destruction

Love rejoices in the Truth, but gossip spreads lies

Love bears all things, but good intentions collapse when tested

Love believes all things, but gullibility lacks discernment

Love hopes for the best, but pessimism expects the worst

Love endures all things, but futility gives up

Love never fails, but human efforts are fickle

And now abides
Faith (not presumption)
Hope (not wishful thinking)
Love (not sentimentality)
And the greatest of these...
is agape love.
(c)1993 David Film

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Monday, December 25, 2006

God's Love For You

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.

If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

He sends you flowers every Spring.

He sends you a sunrise every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He listens.

He can live anywhere in the universe, but He chose your heart.

Face it friend, He is crazy about you!

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

God Bless You!

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