The Brick

THE BRICK

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his shinny new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down.

When he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s right side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag to the spot where the brick had been thrown.

The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, “What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?”

The young boy was apologetic. “Please, mister… please, I’m sorry but I didn’t know what else to do,” He pleaded. “I threw the brick because no one else would stop…” With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. “It’s my brother, “he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.”

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”

Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.

“Thank you and may God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger.

Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jag. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: “Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!”

God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don’t have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It’s our choice to listen or not.

Thoughts for the Day:

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends you flowers every spring.
He sends you a sunrise every morning.

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

Keep the faith and keep a smile — Life is beautiful.

gil howe
Have a wonderful week.

UpLifts – Honor Thy Mother

Honor Thy MotherLearning to honor our parents is so important that God made it a part of the Ten Commandments. If one cannot honor earthly parents who he can see, how can he honor heavenly parents that he can’t see? We well know how Jesus honored His father throughout His life, but what of the Savior’s relationship with His mother? How did He treat her? Here’s the story:

At the age of twelve, Jesus traveled with His family from Nazareth to Jerusalem for one of the biggest celebrations of the year, the feast of the Passover. As this feast concluded and the tens of thousands of pilgrims started for home, Joseph and Mary did likewise joining with the company in traveling north out of Jerusalem about a day’s journey. They had supposed that Jesus was somewhere in the caravan. But at day’s end when they went looking for Him, they soon discovered He was not there; Jesus was nowhere to be found. Can you imagine Joseph and Mary’s feelings? ‘Oh dear, we’ve lost the Son of God!’

They went back a day’s journey to Jerusalem, and after three days found Him sitting in the Temple teaching. They were, as you can imagine, justifiably distraught. “… Son,” Mary says, “why hast thou thus dealt with us? …” (Luke 2:48) There’s no mistaking the chiding in her voice.

“… How is it that ye sought me?” Jesus replies. “Know [wist] ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49)

It’s interesting that the scripture records that Joseph and Mary did not understand what He meant by that statement.

Now look at this. We have here a most unique situation. Probably for the first time in history, we actually do have a child who is in all ways smarter than His parents. He is the most intelligent being on the planet, capable, if you will, of governing the kingdom of the Jews if He were simply old enough. So how is He going to react toward His parents? He could have said, “I know what I’m doing; stop treating me like a child.” Or He could have said something like this: “Dad, mom, sit down before you hurt yourself.” Or He could have acted in any number of inappropriate ways toward His parents, but He didn’t.

Listen to what the scriptural record says. “… he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: …” (Luke 2:51)

Now Jesus gave the law, “Honour thy Father and [thy] Mother: …” (Exodus 20:12) and when His mortal test came, He fulfilled that law perfectly. It is well to note — consider this — It is well to note that He honored His earthly parents not necessarily because they earned it, but because it was His duty.

Now hear me: It is just as much a commandment for children to honor their parents as it is for parents to teach the Gospel to their children. To honor our parents is to honor God. After all, children, it was He who called them to their position, not you.

We hope that your mother has the most wonderful Mothers’ Day ever!

Based on Luke 2 and thanks to Glenn Rawson.

UpLifts – To A Happy Life

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Remember those who have fallen to make you free. Have a beneficial Memorial Day!

One should prevent himself from mind pollution as it is one of the worst kind of pollution.

When was the last time you weeded your spiritual garden? Brandon Conder

It isn’t enough to talk about peace.
One must believe it.
It isn’t enough to believe in it.
One must work at it. — Eleanor Roosevelt

21 Keys to a Happy Life:

Compliment three people everyday.

Watch a sunrise.

Be the first to say “Hello.”

Live beneath your means.

Treat everyone as you want to be treated.

Never give up on anybody; miracles happen.

Forget being like the Jones’s.

Remember someone’s name.

Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.

Be tough-minded, but tender-hearted.

Be kinder than you have to be.

Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to
be appreciated.

Keep your promises.

Learn to show cheerfulness even when you don’t feel it.

Remember that overnight success usually takes 15 years.

Leave everything better than you found it.

Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do.

