God has a positive
answer for each one...
You say: "I'm not able." God says: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: "I can't manage." God says: I will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19)
You say: "I'm afraid." God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II
that you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.
that it's taking me a long time to
become the person I want to be.
that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.
that you can keep going long after you can't.
that we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.
that either you control your
attitude or it controls you.
that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship
is at first, the passion fades and there had
better be something else to take its place.
that heroes are the people who do what has to
be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
that my best friend and I can do anything
or nothing and have the best time.
that sometimes the people you expect to kick you
when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.
that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be
angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
that true friendship continues to grow, even over
the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
that just because someone doesn't love you the
way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
that maturity has more to do with what types of
experiences you've had and what you've learned
from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
that your family won't always be there for you. It may
seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take
care of you and love you and teach you to
trust people again. Families aren't biological.
that no matter how good a friend is, they're going
to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others,
Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
that our background and circumstances may have
influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
that just because two people argue, it doesn't
mean they don't love each other. And just
because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
that we don't have to change friends
if we understand that friends change.
that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret,
It could change your life forever.
that two people can look at the exact same thing
and see something totally different.
that your life can be changed in a matter of minutes,
by people who don't even know you.
that even when you think you have no more to give,
when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
that credentials on the wall do not
make you a decent human being.
that the people you care about mostin life are taken from you too soon.
Accept others for who they are and for
the choices they've made even if you have
difficulty understanding their beliefs,
motives, or actions.
Break away from everything that stands
in the way of what you hope to accomplish
with your life.
Create a family of friends whom you can
share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and
Decide that you'll be successful and happy come what may,
and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.
Explore and experiment. The world has
much to offer, and you have much to give.
And every time you try something new,
you'll learn more about yourself.
Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh
you down and inspire unhappiness and
grief. Soar above it, and remember that
everyone makes mistakes.
Leave the childhood monsters behind.
They can no longer hurt you or stand in
Hope for the best and never forget that
anything is possible as long as you remain
dedicated to the task.
Ignore the negative voice inside your
head. Focus instead on your goals and
remember your accomplishments. Your
past success is only a small inkling of
what the future holds.
Journey to new worlds, new possibilities,
by remaining open-minded. Try to learn
something new every day, and you'll grow.
Know that no matter how bad things
seem, they'll always get better. The
warmth of spring always follows the
Let love fill your heart instead of hate.
When hate is in your heart, there's room
for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there's room for endless happiness.
Manage your time and your expenses
wisely, and you'll suffer less stress and worry.
Then you'll be able to focus on the
important things in life.
Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless,
weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance
when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.
Open your eyes and take in all the beauty
around you. Even during the worst of
times, there's still much to be thankful for.
Never forget to have fun along the way.
Success means nothing without happiness.
Ask many questions, because you're here
Refuse to let worry and stress rule your
life, and remember that things always
have a way of working out in the end.
Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and
time with others. Everything that you
invest in others will return to you many
Even when your dreams seem impossible to
reach, try anyway. You'll be amazed by what you can accomplish.
Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that's wasted has no value. Talent that's
used will bring unexpected rewards.
Value the friends and family members
who've supported and encouraged you, and
be there for them as well.
Work hard every day to be the best
person you can be, but never feel guilty if
you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise
offers a second chance.
Look deep inside the hearts of those
around you and you'll see the goodness
and beauty within.
Yield to commitment. If you stay on track
and remain dedicated, you'll find success
at the end of the road.
Zoom to a happy place when bad memories
or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let nothing
interfere with your goals. Instead, focus
on your abilities, your dreams, and a
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too
been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing
Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not
Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the
opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people.
When Minister Joe Wright (of Central Christian Church in Wichita) was asked
to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the
usual generalities, but this is what they heard:
"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to
seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who
call evil good," but that is 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 exploited the poor and called it the lottery,
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare,
We have abused power and called it politics,
We have killed our unborn and called it choice,
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable,
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem,
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 statement,
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh, 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 and to openly ask these things in the name of Your Son,
Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!
