America’s King

In May of 1782, after the American Revolution was over, while America still struggled with her newfound independence, a letter was received by General Washington. The letter was written by one of Washington’s officers, Colonel Lewis Nicola. It outlined the grievances of the soldiers at being yet unpaid for their services, and being underfed along with other things, and it detailed a plan which involved the General that would rectify the situation and solve the woes of the nation if only Washington would lend his support.

Well upon reading the letter, Washington was indignant, even outraged, and he wrote an immediate response saying, “Be assured, sir, no occurrence in the course of the war has given me more painful sensations than your information of there being such ideas existing in the army as you have expressed, and I must view them with abhorrence and reprehend with severity … if I am not deceived in the knowledge of myself, you could not have found a person to whom your schemes are more disagreeable. Let me conjure you, then, if you have any regard for your country, concern for yourself or posterity, or respect for me, to banish these thoughts from your mind and never communicate, as from yourself or anyone else, a sentiment of like nature.”

“I am, sir, George Washington,”

Since the first time I heard this story, I have stood in awe of the Father of our Country, because I believe his unwavering, even outraged response in this one instance changed the entire course of America’s future. You might ask, “What was it they were asking of him?” — To allow the military for the good of the country to install General Washington as ‘George the First’, the first king of America.

UpLifts – Happy?

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

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled. – Andrew Carnegie

For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great. –Jose Ortega y Gasset

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands: not merely to grasp the world, but to change it. –Colin Wilson

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. –Morrie Schwartz

UpLifts In Spirit

“If we would maintain the independence and freedom the Founding Fathers intended, we must work to preserve and protect the moral foundation upon which they built the U. S. government. We must stand boldly for righteousness and truth, and must defend the cause of honor, decency, and personal freedom espoused by Washington, Madison, Adams, Lincoln, and other leaders who acknowledged and loved God.” Religion in a Free Society, by M. Russell Ballard

UpLifts In Story

I have something to say to all of those people who might presently consider themselves as ‘unhappy.’ I have a story.

Years ago I was given the assignment to put some new tires on one of our trucks. These tires were large split-rim truck tires. I had heard stories all my life about these tires coming apart and killing, and maiming people. So, nervously I went to work. I soon had the old tires off, and new ones mounted on the rims.

Now, for those of you who are not familiar with these split-rims, what they are is a heavy steel rim, over which the tire is mounted and secured in place by a thick heavy-duty steel snap-ring. The danger of these tires is that that ring, when the tire’s inflated, can come off with explosive force.

Well, I put the rings on, and I pounded them into their groove with a sledge hammer like I’d been told. Now came the scary part. I didn’t particularly want to be decapitated by one of these rings coming off, so I reasoned — oh, I reasoned as follows:

I’ll turn the tire upside down as I inflate it. That way, if that ring comes off, it will go down and hit the concrete and not me. Sound strategy you say? No, just stupid! I flipped the first tire over and sat down on the edge of the tire.

A car tire holds about 30 to 35 pounds of pressure. These tires held over a hundred. I remember that I stopped inflating after a while and checked the pressure. It was somewhere around 80 pounds. I put my left hand back through the hole in the steel rim and held the air hose in place — when all of a sudden there was a horrendous explosion!

The snap-ring on the tire blew off and hit the concrete, leaving a permanent impression in the concrete. The wheel burst upward with so much force that it hit the top of the tall shop leaving a print in the ceiling. And me? I — I went with the tire into orbit! Somewhere in flight the tire and I parted company, and I landed on top of a tarped semi-trailer. I then rolled off the top of that trailer and fell over ten feet to the concrete floor.

Well, when I regained consciousness I remember that the shop was filled with choking dust, and there were people shouting and calling my name trying to find me. Groggily I rolled over and my left hand came down in front of my face. It was a bloody mangled mess with the fingers twisted and going in strange directions. I have never regained the full use of that hand.

Now, what did I do wrong? I didn’t use the proper safety procedures, nor the proper safety equipment. But I didn’t know any better — I didn’t know any of that stuff, and I didn’t have any of that safety equipment! That’s not fair! So, the hand was still busted, and the pain still hurt!

Now, the point: if you’re unhappy, please understand that our world is governed by law. And ignorance of the laws of God and the universe are no excuse. If we violate any of nature’s laws, the consequences and punishments are unforgiving and unavoidable. If you don’t believe me, jump off a building and say, “I don’t believe in gravity.”

God has given a law that governs human happiness. If you are unhappy, then it is simply because you and God are out of sync with that law somehow, and you may not even know where — and it may not even be your fault.

