UpLifts – The Spider

UpLift Someone Today

Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror. –Kahlil Gibran

A Spider

Years ago, I learned a lesson from, of all things, a spider. One day while I was working home, I passed under the eves of a building, and noticed a very large spider web, and perched on an upper corner of that web was a very large spider.

I don’t know what came over me, but an idea suddenly stuck me. I bent down and picked up a small twig, and threw it into the spider’s web. It stuck!

That spider was on that twig instantly. It didn’t take him very long to determine that this wasn’t lunch, and what he did next has always impressed me. He grabbed that twig, and with his legs he cut the strands of the web holding the twig, and dropped it back on the ground at my feet.

I was intrigued! I wondered if he’d fall for it again. So — reaching down, I grabbed the twig, and I threw it back up in the web.

And again, it was the same reaction as at the first. In a quick hurry, that twig was back on the ground.

This was a very determined spider! But, I — I — I couldn’t let it go.

You can call it spider harassment if you want, but I picked up the twig, and I threw it back up in the web again. By now his web was getting quite tattered.

Again, he pounced on that twig and he threw it right back at me.

I decided that any creature that determined deserved my respect. I left him in peace. I left his web in taters, but I left him in peace.

Now, the point: How like that spider we should be. There are foreign influences which pollute the webs of our lives constantly. They are thrust upon us through television, the internet, the printed page, our music, sometimes even our friends and our acquaintances. If only we were as quick to throw out this pollution as that spider was.

Obviously the process of severing such things from our lives can be painful and even seem self-destructive. But you know, I have never met a man who was sorry he undertook the surgery of repentance.

UpLifts – Postive Is Good

“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.” — Oscar Wilde

“It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.” — Gloria Steinem

“We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” — Dale Carnegie

“Our task must be to free ourselves … by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty” — Albert Einstein

UpLifts – The Prodigal Son

UpLifts For Life – Prodigal Son

Please click on the title above for the whole story. Have you ever noticed in your personal discipleship how hard it is to change? If you’ve struggled with little habits, imagine how hard it is for someone to change who’s been trapped by a lifestyle for a long time. It’s hard. I know! I’ve often been asked, “What’s the most effective way to help someone who wants to change?” Maybe the following story will help answer that question.

In the parable of the Prodigal Son, as the rebellious son came to himself and realized his folly, he determined to go home and beg forgiveness and employment of his father, that he might at least eat decently. He set out for home.

The scripture records — and this is the point — that while “… he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, [and] had compassion, and ran …” and threw himself upon the boy’s neck. (Luke 15:20) The father kissed him, heard his confessions, and rejoicing brought him once more into the family circle.

Now, what I’ve wondered: How did that father even know he was coming, unless he’d been watching for him? Anxiously that father had watched and waited, and the moment that boy came into view, the father ran all the way out to meet him, quick to forgive.

I believe that so it is with our Heavenly Father. He is not sternly aloof, withholding His love until the very last steps of repentance are walked. He doesn’t demand of us to take every return step alone. He loves us so compellingly that our first feeble steps in His direction are answered with marathons in return. I believe that no one returns to the fold alone.

Now, when through repentance people return, if our celebrations could be as festive and forgiving as those in Heaven, maybe more people would undertake the journey.

Adapted from Luke 15:11-32 and shared by Glenn Rawson.

UpLifts – Why is the White House White?

UpLifts: Click on the above title to see the whole article.

“There is no real peace, there is no real happiness in anything in heaven or on the earth, except to those who serve the Lord. In His service there is joy, there is happiness; but they are not to be found anywhere else.

In it there are peace and comfort; but when the soul is filled with joy, with peace, and with glory, and is perfectly satisfied therewith a person even then has but little idea of that which is in store for all the faithful.

“Thrust a man into prison and bind him with chains, and then let him be filled with the comfort and with the glory of eternity, and that prison is a palace to him. Again, let a man be seated upon a throne with power and dominion in this world, ruling his millions and millions, and without that peace which flows from the Lord of Hosts–without that contentment and joy that comes from heaven, his palace is a prison; his life is a burden to him; he lives in fear, in dread, and in sorrow. But when a person is filled with the peace and power of God, all is right with him.” – (B. Young, July 5, 1857)

Today’s Trivia: (scroll down for answers)

1. How many squirts does it take to yield a gallon of milk from a cow’s udder?
2. How much does the average hummingbird weigh?
3. Why is the White House white?

COURAGE

One man with courage makes a majority. -Andrew Jackson

It’s all right to be cautious – but even a turtle never gets anywhere until he sticks his head out.

