Just A Spec

Have you ever sit and thought about the world we live in? How big it is? Where it stops? How far does space go? I have thought of these things before and have come to understand just how little we are. We are just a tiny, microscopic spec compared to the vast world we live in. There are over seven billion people in the world. Seven billion! You and I are one. One tiny spec in over seven billion. Men and women today often feel important, and get a bad attitude, like look at me. Boy, I am something they think. I am the best. They don’t stop to think just how little they are. No matter if you compare yourself to the population, the vast area of the world, or even the size of the oceans. You and I are a spec. Just a small particle. No matter how smart, pretty, rich, athletic or glamorous you think you are, someone is better. Someone is smarter. Someone is prettier. Someone is more athletic. Never think you are the best. Never think you are the greatest. It is a poison just waiting for you to gulp down.  Be humble. A humble person is always learning. Always eager to improve. The person who sits on a high horse thinks they know it all will never get better. They don’t know there is an improvement to be had. They already think they are the best. This thinking is like stagnant water. It stinks. It will kill whoever drinks it. We should always want to improve. Live better. Reach out for those that are down. Put others first. I promise it will come full circle in time. Treat others how you want to be treated. God created everyone equal. There should be no big I’s and little you’s. Just think if everyone done their best, loved their neighbor as their self, and stayed humble just how much different the world would be. Stop and think. Don’t drink the poison. Look just how little we are. We are just a spec.

 

 

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The Apple Tree On The Hill

Have you ever heard the term that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree? I have heard this saying many times. It is used when someone thinks that a person is like their father or mother, usually in a derogatory way. Let’s take our minds to an apple tree standing on the hill barring apples. Some fall before they are ripe. Some fall and are destroyed by the fall. Some fall and spoil by the way side. Same goes for the ones that are eaten by wildlife. There are a few though that are picked just right, washed, prepared and placed at the super market in all their beauty. You see, the apple  contains the seed from the tree. It is how the tree reproduces it’s kind. The apple contains the seed for the future generations. Just as the the apple we cannot help what tree we come from. We can though try to prosper and be the best example of what we are. Our children, just like the apples that fall from the tree need nourishment. Watched over so they don’t fall in life and get destroyed. We must protect them from the wild animals of life, while letting them get ripen on their own. When the storm winds blow we must lay out the fleece for them to fall into. Help pick them back up taking special interest not to bruise them. Just as the apple come from a certain breed of tree, we come from a family name. From there though we make our own destiny. We must take special care not to judge someone by their name. Just because a parent or grandparent done certain things in their life does not mean you or I will. You have your own conscience. You know right from wrong. Good from evil. Listen to what you feel. If something feels wrong then it probably is. Take time to help the youth that they may grow strong. Be your own person but remember where you come from. Every tree started from a sapling. It had to have good conditions to grow. If we do not watch over our children and try to make a good home for them then the weeds of life will smother them out. When I say a good home I don’t mean to surround them with riches. I mean surround them with love. A father and mother who would give their life for them. I father and mother that will discipline their children, but have compassion doing so. Teach them right from wrong. Good from evil. Give them condolence when things go wrong. Help them when they mess up. Don’t just criticize them for their faults. If we follow these things then our children will grow strong like the apple tree on the hill and they too will one day bare fruit. The next time a challenge comes up, things don’t go right for you or your family, remember the apple tree on the hill.

