VOTD: Luke 2.49 “In my Father’s house”

“But he replied, ‘Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?'”

Luke 2.49

Jesus made his decision early in life to please the Father and do his will.

Where are you? Starting now, when is your earliest opportunity?

#now, #obedience, #opportunity, #votd

Beauty all around us in many forms

When man doesn’t destroy it, beauty is to be found all around us. And beauty comes in all forms, such as sound. This morning, as I sat quietly in the living room feeling the arrival of the dawn, suddenly a bird warbled loudly not far outside the window. I arose and went to the window hoping to see it, but there was no sign of it. It came, let loose its short song, and was off again. Continue reading

#beauty, #brazil, #corollaries, #daylight-savings-time, #opportunity


     It has been said, “Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death” (James Byrnes). There is no context to these words; I suspect they have to do with ambition in a material world. Security is important in a material world, but what good will security in a material world be (or do) for a person who has no security in the spiritual realm? Of course, to ask is to answer.

There are a lot of people who are frightened by failure in life; consequently, these people are not risk-takers. On the other hand, those who are risk-takers make great progress toward an ultimate end. In the material realm this may be good.

In the spiritual realm there is no room for risk-takers; the Lord has already set the path for us to walk. His is the only risk faithful Christians will take. Consider Jesus all over again in this light. The price He paid was great, but He willingly paid it. Those of us who took advantage of the opportunity He gave, already live a life full of risk. RT



Here is your opportunity

The story is told about a bus driver became annoyed with his job because he had to wait 7 minutes after every run near an open field which litterbugs had made into an unofficial dump. He often thought that somebody should do something about that unsightly mess.

One day he himself decided to get out and pick up some of the tin cans and other debris which were lying all around. This improved things so much that he soon was eager to complete his route and spend all his free moments in cleaning up the area.

When spring came, he was so enthusiastic about his project that he decided to sow some flower seeds.

By the end of the summer many were riding to the end of the line just to see what the thoughtful servant had accomplished by doing what he and others had only talked about before.

Prov. 12:24 – The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

#diligence, #make-a-difference, #opportunity

Make the most of today: Glenn Hitchcock

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer who has kids to feed.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow, a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

—North Oaks Bulletin, Canyon Country, CA

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

#opportunity, #time, #today

Illustration: Crisis

FYI, I verified this illustration with my father-in-law, who is fluent in Mandarin, and it is true!

When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.

Remember…with every crisis in our lives, there is certainly danger, but there is also opportunity!

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (James 1:2-4, NKJV).

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,  casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:6-7, NKJV).

#crisis, #illustrations, #opportunity, #suffering

To Procrastinators

I don’t remember where I saw this, nor do I know the author. He seems to start out tongue in cheek and then get more serious. Or maybe the other way around.

A Few Notes to Procrastinators
By Gerald Cowan

Never put off until tomorrow what you should have done yesterday.

Tomorrow may be too late. Today may already be too late.

If at first you don’t succeed, you probably should have tried sooner.

While you are waiting for a more convenient time, an easier task, or a more attractive offer, the only opportunity you are going to get may be passing you by.

If anyone really made all the improvements he tells himself that he will make someday, he would be a source of amazement, to himself and the whole world.

If I applied to myself the advice I so freely give to others, I would have much less to regret and apologize for in my own life.

Note: Apparently, the article comes from here.

This post will go from Friendica to TFR (and Twitter, then to FB), and I’m breaking a rule of mine not to post on TFR twice or more in a row.

#opportunity, #procrastination, #time