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Peace of Mind

 

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Peace of mind

Once Buddha was walking from one town to another town with a few of his followers. This was in the initial days. While they were travelling, they happened to pass a lake. They stopped there and Buddha told one of his disciples, “I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there.”

The disciple walked up to the lake. When he reached it, he noticed that some people were washing clothes in the water and, right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, “How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink!” So he came back and told Buddha, “The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink.”

After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. The disciple obediently went back to the lake. This time he found that the lake had absolutely clear water in it. The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.

Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said, “See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be … and the mud settled down on its own – and you got clear water… Your mind is also like that. When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless.”

What did Buddha emphasize here? He said, “It is effortless.” Having ‘peace of mind’ is not a strenuous job; it is an effortless process. When there is peace inside you, that peace permeates to the outside. It spreads around you and in the environment, such that people around start feeling that peace and grace.

 


Jumping the queue

Today, a true tale of heroism that takes place not in a war zone, nor a hospital, but in Victoria station in London in 2007, during a tube strike. Our hero – a transport journalist and self-described “big, stocky bloke with a shaven head” named Gareth Edwards, who first wrote about this experience on the community blog metafilter.com – is standing with other commuters in a long, snaking line for a bus, when a smartly dressed businessman blatantly cuts in line behind him. (Behind him: this detail matters.)

The interloper proves immune to polite remonstration, whereupon Edwards is seized by a magnificent idea. He turns to the elderly woman standing behind the queue-jumper, and asks her if she’d like to go ahead of him. She accepts, so he asks the person behind her, and the next person, and the next – until 60 or 70 people have moved ahead, Edwards and the seething queue-jumper shuffling further backwards all the time. The bus finally pulls up, and Edwards hears a shout from the front of the line. It’s the elderly woman, addressing him: “Young man! Do you want to go in front of me?”

From: rogerdarlington.me.uk

Saying Sorry Can Heal

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“I’m . . . Uh . . . Sorry”

 — by Dave Branon
Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn
Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. —Psalm 51:1-2

The news is quick to report all the details of famous people’s wrongdoings and their subsequent confessions. Perhaps it’s an athlete who was arrested for driving while drunk. Or it could be a politician caught in an indiscretion. Only God knows the heart, but when we hear a stuttered “I’m . . . uh . . . sorry,” we may wonder if they are truly repentant or just sorry they got caught.

When we read the confession of the famous King David we see what looks like genuine contriteness. In his public discussion of his sins in Psalm 51, this disgraced monarch—who had an embarrassing record of flagrant sins which he had kept hidden (2 Sam. 12:1-13; Ps. 32:3-5)—pleads for mercy.

He recognized that his sin was an affront to God—not just to people—and that God alone can judge him (Ps. 51:1-6). He realized that he must be cleansed by God (vv.7-10), and he celebrated his restoration through service and worship (vv.11-17).

All of us sin and fall short of God’s glory. When we feel the heavy burden of sin weighing us down, we have the blessing of confession and forgiveness (1 John 1:9) to lift us up. Isn’t it just like our great God to turn even our sins into an opportunity to grow in His grace and power and love!

Dear Lord, please give me a humble heart
and the courage to confess my sins before You
and others. Thank You for Your promise to be
faithful to forgive my sins and to cleanse me.
Confession is agreeing with God about our sin.
From: Our Daily Bread

Meaningful Moral Stories

 

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The story of a blind girl

by STEPHEN on SEPTEMBER 13, 2008

in MORAL STORIES

There was a blind girl who hated herself just because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She said that if she could only see the world, she would marry her boyfriend.

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her and then she could see everything, including her boyfriend. Her boyfriend asked her, “now that you can see the world, will you marry me?”

The girl was shocked when she saw that her boyfriend was blind too, and refused to marry him. Her boyfriend walked away in tears, and later wrote a letter to her saying:

“Just take care of my eyes dear.”


This is how human brain changes when the status changed. Only few remember what life was before, and who’s always been there even in the most painful situations.

Life Is A Gift

Today before you think of saying an unkind word–
think of someone who can’t speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food–
think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife–
think of someone who is crying out to God for a companion.

Today before you complain about life–
think of someone who went too early to heaven.

Before you complain about your children–
think of someone who desires children but they’re barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house, someone didn’t clean or sweep–
think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive–
think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job–
think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another–
remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down–
put a smile on your face and thank God you’re alive and still around.

Life is a gift – Live it, Enjoy it, Celebrate it, and Fulfill it.

Keep your dream

by STEPHEN on OCTOBER 1, 2008 · 

in MOTIVATIONAL STORIES

I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in San Ysidro. He has let me use his house to put on fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk programs.

The last time I was there he introduced me by saying, “I want to tell you why I let Jack use my horse. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.

