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What God will ask ....

posted 16 Feb 2018, 03:03 by C S Paul

What God will ask ....

God won't ask what you did to protect your rights.
        He will ask what you did to protect the right of others.

God won't ask what neighborhood you lived in.
        He will ask what other neighborhoods you visited.

God won't ask how many times you told the truth.
        He will ask how many times you told a lie.

God won't ask about the color of your skin.
        He will ask about the color of your heart.

God won't ask how many times your deeds matched your words.
        He will ask how many times they didn't.

God won't ask what social class you were in.
        He will ask what kind of 'class' you displayed.

God won't ask what kind of fancy car you drove.
        He will ask how many people you took to church who didn't have transportation.

God won't ask how many material possessions you had. 
        He will ask whether those material possessions dictated your life. 

God won't ask how many promotions you received.
        He will ask what you did to promote others.

God won't ask what your job title was.
        He will ask did you perform your job to the best of your ability.

God won't ask how many promotions you took to chase a dollar bill.
        He will ask how many promotions you refused, to advance your family's quality of life.

God won't ask how many times you didn't run around on your spouse.
        He will ask how many times you did.

God won't ask what your parents did to help you.
        He will ask what you did to help your parents.

God won't ask what you did to help yourself.
        He will ask what you did to help others.

God won't ask how many friends you had.
        He will ask how many people you were a friend to. 

Benefits of growing older.

posted 2 Feb 2018, 04:42 by C S Paul

Benefits of growing older.

 - Unknown -

Do you think you're any wiser today than you were five years ago? 

Do you think you'll be wiser still in another five years? 

I hope the answer to both questions is an emphatic "yes." 

One of the benefits of growing older is getting better. And we get better by learning.

I'm not just talking about new facts, like how a volcanic eruption in Iceland can prevent airline traffic in most of Europe.

I'm talking about learning basic nuggets of wisdom that can change our lives.

For starters, I've learned that as long as I'm willing to learn, I can learn, and the fact that I'm wiser today doesn't mean I was foolish or incompetent before.

I've learned that you don't have to be sick to get better.

I've learned that no matter how old I am, my life and character are works in process and that there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be.

I've learned that it's easy to mask moral compromises with rationalizations and that my character is revealed not by my words or intentions but by my willingness to do the right thing even when it costs more than I want to pay.

I've learned that my character is more important than my competence and that being significant is more important than being successful.

I've learned that I often judge myself by my good intentions but that I'll be judged by my last worst act.

I've learned that the surest road to happiness is good relationships and that striving to be a good person is the surest road to good relationships.

Finally, I've learned that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional and that it's not what happens to me that matters most but what happens in me.

At all times, Dare to Be!

posted 26 Jan 2018, 08:17 by C S Paul

At all times, Dare to Be!
Steve Maraboli

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to Be!

You can.... While others are ...

posted 19 Jan 2018, 03:41 by C S Paul

You can.... While others are ...
                                   By William Arthur Ward

Believe while others are doubting.

Plan while others are playing.

Study while others are sleeping.

Decide while others are delaying.

Prepare while others are daydreaming.

Begin while others are procrastinating.

Work while others are wishing.

Save while others are wasting.

Listen while others are talking.

Smile while others are frowning.

Commend while others are criticizing.

Persist while others are quitting.

The Fisherman and the Businessman

posted 12 Jan 2018, 03:41 by C S Paul

The Fisherman and the Businessman

Once a fisherman was sitting near seashore, under the shadow of a tree smoking his beedi. Suddenly a rich businessman passing by approached him and enquired as to why he was sitting under a tree smoking and not working. To this the poor fisherman replied that he had caught enough fishes for the day.

Hearing this the rich man got angry and said: Why don’t you catch more fishes instead of sitting in shadow wasting your time?

Fisherman asked: What would I do by catching more fishes?

Businessman: You could catch more fishes, sell them and earn more money, and buy a bigger boat.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could go fishing in deep waters and catch even more fishes and earn even more money.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could buy many boats and employ many people to work for you and earn even more money.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could become a rich businessman like me.