The secret to happiness is to come unto Christ — fully. Learn His law, and live it — and the sooner the better. I want you to know — it works!

This story is of Glenn Rawson a great teacher of youth.

Thanks for reading and remember visit our site at http://uplifts.us and get your daily UpLifts For Life.

gil howe

UpLifts – It isn’t our position…

It isn’t our position but our disposition that counts.

Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be. — Lucius C. Lactantius

You can’t underestimate the power of fear. — Patricia Nixon

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.– Ralph Waldo Emerson

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. — Edmund Burke

“While enormous strides have been made in communications in recent years, there’s still a lot to be said for a smile.” – Franklin P. Jones

FUNNY:

A minister told his congregation, “To prepare your hearts for next Sunday’s sermon, I want all of you to read Mark 17 sometime this week.”

The following Sunday, the minister asked for a show of hands, “How many of you read Mark 17 this week?” Every hand went up.

The minister smiled and said, “The book of Mark has only sixteen chapters. Which brings us to this morning’s sermon: ‘The Sin of Lying.'”
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Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. –Pope John XXIII

Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make happiness, not gold. — Ludwig Van Beethoven

If you can’t see the bright side then polish the dull side.

Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself. — Leo Tolstoy

Man is what he believes. — Anton Chechov

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. — Lin Yutang

“I teach them correct principles, and they govern themselves.” — Joseph Smith,

If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day. — Alex Noble

Have a most enjoyable weekend.
gil howe

UpLifts – Life’s Ups and Downs

UPLIFTS FOR LIFE

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. –M. Scott Peck

Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. – Peter T. Mcintyre

Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire. – Dale Carnegie

Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. – Dale Carnegie

More than anything else, I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny. – Anthony Robbins

Our intentions — noticed or unnoticed, gross or subtle — contribute either to our suffering or to our happiness. Intentions are sometimes called seeds. The garden you grow depends on the seeds you plant and water. Long after a deed is done, the trace or momentum of the intention behind it remains as a seed, conditioning our future happiness or unhappiness. –Gil Fronsdal

LIFE’S UPS AND DOWNS

You know, sometimes the most commonplace of people and events can teach the most profound lessons if you look carefully. Here is a true story that Glenn Rawson shared about his family’s ski trip.

Recently, I took my three oldest children and went cross-country skiing. Now, at the beginning of our adventure, the four of us encountered a very steep hill. Now, we’re all beginning skiers. So while three of us were gingerly inching our way down the hill, my ten year old daughter, who seems to have no fear, suddenly came flying past us digging in her poles for all the speed she could get. She stayed upright all the way to the bottom of the hill, until her skis went tip first into a drift, and she biffed it right in the drift. Well, she came up laughing; I was laughing too. From the top of the hill I thought, ‘why not?’ and so I cut it loose. I made it all the way to the bottom too, and then landed in a pile right next to her.

Lesson number one: Sometimes in life we are a little too timid. We need to trust the Lord and throw ourselves into life and relationships. So what if we crash once in a while? The fun was worth it.

Now later, the weather on our ski trip turned into a blizzard. I had promised the children when we found the warming cabin at the top of the trail, we’d have hot chocolate and candy for a feast. Well going toward the cabin, it became very difficult, so they began to chant, “Hot chocolate, cabin, candy; hot chocolate, cabin, candy” over and over as loud as they could. Well, we got all the way up to where we thought the cabin should be, and then we couldn’t find it. I don’t think it was there. It was a discouraging moment. We had to turn around and start back without the fire, without the candy, and without the hot chocolate. And you know, there was not one word of whining. What good would it do?

Lesson number two: Sometimes we have to be our own best cheerleader. The world is full of whining sour faced pickle suckers. We don’t have to be one of them. Life is really a lot of fun if you think about it.

Well, we trudged along falling frequently until we came to another steep drop-off. At this point, my oldest daughter went off. She made it about ten feet, and — she went face first right into the snow. She came up cold and wet, and sputtering. I heard her mutter as she got up, “I skied up it; I’ll ski down it.” She got up, she went just a short distance, and down she went again. This time, as she got up I heard her say, “Well, at least I’m getting good at picking myself up.” When she was upright, she repeated, this time through clenched teeth, “I skied up it; I’ll ski down it.” She did too, all the way to the bottom.

Lesson number three: We all need to get good at picking ourselves up. Life certainly has a way of knocking us down, and that frequently. And also, God’s way isn’t always the easiest way, but it certainly is the most thrilling. Don’t take your skis off; don’t give up, just because the hill gets steep.

