Have you ever been in a situation where you are almost certain of what you know but because every other person is not doing it, you start to doubt yourself? Well, it happened to me this morning. I know where the train stops but every other person was standing behind so I started thinking that maybe the train will stop behind. It didn’t. Continue reading
Great lessons…simple and true
Written by Regina Brett, 52 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.”
- Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
- When in doubt, just take the next small step.
- Life is too short – enjoy it.
- Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
- Pay off your credit cards every month.
- You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
- Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
- It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
- Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
- When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
- Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
- It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
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Food for thought:
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Opportunity is not enough. Preparation is key.
Trying to be on time for a late night meeting, I hurriedly hugged my family goodbye, leaving them to proceed to the boarding gate. Ran a few meters through the walkway, skipped some steps on the escalator and I was on the platform waiting for a train to take me home. I barely missed the train as I heaved a sigh, waited for the next train and brought my phone out of my pocket. “PING!!! PING!!! You forgot your phone” I had left my other phone with my family.
Hopes of making the meeting dashed, heads down, I walked less briskly back to the terminal to collect my phone. But something else happened. Continue reading
We (most likely) all have that one person that keeps saying sorry for doing us a wrong- the same wrong- and every time, they are genuinely sorry. We accept them back or reach a point when we decide that sorry doesn’t cut it- everyone has a limit.
But sometimes, we are these sorry-saying people. And we hope forgiveness would be extended to us. Other times, we know the ‘sorrys’ have become excessive, we feel unworthy of forgiveness and we simply walk away.
In KJV-terms, ‘Herein is the mercy of God revealed‘ when He draws us back to Him in forgiveness, cleanses us of all unrighteousness through the Blood of Jesus Christ, and embraces us in love.
I pray that the Lord will grant us forgiving spirits because I know it doesn’t come easy for some of us. However, forgiving always is a commandment (Matthew 18:21-22).
Food for thought:
Imagine if we had to work out God’s mercy.
Matthew 6:14-15 “14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
You know that long continuous beep that signifies that there’s nothing on the other end of the line- static- that’s the sound I hear right now. It’s the sound that one hears after goodbyes are said; not just any goodbye, but a goodbye that you don’t know when next you’d hug the person; not just any person, but your loved ones; not just any loved one, but a specially loved one- the one you want to spend the rest of your life with.
And I’m still going to hear more of that nothingness noise tomorrow, when more specially loved ones return home.
Sometimes, we can know beforehand when a goodbye would be said, other times, we can’t. The importance of cherishing every moment with your loved ones cannot be overemphasized.
Food for thought:
What’s the point of fighting if you’d regret it after the person is gone?
Argue less. Embrace more. Abuse less. Encourage more.