UpLifts – George & Abe’s Words Of Wisdom

…”Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”…

The Lord Jesus once said, “If you continue in my word, then are ye my disciples, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8: 31-32) Religion and political freedom are inseparable principles. The Exodus of Moses and the Israelites attest to that. So in that spirit, and in the spirit of Presidents’ Day, here is a portion of President George Washington’s farewell address delivered September the 17th, 1796? He said:

“Of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with public and private felicity. Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

And again, on the 19th of November 1863, the words of Abraham Lincoln called the Gettysburg address:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on his continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so noble advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

UpLifts – Great Compassion

This letter was written November the 21st, 1864 to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a dear woman who paid a terrible price in the ravages of war.

February the 12th marks the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. I would like to share a simple, yet profound letter that gives a glimpse into the heart of this great leader. He genuinely cared about those he led. He was kind and gentle with the people he was around. This letter was written November the 21st, 1864 to Mrs. Lydia Bixby, a dear woman who paid a terrible price in the ravages of war. This is what he wrote:

“Dear Madam:

“I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

“Yours very sincerely and respectfully,
Abraham Lincoln.”

21 Nov. 1864; quoted in Selections from the Letters, Speeches, and State Papers of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Ida M. Tarbell, Boston: Ginn and Company, 1911, p. 109.

UpLifts – The President

No law was ever to be imposed on us without his approval – no treaty that he did not negotiate. He was to be our voice to the nations, the executor of the law, the champion of our rights and liberties, and the guardian of all of us.

On May 30, 1787, a small group of men in Philadelphia changed the world.

Those men were the delegates to the Constitutional Convention. They created an officer of government on that date unlike any ever before, one destined to become the most powerful political figure in the world – the President of the United States.

“There must be one president,” they designed, “and not three.” The office would require energy, action, and decisiveness. And with only one, we would always know who’s responsible, and indeed once a year it was mandated that he report to us.

They were going to call him originally “His Excellency. But that wouldn’t do. The President of the United States is a man of the people, a leader among equals.

Four years they dictated that he would serve, and then he would be returned to his people. The Framers felt then that if he merited the people’s esteem, they could have him again. The only limit on his term, they felt, was the wisdom and love of his people.

For a time, they considered that the president would not receive a salary, but sometimes the best men are not wealthy men. But this much was certain: He was to serve for love and honor, not for love of money.

You know, the Framers put him under the most sacred oath – to preserve, protect, and defend – note it – the Constitution, not the nation. To save that document and its principles is to save this nation.

Never was the President of the United States to start a war. If the blood and money of the people are to be expended in war, let the people declare it. But once it’s declared, he is the Commander-in-Chief.

No law was ever to be imposed on us without his approval – no treaty that he did not negotiate. He was to be our voice to the nations, the executor of the law, the champion of our rights and liberties, and the guardian of all of us.

He alone was to be the nation’s voice of mercy and reason through the Pardon Power. All the chief officers of government who execute the law and judge it were to be his. He was to be, they felt, the one man in government above the pettiness of partisan politics, a man for us all.

So critical was his leadership, and so vital his virtue, that the Framers did not trust common people to find him. So they devised a system whereby the wise would select the wisest.

He had to be a native son, a fully imbued American, filled with wisdom, maturity, goodness, and integrity. He was to be our voice, our protector, and a great man of the people.

But he would be only as powerful as ‘we the people,’ and only as good as those who elected him. The nation would be for all time as safe and free as he was good, honest, and wise.

There are few men living today who can affect more people in a deeper way for a longer time than the President of the United States. Therefore, tomorrow, pray – for him and for our future.

Thanks to Glenn Rawson for his great research and his most effective teaching.

UpLifts For Life – Miracles Happen!

In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will need.

A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass
jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.

She poured the change out on the floor and counted it
carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be
exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting
on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her
way 6 blocks to Rexall’s Drug Store with the big red
Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some
attention, but he was too busy at this moment. Tess
twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She
cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she
could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from
her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

“And what do you want?” the pharmacist asked in an
annoyed tone of voice. “Can’t you see I’m talking to my brother
who’s from Chicago whom I haven’t seen in ages,” he said without
waiting for a reply to his question.

“Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,” Tess
answered back in the same annoyed tone. “He’s really,
really sick… and I want to buy a miracle.”

“I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist.

“His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing
inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can
save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?”

“We don’t sell miracles here, little girl. I’m sorry but
I can’t help you,” the pharmacist said, softening a
little

“Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t
enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it
costs.”

The pharmacist’s brother was a well dressed man. He
stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a
miracle does your brother need?”

