Thursday, June 30, 2011

Small pebbles

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.

What small stuff are you tripping over that's preventing you from accomplishing your goals? There may be obstacles that others put in your path, but how many are you adding to your own?

Sometimes we just ignore every little thing in our life, believing that those littlie things in our life have no impact at all.

We are not invincible in every problem that we encounter, at some point in our life we fall and stumble.  It’s not a big deal if we fail, what really matters is on how we stand up with head up high after those failures.  Maybe those pebbles represent struggles, heart aches, pride, family problems, hurt, and unforgiveness. 

We are reminded by God that you don't have to worry about tomorrow or even the next five minutes! Sometimes you may find that you worry more about what you can't control than what you can. There are some circumstances that you can't change and others you will need to ask God to help you accept. The key is to take every worry to God first.

“Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain”

Monday, June 27, 2011

Mother's Hands

Sharing a positive and uplifting note to you guys is really the thing i really love to do, and in my simplest way i know i can minister to you, i want to share to you this story that i read while browsing my Facebook page, for sure some of you had read this article and touch your emotions in some ways, I would like to share this again to you guys, i give credit to the person who wrote this story you did a great job.

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.   He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision.   The director discovered from the CV that the youth's academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?"

The youth answered "none".  

The director asked, " Was it your father who paid for your school fees?"

The youth answered, "My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, " Where did your mother work?"

The youth answered, "My mother worked as clothes cleaner.

The director requested the youth to show his hands.  The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, " Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?"

The youth answered, "Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, "I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the kid.   The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.   This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.   After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.   That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.   Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes, asked: "Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered," I cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes'

The Director asked,"please tell me your feelings."

The youth said, Number 1, I know now what is appreciation. Without my mother, there would not the successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, "This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.

Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company's performance improved tremendously.   A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop "entitlement mentality" and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent's efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying the kid instead?   You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.  

Friday, June 24, 2011

Who are we supposed to be?

Who are we supposed to be? What a question! 

Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.

We all struggle with purpose and direction in life - but maybe the question isn't what we are supposed to be doing, maybe the question is who are we supposed to be? So often we end up failing others because we are trying to fit into their desire, or thoughts for, what we should be.  Instead we should just get comfortable with who we are and work from there.  Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

We don't always need the courage to stand up for others and defend what we believe, sometimes the best thing in the moment is to pay attention. It can be the best example of your faith and an easy way to share your beliefs when you are the one doing the listening.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

To Save A Life

          I just watched a movie today entitled “To Save A Life”. It is a very inspiring movie about a teenage boy who regretted not helping a friend in need get through life who later ended up committing suicide. And so as to not make the same mistake, he attended Church and did all he can to help those who feels like they are alone and at the mean time tries to find answers on why they think of dying and that life isn’t worth it. But life isn’t easy for him as well when he found out his parents are divorcing and his girlfriend got pregnant.

         I was so touched by this movie that I can’t help but cry. I’ve always complained about my problems, about life and even about the most simplest things that even I couldn’t believe I complained about. And then I watched this movie and found out there are a much more bigger problems other people have to face and they couldn’t let it out like I am. They just kept it to themselves, no one to ask help from and feeling all alone. My problems aren’t really as big as the ones in the movies. Now that I think about it, they aren’t really big enough to be worried about. With such small problems, I feel so alone, so helpless. What more if I were in their shoes? What more if I were the pregnant girlfriend? Or if I’m the one whose parents are divorcing or is getting a divorce? What if I were the one who didn’t bother to help a friend in need and caused him to commit a suicide? Honestly, I don’t know. But one thing’s for sure, I will feel remorse and alone.

          One of the cast Roger Dawson deliver this line with full of depression in his eyes, I realize that there are so many young people who is going through this kind of dilemma.
“I feel so alone. Like no one in the world feels this way, and it doesn’t even matter. It’s not important. It’s not important, maybe because.. I’m not important. I’m screaming out, doing everything in my power to be heard, yet even my silence is louder than my screams. What else can I do to be heard but to tear down my world, break apart my life? Die. I just want somebody to listen and not be angry that I’m not content, because I’m not. You know, I’m not happy. I feel like I’m stuck in a world where no one wants me, in a world where I’m so completely different. I can never fit in or be understood. I can scream as loud as I want to but the screams will always fade because no one really knows how to listen. Well, maybe this will show them.”

Roger Dawson, 

          This movie made me realize that I want to help others. I want to be their counsellor. I want to talk to them, to help them with their problems. True enough I may not be able to really give the best advice, but I can lend an ear. I may not know what they are going through

          “Life is a journey, not so much to a destination, but a transformation. Looking back doesn’t sometimes feel like our richest times come right in the midst of our hardest? But God made us to life in community, to laugh and cry. To hurt and to celebrate with each other, no matter what we’re going through. And transformation is tough, and we don’t always end up where we think we will. But we have to remember, that even when we struggle to believe in Him, He always believes in us. He fills our lives with purpose and passion, if we just let Him. And the best part of the journey, is that the God of the universe, sometimes allows us to play a part in changing the world. Isn’t that a trip?”
To save a life (2009)

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Did I Ever Say THANKS!

Did I ever say thanks

Did I ever say thanks
for all the toys you mended,
games we played,
and the way you
always tried to cheer
me when I was down?

Did I ever say thanks for
the sacrifices you made
so I could be involved
in so many enriching

Did I ever say thanks for
working so hard
to provide for our family?

Did I ever say thanks
for having such faith in me
and always being there
when I needed you?

Most of all,
Did I ever say thanks for caring?