The Perfect Person

If someone asked you who was the most perfect person in the world who would it be? A preacher or minister you know? How about a special teacher, community leader or coach. What about your Mom and Dad? Maybe Grandma and Grandpa? Chances are if you asked one hundred people you would get one hundred answers. What makes someone perfect? Kindness. Love. Money. Leadership. The truth is no matter what anyone thinks, no one is perfect. No one. Even if there were, one person opinion of perfect will be gravely different from the next person. Everyone has someone in their life that is special. Someone that seems perfect. My grandfather in my eyes was perfect. He was a God fearing man that tried to be honest and truthful in life. Now I know he was human and no doubt made many mistakes but he tried his best. That is all that is required from us. I have a business acquaintance that recently had a change in his life. He secretly decided to start trying to live better. Slow to place judgment. Fast to give forgiveness.  He started watching what he said and what conversations he was involved in. I told him one day that he was different. He shared his story with me that he had a small child at home and wanted to live the best he could in front of the child. See my friend and colleague changed for his child. An amazing thing happened. His change showed up in his daily life. People started taking notice and his life change spread to others around him. No he is not perfect nor will he ever be but he is trying and people are taking notice. As I had said in past post you will be remembered by the fruits you bare. Did you ever have dealings with someone that was rude or just plain mean? I bet if someone asked you about this person you would remember them by those actions. Maybe they were just having a bad day. Who knows what was going on in there life. My point is, we should try our best. People remember the bad as much as the good. That person might be a really good person and you caught them in a bad situation but your opinion of them is set. Sure it can be changed but that first impression goes along way. People pay attention to your actions. Children have eyes on you all the time. My friend made a change in secret but everyone noticed. We have one life. One name. Once it is tarnished it may take the rest of your life to get past it. You may never. Try your best. Be polite. Just make a point to try. I bet someone, some child, some adult will notice. If you do your best you might leave behind a legacy that someone will say you were the perfect person.

Bird In Flight

Have you ever looked up in the blue sky and saw a large bird soaring above? Often on a pretty sunny day you can look up and see these large birds soaring with the wind. Where did they come from? Where are they going? Often I see things, or can relate to natural occurring events and compare it to life in general. This is the case with these magnificent birds flying overhead. They sway to left and then to the right, going wherever the winds take them. Just the case so often with life. If you will have it we are just like the bird hovering above. The wind of life takes us this way and that way. We often get blown this way and that not ever looking down at the beautiful scenery. Take time to appreciate the day the lord has give. Be happy in it. If the wind of life blows you a little off course, remember the wind will disappear when it is time  and you can get back on coarse. Enjoy the scenery, for this day will never be again. You cannot repeat. You cannot hit rewind. So what if it isn’t the way you planned. Like the bird that is off coarse, don’t fight it for you will just wear yourself out. Be happy in it and enjoy the scenery. Nighttime is coming and the birds flight will be over. No matter if he accomplished what he set out to do or not. When the sun sets it is time for him to come out of the sky. His flight is over. Just as the bird, the sunset is coming for every person walking the earth. Be prepared that your flight will end. If you live long enough the age of the body will keep you down, so enjoy the flight you are in. Go with the wind. It might take you somewhere wonderful. Help the young. Help them get established so they are prepared for their own flight. Take a step back and look at your flight. Have the winds pushed you to far one way or another. Can you still see where you are going. What about where you have been. Sometime looking back at where you have been or where you come from is just as important as where you are going. Remember how you was raised and what you have been taught over the years. Check the horizon. Is the sun beginning to set. Is your flight coming to a close. The next time you fill down or are having a bad day stop and think of the bird. Breathe, and enjoy the scenery just as the bird in flight.

 

 

Live Like You Were Dying

The yard needs mowing, the clothes need washing and supper needs cooking. Tomorrow starts early because you have a meeting at 7:30 AM. You have a meeting with Johnny’s Teacher at 11:00 and little Susie has softball practice at 4:00. You need to swing by the grocery and the car needs gas. Does all these things sound familiar? Everyday we hustle to make appointments and deadlines that are set for us. What if the ultimate deadline was set? What if you knew without a doubt that one  month from today at this very time you would die. It would be over. Finished in this world. How much different would we be. Would you stress over that meeting at work or the house work that needs doing. Of course you wouldn’t. Would your priorities change? Sure they would. We never know the time and hour that we will leave this world. We have no promise for tomorrow. We may only live a minute longer. If we knew that it was about over I bet every Church in America would be packed Sunday morning. The sick and elderly would be visited one last time. That grudge you have held for years would be forgiven. Suddenly how much money that your check register showed would not matter. The glass of chocolate milk that little Johnny spilled down the sofa wouldn’t bother you at all. The new car that your neighbor just bought that you were secretly jealous over would have no meaning at all. You would probably put a little more in the offering plate when it is passed because you won’t need it. Sometimes our priorities get all messed up as adults. We should live, laugh, and love. Be kind to one another. Pray daily. Have fun in life. Life is way to short to sweat the small stuff. Spend time with your family, for you don’t know how much longer you will have them with you. Let the things of this world that don’t matter go to the back burner. Nobody wants to die, but maybe life would be better if. We lived like we were dying.