” I don’t know,” Tess replied with her eyes welling up.
I just know he’s really sick and Mommy says he needs an
operation. But my Daddy can’t pay for it, so I want to
use my money.”

“How much do you have?” asked the man from Chicago

“One dollar and eleven cents,” Tess answered barely
audibly.

“And it’s all the money I have, but I can get some more
if I need to.”

“Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man. “A dollar
and eleven cents—the exact price of a miracle for
little brothers. ”

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he
grasped her mitten and said “Take me to where you live.
I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s
see if I have the miracle you need.”

That well dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a
surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery. The operation
was completed free of charge and it wasn’t long until
Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of
events that had led them to this place.

“That surgery,” her Mom whispered. “was a real miracle.
I wonder how much it would have cost?”

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle
cost…one dollar and eleven cents….plus the faith of
a little child.

In our lives, we never know how many miracles we will
need.

UpLifts For Life – Somethings To Think About

What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.

All things proclaim the existence of God. — Napoleon Bonaparte

God enters by a private door into every individual. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Patience

The hardest skill that man can develop is patience.

However, if one looks at nature’s wonders, they are all examples of this golden virtue.

The diamond is formed over many years, just as the elephant rules the jungle for countless decades.

In a world where everything is expected yesterday, we easily lose site of this value.

To be kept waiting is a sign of inferiority, of poor service.

Be patient, take life slower as it leads to a greater appreciation to all that surrounds you.

Why go through life bound to the clock when you can treasure every minute?

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The end of learning is, to know God and out of that knowledge, to love Him and to imitate Him… by possessing our souls of true virtue. –– Milton

What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.

Great men never make bad use of their superiority. They see it and feel it and are not less modest. The more they have, the more they know their own deficiencies. –Jean Jacques Rousseau

Whatever you are, be a good one. –Abraham Lincoln / Floyd Weston
Remember you can make a difference – UpLift someone today.

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UpLifts For Life – & More Things To Think About

“I have made mistakes but I have never made the mistake of claiming that I never made one.” –James Gordon Bennett

Something To Think About!

“You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can’t sit back and wait.” –Ellen Metcalf

“Practice being excited.” –Bill Foster

“Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly.” –James Russell Lowell

A Little Philosophy

WHEN THE CAT’S AWAY, THE MICE WILL PLAY

Meaning: The followers of a leader will take advantage of his absence for their own needs.

Different languages have variances on this proverb, but the meanings are all the same. The French say, “When the cat runs on the roofs, the mice dance on the floors.” The Spanish and Italians say, “When the cat is not in the house, the mice dance.” The Germans say, “Cat outside the house, repose for the mouse.”

Most of us are familiar with this saying in terms of the workplace, often said when the boss is out. Rules tend to be more lax, spirits more jovial.

Acknowledge your mistakes:

“I have made mistakes but I have never made the mistake of claiming that I never made one.” –James Gordon Bennett

“Admitting Error clears the Score / And proves you Wiser than before.” –Arthur Guiterman

“They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.” –Edmund Burke

Not every thing that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

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UpLIfts For Life – Open Your Eyes!

When America decided to invade Iraq 30,000,000 people in 650 cities in 25 countries marched. Why?

Today’s Trivia: (scroll down for answers)

1. Who published “The Forgotten Prisoners”?

2. What was “The Forgotten Prisoners”?

A SMOOTH SEA NEVER MADE A SKILLFUL MARINER

Meaning: You are a poor specimen if you can’t stand the pressure of adversity.

The meaning of today’s proverb is taken directly from the Bible, from Proverbs, 24:10. Other, similar sentiments are echoed in, “Adversity tries great men, prosperity the small ones.” It has also been said that “adversity introduces a man to himself,” which indicates that we do not know our true selves and what we are capable of until we are put to the test.

Then again, as Harry Truman said, “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.”

THOUGHTS:

To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.” –Francis Marion Crawford

“To dream too much of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.”
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An Eye Opener:

1) Protesters for peace did not gather to move Stalin to withdraw his forces from Iranian Azerbaijan and Kurdistan. Why not?

2)When Stalin annexed 15 percent of Finland’s territory, there were no large demonstrations. Why not?

3) When the Soviets annexed the Baltic states, there were no large demonstrations. Why not?

4) When Soviet tanks rolled into Warsaw and Budapest, and a decade later also in Prague, there were no large demonstrations. Why not?

5) The wars that China’s Communist regime waged against the peoples of Manchuria, Tibet, East Turkestan and Inner Mongolia, lands that were eventually annexed and subjected to “ethnic cleansing,” provoked no significant protest marches. Why not?

