Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Heavens Grocery Store

As I was walking down life's highway many years ago, I came upon a sign that read Heavens Grocery Store.  When I got a little closer the doors swung open wide and when I came to myself I was standing inside.  I saw a host of angels.  They were standing everywhere one handed me a basket and said 'My child shop with care.'
Everything a human needed was in that grocery store.  And what you could not carry you could come back for more.  First I got some patience.  Love was in that same row.  Further down was Understanding, you need that everywhere you go.  I got a box or two of Wisdom and Faith a bag or two.  And Charity of course I would need some of that too.  I couldn't miss the Holy Ghost; He was all over the place.  And then some strength and courage to help me run this race.
My basket was getting full but I remembered I needed Grace, and then I chose Salvation for Salvation was for free.  I tried to get enough of that to do for you and me.  Then I started to the counter to pay my grocery bill, for I thought I had everything to do the Masters will.  As I went up the aisle I saw Prayer and put that in, for I knew when I stepped outside I would run into sin.  Peace and Joy were plentiful, the last things on the shelf.
Song and Praise were hanging near so I just helped myself.  Then I said to the angel 'Now how much do I owe?' He smiled and said 'Just take them everywhere you go.' Again I asked 'Really now, how much do I owe?'  'My child' he said, 'God paid your bill a long long time ago.'

Friday, August 17, 2012

Those Born 1930 - 1979

We survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.  They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.  Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.  As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.  Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.  We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.  We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar and, we weren't overweight. WHY?   Because we were always outside playing, that's why!   We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.  No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were ok.  We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill; only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's and X-boxes.   There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, No cell phones, no personal computers, no internet and no chat rooms.   We had friends and we went outside and found them!  
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.   Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.  Imagine that!!  
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!   These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.   The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.   We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.  

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:   "With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of swine flu and terrorist attacks. Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'  

God determines who walks into your's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go. When there is nothing left but God that is when you find out that God is all you need.  IN GOD WE TRUST

Two Friends

Two friends were walking through the desert.  During some point of the journey, they had an argument; and one friend slapped the other one in the face.  The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand, “today my best friend slapped me in the face.”

They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath.  The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone: 'today my best friend saved my life'.

The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, 'after I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?'  The friend replied 'when someone hurts us we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it'

Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your benefits in stone. They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life time to forget them.

Take the time to live! Do not value the material things you have in your life, but value who you have known in your life! Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.