LEARNING AND GROWING
An anonymous poet wrote:
‘If you can start the day without caffeine; if you can get going without pep pills; if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains; if you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles; if you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it;
if you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time; if you can forgive a friend’s lack of consideration; if you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you, when, through no fault of your own, something goes wrong; if you can take criticism and blame without resentment;
if you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him; if you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend; if you can face the world without lies and deceit; if you can conquer tension without medical help; if you can relax without liquor; if you can sleep without the aid of drugs;
if you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed or colour, religion or politics; then, my friend, you’re almost as good as your dog.’ Almost, but not quite!
This poem is dedicated to two kinds of people:
1) Animal lovers.
2) Those committed to learning and growing: ‘Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.’
‘Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.’
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ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY
John 14:19-23; 15:7-11
Because I live, you also will live! In that day you will know that I am in my Father, & you in Me, & I in you! If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, & my Father will love him, & He will come to him, & make Our home with him!!
If you abide in me, & My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, & it will be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, & prove to be My disciples.
Abide in My love! If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love! These things I have spoken to you, that My Joy may be in you, & that your joy may be Full!
GOD HAS PROMISED YOU SO MUCH! THIS CAN BE THE GREATEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE IF YOU SEEK HIM & ABIDE IN HIM! HE WANTS YOUR JOY TO BE FULL THIS YEAR! HE IS FAITHFUL! SEEK HIM TODAY! NEVER DELAY!