The Day Ahead

I wake up to the alarm sounding off at several decimals higher than it needs to be. Wipe the sleep from my eyes and head for the shower. What will the day ahead bring. Not just for me but the world as well. What news will break? Who will get shot, abused, stabbed or robbed? What good thing will happen today? Who will be born into the world? Who will create the next big break through? Who will develop the cure for some terrible disease? The truth is that the day has not been written yet. It is there for the taking. Don’t get me wrong, I know somethings can not be helped but it is yet to be set in stone. We should wake up everyday excited about the opportunity ahead. If things are going like you want them too then be excited for another fabulous day. If things are not going as you want them to then be happy you have one more day to fix it. Make it right. If your health is good then be happy your so blessed. Someone out there is confined to their bed. If your health is bad, be thankful to be alive, see one more sunrise. Be proud that God has give you one more day to love, be loved, and just live. Sure your day may bring stress on top of stress. You may think it is horrible, but at night when you come home to your family remember someone didn’t get to see their family again. You say my job is terrible. Be thankful you have a job. Someone is out of work and hungry. No matter the circumstance I guarantee you someone has it worse. If you wake up in a country that is not in a war zone plagued with starvation then you are blessed past a lot of the world. The food we eat, water we drink, roof over our heads are all blessing that we take for granted. If we get to hug our children and send them to school for an education. All these things we do everyday  and not think twice about it. Often complaining about it. To much work, to hot, to cold. We have grown as a society of chronic complainers. Let’s quit complaining and take back our lives. The attitude you have for the day is 80% of how your day will be. Have a good attitude and you can overcome anything. Have a bad attitude and anything will get you down. Your attitude affects everyone around you. Be happy and they will be happy. Be sad and they will be sad. Tonight take time to thank the Lord for your blessings. Hug your spouse, children, family if you have them. Take back the day ahead.

Like A Giant Oak Tree

Have you ever looked at a woods in the horizon or from a hill? You can pick out two, three, maybe four standing tall above all the rest. These trees, no doubt are old and strong. After looking at these trees one day I had a thought of how these big strong trees is exactly how we should live day by day. Like the big oak trees in the woods that stands strong above the rest, we should stand strong in what we believe and how we live. Through the generations things have been handed down from parents to children. Just the way their parents shown and taught them. From religion to politics to the way we dress has been passed down. As one generation leaves out another is born to take the family name forward. The winds of the world and the evil that presents it’s self from time to time is no different than the strong storms that the big oak trees have stood. I have witnessed forest after a strong storm and seen trees that were twisted,uprooted and broken up all over the woods in total destruction but there stands that giant oak tree in all her beauty standing strong. You see it is just like the human race. You have got to be anchored in something to stand for. Something to believe in. You have got to have a purpose. The people of the world that go with this for a while and then something else for a while never get established in anything. Just like the storm beaten trees of the forest they are twisted and bent to believe as someone else or maybe as what is popular if you will have it. The person who stands strong even if it isn’t the popular way will be standing after the storms of life roll through. When time comes that these big trees are cut or die out if another tree isn’t planted and established quickly then the underbrush will over take the land. The briars and vines will grow so thick that the possibility of another big tree growing is gone. The landscape is changed forever. Just as our ancestors have pass away if we don’t stand strong to our upbringings and teachings then our family name is altered forever. I know as the world modernizes some things have to change but most likely what was good enough morally for our grandparents should be good enough for us. Love your neighbor, be kind, be slow to take offense but quick to forgive. In modern times these are principles that are not popular it seems.You get one name in life. Don’t be bent and persuaded to bend and twist to evil. Be like that giant oak tree and stand strong for what is right!