Fisherman: What would I do then?

Businessman: You could then enjoy your life peacefully.

Fisherman: What do you think I’m doing right now? SmileSmile

We don’t need to wait for tomorrow to be happy and enjoy our life. We don’t even need to be more rich, more powerful to enjoy life. 

LIFE is at this moment, enjoy it fully...:

You Are Responsible

posted 5 Jan 2018, 22:27 by C S Paul

You Are Responsible

Each one of us is responsible for our own control, our own 
destiny

Excuses, procrastination are also conditions of allowing control away from our own intentions, desires and dreams. 

Isn't it about time that we all stand as individuals ready to fight for our own personal freedom to do as we dream, to that which makes us happy deep down and not some other person's vision telling what should make us happy. 

Happy New Year

posted 29 Dec 2017, 21:04 by C S Paul

Happy New Year 

- Catherine Pulsifer -

H appiness depends upon your outlook on life. - Find the good in all situations 
A ttitude is just as important as ability.- Keep your attitude positive 
P assion find yours this year! - Do what you love and you will never work 
P ositive thoughts make everything easier.- Stay focused and stay positive 
Y ou are unique, with special gifts, use them. - Never forget you have talent 

ew beginnings with a new year. 
Enthusiasm a true secret of success. 
ishes may they turn into goals. 

ears go by to quickly, enjoy them.- Wisdom from your elders, listen 
nergy may you have lots of it. - Take care of yourself 
A ppreciation of life, don't take it for granted. - Live each day 
R elax take the time to relax in this coming year.- Keep a balance in your life 

Real Christmas

posted 22 Dec 2017, 18:24 by C S Paul


"Let us not forget that the first Christmas was a homeless one. A humble man and woman had gone up from Galilee out of the City of Nazareth to Bethlehem. There is a sense of desolation in St. Luke's brief chronicle that Mary 'brought forth her firstborn son, wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.'" Harry S. Truman 

"
In this season of hope, let's help those who need it most - the homeless, the hungry, the sick and shut in. In this season of plenty, let's reach out to those who struggle to find work or provide for their families. In this season of generosity, let's give thanks and honor to our troops and our veterans, and their families who've sacrificed so much for us. -  Barack Obama

You can keep Christmas if you...

posted 15 Dec 2017, 03:28 by C S Paul   [ updated 15 Dec 2017, 03:52 ]

You can keep Christmas if you ...

- are willing to forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you; 

- ignore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world; 

- put your rights in the background, and your duties in the middle distance, and your chances 
to do a little more than your duty in the foreground; 

- see that your fellow-men are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy; 

- own that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what you are going to give to life; 

- close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness--

Are you willing to do these things even for a day? 

Then you can keep Christmas. 

Henry Van Dyke, The Spirit of Christmas -

The Reality of Immanuel

posted 8 Dec 2017, 03:30 by C S Paul

The Reality of Immanuel

- Unknown -

"How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts!" —Benjamin Franklin

I have to be honest, I really do love the holiday called Christmas. Our church is a beehive of activity. Our home is a menagerie of laughter and friends and family. I love the food. I love the decorations. I love the way Christmas smells. And who can argue with a couple of cool presents under the tree with my name on it!? Not a bad way to observe Someone's birthday.

Yes, the holiday works for me… IF I stay mindful of the core precept behind its observance AND if I'm willing to put that precept into practice. In that sense, Christmas is really just another day. It’s one more special day to revel in the wonderful mystery of Emmanuel, God with us. The fact is, God is with us, and the command given to Joshua is the command to us as well:

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." —Joshua 1:9

So yeah, I’m looking forward to the holiday. It's another day to release my battles and my fears and my self-righteousness. It’s just another day to embrace the incredible love of God and celebrate the reality of His presence in my life. Yes, Emmanuel, “God is with us.” That truth makes every day a celebration!

Jesus, thank you for this holiday. I praise You for one more day to experience the promise of Your presence. Because You are in me, I trust You to be strong; I trust You to be my courage. Thank you that You are with me wherever I go. Amen

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