The Story of Appreciation

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview. The director called him for the last interview and made a lasting 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 there been 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 tears 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 realised 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’s 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 and asked: ” Can you tell me what you did and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, ” I cleaned my mother’s hands, 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 be the successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only now do I 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 the one 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 wants, would develop “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parents’ 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. This kind of people, who may be good academically, may be successful for a while, but eventually would not feel any 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 our kid instead?
You can let your kids 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 that 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.
You would have forwarded many mails to many and many of them would have back mailed you too…but try and forward this story to as many as possible…this may change somebody’s fate…

You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

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Are You Too B-U-S-Y?

“… that Satan might not outwit us… ” – 2 Corinthians 2:11 NIV

Addressing a worldwide convention of demons, satan told them: ‘As long as Christians stay close to God we’ve no power over them, so: 1) Keep them busy with non-essentials.
2) Tempt them to overspend and go into debt.
3) Make them work long hours to maintain empty lifestyles.
4) Discourage them from spending family time, for when homes disintegrate there’s no refuge from work.
5) Overstimulate their minds with television and computers so that they can’t hear God speaking to them.
6) Fill their coffee tables and nightstands with newspapers and magazines so they’ve no time for Bible reading.
7) Flood their letter boxes with sweepstakes, promotions and get-rich-quick schemes; keep them chasing material things.
8) Put glamorous models on TV and on magazine covers to keep them focused on outward appearances; that way they’ll be dissatisfied with themselves and their mates.
9) Make sure couples are too exhausted for physical intimacy; that way they’ll be tempted to look elsewhere.
10) Emphasise Santa and the Easter Bunny; that way you’ll divert them from the real meaning of the holidays.
11) Involve them in ‘good’ causes so they won’t have any time for ‘eternal’ ones.
12) Make them self-sufficient. Keep them so busy working in their own strength that they’ll never know the joy of God’s power working through them.

Do these twelve things faithfully. I promise-it’ll work!’

Have you figured out the difference between being busy and being successful in what God’s called you to do? Sometimes being B-U-S-Y just means Being Under Satan’s Yoke!

The Incredible Message

Speaking to a renewal conference some time ago, former Asbury Seminary President Maxie D. Dunnam said, “An incredible message has been entrusted to us, a powerfully compelling message of an earth-shattering, world-changing, person-transforming fact. At the heart of it is

Jesus, His incarnation, life, teaching, death and resurrection.”

“People within and outside the church are starving spiritually. Within the church they ask for bread and are given stones. Witnesses abound. Persons in pain and sadness share stories of their long endurance in one of our mainline congregations, but they could take it no longer. Their pastors not only disregarded, they denigrated the authority of

God’s word. So the person sought another congregation where Scripture was honoured and preached . . . They were starving for the Word.

“People outside the church are starving as well. They are starving because the church has betrayed her first love, has become so ideologically bound that she is spiritually barren. Committed to theological pluralism and making diversity redemptive within itself, we are diverted from the core dynamic of the

Christian faith: what Christ can do for persons and for society.

“Redemptive, transforming power is in the Cross of Jesus – His sacrificial death for our sins. … The fire is there to burn up the filthiness, decadence and destructiveness of sin and unrighteousness. The energy and fire are there in the fact that God became incarnate, walked the earth, died, rose again and turned evil’s seemingly supreme triumph in its most crushing, irrevocable defeat.”

(The Layman Online, October 31, 2002)

Character-The Beauty That Lasts

“… clothe yourselves… with the beauty that comes from within… ” – 1 Peter 3:4 NLT

When it comes to beauty, get your perspective right: ‘Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewellery, or beautiful clothes… clothe yourselves… with the beauty that comes from within… ‘ (1 Peter 3:3-4 NLT).