The response was immediate!!
A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church (in Wichita), where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea. Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, "TheRest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called "one nation
Today we mourn the passing of an old friend, Common Sense.
Common Sense lived a long life but died in the United States
from heart failure on the brink of the new millennium.
No one really knows how old he was, since his birth records
were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He selflessly devoted his life to service in schools, hospitals,
homes, factories helping folks get jobs done without
fanfare and foolishness. For decades, petty rules,
silly laws, and frivolous lawsuits held no power over Common Sense.
He was credited with
cultivating such valued lessons as to know when to
come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the
worm, and that life isn't always fair.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial
policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable
parenting strategies (the adults are in charge,
not the kids), and it's okay to come in second.
A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great
Depression, and the Technological Revolution, Common
language, and "new math." But his health declined
when he became infected with the
In recent decades his waning strength proved no
match for the ravages of well intentioned but
overbearing regulations. He watched in pain as good
people became ruled by self-seeking lawyers. His
health rapidly deteriorated when schools endlessly
implemented zero-tolerance policies.
Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual
harassment for kissing a classmate, a teen suspended
for taking a swig of mouthwash after lunch,
and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly
student only worsened his condition.
It declined even further when schools had to get parental
consent to administer aspirin to a student but
could not inform the parent when a female student
was pregnant or wanted an abortion.
Finally, Common Sense lost his will to live as the
Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became
businesses, criminals received better treatment than
victims, and federal judges stuck their noses in
everything from the Boy Scouts to professional sports.
Finally, when a woman, too stupid to realize that
a steaming cup of coffee was hot, was awarded a huge
settlement, Common Sense threw in the towel.
As the end neared, Common Sense drifted in and out
of logic but was kept informed of developments
regarding questionable regulations such as those
for low flow toilets, rocking chairs, and stepladders.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents,
Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter,
Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He
is survived by two stepbrothers: My Rights, and Im a Whiner.
Not many attended his funeral because so few
realized he was gone.
"I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people,
for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed;
a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice,
and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution;
to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."
Historical Notes: The American's Creed was a result of a nationwide contest for writing a National Creed, which would be a brief summary of the American political faith founded
upon things fundamental in American history and tradition.
The contest was the idea of Henry Sterling Chapin,
Commissioner of Education of New York State. Over three thousand entries were received, and William Tyler Page was declared to be the winner. James H. Preston, the mayor of Baltimore, presented an award to Page in the House of Representatives Office Building on April 3, 1918. The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the
commissioner of education of the state of New York accepted the Creed for the United States, and the proceedings relating to the award were printed in the Congressional
Record of April 13, 1918. It was a time when patriotic sentiments were very much in vogue. The United States had been a participant in World War I only a little over a year at the time the Creed was adopted.
The author of the American's Creed, William Tyler Page, was a descendant of John Page, who had come to America in1650 and had settled in Williamsburg, Virginia. Another ancestor,Carter Braxton , had signed the Declaration of Independence.
Still another ancestor, John Tyler, was the tenth president of the United States. William Tyler Page had come to Washington at the age of thirteen to serve as a Capitol Page.
Later he became an employee of the Capitol building and served in that capacity for almost sixty-one years. In 1919 he was elected clerk of the House. Thirteen years later, when the Democrats again became a majority party, they created for Page the office of minority
clerk of the House of Representatives. He held this position for the remainder of his life.
Referring to the Creed, Page said: "It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions,
and its greatest leaders." His wording of the Creed used passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution,
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster's reply to
Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830.
by Red Skelton
As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton's teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class.
Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture. It is followed by an observation of his own.
I - - Me; an individual; a committee of one.
Pledge - - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
Allegiance - - My love and my devotion.
To the Flag - - Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's job.
United - - That means that we have all come together.
States - - Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.
And to the Republic - - Republic--a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
For which it stands
One Nation - - One Nation--meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible - - Incapable of being divided.
With Liberty - - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
And Justice - - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
For All - - For All--which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.
And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic,
for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God.
Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?