When you arrive at your job in the morning, let the first
thing you say brighten everyone’s day.

Don’t rain on other people’s parades.

Don’t waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

Keep some things to yourself and don’t promote havoc by
backstabbing people you love.

Take care of YOU!

Have a great week and remember it will be good if you make it so.

Thoughts For Life by: Gil Howe
If you can’t see the bright side then polish the dull side.

My Slanted Philosophy

Simple Thoughts:

“You have enemies? Good! It means you’ve stood up for something at least once in your life.” — Gilbert Howe
“Energy will do anything that can be done in this world.” –Goethe
“If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?” –Stephen Levine

Above all, try to be brave:

“Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.” — Clare Booth Luce
“Wealth lost – something lost; Honor lost – much lost; Courage lost – all lost.” –German proverb
“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can’t practice any other virtue with consistency.” –Maya Angelou

My Slanted Philosophy:

BEAUTY TIPS – FOR BOTH SEXES!
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the second for helping others.

Happy Easter

The first Easter was the springtime of all history. It was a prophecy of new life, new hope, eternal growth and immortality. — Hugh B. Brown

“In the moonlit silence of that Near Eastern night, every acute pain, every heartfelt grief, every crushing wrong and human hurt experienced by every man, woman, and child in the human family was to be heaped upon his weary shoulders. But in such a moment, when someone might have said it to him, he rather says to us, ‘Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.'” John 14:27.

Abundance

The Ancient Indian text, the Upanishads, speaks wisely of wealth: “He took abundance, from abundance and abundance remained.

Whereas economics in the West is ruled by a zero-sum rule, where money lost is forever lost and every penny has to be hard-earned, the Eastern perspective is different.

Whilst Western Economics is based on financial value, Eastern Economics is based on a deeper sense of value.

Furthermore, Western perspectives on wealth are based on financial aquisition, whilst Eastern values are based on contribution.

It is often beneficial to redefine our core-beliefs. We need to realise that there is enough in the world for us all and to shift our focus onto giving and not acquiring.

This realisiation of abundance is the foundation to feeling truly wealthy. It teaches us to focus on the real values of life.
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“Peace will come and be maintained only through the triumph of the principles of peace, and by the consequent subjection of the enemies of peace, which are hatred, envy, ill-gotten gain, the exercise of unrighteous dominion of men. Yielding to these evils brings misery to the individual, unhappiness to the home, war among nations.” — David O. McKay

Thoughts For Life by: Gil Howe
If you can’t see the bright side then polish the dull side.

Cowboys and Politics

A South Dakota cowboy was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”

The cowboy looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, Why not?”
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The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany .

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image & nbsp; has been processed and the data stored.

He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says the cowboy.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the cowboy says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

You’re a U.S. Congressman”, says the cowboy.

“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”

“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t even know a thing about cows…this is a herd of sheep.dog_hound.jpg

Now give me back my dog.

A Smile at a Stoplight – by Glenn Rawson

Not long ago, I leaned a lesson about judging other people, and the powerful effect of a smile.

aut_0466.JPGIt had been a long day. I’d been up since 2:30 A.M., and I was just rolling to a stop at the light next to a line of cars. I chanced to look at the car next to me, and looked right into the innocent face of a beautiful little girl about three or four years of age. To my surprise she smiled at me — a gorgeous wide toothy smile. It was so irresistible that I smiled back. And then, to my total amazement, she blew me a kiss!

Now you have to understand, I didn’t know this little girl, or her mother who was driving the car. And there I was driving an old beat up mustard yellow pickup that had long ago seen better days. My clothes were filthy; my hair was a mop; I had on dark sunglasses, and sat with one arm propped out the window with a sour expression on my face — and she blows me a kiss?

I was so startled I looked away. As the light changed and the cars began to move, I chanced one more peek at my new friend, and sure enough there she was still looking right at me, and in a kind of a shy little girl way, she was still smiling the same beautiful smile. Oh, she melted my heart.

I drove away from that stoplight with a different attitude. She changed my day entirely. She warmed my heart and cheered my soul.

