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I asked God (posted 10-15-99) author unknown, from Nancy Southam
I asked God to take away my pain. God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No.
Her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience. God said, No.
Patience is a by-product of tribulations; it isn't granted, it is earned.
I asked God to give me happiness. God said, No.
I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.
I asked God to spare me pain. God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God to make my spirit grow. God said, No.
You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. God said, No.
I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.
I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me.
God said. Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.
The Butterfly (posted 8-31-99) author unknown, from Corrie Aldous
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no further. So the man decided to help the butterfly, he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.
Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly. What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life . If God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly.
Interview with God (posted 8-24-99) author unknown
I dreamed I had an interview with God.
"Come in," God said. "So, you would like to interview Me?"
"If you have the time," I said. God smiled and said: "My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; what questions do you have in mind to ask me?"
"What surprises you most about mankind?"
God answered: "That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.
That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health.
That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future.
That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived..."
God's hands took mine and we were silent for while and then I asked...
"As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?"
God replied with a smile: "To learn that they cannot make anyone love them.
What they can do is to let themselves be loved.
To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives.
To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis!
To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them.
To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.
To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings.
To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.
To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally different.
To learn that a true friend in someone who knows everything about them...and likes them anyway.
To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves."
?I asked God to take away my pain. God said, No.?
I sat there for awhile enjoying the moment. I thanked Him for his time and for all that He has done for me and my family, and He replied, "Anytime. I'm here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I'll answer."
People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Dear Lord, from your judgment seat on high,
Look down on a Scouter such as I.
Search me through and find me whole,
Then help me Lord to reach my goal.
Help me Lord to work for Thee,
Guard my homeland - Keep it free.
Help me to work with others and be kind,
Helpful with my hands and mind.
Keep me Lord, both well and strong
To help our growing boys along.
Control my thoughts, keep them right,
sound, clean weapons for life's fight.
Protect my morals, keep them high,
Grant this to a Scouter such as I.
Do you know that every person who has walked on the moon was a Boy Scout?
Do you know that film producer and director Steven Spielberg was a Boy Scout?
Do you know that President Gerald Ford was a Boy Scout?
Do you know that President John F. Kennedy was a Boy Scout?
Do you know that President Jimmy Carter was a Cub Scout Leader?
Do you know that President Bill Clinton was a Cub Scout?
Do you know that President Lyndon Johnson was an Explorer Scout leader?
Do you know that Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey was a Boy Scout leader?
Do you know that the scientist who developed the concept of "wind chill factor" was a Boy Scout?
Androcles by Kyle Johnson (2-19-99)
Androcles and the Lion is one of Aesop's most famous fables. It is about a runaway slave who ran into a lion that had become hobbled by a thorn in its paw. Androcles removed the thorn, and they became friends. Not long afterwards, both Androcles and the lion were captured and sent to the Roman emperor's coliseum where lions and slaves fought to the death to entertain the wealthy. The lion, who hadn't eaten for days, entered the arena and approached a slave to devour him. The slave prepared to defend himself against the lion's attack. As chance would have it, the slave was none other than Androcles. The lion recognized Androcles and affectionately licked the hand of the slave who had taken out the thorn from this paw. This display of affection between man and beast so impressed the emperor that he freed the slave and released the lion into the wild. This story still conveys its truth to readers centuries after Aesop first wrote about reciprocated kindness.
Several weeks ago, I heard a 20th century version of Androcles and the Lion. I was having breakfast with my friend, Joe. I wrote about Joe and his coping with prostate cancer several weeks ago. A mutual acquaintance of ours came over to visit. Our friend is a retired high school track coach who is still affectionately called, "Coach." He asked how we were doing, and Joe told him about having prostate cancer. The coach recounted how he discovered his prostate cancer. The coach had gone to his cardiologist for a check-up. The doctor, knowing that his patient ran every day and was in excellent shape asked the coach to do him a favor. The physician had just received a new treadmill for administering stress tests and needed someone to test the equipment in a simulated test. The coach volunteered to help in the shakedown run of the new treadmill. In appreciation for the coach's time, the doctor gave him a complete blood test for free.
Everything came back well within the normal range except the coach's PSA which is the test for prostate cancer. Fortunately, the coach's cancer was operable and is cancer-free years later. Had he not helped the cardiologist, his cancer would have gone on unnoticed for months and would have killed him. He shared his time, and his life was spared. Life has a strange way of repaying acts of kindness with other acts of kindness. I am not suggesting that we go around doing good so that we will get rewarded down the road. However, I am saying that acts of kindness benefit the receiver, but more often than not, acts of generosity also benefit the giver.
Look around your world and decide where you can help someone by removing a thorn from that person's life. Whether or not your life is spared by this act of kindness, you will benefit from your good deed. You will know that you reduced someone's suffering. Finally, know this: Androcles and the coach share something in common; they both were spared certain death. Who knows, you may be telling your version of Androcles and the Lion to someone in the not too distant future.