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

UpLifts – Greater Love

Potomac

The Savior said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

3:59 P.M., January 13, 1982: Air Florida Flight 90 sped down the runway and lifted off into the worst winter storm Washington D.C. had seen in decades. The plane, bound for Tampa, Florida, banked toward the icy Potomac River vibrating violently as it struggled to climb through the snowstorm.

Suddenly, the pilots saw the 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac looming in their view. They were supposed to be 700 feet above it, but instead, they were headed straight for it. Frantically they worked to keep the aircraft aloft, but with the nose up and the tail down, the plane stuck the crowded four-lane bridge. The tail section of the plane was sheared off and dropped into the water on one side of the bridge, while the fuselage of the plane fell in the river on the other.

Rescue crews were dispatched immediately. As the rescue helicopter descends on the crash scene, they see six people clinging to the tail section. They drop so close in their efforts to rescue them that at one point their skids actually touch the water. A life ring is pitched out which settles into the arms of a balding man of about fifty years of age. And then to their surprise, rather than grab the ring and be hauled to safety, he passes the ring to the woman in the water next to him. She grabs that ring and the chopper carries her to safety.

The chopper returns, this time with two ropes and life rings. And again when they throw it out, the rope lands near the same man. And again he presses the ring into the hands of a dazed young woman next to him. She seems unable to hold the ring. Another man grabs that ring and wraps his arm around her and another women still remaining in the water, while the other ring is grabbed by another man. The chopper shudders and shakes under the load, but manages to lift just enough to skim the surface of the water and deliver the freezing passengers into the arms of waiting rescue personnel.

Now, there is only one man left in the water, and they want him; oh, how badly they want him. But before they’re able to return, he slips beneath the surface of the icy black water. He is nowhere to be seen. Through tear-filled eyes they hover and search the water. They are too late. The nameless hero known across America simply as ‘the man in the water’ is gone.

78 people lost their lives in that terrible tragedy, but out of it something was gained that is an inspiration to us all. This man was a hero.

And maybe in your thinking you have thought, ‘If only I could give my life in such a way.’ Now, I’ve thought about this. And you know, few of us will ever have such a chance to lay our lives down in death for another. But I am convinced that in no way does that mean we cannot lay it down. Every day, we are invited by the Master to rescue the dying souls of men. Will it count any less if I spend my life wearing it out to save the souls of men, than if I save only a few in a moment of heroism? I don’t think so.

My dear friends, this is our time, and certainly the season of our opportunity. And I assure you — there is more than enough to do to help our fellowmen in these trying days.
Adapted from Gene Windsor, “The Paramedic,” Guideposts Magazine, August 1982, pp. 25-28) and from Scott A. Moore, “Heros,”

UpLifts – Liberty and Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks

Centuries ago the nation of Israel turned and watched as Moses stretched forth his hand and the walls of the Red Sea collapsed and returned to their strength. In awe Israel saw the mighty hosts of Pharaoh’s army overthrown in the sea, never again to oppress them. Now, with the subsequent restoration of God’s holy law through Moses, and their miraculous deliverance by Joshua into the Promised Land, Israel was once more a nation of free people, free in body, free in conscience, and free in nationality. Is it any wonder that Israel was so filled with joy and gratitude that they lifted their voices in song, thanking and praising God with all the power of their delivered souls? Ever after that and for the centuries that followed, feasts and celebrations were established among the Hebrews, times of remembrance where they would be grateful and remember how that by the power of God He had made them a peculiar people and nation. However, in time Israel did come to forget. Not only did they forget the God who had delivered them, but they forgot and mocked the covenants and responsibilities they had assumed as His chosen people. Eventually they were scattered, destroyed, and oppressed once more.

It has been said that history repeats itself. Our season of feasting and celebration is upon us this week; it’s Thanksgiving. What a blessed people we are! By the power of God we are a prosperous and a free people. Praise be to God for the kindness of His Fatherhood, for the prayers He has answered, and for the privileges He has given us. May we rejoice now in our time. We are the greatest, wealthiest people ever in the history of this earth. Ought we not to thank the God who gave it? Oh, I hope our riches never come to canker our soul.

Further, thank God for the gift of His son; we have a free conscience. Thank God for the miracle of forgiveness and the power of redemption and resurrection. We are free. No tyrant can oppress our soul or destroy our peace unless we let them [him]. Praise be to God for the assurance and presence of a Savior Who is always there, Who will not rest in His atoning endeavors until all of us have become celestial beings.

Thank God for truth, pure unadulterated ‘diamond truth’ that allows us to see and understand, and be anchored in place in a world that has become like a roaring blender of opinions and ideas.

And thank God for America and her liberty. By the power of God and His guardian angels we are a free nation. There is so much more that is worth rejoicing of in America than is worth complaining of. Look around. I see this world we live in and I wonder: My children have never known starvation, many do; my children have never understood slavery and oppression, it’s [they are] foreign to them. They have never known the fear of tyrants, nor the despair of hopelessness and bondage. And yet there are people all over the earth who suffer so much. Why — why are we such a blessed people when so many suffer so much? I cannot help but think that America has the same responsibility as ancient Israel, to lift up the hands that hang down and strengthen the feeble knees. Oh, Heavenly Father, thank Thee for all of Thy bounty.

My dear friends, this Thanksgiving it is my prayer that our gratitude will overflow unto tears of humility and songs of rejoicing for the goodness of God. Oh to grace, how great a debtor; daily I’m constrained to be. Let thy goodness as a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee; prone to wander Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, oh take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.

Have a great Holiday weekend.