“That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of someday owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch.

“He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it in to his teacher. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, `See me after class.’

“The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked, `Why did I receive an F?’

“The teacher said, `This is an unrealistic dream for a young boy like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later you’ll have to pay large stud fees. There’s no way you could ever do it.’ Then the teacher added, `If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.’

“The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do. His father said, `Look, son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.’ “Finally, after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all.

He stated, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.”

Monty then turned to the assembled group and said, “I tell you this story because you are sitting in my 4,000-square-foot house in the middle of my 200-acre horse ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the fireplace.” He added, “The best part of the story is that two summers ago that same schoolteacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch for a week.” When the teacher was leaving, he said, “Look, Monty, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer. During those years I stole a lot of kids’ dreams. Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give up on yours.”

“Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what.”

– Author Unknown

Source:  Moral Stories, by Academic Tips. org

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Faith Can Do Miracles

 

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Luke 8: 40-56; in harmony with Mark 5: 22-24; 35-43

Jairus’ Daughter Raised, a Woman Healed

40And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. 41And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and sought him that he would come into his house: 42For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.43And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living on physicians, neither could be healed of any, 44Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 45And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng you and press you, and say you, Who touched me? 46And Jesus said, Somebody has touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. 47And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared to him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 48And he said to her, Daughter, be of good comfort: your faith has made you whole; go in peace.49While he yet spoke, there comes one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Your daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. 50But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 51And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. 52And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleeps. 53And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. 54And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 55And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. 56And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.

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Mark 5:22-24, 35-43
Intro.

Jairus a ruler of the synagogue, a holy man, one that believed in God. A man acquainted with problems such as his own. There were many from his synagogue over the years that he had tried to comfort when they had lost loved ones.

His daughter lay sick in bed. They had tried everything they knew to do. The doctors had finally said, “It’s no use she’s dying.” Any parent that has ever had a child sick knows what took place then. He may have questioned God, or even blamed God for his misfortune. A feeling of anger mixed with self-pity.

Wanting to scream and holler but not knowing who to scream and holler at. A feeling of helplessness and yet a great desire to do something but not knowing what to do.

Sometime not long before he had heard of a man that had the power to heal. He had healed a man with a withered hand. And of course there was a tale about an insane man that lived among the tombs, they said this man healed him. Whether he is a true prophet or whether he is a charlatan he didn’t know all he knew was that his daughter was sick and he needed help.

(The story of a pastor when his daughter was in a coma and taken to the emergency room. How he bowed his head and began to pray as a good preacher or pastor would. He was confident that the medical staff was competent and felt his daughter would be up and around in a short time. But during his prayer he heard the nurse say, “Doctor we’re losing her, her pulse is getting weak, and she’s turning blue.”

It was at this time that he knew things were serious and that healing was out of the hands of these doctors and nurses. He said there was a metal grating on the windows and he turned and leaped up on it and began to cry out to the one who had the power to heal all sickness. He cried out unto the Lord, “please Lord save my daughter.”

He said as he was praying he heard another voice, and the nurse said why Doctor_Jones_ what are you doing here? To which the doctor answered, “I really don’t know, I was driving by when I felt that someone needed me here.” The nurse explained that there was a cyst pressing against the brain and growing rapidly.

He said, “If only I had my tools with me,” and then,”why here they are in my pocket.” He went in at the base of her skull and relieved the pressure and she began immediately to improve. She was awake and wanting to go home in a matter of hours.)

I believe that Jairus was experiencing the same thing; he had come to the window with metal grating and screaming inside for healing for his daughter. He had gone out to seek this one who everyone was talking about, it wasn’t hard to find him just look for the biggest crowd you ever saw, he’d be there.

He came upon him suddenly he had no time to think about what he was going to ask or how to put it in words. He fell at the feet of Jesus and began to plead with him for his daughter, “My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.”

He had probably rehearsed in his mind what he was going to say, to be poised and very politely ask if Jesus would come. But all of our dignity goes out the window when we come face to face with Jesus. There is no way to be dignified with tears streaming down our face and we are on our knees begging for help.

He agreed to go home with Jairus but before they had gone far a woman in the crowd had reached out and touched Jesus. Not his body but her hand had touched the hem of his garments and she was cured of her issue of blood. And Jesus had actually felt her touch through his garments it certainly seemed miraculous.

Jairus’ spirits were lifted and he felt maybe now my daughter will be healed. But Satan will not allow us to enjoy good news for long; a message is on the way that will burst Jairus’ bubble.

I. The Message: “Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?” Your daughter is dead, why bother this teacher any further. In other words he cannot help you now.

I’ve never lost a child but I can imagine after losing a grandson that the pain would seem more than I can bear. One of those times when you feel as if the whole world is sitting on your chest and you have trouble breathing. Jairus’ world had just caved in on top of him; he must have been so grief stricken he didn’t know what to say.

