April 14, 2020
”Spend eighty percent of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow rather than the problems of yesterday.”
Our current international health crisis continues and it is up to us how we handle the challenges. I learned long ago that trying to change what I cannot change is fruitless. I need to focus on what I can do, and right now it is to make the best of my self-isolation.
By keeping busy and focusing on what I can do for myself and others turns a bad day to a better day. These are not easy times but if we don’t let them take us down, we will be Ok, in fact we may be even better.
Here are some quotes that I like for these times.
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
“If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.”
“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
A church choir was putting on a car wash to raise money for a special trip to Bethlehem.
They made a large sign that read: CAR WASH FOR CHOIR TRIP. On the scheduled Saturday, business was very good. But, by two o’clock the sky clouded, the rain poured, and there were hardly any customers.
Finally, one of the soprano singers had an idea. She printed a very large poster with the words: WE WASH. GOD RINSES. (Next to the words was an arrow pointing skyward.) Business boomed!
“Always be sincere, even when you don’t mean it.”
Doctors are used to getting calls at any hour. One night a man phoned his doctor, waking him up.
“I’m really sorry to bother you so late,” he said, “but I think my wife has appendicitis.”
Still half asleep, the doctor reminded him that he had removed hs wife’s inflamed appendix a couple of years before.
“Whoever heard of a second appendix?” the doctor asked.
“You may not have heard of a second appendix, doc,” the man replied, “but surely you’ve heard of a second wife!”
I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
A minister was planning a wedding at the close of the Sunday morning service.
After the benediction he had planned to call the couple down to be married for a brief ceremony before the congregation.
For the life of him, he couldn’t think of the names of those who were to be married.
“Will those wanting to get married please come to the front?” he requested.
Immediately, nine single ladies, three widows, four widowers, and six single men stepped to the front.
The new employee is so bright the boss calls him son.
There was a little old cleaning woman that went to the local church. When the invitation was given at the end of the service, she went forward wanting to become a member. The pastor listened as she told him how she had accepted Jesus and wanted to be baptized and become a member of the church. The pastor thought to himself, “Oh my, she is so unkempt, even smells a little, and her fingernails are not clean. She picks up garbage, cleans toilets – what would the members think of her.” He told her that she needed to go home and pray about it and then decide.
The following week, here she came again. She told the pastor that she had prayed about it and still wanted to be baptized. “I have passed this church for so long. It is so beautiful, and I truly want to become a member.”
Again the pastor told her to go home and pray some more. A few weeks later while out eating at the restaurant, the pastor saw the little old lady. He did not want her to think that he was ignoring her so he approached her and said, “I have not seen you for a while. Is everything all right?”
“Oh, yes,” she said. “I talked with Jesus, and he told me not to worry about becoming a member of your church.”
“He did?” said the pastor.
“Oh, yes,” she replied. “He said even He hasn’t been able to get into your church yet, and He’s been trying for years.”
“It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”
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