Now finally, at one point during our trip, my younger daughter took off her skis, and the bindings became iced; she couldn’t get them back on. When I came on the scene, I found my son standing in several feet of snow with bare hands and a pocketknife trying to get his sister on her way. He was cold and wet. Now, he could have skied on by — went right on down the hill, but he didn’t.

Lesson number four: I hope he never does. Stopping to help is exactly what his Savior would do.

In conclusion: All things considered, the skiing conditions were lousy that day, but the learning conditions were excellent.

We hope you have been UpLifted this week.

Gil Howe

UpLifts – Thoughts

UPLIFTS

Today’s Trivia: (scroll down for answer)
Who was the first to play Chester A. Riley in the program the “Life Of Riley”?

Word Of The Day:

chasten \CHAY-sun\ verb

1 : to correct by punishment or suffering : discipline
*2 : to cause to be more humble or restrained : subdue Example sentence: The humiliation of having to ask his parents for help chastened Jim, but made him wiser about spending his money.

Thoughts:

“Faith is necessary to victory.” –William Hazlitt
“I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.” –Werhner von Braun
“My opinion is a view I hold until . . . well, until I find something that changes it.” –Luigi Pirandello
“Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.” –Maya Angelou
“People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they were willing to actually remain fools.” –Alice Walker
“It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good.” –Margaret Mead

A Little Philosophy:

“Homes should be an anchor, a safe harbor, a place of refuge, a happy place where families dwell together, a place where children are loved. In the home, parents should teach their children the great lessons of life. Home should be the center of one’s earthly experience, where love and mutual respect are appropriately blended.” — L. Tom Perry
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Music is one of the greatest gifts of all. It asks nothing in return but that we listen.

Answer:

Jackie Gleason.

Have a great week.

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

Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin. — Victor Kiam

It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity. – Francis Bacon

Good Advice for the New Year…

UpLifts – A Christmas Letter From Dad

A Letter From Dad

It’s Christmas time — and you know, this time of year our minds are focused so much on the gifts we need to ‘buy’ for the ones we love. Well, in light of that may I share something that happened not too long ago?

I came home from work after a busy day. And I went upstairs and dropped my stuff — and then I noticed on my pillow a note, and it was written on that kind of paper, that unique kind of paper, that told me it came from my youngest daughter. I opened it up, and sure enough, it was a note from Shaina.

It said, “Dear Daddy, I miss you. I’m having fun here at school … Can I go to Santa’s secret shop. You’re gone too much. You are the best daddy in the whole world. Love, Shaina.”

Oh — oh, you talk about a payday — I loved it! I called her to me, knelt down on her level, and thanked her for the wonderful note. When I told her I loved her too, she threw her arms around my neck and just hugged me tight. It was a wonderful and a tender moment.

Now, a few days later I was with a group of teenagers.

We were chatting casually when, out of genuine curiosity, I asked them, “If you could have anything for Christmas and money was not a consideration, what would it be?”

Well, I have to confess here my shallowness. I expected them to start rambling off all these expensive toys that they would like to have. And to be honest, a few of them did mention some toys they’d like to have. But many, if not most of them, wanted such things as — their families home for the holidays; they wanted to spend time with their families and share experiences with their loved ones. I was surprised by that; I was impressed by that.

One young woman’s answer stood out in particular. She’s a quiet pretty young woman.

In response to the question, she said, “Well, I’d want some money for Christmas, and then I’d want a letter from my dad.”

Well, the ‘money’ answer I expected, but the ‘letter from dad’ — I was taken back by that, and I asked her why she would want that. I mean, I figured of all things that a teenager would want least from her parents, a sentimental letter would be that last thing.

Well, she explained that her father, at least once a year, writes her a letter in which he opens his heart, and tells her that he loves her. The letters have become a cherished tradition for her. In them, Dad bears his love for Christ, shares the experiences of his own life, and gives her guidance, and tells her what he expects from her.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

“You mean to tell me, of all the things you could have, you would most want a letter from your dad?”

“Yes,” she said, and she meant it!

You know something? Maybe our loved ones really don’t want the gifts that come out of stores this year as much as they want the gifts that come out of the heart — the gifts of memories.

Now, as a related thought, it was recently explained to me what ‘WWJD’ meant. I had never heard that before. It means ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ Well, may I suggest something new for Christmas this year? How about ‘WWJG’? — ‘What Would Jesus Give?

Merry Christmas to you.

A special thanks to Glenn Rawson for such great stories and thoughts he shares through the year.

Success Thoughts

“Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.” — Roger Babson

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” — Mark Twain

“Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.” — Denis Waitley