6) When China attacked India and grabbed Indian territories the size of England, the peace movement did not budge. Why not?

7) Few protesters for peace, not even Joschka Fischer, now Germany’s foreign minister, marched in support of tearing down the Berlin Wall and allowing the German nation to regain its unity. Why not?

8.) When the Tanzanian army invaded Uganda and removed Idi Amin from power, there were no significant demonstrations. Why not?

9) When the Vietnamese army invaded Cambodia and changed the Khmer Rouge regime there, there were no significant demonstrations. Why not?

10) When French troops invaded the Central African Republic and changed its regime, no one in Great Britain or America marched. Why not?

11) When Saddam Hussein invaded Iran, there no significant demonstrations. Why not?

12) When Saddam invaded Kuwait there were no demonstrations in New York City or elsewhere. Why not?

13) When Saddam was gassing the Kurds to death, killing millions of his own (Muslims) no one marched. Why not?

14) When America-led a coalition under a U.N. mandate to prevent North Korean Communists from conquering the south, peace protesters were on the march everywhere. Why?

15) When America decided to invade Iraq 30,000,000 people in 650 cities in 25 countries marched. Why?

ANSWERS:

1- 15) The “peace movement” is not opposed to all aggression, but only to that in which America is involved.

TRIVIA ANSWERS:

1. English lawyer Peter Benenson.

2. An article about the thousands of men and women imprisoned
worldwide because of their political or religious beliefs.

Stop Politically-Correct Generalities

A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, the Central Christian Church had logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of the prayer from India, Africa and Korea.

When minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual politically-correct generalities, but what they heard instead was a stirring prayer, passionately calling our country to repentance and righteousness.

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, the Central Christian Church had logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of the prayer from India, Africa and Korea.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired the prayer on The Rest of the Story on the ABC Radio Network and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired!

THE PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to
seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe on those who
call evil good,” but that’s exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We confess that: We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn children and called it a choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of Your will. I ask it in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

What awesome insight! Maybe our nation again can be called a Christian nation that fears the Lord!
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You can gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do…
—-Eleanor Roosevelt

This was given in 1999 and I thought it was worth repeating.

Dawni’s Disappointment

And together – now note it – ‘together’ they went. Even moments later when kids began to make fun of Dawni, her sister jumped in, defended her, and stayed by her until she returned to class.

For two and one-half months Dawni had prepared for this day. It was the school assembly, and it was her first solo performance on the drums. Now, it had been a struggle for her to get to this point. Initially her father had been against her playing the drums, but he had finally relented and said, “Okay” in the face of her tears and determination. But, before she was allowed to study and play the drums, she had been required to study another instrument.

Patiently, therefore, she learned the flute, waiting until the opportunity came to play the instrument that was her heart’s first desire – the drums. And now that day was here. This assembly was even more significant since it was the first one that her mother had been able to attend. It was Dawni’s big moment. The night before, she had spent so much time on her clothes, and so much time on her hair; she was so prepared and so eager. The band director gave the cue and started the piece. But when Dawni struck the snare drum, no sound came out. Someone or something had misadjusted the drum making it completely useless. Well, there was no way the director could stop the piece now, so it went on without her. While the other percussionists performed and shined, Dawni dropped out of her chair down on the floor, and desperately tried to repair the damaged drum. Frantically she worked, but the piece ended before she could get it fixed.

Now from the stands, Mother watched it all, knowing that her dear daughter was in trouble, but unable to go to her or help her in any way. At the conclusion of the assembly, Dawni walked out of the crowd and directly to her mother, her eyes swimming with hot tears before she even reached her. So long and so hard had she worked, and the moment was irretrievably gone. It hurt – it hurt a lot!

Her mother reached out and took her in her arms, and spoke soothingly and comfortingly. Her older sister, who was also there, left her friends behind and came to Dawni’s side, put her arms around her, hugged her, and offered love and encouragement. The two sisters only had a moment to talk with Mom before going back to class. And as they turned to go, Dawni’s sister put her arm around her again and said, “C’mon Dawni, let’s go. There’s nothing you could’ve done about it. You did the best you could.”

And together – now note it – ‘together’ they went. Even moments later when kids began to make fun of Dawni, her sister jumped in, defended her, and stayed by her until she returned to class.

You know, the pain and Dawni’s bitter disappointment was not, and is not gone. Even as she told me this story she cried. The pain will probably always be there. But one thing’s for certain: The pain was made more bearable because of those who shared it with her.

Be there! Just be there! And I promise you love will be so much stronger if you are.