The public relations department of a beauty products company asked its customers to send pictures along with brief letters, describing the most beautiful women they knew. Thousands of letters came in. One caught the attention of the employees and was passed on to the president. It was written by a boy from a broken home who lived in a run-down neighbourhood. With lots of spelling errors, an excerpt from his letter read: ‘A beautiful woman lives down the street from me. I visit her every day. She makes me feel like the most important kid in the world. We play checkers and she listens to my problems. She understands me. When I leave she always yells out the door that she’s proud of me.’ The boy ended his letter saying, ‘This picture shows you that she is the most beautiful woman in the world, and one day I hope to have a wife as pretty as her.’ Intrigued, the president asked to see the woman’s picture. His secretary handed him a photograph of a smiling, toothless woman, well advanced in years, sitting in a wheelchair. Sparse grey hair was pulled back in a bun. The wrinkles that formed deep furrows on her face were somehow diminished by the twinkle in her eyes. ‘We can’t use this woman,’ said the president, smiling. ‘She would show the world that our products aren’t necessary to be beautiful.’

God’s Dream

Charles Peguy, the French poet, expressed this dream of God as the heart of the matter of all Christian ministry

I will dream a dream within you…..
Good dreams come from me, you know…….

My dreams seem impossible,
not too practical,
not for the cautious man or woman……
a little risky sometimes,
a trifle brash perhaps…….

Some of my friends prefer
to rest more comfortably,
in sounder sleep,
with visionless eyes……

But, from those who share my dreams
I ask a little patience,
a little humour,
some small courage,
and a listening heart……..

I will do the rest…….
Then they will risk
and wonder at their daring…..
Run…and marvel at their speed….
Build… and stand in awe at the beauty of their building….

You will meet me often as you work….
in your companions, who share the risk….
in your friends, who believe in you enough
to lend their own dreams
their own hearts
to your building….

In the people who will stand in your doorway,
stay awhile,
and walk away knowing that they, too, can find a dream

There will be sun-filled days,
and sometimes it will rain……
a little variety…
both come from me.

So come now be content

It is my dream you dream….
my house you build….
my caring you witness….
my love you share
and this is the heart of the matter.

Mountain Moving Faith

Mountain Moving Faith

A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies built a new sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by a church member. Ten days before the new church was to open, the local building inspector informed the pastor that the parking lot was inadequate for the size of the building. Until the church doubled the size of the parking lot, they would not be able to use the new sanctuary.

Unfortunately, the church with its undersized lot had used every inch of their land except for the mountain against which it had been built. In order to build more parking spaces, they would have to move the mountain out of the back yard.

Undaunted, the pastor announced the next Sunday morning that he would meet that evening with all members who had “mountain moving faith.” They would hold a prayer session asking God to remove the mountain from the back yard and to somehow provide enough money to have it paved and painted before the scheduled opening dedication service the following week.

At the appointed time, 24 of the congregation’s 300 members assembled for prayer. They prayed for nearly three hours. At ten o’clock the pastor said the final “Amen.” “We’ll open next Sunday as scheduled,” he assured everyone. “God has never let us down before, and I believe He will be faithful this time too.”

The next morning as he was working in his study there came a loud knock at his door. When he called “come in,” a rough looking construction foreman appeared, removing his hard hat as he entered. “Excuse me, Reverend, I’m from Acme Construction Company over in the next county. We’re building a huge new shopping mall over there and we need some fill dirt. Would you be willing to sell us a chunk of that mountain behind the church? We’ll pay you for the dirt we remove and pave all the exposed area free of charge, if we can have it right away. We can’t do anything else until we get the dirt in and allow it to settle properly.”

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:21)

Preaching Must Lead People Toward the Image of Christ

In his presentation at the E.Y. Mullins Lectures Pastor John MacArthur made the following assertion which I consider valuable and pivotal for every pastor.

“I have learned through the years that the deeper you go into the things of God, the higher the people go in worship. Shallow preaching produces shallow worship. I can basically walk into a church and listen to the music for 15 minutes and tell you how profound the people’s understanding of the things of God is because it will be reflected in that.

“If people are really going to know what it is to worship God with the mind, they’re going to have to understand the deep things of God, and that doesn’t mean you are oblique, it doesn’t mean you are obscure.

“What is my responsibility as a shepherd? Is it to entertain people? To ignore my people while I talk to the non-people of God? What is the goal of my shepherding and my preaching? It is to conform my people to the image of Christ as much as possible as God uses me as an instrument of the teaching of His Word which does the conforming. The church is precious to me because it is so identified with Jesus Christ.

“I preach only the Word of God, only one book, because it is by the Word of God that sinners are saved and the saved are sanctified. … I leave the effect of that truth to the purposes of God and the mighty work of the Holy Spirit.”

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