You know, if I could only keep that day in my memory, and follow that little girls example, so that I would reframe from judging people by how they appear, and love them for what they are, and like her, so warmly let them know it.

Little girl, wherever you are, who ever you are, thanks again for brightening my day, and being my teacher.

This is from the book “In the Midst of Thee — volume 1” by Glenn Rawson.

UpLIfts For Life – Men’s Rules

UpLifts In Thought

Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself. — Robert Collier

There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential. –Rusty Berkus

In today’s environment, hoarding knowledge ultimately erodes your power. If you know something very important, the way to get power is by actually sharing it. –Joseph Badaracco

UpLifts In Spirit

Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? — William J. Bennett
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Something To Think About

THE GUYS’ RULES

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down. Finally, the guys’ side of the story.

We always hear “the rules” From the female side
Now here are the rules from the male side.

These are our rules! Please note… these are all numbered “1” ON PURPOSE!

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down.
You don’t hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports. It’s like the full moon or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a Problem. See a doctor.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you’re fat, you probably are. Don’t ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of them makes you sad or angry, then we meant the other one

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done.
Not both! If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus DID NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color . Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have NO idea what mauve is!!!

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. It is part of life.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say “nothing,” We will act like nothing’s wrong.
We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle, besides we know you will bring it up again later.

1. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, Expect an answer you don’t want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine…Really.

1. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, what happened to the members of Led Zeppelin or golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; but did you know men really don’t mind that? It’s like camping.

Uplifts For Life
by: Gil Howe
Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly. –Robert F. Kennedy

UpLifts – Have you been taken?

UpLifts In Thought (visit us at http://uplifts.us )

An understanding heart in everything is a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. –Carl Jung

To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

It doesn’t take genius, it doesn’t take courage, it doesn’t take inspiration or revelation. All it takes is a specific technique that magically turns it from an irritating and destructive force, into a powerful ally and positive force into our life. – Steven K. Scott

UpLifts In Spirit
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UpLifts In Story
Taken

You know, I wonder how many of us have ever felt that we have ever been taken, or swindled or misused by someone else? If perchance you have felt that way, or maybe you feel that way right now, would you consider the following story?

Many years ago there was a young mother who received a knock one morning at her door. When she opened the door, she found a large frightened looking man asking her for money.

“We have no money,” she said.

Persistently though, he pressed his demands insisting that she give him some money. Finally, he said, “I’m hungry. I would like to get something to eat.”

“Well,” the woman said, “If that’s the case, then I can help you.”

So off to the kitchen she went, and soon she returned with a small sack lunch prepared from her meager food supply. The man looked displeased as she gave him the lunch, but he took it and he left. Now, from the doorway she watched the man go down the lane to the main road. But as soon as he crossed the property line, he took the lunch and threw it over the fence into the bushes. The woman was angered as you can imagine by the ingratitude and the waste.

Now, about a week later, this same mother was interrupted again by another knock at her door. Upon opening it she discovered a tall raw-boned teenager making essentially the same request, “We need help; we’re hungry. Could you please give us some food or money?”

Remembering the previous experience, she quickly responded, “No! I’m sorry. I’m busy. I — I can’t help you today.”

Without a word of protest, the young man turned away. She watched him walk out the gate. And it was then that she noticed a wagon and a team of horses parked out front. In the wagon were a father, mother, and several children. As the young man swung up into the wagon, he looked back at her with a sorrowful pained expression. Pierced by that look, she hesitated, but it was too late. The team had moved out and the wagon was already down the lane.

Perhaps it was with a hint of pain and regret that ever after that, that dear mother would tell that story to her children and would close with this moral, “Never fail to give that which you have to someone who’s in need.”

I conclude from that: To refuse to love anyone again because once your love was rejected, or to refuse to trust anyone again because once your trust was broken, or to refuse to give anything that you have to anyone again because once your giving was abused — is to refuse to live. Life is a risk. It always has been. It’s all about loving, trusting, and giving of ourselves. Take it away and what do we have left? Nothing? We wither and die like an un-watered plant.

Have a great week
Uplifts For Life
by: Gil Howe
Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly. –Robert F. Kennedy