From the teachings of Glenn Rawson – December 1999

UpLIfts For Life – Make It A Great Weekend!

YOGI BERRA SAID: “I really didn’t say everything I said.”

The shortest distance between two points is usually under construction.

There are three truths in religion:

1. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah….
2. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith…..
3. Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store.

Today’s Trivia: (scroll down for answers)

1. What was the main objective of the space shuttle, Atlantis?
2. What was Magellan’s mission?
3. Did Julius Caesar ever eat Caesar’s Salad?

Toddler Property Laws

1. If I like it, it’s mine.
2. If it’s in my hands, it’s mine.
3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
4. If I had it a week ago, it’s mine.
5. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
7. If it looks just like mine, it’s mine.
8. If I think it’s mine, it’s mine.
9. If it it’s near me, it’s mine
10.If it’s broccoli, it’s yours.
(Sounds like some governments and politicians)
Some Friday Humor

Q. Why did the polygamist cross the aisle?
A. To get to the other bride.

More hay, Trigger? No thanks: Roy, I’m stuffed!

You’re just jealous because the voices are talking to me and not you!

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done already.

Today’s Motivation:

“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.” — John Foster Dulles

Leaders step up to a challenge. In fact the more problems they address, they better they get at fixing them.

Here’s how to do it: figure what is at the root of the trouble; find out how other people have dealt with a similar situation; have your team study the problem from every conceivable angle; come up with a wide ranges of possible solutions; adopt the best one.

Finally, if you know you’re not much of a good problem- solver, hire people who are. Delegating tasks is another way great achievers solve problems!

THE LORD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES

Meaning: Self-help stimulates divine assistance.

One of Aesop’s fables, “Hercules and the Waggoner,” from 570 B.C. carries the message found in today’s proverb. This is, perhaps, the first written reference to this proverb. As the story goes, a waggoner was driving along a muddy track when his cart skidded into a ditch. Rather than doing something about it, the waggoner called upon the mighty Hercules for help. Hercules appeared and told the waggoner to put his shoulder behind the wheel and goad his oxen on. He then scolded the man, forbidding him to ever call upon him again unless he had first made an effort himself.

Languages other than English have similar versions of this proverb. The French, for example, say, “God never builds us bridges, but he gives us hands.” The Spanish say, “While waiting for water from heaven, don’t stop irrigating.” Wise words!
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LAWYER’S OBSERVATION: “I don’t know anyone here that’s been killed by a handgun.”

LITERATE PROCLAMATION: “We don’t want to open a box of Pandoras!”

YOGI BERRA SAID: “I really didn’t say everything I said.”

SUGGESTION: Keep your suggestions to two words, or less.

Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids. – Aristotle(384-322 BC)

Your Personal Quotes for today:

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Fear to let fall a drop and you spill a lot.” – Malay proverb
“Being scared can keep a man from getting killed, and often makes a better fighter of him.” -Louis L’Amour

Don’t let your self-image get too big:

“My specialty is being right when other people are wrong.” -George Bernard Shaw
“One of my chief regrets during my years in the theater is that I couldn’t sit in the audience and watch me.” – John Barrymore
“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Oscar Widle

“Jesus Christ says, ‘my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you’ (John 14:27). Wherever this peace exists, it leaves an influence that is comforting and refreshing to the souls of those who partake of it. It is like the morning dew to the thirsty plant. This peace is the gift of God alone, and it can be received only from him through obedience to his laws. If any man wishes to introduce peace into his family or among his friends, let him cultivate it in his own bosom; for sterling peace can only be had according to the legitimate rule and authority of heaven, and obedience to its laws.” – John Taylor

ANSWERS:

1. To deploy the spacecraft Magellan, making this the first time that a craft was launched from a space shuttle.
2. To map the surface of Venus.
3. Not even at a toga party. We might as well ask if he ever ate Waldorf salad, Baked Alaska or Southern Fried Chicken. In the days of the Romaine, uh, Roman Empire, this dish was unknown.

Contrary to what many people think, Caesar’s Salad was not invented in Prince Mike Romanoff’s Hollywood restaurant, either. But Romanoff, who by the way was also not a prince, is credited with popularizing it and adding the anchovies.

Caesar’s Salad was first tossed in Tijuana, where tourists wearing Roman sandals have passed through in legions, but never in Roman chariots, other than Alfa Romeos. Its creator was Caesar Gardini, the other Caesar, who put it together at his restaurant, Caesar’s Place, from romaine lettuce, egg and dressing.
Source: DICTIONARY OF WORD AND PHRASE ORIGINS by William and Mary Morris

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