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  • What Lies 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." Very quietly, the doctor said, " I don't know." "You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"

     

    The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog?

     

    He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing.....I know my master is there and that is enough."

  • Dining in Heaven or Hell?

    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." Very quietly, the doctor said, " I don't know." "You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?"

     

    The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog?

     

    He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing.....I know my master is there and that is enough."

  • Creation

    On the first day, God created the dog and said: "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."

    The Dog said: "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?" -So God agreed.

    On the second day, God created the monkey and said: "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."

    The monkey said: "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?" -And God agreed.

    On the third day, God created the cow and said: "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."

    The cow said: "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?" -And God agreed again.

    On the fourth day, God created man and said: "Eat, sleep, play, marry, and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."

    But man said: "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?" -"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."

    So that is why the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren, and for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

  • You Choose

    READ THIS, LET IT REALLY SINK IN - THEN CHOOSE.

    John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, 'If I were any better, I would be twins!'

    He was a natural motivator.

    If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

    Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, 'I don't get it!

    You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?'

    He replied, 'Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or ... you can choose to be in a bad mood.

    I choose to be in a good mood.'

    Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

    Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or...I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

    'Yeah, right, it's not that easy,' I protested.

    'Yes, it is,' he said. 'Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.

    You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life.'

    I reflected on what he said. Soon thereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

    Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

    After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

    I saw him about six months after the accident.

    When I asked him how he was, he replied, 'If I were any better, I'd be twins..Wanna see my scars?'

    I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.

    'The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,' he replied. 'Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die. I chose to live.'

    'Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?' I asked.

    He continued, '...the paramedics were great.

    They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared..In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. I knew I needed to take action.'

    'What did you do?' I asked.

    'Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,' said John. 'She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes, I replied.' The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity.''

    Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.'

    He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude...I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

    Attitude, after all, is everything.

    Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.' Matthew 6:34.

    After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

    There is the most important choice you will ever make in this world......to believe Jesus Christ is your savior and Lord.....choose wisely.

    Deuteronomy 30:19-20

  • How do you Act when the Pressure is on?

    How do you act when the pressure's on, When the chance for victory is almost gone. When Fortune's star has refused to shine, When the ball is on your five yard line?

    How do you act when the going's rough, Does your spirit lag when the breaks are tough? Or, is there in you a flame that glows Brighter as fiercer the battle grows?

    How hard, how long will you fight the foe? That's what the world would like to know!

    Cowards can fight when they're out ahead. The uphill grind shows a thoroughbred! You wish for success? Then tell me son, How do you act when the pressure's on?

    From "The Winners Manual" by Jim Tressell, Head Football Coach at Ohio State University

  • God will Provide

    So there's this huge flood one day, and an entire town looks like it's going to be swallowed up by the waters. And the Police and Rescue Agencies are running all over the place trying to get people to safety. So they send the rescue boat over to this house where a guy's sitting on the roof with the water lapping around his ankles and they say "Come on, quickly, there isn't much time" To which he says "Nah, it's ok, God will Provide"

    So about an hour later they're zooming past in the boat again and they notice the guy's still there, only the water's up to his waist, almost at the top of the roof.. "Quick" they say, get in the boat, it's going to get worst before it gets better. "Nah, don't worry - God will Provide"

    An hour after that a rescue helicopter flies over the area and notices the guy, who must be standing on the peak of the roof now, with only his head and shoulders out of the water. "GRAB THE ROPE!" they cry "IT'S YOUR ONLY HOPE!" "Don't worry" he replies calmly "God will provide."

    So he gets drowned of course. And he goes to heaven, and is a little ticked off with god for drowning him like that, and expresses his concern saying "I had FAITH, I BELIEVED in you - and still you didn't help me"

    "HELP YOU?!" God replies "What MORE did you want - I sent you two boats and a helicopter!"

  • Funny Stories About the Elderly

    Reporters interviewing a 104 year-old woman: "And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. She simply replied, "No peer pressure."

     

    Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, "How old was your husband?" "98," she replied. "Two years older than me." "So you're 96," the undertaker commented. She responded, "Hardly worth going home is it?"

     

    I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctors permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over!

     

    Its scary when you start making the same noises as your coffeemaker.

