Character

Several years ago while on a long flight I was seated next to a flight attendant who had broken her leg in an accident.  Eventually, we started talking and I found her language to be shocking.  It seemed so inappropriate - she was a vivacious, personable young woman.  Frankly, filthy language offends me so I commented on her choice of words.  She, in turn, expressed amazement that I was offended and said they were "just words."  I responded, "You're right.  And I'm sure this is the way you talk in front of your parents."  She responded, "Absolutely not!" so I commented, "Well, why not?

 

When anyone takes a job, they must perform the duties of that job, or they won’t have it for long. How they perform those duties matters, but at the end of the day, that fact that they did perform their duties matters most. That’s what we’ll call “taking care of business.”

 
The African impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet.  Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a three-foot wall.  The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will land.   

Albert Einstein said, "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received."  As you think about what Einstein said, you will come to realize the completely unselfish wisdom of those words.  First, we're indebted to our parents because they were responsible for bringing us into the world.

If you follow trials in our courtrooms on a regular basis, you know that after the judge has passed sentence he will read one of two statements.  If the criminal is given a sentence lighter than the crime seemed to warrant, the statement will frequently include the fact that the perpetrator of the crime was genuinely remorseful and had a deep sense of guilt for the wrong done, so the judge believed he or she would not be a threat to society.

"When Wally Jansen told me about my new company's Christmas 'trip to the island' tradition," says Phillip Kelly,  I was intrigued.  "Ten days before Christmas the two hundred Puerto Rican families in this particular parish would gather and each family would place five dollars in the 'pot,' which was about a day's pay for a fruit picker back then.  Each family would write its name on a slip of paper.

Every Thanksgiving is special, but this year is very special for the Ziglar family.  One year ago today Zig Ziglar went home to be with the Lord.  Yes, this Thanksgiving is very special.  Just one more gift from Dad….almost as if he had planned it.  Dad lived an amazing life, and on this day one year ago he achieved his ultimate goal, and that was to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

"Run in such a way as to get the prize."  1 Corinthians 9:24

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