Courage is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.

Necessity makes even the timid brave.

Remember, you are your own doctor when it comes to curing cold feet.

Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your boldness with others.

Today’s Motivation:

“The world belongs to those with the most energy.”
— Alexis de Tocqueville

The kind of energy de Tocqueville had in mind was not stress- driven, anxiety-producing mania. He was referring to that state you have experienced at one time or another — the calm, assured, clearheaded feeling that you are doing well at doing what’s right.

Call it “flow” or “being in the zone.” Whatever name you use it means rising to the peak of efficiency, creativity, and productivity. And the only way to reach that energizing states to remain calm, focused, and free from distractions. This is one of those rare instances when you actually can control something!! If that’s not a reason to stay cool, then what is?!

Personal Quotes Just For You:
One of the best ways to measure people is how they behave when something free is offered. – Ann Landers

Conscience is the inner guide of man’s soul. Listen and obey and life can be sweet–disobey and sorrow is the result.

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” -Voltaire

“The only way to stop smoking is to just stop – no ifs, ands or butts.” -Edith Zittler

“In the fight for survival, a tie or split decision will simply not do.” -Merle L. Meacham

Up and at ’em:

“Your morning thoughts may determine your conduct for the day. Optimistic thoughts will make your day bright and productive, while pessimistic thinking will make it dull and wasteful.” –William M. Peck

“Even if a farmer intends to loaf, he gets up in time to get an early start.” -Edgar Watson Howe

“Let us then be up and doing, with a heart for any fate.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

DIPLOMACY

Diplomacy is a peaceful substitute for shooting.

The person who is tactful has the knack of making a point without making an enemy.

Diplomacy is the ability to take something and make the other fellow believe he is giving it away.

A diplomat possesses the art of handling a porcupine without disturbing the quills.

Arch Ward says that tact is the ability to shut your mouth before someone else wants to.

COOPERATION

Cooperation is spelled with two letters: W E. –G.M. Verity

Coming together is a beginning; staying together is progress; working together is success.

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.

You can’t applaud with one hand.

If you see a turtle on a stump, you know he didn’t get there by himself.

Cooperation will solve many problems. Even freckles would be a nice tan if they would get together.

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. -Benjamin Franklin

FOOLS RUSH IN WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD

Meaning: Unwise people thoughtlessly and rashly tackle situations that even the wisest think twice about.

Today’s proverb comes from Alexander Pope’s “An Essay on Criticism” from 1711. He was discussing critics who, in his eyes, have the audacity to voice opinion where even more enlightened readers would hesitate to criticize: “No place so sacred from such fops is barr’d, Nor is Paul’s church more safe than Paul’s churchyard: Nay, fly to altars; there they’ll talk you dead; For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”

Disapointment, sorrow, pain are all flames for the Refiner’s fire, but they are to temper us only, not to consume us. -Boyd K. Packer

ANSWERS:

1. On average, 345.
2. 1/18th of an ounce.
3. You would have to have slept longer than Rip Van Winkle to think that it’s because the White House is associated with purity. And if we were looking just at the past decades, perhaps scarlet red would have been a more appropriate shade.

In fact, contrary to what many people think the place where the President hangs his hat wasn’t always white and was not originally called the White House. The original building, put up at the end of the 18th century, was called the Presidential Palace and was made of brownstone. And it might still be somber looking had not the British set fire to it during the War of 1812.

Restoring the place involved, among other things, covering the burn marks. White paint was just fine for this purpose, leading people to refer to it thereafter as the White House, a designation that became official under Teddy Roosevelt.
Source: JUST CURIOUS JEEVES by Jack Mingo and Erin Barrett

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Must Know – What Can I Learn From This?

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Stress Tips – The stress of too much work

The stress of too much work

Apart from the profound sense of fatigue, increased
risk of accident and general suppression of the
immune system, too much work can steal the most
precious resource we all have which is time.

A human life is lived within the finite domain
of 4,000 weeks or 900 months (if you’re in good
health and live in a developed country of the
world).

How many weeks do you plan to allocate to work
.. how many weeks to leisure … how many to
being in the company of people you love?

I’m writing this stress tip at a delightful
resort on an island off the eastern coast of
Australia. Unfortunately email does not allow
me to send you the smell of the sea, the rich
rainforest walks or the sudden appearance of
small kangaroos which are everywhere. It’s
a pretty good alternative to a phone, a fax
and a computer.

Maybe you owe yourself a break … you’ve
worked hard so take the rewards.

Thought from StressTips.com