He looked at Jesus not knowing what to say, feeling that he was about to waste his time for nothing. And Jesus looked him in the eye and said, “Be not afraid, only believe.” Now to you and I, I don’t know how these words would affect us from someone else.

But I believe that Jesus speaking to this man the words would be powerful. As to whether there was something about his voice, for even his enemies said no man spake like this man, or maybe it was how he seemed totally confident in everything he said and done that day. But I can just imagine that Jairus’ heart began to fill with faith, he believed in this man called Jesus.

Can you remember back to that day when this historical Jesus became real to your heart and you knew suddenly that there was nothing beyond his power and control? You knew that this man could heal, he could cast out demons and he could even walk on water, this is not merely a man but he is God in the flesh. I don’t know about you but he went from a good man to an awesome God in my life.

But let’s return to Jairus, he had been leading Jesus to his home but now he realizes he is a follower. He no longer is telling Jesus what needs to be done but he is looking to Jesus for comfort. Hoping he’ll say something that he can cling to but enjoying being in the presence of this holy Son of God.
II. The Miracle:
They traveled as a small tight knit group, traveling as men on a mission. There was James, John, Peter, and Jairus following Jesus. He enters the house of Jairus and immediately is confronted by the professional mourners. They scream and they wail and tears are flowing. The tears come from Jairus’ wife and the servants of the house. A child has been taken in death.

It is a hardhearted sinner that does not weep when death takes one so young and tender. Seeing her just days before playing and laughing and having a wonderful time, and now to think that her life has been snuffed out as one might blow out a candle.

But Jesus does not react to the clamour as you and I might have. But instead he demands, “Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.” Now death is a serious business and for this stranger to make such a statement seemed utterly absurd who does he think he is? They thought he was a man who had lost his senses and they began to laugh him to scorn.

He entered the bedroom with the father and mother and his three disciples. We have to wonder what was in the minds of these as they entered the bedroom. Jairus with a new found faith believing that Jesus would raise his daughter. His wife was probably troubled the most she had watched her child breathe her last breath and yet her husband seemed now confident that the answer was in this man called Jesus.

What about the disciples they had seen him heal but here they were thinking death is the end what can he do. When life has gone from the body the spirit may linger but to say she is but sleeping? They too must have watched in amazement can he actually raise the dead?

That which is impossible with man is but a word for our Lord. He that said, “Let their be light and there was.” Is none other than that great who breathed into a mass of clay and it became a living soul? Is anything too hard for God? He took her hand and said Talitha cumi and she opened her eyes and raised up and walked.

The Bible says they were greatly astonished. They had never imagined they would ever see such a miracle. Who is this man called Jesus? John describes him this way. John 1:1-4, “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” What a Savior. Reference: Pastor Robert Baldwin, Sermons on Death.

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Faith That Can Feed and Heal

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Matthew 15:26-28
King James Version (KJV)
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

“Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”

Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”

“Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Matthew 15:21-28)

This contains many valuable lessons for us….

1. This woman shows you what kind of faith you need to have.

She recognized that she was unworthy. She accepted what Jesus said. She accepted being called a ‘dog’. She recognized that the timing was not right — Jesus, during His earthly ministry, was sent primarily to the Israelites. But none of that stopped her.
She did not let her pride get in the way. When Jesus said this to the Canaanite woman, she could have become very angry. Many people in that situation would utter some oaths and told Jesus where He could go.
They would have said, “You can’t talk to me like that!”

But this woman didn’t react like that. Her need was too great to allow her pride to get in the way.
This woman saw that her only hope was in Jesus. She trusted in Him. Her faith was solely, exclusively, wholeheartedly in Him.

2. You and I are sinners – those who disobey God do not deserve God’s love or compassion.
Jesus referred to the Canaanite woman and her daughter as dogs. They were Gentiles, not of the Jewish race. In almost all Old Testament passages. Dogs were associated with uncleanness because they ate garbage, carrion, and corpses. In the rabbinic tradition ‘dog’ remained a term of reproach, referring to ‘the most despicable, insolent, and miserable of creatures.’ It was in this opprobrious sense that ‘dog’ was applied to Gentiles. The metaphor was common and varied in rabbinic speech, a fit description in the minds of Jews for Gentiles who were regarded as ignorant, godless, and pagan idolaters.

Jesus ignored her and her pleas for pity and help. It got so bad that the disciples came and urged Him to send her away, because she was such a bother. Some view it as likely that implicit in their words was a request to give her what she wanted. The disciples wanted to be rid of the woman and her embarrassing noise, but there is no indication that they did not want her daughter to be healed. This is supported by the fact that the disciples had never seen Jesus turn away anyone genuinely seeking his help; they would not have expected him to do it now.”

