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Memory problems.

How quickly we forget.

SENILITY PRAYER

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Everything I really need to know I learned from Noah's Ark:

1. Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah build the ark.

2. Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone might ask you to

   do something Really big.

3. Don't listen to critics.  Do what has to be done.

4. Build on the high ground.

5. For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

6. Two heads are better than one.

7. Speed isn't always an advantage. The cheetahs were on board,

   but so was the snails.

8. If you can't fight or flee--float.

9. Take care of your animals as if they were the last ones on earth.

10. Don't forget that we're all in the same boat.

11. When the doo-doo gets really deep, don't sit there and

    complain--shovel!

12. Stay below deck during the storm.

13. Remember that the ark was built by amateurs & the Titanic was

    built by professionals.

14. If you have to start over, have a friend by your side.

16. Remember that the woodpeckers INSIDE are often a bigger threat

    than the storm outside.

17. No matter how bleak it looks, there's always a rainbow on the

    other side.

18. DON'T MISS THE BOAT !!!!

If I say, yes I forgive, but I cannot forget as though the God who twice a day washed all the sands on all the shores of all the world could not wash such memories from my mind, then I know nothing of Calvary love.  If the living God who made the tide and washes the shores daily cannot wash away from my mind the caustic remarks, the ugliness, the wrongs in someone else then I haven't even entered into Calvary love.

"While we must always remember that it is our responsibility to proclaim salvation, we must never forget that it is God who saves.  It is God who brings men and women under the sound of the gospel, and it is God who brings them to faith in Christ.  Our evangelistic work is the instrument that He uses for this purpose, but the power that saves is not in the instrument:  it is in the hand of the One who uses the instrument.  We must not at any stage forget that.  For if we forget that it is God's prerogative to give results when the gospel is preached, we shall start to think that it is our responsibility to secure them".

It was his understanding of what I have called a PDI principle that made John Bunyan the great man of God we know him to be.  In his spiritual autobiography he modeled the repentant lifestyle with these comments:

   I find to this day 7 abominations in my heart:  1) inclinings to unbelief; 2) suddenly to forget the love and mercy that Christ manifesteth; 3) a leaning to the works of the law; 4) wanderings and coldness in prayer; 5) to forget to watch for that I pray for; 6) apt to murmur because I have no more, and yet ready to abuse

   what I have; 7) I can do none of these things which God commands me, but my corruptions will thrust in themselves; when I do good, evil is present with me.

   -- Grace Abounding, From Rebuilding Your Broken World,

      by Gordon MacDonald

See:  Rom 7:18-8:2

YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW

Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday

And today was such a lovely day, that I wondered why I worried about today yesterday

So today I am not going to worry about tomorrow

There may not be a tomorrow anyway

So today I am going to live as if there is no tomorrow

And I am going to forget about yesterday

Today is the tomorrow I planned for yesterday

And nearly all my plans for today did not pan out the way I thought they would yesterday

So today I am forgetting about tomorrow and I will plan for today

But not too strenuously

Today I will stop to smell a rose

I will tell a loved one how much I love her

I will stop planning for tomorrow and plan to make today the best day of my life.

Today is the tomorrow I was afraid of yesterday

And today was nothing to be afraid of

So today I will banish fear of the unknown

I will embrace the unknown as a learning experience full of exciting opportunities

Today, unlike yesterday I will not fear tomorrow.

Today is the tomorrow I dreamed about yesterday

And some of the dreams I dreamt about yesterday came true today

So today I am going to continue dreaming about tomorrow

And perhaps more of the dreams I dream today will come true tomorrow.

Today is the tomorrow I set goals for yesterday

And I reached some of those goals today

So today I am going to set slightly higher goals for today and tomorrow

And if tomorrow turns out to be like today

I will certainly reach all of my goals one day!

Gerry Retief

Durban South Africa

Shake It Off and Step Up


A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' - or - whatever mules do when they fall into wells.

After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving.  Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back:  he should shake it off and step up!

This he did, blow after blow.

"Shake it off and step up... shake it off and step up... shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought "panic" and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up!

You're right!  It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him. All because of the manner in which he handled his adversity

* Nothing is as easy as it looks; everything takes longer than you think; if anything can go wrong it will.

 * Murphy was an optimist.

 * A day without a crisis is a total loss.

 * The other line always moves faster.

 * The chance of the bread falling with the peanut butter and jelly side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.

 * Inside every large problem is a series of small problems struggling to get out.

 * 90% of everything is crud.

 * Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

 * No matter how long or hard you shop for an item, after you've bought it, it will be on sale somewhere cheaper.

 * Any tool dropped while repairing a car will roll underneath to the exact center.

 * The repairman will never have seen a model quite like yours before.

 * You will remember that you forgot to take out the trash when the garbage truck is two doors away.

 * Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate.

 * The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlamp of an oncoming train.

·         Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone.

Emerson wrote, "The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence."  What effect has your presence left on the lives of others?

Between now and the time you read these words there could well be a dozen national emergencies and numbers of crisis in your personal life. However, as Dr. Norman Vincent Peale often says, "The only people who do not have problems are those in the cemeteries."  (Then with a twinkle in his eye he says, "and some of them really have problems.")  If you have problems, it simply means you are alive and the more problems you have the more alive you are.  He even jokingly suggests that if you don't have man-sized problems you should get on your knees and ask God to "trust" you with a few.

Topic:  Tests

Subtopic:  Of Faith

Index:  3608

Date:  4/1988.26

Title: 

   Warren Wiersbe noted that when God permits his children to go through the furnace, he keeps his eye on the clock and his hand on the thermostat.

See:  Psa 23:4; Isa 41:10

Other Topic/Subtopic/Index: 

Afflictions/489-499

Topic:  Tests

Subtopic:  Of Faith

Index:  3608

Date:  5/1999.101

Title:  OBSTACLES

OBSTACLES

Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.  Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better or quit.  Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.

Og Mandino

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