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The Blessing of No

I asked God to take away my pride. 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...

The Doll Maker

In a little village, there lived a crafts man by name Ebun, who made wooden dolls for children. Ebun was so naturally gifted in his handwork that his fame spread to all the neighboring villages. People from all over the region came to buy wooden dolls from him or bring their broken dolls for repairs. He carefully studied the broken dolls and looked for the best way to mend it such that it looked exactly the way it was when he first made it. Ebun had a little daughter for whom he made a very beautiful doll on her tenth...

Forgive Me, Lord

Forgive Me, Lord Forgive me, Lord, when I overlook — The beauty of a sunset The beauty in a human soul The beauty all around me. Forgive me, Lord, when I don’t appreciate — The goodness which You show me The goodness found in others The goodness of Your world itself. Forgive me, Lord, when I ignore — The signals that You send me The signs and wonders that You show me The life in Christ I have. Forgive me, Lord, when I depend — Upon myself instead of You Upon others instead of Christ Upon opinions instead of Spirit....

Feel Good About Who You Are

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor...

Things to Think About

In a university commencement address several years ago, Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises, spoke of the relation of work to one’s other commitments: “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them work, family, health, friends and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these,...

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