But Jesus does not respond as they expect. He refuses to help and said,
“I was sent
only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

The woman was pitiful and her plight was great. But Jesus said that His mission was not to her. He refused to help.

At this point the woman gets even more desperate and comes and knells before Jesus. She pleads with Him. But Jesus remains adamant. Literally, He says that it would not be ‘good’ to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.

He is deadly serious. In light of His mission to the Jews, He says it would not be right for Him to hear her. If Jesus was smiling and saying this in a gentle manner the woman’s faith would not have been that remarkable. Her faith was great—firm in the face of very discouraging circumstances. It was because her faith was so great that Jesus finally granted her request.

Why was Jesus so unresponsive? Why was He so insulting to the woman and her daughter? I believe one of the reasons was that He was showing that none of us has a right to God’s love and compassion. Jesus treatment of her also dramatically shows that she had no right to His love.

Christianity is about grace, about mercy, about God bestowing His love and compassion on those who are unworthy. No sinner has a right or a claim to His love. This is true of the Israelites as well. The first three chapters of Romans shows us that Jews and Gentiles are all sinners and that none of us, in ourselves, have a right to God’s love.

This woman was a sinner, like the rest of us, unworthy of God’s love.

3. Jesus is overflowing with love and compassion.

He helped this woman in spite of the fact that she had nothing to commend herself to Him. She was not an Israelite. She had the most against her from a Jewish perspective. She was a woman, a Greek Gentile, from infamous pagans of Syrian Phoenicia. In a way you could say that He was not sent to her. Yet He granted her request. He healed her daughter.

Take it to heart, be assured if you go to Him in faith He will accept you.

4. Persistence

In spite of His ignoring her, in spite of His telling them that He was not sent to her, in spite of His telling her that it would not be good to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs—she knew that He was the only One who could help her.
Thus she would go nowhere else. She persisted. She knew about Jesus’ power, she knew about His goodness—so she put all her hope in Him. In the end was her hope disappointed? No.

5. Timing and patience.

Put yourself in her situation. She wanted immediate relief for her daughter. But for awhile she was unsure it was going to come. If someone with a little theological knowledge was there perhaps he would have told her that she had to wait another year or two until the disciples would be sent to the Gentiles. But Jesus healed her daughter right then and there.

But very often, those who have faith in Jesus have to be patient and wait for God’s timing for the fulfillment of His promise, for His deliverance and relief.

Consider Abraham. He was promised that his children would be like the stars of heaven in number. But for years he was childless, until Sarah was well past childbearing age.

Consider Jairus. His daughter was dying. He went to Jesus and told Him about it. Jesus agreed to go with him to his daughter. But as they were going the crowd pressed against Jesus, and, a woman who was subject to bleeding secretly touched Jesus’ cloak and was healed. Jesus immediately stopped and asked who touched him. There was a commotion and a delay with Jesus asking who had touched him. Can you imagine how Jairus must have felt? If I was him I would have been very impatient, saying,

“Let’s get going. It really doesn’t matter who touched you. My daughter needs you now.”

But Jesus delayed until the woman came forward and owned up to what she had done. Just then a messenger came and informed Jairus that his daughter had died. What do you think Jairus thought of God’s timing then?

Consider Lazarus. He was sick. Jesus heard about it. Yet after He heard He waited two days before He started out. When He arrived there, Lazarus was already dead. Both Mary and Martha said to Him, (John 11:21,32)

“Lord, if you had been here,
my brother would not have died.”

God’s ways are often mysterious. But in every case, Abraham, Jairus, Lazarus—their hope in God, in Jesus—was not disappointed. Christians, trust God. Trust Him implicitly, completely, exclusively. Be persistent in prayer. Be hopeful in affliction. Jesus will make everything right.” Quote from sermon Canton New Life.

A Powerful Truth from the Lord

John 11:25: Jesus said, ” I am the resurrection and the life.” This is one of the most powerful sentences in all of creation. Jesus was talking to Martha the sister of Lazarus a friend of Jesus who had died. Martha and Mary felt that if he would have come sooner their brother would have been healed and would not have died. When Martha mentioned that she would see him at the resurrection. Jesus said, ” I am the resurrection and the life.”

Whenever tragedy strikes, or life gets out of control, we must remember that there is someone who is in control. God knows how to calm the situation and settle the turbulence that is present. Jesus, who is the life, is able to help you.

Imagine the look on the face of Martha when Jesus said,” Lazarus come forth” The Sanhedrin spies that always followed Jesus saw the one they knew was dead be brought back to life by the power of God. This same power is able to help you throughout life.

When the spies carried this news back to the Pharisees, the leaders of Israel sought all the more to arrest him out of fear.

Jesus lives and loves you and will always be with you throughout life.

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