Psalm 103:13

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Monday, June 13, 2011

22 Reasons To Never Give Up

   1. As long as you are alive, anything is possible.
    The only valid excuse you have to give up is if you are dead. As long as you are alive (and healthy and free) you have the choice to keep trying until you finally succeed.
    2. Be realistic.
    The chance of mastering something the first time you do it is almost non-existent. Everything takes time to learn and you will make mistakes. Learn from them.
    3. Michael Jordan
    Arguably the best basketball player of all time. He attributes his success to all his failures. He just never gave up even when he knew he had missed over 300 shots and had missed the winning shot of the game many times. Every time he got knocked down he got back up again.
    4. Lance Armstrong
    Lance was diagnosed with serious cancer that had spread throughout his entire body. He had cancer cells the size of golf balls in his lungs. Despite all odds he overcame the cancer and set out to win the Tour de France 6 consecutive years in a row.
    5. Muhammad Ali
    “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Muhammad Ali is one of the best boxers the world has ever known. He suffered only 5 losses while having 56 wins and was the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times. This is a guy who literally knows how to get knocked down and get back up.
    6. The man who created the marathon.
    Very long ago, an Athenian herald was sent to Sparta to get help when the Persians landed in Greece. It was said that he ran 240km in 2 days and after that he ran 40km to announce the victory of the Greeks only to collapse and die on the spot from exhaustion. If you ever feel like things are difficult, imagine what it would be like to run 240km in 2 days. (Don’t try that because you might die from it, but use it as an inspiration.)
    7. Chris Gardner - The Pursuit of Happiness
    Have you seen the movie The Pursuit of Happyness? It is based on the life story of Chris Gardener, a man who went for the lowest of the lows in an environment where most people would give up (no money, no job) to the highest of the highs (a millionaire with his own investment firm). If you ever think about giving up, watch this movie!
    8. Kanye West
    I’m pretty sure you have heard of the rapper Kanye West. Read his story. He is a big inspiration and proves that you can go from having very little to being among the most famous and respected people in the world.
    9. Nelson Mandela
    Campaigned for justice and freedom in his South Africa. Spent 20 years in jail for his opposition to apartheid. On release, he healed the wounds of apartheid by his magnanimous attitude toward his former political enemies.
    10. You are strong.
    You are stronger than you think. One little setback is not enough to stop you from achieving your goals. Neither are 10 or 100 or 1000 setbacks.
    11. Prove yourself.
    You don’t want to be known as someone that is weak and gives up. Go out there and prove yourself to the world and to yourself. You CAN and WILL achieve what you set out to do. The only time you fail is when you give up.
    12. Has it been done before?
    If someone else can do it then so can you. Even if it is only one other person in the world that has achieved what you have set out to achieve, that should be reason enough for you to never give up.
    13. Believe in your dreams.
    Don’t sell yourself short. In life there are going to be many people who will try to bring you down and tell you what you want to achieve is not possible.
    14. Your family and friends.
    Let the people you love and who mean the world to you be your inspiration to persist and persevere. Maybe you need to try a different angle, study more or practice more but don’t give up!
    15. Because I tell you to.
    Not that I am any sort of guru or Godly figure, but if you want to give up then don’t. Just because I’m telling you not to.
    16. There are people worse-off.
    Right now there are many people who are in a worse situation and environment than you are. Are you thinking about giving up running 5 miles a week? Think about the people who are unable to even walk and how much they would give to be able to run 5 miles every day.
    17. Improve our world.
    When you achieve whatever you set out to achieve you can use your success to make a difference to the world or other peoples lives.
    18. Get rich or die trying.
    Like 50 Cent says, “Get rich or die trying.” 50 Cent is rich — he made it (although he did get shot 9 times). Face your fears and don’t take the easy way out by giving up.
    19. Let the haters hate.
    There will always be haters. There will always be plenty of people who try to tear you down. Don’t pay attention to them and don’t take what they say to heart. Let the haters hate and keep believing in yourself.
    20. You deserve to be happy.
    Don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise. You deserve to be happy and you deserve to have success. Keep that mindset and never give up until you reach your destination!
    21. Inspire others.
    Be an inspiration to others by refusing to give up. Who knows what someone else can achieve because you never gave up and in turn inspired them not to give up.
    22. You are so close.
    Often when you feel like you want to give up you are so close to making a huge breakthrough. You are just a heartbeat away from success.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Biggest Brain Damaging Habits

Biggest Brain Damaging Habits 1. No Breakfast People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

Biggest Brain Damaging Habits 2. Overeating It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

Biggest Brain Damaging Habits 3. Smoking It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

Biggest Brain Damaging Habits 4. High Sugar consumption Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

Biggest Brain Damaging Habits 5. Air Pollution The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency

Biggest Brain Damaging Habits 6. Sleep Deprivation Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.

Biggest Brain Damaging Habits 7. Head covered while sleeping Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effect.

Biggest Brain Damaging Habits 8. Working your brain during illness Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

Biggest Brain Damaging Habits 9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

Biggest Brain Damaging Habits 10. Talking Rarely Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Underdog

Feeling like an underdog?
People putting you down?
Don’t worry, for God has plans for even those who does not seem to be the “strongest”.
For God does not judge and pick and choose the strongest out of the bunch. But He looks towards your heart and see if you long for Him.
When He sees that, He will use you for His glory.
Like King David, he was underestimated by his own father. Underestimated by Israel.
But by God’s grace, He was appointed as King.
He won the battle against Goliath.
David didn’t have any military background, nor was he a big man that could have defeated Goliath. But it was due to his intimate relationship with God that he was used by God in amazing ways.
God looks towards your character, not skill.
So when we feel like we are not worthy enough to be something, because we are lacking in experience, don’t worry.
For God will plant the skills in you, and work through you.


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