     

    Remember: You don't stop laughing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop laughing.

  • The Death of Common Sense

    Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, “Common Sense”, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:Knowing when to come in out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn’t always fair; and Maybe it was my fault.“Common Sense” lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6 -year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

    “Common Sense” lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Panadol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.“Common Sense” lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.“Common Sense” took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.“Common Sense” finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. “Common Sense” was preceded in death by his parents, “Truth” and “Trust”; his wife, “Discretion”; his daughter, “Responsibility”; and his son, “Reason”.He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers; “I Know My Rights”, “Someone Else Is To Blame”, and “I’m A Victim”.Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

    Written by Lori Borgman – http://www.loriborgman.com/

  • Cowboy Boots

    Did you hear about the Oklahoma teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots? He asked for help and she could see why? Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boys cowboy boots still didn’t want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried when the little boy said, ‘Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet. ’ She looked, and sure enough, They were.

     

    It wasn’t any easier pulling the kids cowboy boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the cowboy boots back on, this time on the correct feet. He then announced, ‘These aren’t my cowboy boots. She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, ‘Why didn’t you say so?’, like she wanted to. Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting cowboy boots off his little feet. No sooner had they gotten the kids cowboy boots off when he said, they’re my kid brother’s cowboy boots. My Mom made me wear em. Now she didn’t know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the cowboy boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, ‘Now, where are your mittens? He said, ‘I stuffed ‘em in the toes of my cowboy boots.

  • Ragged Old Flag

    I walked through a county courthouse square, on a park bench an old man was sitting there. I said, "Your old courthouse is kinda run down." he said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town." I said, "Your old flagpole has leaned a little bit, and that's a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it."

    He said, "Have a seat." and I sat down. "Is this the first time you've been to our little town?" I said, "I think it is." he said, "I don't like to brag, but we're kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag.

    "You see, we got a little hole in that flag there when Washington took it across the Delaware. And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it writing 'Say Can You See'. And it got a bad rip in New Orleans with Packingham and Jackson tuggin' at its seams.

    "And it almost fell at the Alamo Beside the Texas flag, but she waved on though. She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville, And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill. There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg, and the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag.

    "On Flanders Field in World War I, She got a big hole from a Bertha gun. She turned blood red in World War II... She hung limp and low a time or two. She was in Korea and Vietnam; She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.

    "She waved from our ships upon the briny foam, and now they've about quit waving her back here at home. In her own good land here she's been abused -- She's been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused.

    "And the government for which she stands Is scandalized throughout the land. And she's getting threadbare, and she's wearing thin, but she's in good shape for the shape she's in. 'Cause she's been through the fire before and I believe she can take a whole lot more.

    "So we raise her up every morning, we take her down every night. We don't let her touch the ground, and we fold her up right. On second thought, I do like to brag, 'Cause I'm mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag."

    By John R. Cash, © 1974 House of Cash, Inc.

  • A Few Facts

    The Buzzard. If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

     

    The Bat. The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

     

    The Bumblebee. A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

     

    People. In many ways, there are lots of people like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. They are struggling about with all their problems and frustrations, never realizing that all they have to do is look up.

  • A Keeper

    One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't any more. No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more 'just one minute.' Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye, say 'I LOVE YOU'

     

    So while we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick. This is true for marriage ... And old cars .. And children with bad report cards,...and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a classmate we grew up with. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what. Life is important, like people we know who are special. And so, we keep them close! Live today to the fullest, because tomorrow is not promised. I received this from someone who thought I was a 'keeper'!

  • I am Blessed

    If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep... You are richer than 75% of this world.

     

    If you have money in the Bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish someplace... You are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

     

    If you woke up this morning with more health than illness... You are more blessed that the million who will not survive this week.

     

    If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation... You are ahead of 500 Million people in the world.

     

    If you can attend a church meeting without fear or harassment, arrest, torture or death... You are more blessed than 3 Billion people in the world.

    If your parents are still alive and still married... You are very rare, even in the United States.

     

    If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful... You are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

    If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder... You are blessed because you can offer a healing touch.

     

    Count your blessings, and make this a good day....

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