Greetings and salutations students. Last letter of the school year. WOW!
Everyone wants to be happy but many fail in their quest to find that elusive prize because they are looking in the wrong places. Proverbs 16:20 tells us, “Whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.”
The following list gives ten rules for happier living:
Give something away.
- Do a kindness.
- Give thanks always.
- Work with vim and vigor.
- Visit the elderly and learn from their experience.
- Look intently into the face of a baby and marvel.
- Laugh often – it’s life’s lubricant.
- Pray to know God’s way.
- Plan as though you will live forever – you will.
- Live as though today is your last day on earth.
GREAT THINGS ARE DONE WHEN MEN AND MOUNTAINS MEET. William Blake
Years ago when Romania was under the control of Communism, Bela Darolyi coached gymnastics. He skillfully developed the talents of stars such as gold-medalist Nadia Comaneci. For his success in training athletes who were bringing fame to his Iron Curtain country, he was rewarded with an expensive car and many other favours. But Bela hungered for freedom. So one day, carrying only a small suitcase, he resolutely walked out of Romania into penniless liberty.
A 4 year old was at the pediatrician for a check up. As the doctor looked in her ears with an otoscope, he asked, “Do you think I’ll find Big Bird in here?” The little girl stayed silent. Next, the doctor took a tongue depressor and looked down her throat. He asked, “Do you think I’ll find the Cookie Monster down there?” Again, the little girl was silent. Then the doctor put a stethoscope to her chest. As he listened to her heart beat, he asked, “Do you think I’ll hear Barney in there?” “Oh, no!” the little girl replied. “Jesus is in my heart. Barney’s on my underpants.”
When Tamer Lee Owens celebrated her 104 th birthday, she credited “laughter, the Lord, and the little things” for keeping her going. She still finds enjoyment each day in talking with people, taking a walk, and reading the Bible as she has done since childhood.
A teacher’s first grade class were discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture had a different colour hair than the other family members. One child suggested that maybe he was adopted. A little girl named Jocelynn Jay said, “I know all about adoptions because I was adopted.” “What does it mean to be adopted?” asked another child. “It means that you grew in your mommy’s heart instead of her tummy”, said Jocelynn.
An insightful scholar by the name of A.J. Heschel recounts a story from his days as a student in Berlin. Although he was a devout man, he became so preoccupied by the arts in that glittering culture that one day he failed to pray at sunset, as his custom had been without fail. He admits, “The sun had gone down, evening had arrived . . . I had forgotten God.” It’s easy to be distracted in this life. We get pulled in many directions. May our compass be set on God and His many blessings as we chart out our paths on this beautiful planet we all share.
If spring came but once in a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change. HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
You are writing a Gospel, a chapter each day, by deeds that you do, by words that you say.
Men read what you write, whether faithless or true; say, what is the Gospel according to you?
Which sounds longer to you, 569,400 hours or 65 years? They are exactly the same in length of time. The average man spends his first eighteen years – 157,000 hours – getting an education. That leaves him 412,000 hours form age 18 to 65. Eight hours of every day are spent in sleeping; eight hours in eating and recreation. So there is left eight hours to work in each day. One third of 412,000 hours is 134,000 hours – the number of hours a man has in which to work between the age of 18 to 65. Expressed in hours it doesn’t seem a very long time, does it? Now I am not recommending that you tick off the hours that you worked, 134,000, 133,999, 134,998, etc. but I do suggest that whatever you do, you do it with all that you have in you. If you are sleeping, sleep well. If you are playing, play well. If you are working, give the best that is in you, remembering that in the last analysis the real satisfactions in life come not from money and things, but from the realization of a job well done. Therein lies the difference between the journeyman worker and a real craftsman. H.W. PRENTIS, JR.
LIFE’S GREATEST TRAGEDY IS TO LOSE GOD AND NOT TO MISS HIM. F. W. NORWOOD
The only life worth living is the adventurous life. Of such a life the dominant characteristic is that it is unafraid. It is unafraid of what other people think. Like Columbus, it dares not only to assert a belief but to live it in the face of contrary opinion. It does not adapt either its pace or its objectives to the pace and objectives of its neighbours. It thinks its own thoughts, it reads its own books, it develops its own hobbies, and it is governed by its own conscience. The herd may graze where it pleases or stampede where it pleases, but he who lives the adventurous life will remain unafraid when he finds himself alone. RAYMOND B. FOSDICK
TO REACH THE PORT OF HEAVEN WE MUST SAIL, SOMETIMES WITH THE WIND AND SOMETIMES AGAINST IT – BUT WE MUST SAIL, NOT DRIFT OR LIE AT ANCHOR. Oliver Wendell Holmes
When the new pastor came to town, one of his first official activities was to visit his parishioners. All went well until he knocked on the Jones’s door. It was obvious that someone was home, but no one came to the door. Finally he took out his card and wrote on the back, “Revelation 3:20,
‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him,’” and stuck it in the door. On Sunday his card found its way into the offering plate. Below his message was the notation, “Genesis 3:10, ‘And he said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’”
We hope you all have a wonderful summer and may God bless you!
Love and prayers
Bar River and Echo Bay United Churches