Monday, August 19, 2013

Simple Act Of Kindness


A man was driving his car, when he saw an old lady, stranded on the side of the road. He saw that she needed help. So he stopped his Pontiac near her Mercedes and got out. 

He smiled, while he was approaching her, still she was worried, as nobody had stopped for hours. Moreover, he did not look safe, as his appearance was so poor and shabby. He could see, how frightened she was, so he tried to calm her: "I‘m here to help you, don‘t worry. My name is Bryan Anderson". 

The tire was flat, so he had to crawl under the car. While changing the tire, he got dirty and his hands were hurt. 

When the job was done, she asked how much she owed him for his help. Bryan smiled. He said: "If you really want to pay me back, the next time you see someone, who needs help, give that person the needed assistance. And think of me".

That same evening, the lady stopped by a small cafe. The place looked dingy. Then she saw a waitress, nearly eight months pregnant, wiping her wet hair with a towel. The waitress had a sweet friendly smile, although she had spent the whole day on her feet.

The lady wondered, how someone, who has so little, can be so kind and giving to a strange. Then she remembered Bryan.

The lady had finished her meal and paid with a hundred dollar bill. The waitress went to get change and when she came back, the lady was gone. She left a note on the napkin: "You don‘t owe me anything. Somebody once helped me, and so now I‘m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, do not let this chain of love end with you". The waitress found four more one hundred bills under the napkin.

That night the waitress went home earlier. She was thinking about the lady and the money she left. She was wondering, how the lady knew, how much she and her husband needed it? Especially now, with the baby on the way. She knew, her husband thinks about it alot, so she was glad to tell him the good news. She ran to him, hugged then she kissed him and whispered, "Now everything will be all right. I love you, Bryan Anderson". 


May you have a wonderful and blessed week.







Monday, August 12, 2013

What's My Purpose?

Photo by Marlon Ming
          One day a dear friend of mine looked at me with a puzzled look in her face and asked, "Hugh, what's man's purpose?"  "How long have you been struggling with this question?" I asked.  "For a while," she responded forcing a smile.  "Don't worry, many people including Christians, are struggling with that question," I said.  "So what is the answer?" she asked.  "Our purpose is to simply praise the Lord." 
     For this reason we are all given special gifts.  Sadly, it is often used by a few to magnify self and accumulate much wealth.  When this becomes burdensome they become depressed and at times see suicide as a means to an end.  For those who hold on live empty lives.  Praise and glorification is not ours to keep.  It is okay to accept the gratitude of others, however, when they "idolize" you; you are treading on dangerous ground.  Here you are being viewed as a subject worthy to be worshipped.  There is only one worthy of glory and praise and that is God himself.
     Finding one's purpose is not difficult to do.  King Solomon wrote in his book Ecclesiates 9:10, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might."  You will only find your potential when you put your all and your heart into it.
     In the book, Joseph's Memoirs: Life's Lesson's for a Successful You, I wrote about Abraham's great grandson, Joseph.  He was promoted to the second highest position in Egypt because he did not allow his situation to dictate his attitude towards doing his best at and giving God the glory.
     My photographer, Marlon Ming, also comes to mind.   Attaining a PhD. in physiotherapy brought him joy, however, his discovery of photography a few years later gave him fulfilment.  He is marvelous with this instrument and I adore his work.  He uses this format to magnify his love for God.  This might not get him get him promoted to a high position on earth, but it sure puts him on the road  to a higher place. (You can see his work for yourself at www.marlonming.com).
      Our purpose in life has nothing to do with us.  If it did, that would only make us selfish, however, if we find a way to serve others and give glory to God in the process - not only would we be successful, we would also be happy and fulfilled.

ACTION STEPS
What can you do that will allow you to serve others and not think about yourself?  What do you enjoy doing all that and you never get bored doing it?  What can you do that will bring happiness to others and glory to God?  Take time to write the answer to these questions.  If you find the answers, then you have taken a major step towards your purpose. Have a wonderful week and as always: "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. (3 John 1:2)
 


Monday, August 5, 2013

Plan to Succeed

     

After being left idle for years, land in a nearby community overgrown with trees and shrubs was being cleared for development.  Heavy equipment was trucked in to remove trees with huge trunks and clear the topsoil.  I found the process fascinating to watch as the crew began preparing the site.
     A trailer was brought in that was the designated office from which the plans were made and instruction to the crew were given.  It also acted as the administration building where workers would clock in and receive the checks.  Daily as I drive by the site, workers were observed doing their individual tasks.  The tree-cutters were cutting the trees and loading them unto the back of huge trucks while others were surveying the site or driving pegs into the ground as markers.  They were different task with one goal in mind - completing the project as per specifications drawn on a blue print by an architect.
     Watching these men work I could not help but wonder how few people take the time to plan their lives.  Everyone wants to be successful but few take the time to plan the steps.  Success occurs by design and not by accident.  If you wish to achieve success you need a plan.  This plan is the blueprint you put in place to ensure that you are moving in the right direction.  I once heard a speaker mention that those who fail to plan work for those who plan consistently. Every plan will not give you a successful, nevertheless, if it fails it brings you one step closer to your goal.  Thomas Edison who is regarded as one of Americas greatest investors, failed ten thousand (10,000) times at his attempt to invent what we know today as the light bulb. After each attempt he revised his plan as he viewed each failure as a way that his invention would not work.        In the book Joseph's Memoirs: Life's Lessons for a Successful You, the first chapter of the book of Genesis highlights God at His best planning the creation of the world.  Nothing was done at random.  Perfection spoke and it came into being.  If a perfect God took the time to plan His daily activities why not His earthly children?

ACTION STEPS
Take the time to make a plan of what you wish to accomplish.  Include God in your planning.  Divide the plan into daily tasks.  Review each task daily and make adjustments for the following day. If you fail to plan you are leaving yourself for what life has planned for you.  The results of your worst plan is better than that of no plan at all.