(((((Golden Wisdom)))) Is All About Love

A farmer went to the field one day to cultivate.

During the work, he glanced at the mango tree and saw a big ripe mango, he plucked it.




An idea occurred to him not to eat this mango but to take it home to his wife whom he loves so much, though he was starving.
When he got home, he called his wife and gave the mango to show her his love.



Very happy with this precious gift, the woman thought directly of her child who had gone to school.
She took the mango, thanked her husband sincerely and reassured him that she would eat it afterwards.
The woman hide the mango and decided to give it to her son as soon as he returns from school to show him her love.
As soon as the child came back from school, the mother gave him this mango with a lot of joy in her heart.



The child thanked his mother warmly for this precious gift and told his mother that he would eat it later.
He too resolved to hide this mango and make a surprise gift to his father who pays his school fees, believing that the Dad knows nothing about this mango.
In the evening while everyone was eating the family meal, the child said to his father:

“One minute dad, I will bring you a present because I love you so much”.

He ran to his room, took the mango and gave it to his father.



He was surprised to see the same mango he had given to his beloved wife returned back to him again.
Without any comment, he asked for a knife and shared it equally among the three of them (himself, his wife and his child).

They all ate this mango with a lot of joy.

That’s how love works.


INSIGHTS 

When you give love, it comes back to you in another way, because love is the most extraordinary force that governs the universe of God.



Let us love unconditionally. LOVE is the GREATEST because GOD is LOVE. I Cor 13:13, I John 4:8,


Thief rewarded. Victim punished. WHY???


In the 1930’s, a rather unusual court case came to pass…

A woman was being charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She seemed to have good cause. She was poor and taking care of her daughter and two grandchildren after their father had abandoned them.


Unfortunately, the shop-keeper refused to
drop charges. He felt that because it was a bad neighborhood, if one person stole and got away with it, then it would encourage more to do so. He feared for his safety and his business, and he wanted to teach all the other people in the neighborhood a lesson.

And he certainly did do that, though not in the way he had envisnioned…


See, the Mayor of New York, Fiorello LaGuardia, was known for occasionally stepping in as a magistrate of the court. He would preside over certain cases of special interest. He was well-loved by many and known for being a firm yet fair mayor.

In this instance, Mayor LaGuardia stepped to the front of the courtroom, placed his famous hat down, and prepared his ruling:

“The shop-keeper is correct that you have broken the law and that you must be punished. You will spend 10 days in jail or pay a fine of ten dollars.”


Back then, $10 was a hefty sum of money. The woman knew she was going to jail, and the shop-keeper was quite happy with this outcome.


But nobody could have imagined what would happen next…

Something interesting was brewing inside Mayor LaGuardia’s head.


And as he spoke the woman’s sentence out loud, he slowly pulled from his pocket a $10 bill. He placed it into his famous hat and stated that her fine was now paid.


The look of shock on the shop-keepers face was priceless!


How could the mayor betray his people like that? The businesses who paid the taxes of the city and helped keep it running? Meanwhile a poor, law-breaking, thieving woman was being let off scott-free without any punishment whatsoever?


Nobody understood that, until Mayor LaGuardia issued his second sentence for the afternoon:


“In addition to the $10 fine this woman has now paid, I fine everybody else in this courtroom fifty cents.”


The room gasped in shock as he continued…

“For living in a town where a grandmother must steal bread just so that her daughter and grandchildren would not starve to death.


Bailiff, please collect the fines right now…”


“And give them to the defendent.”



It’s a great story though. It teaches us some valuable lessons about compassion, our interconnectedness , and taking responsibility for the entirety of human lives.

Atiku and Buhari and The Space In The Middle


In the hearts of every young man and woman reading this, who mean well for our country; in the hearts of men and women devoid of sentiments: tribes, religion and selfish gains — We not only have a clear idea of the Nigeria of our dream, but more importantly the leaders that will make that dream a reality.



We know in all sincerity that Buhari does not only represent the impossibility of that dream coming to pass but the possibility that with him we may not even be alive in the first place to even dream. He is like the thief at the left hand. To some, he is not just the thief, he is the “Bad” thief.

Still in the spirit of being sincere to ourselves. That people shout #Atikulated all over social media does not mean that they trust Atiku hundred percent to be that leader that will make those dreams come true. One of the reasons for all the #Atikulation is primarily because of the presence of the ‘Bad thief’. Most #Atikulators are simply operating on the principle that: the person who will be able to catch the bad thief, must at least be a thief. Atiku is the thief, he stands at the right hand. To some, he is not just the thief, he is the “good” thief. He is considered so because there is nothing more urgent now than unseating the “bad” thief to a peaceful rest in Daura, and Atiku seems to have the potentials to do so.

The choice before us for 2019 is standing at the right, while the other is at the left. This is where our greatest problem lies: almost in all our elections, we are always “blessed” with the one at the left and the one at the right to choose from, but often NO ONE AT THE MIDDLE. This type of blessing needs to be rejected.


To all the presidential candidates from other up-and-coming parties, this MESSAGE is from our hearts.


To Kingsley Moghalu – who is 55 years old, Fela Durotoye – who is 46 years old, Donald Duke – who is 56 years, Omoyele Sowore — who is 47 years old, Oby Ezekwesili – 55 years old etc there is always a space missing anytime we are ready to vote. The space is wider this time. That space keeps begging to be filled. THE SPACE IS AT THE MIDDLE .

This is the time to do something. Desperate times need desperate people. The president of our dreams will never win any election in this present Nigeria as long as they do not do something beyond the usual of simply creating a party, declare themselves as presidential candidates and start writing beautiful ideas via social media.

Don’t pretend that you are not seeing what is happening in PDP and APC and the fact that no one even remembers that your parties are even existing. Okay sorry, I just lied… At least your family members will remember. Unfortunately, this is not family members election.

The truth is that Nigerians love you and see something great in each of you, but now is the time to show us that you truly qualify as leaders that can see the signs of the time and find an immediate solution to it.

Now, what stops you all from calling yourselves for a serious meeting? Merge your parties as one. Synthesis your ideas into one. Create something unique, something we have never seen before. Make Nigeria feel that you all are a team, working for a common goal. Choose among yourselves who will be president, vice, Senate, party Chiarman etc. Since your aim of going for the post is primarily to put Nigeria where it belongs, it should not matter in your team who is the president, minister etc. Make your salaries equal since it is not about money you want to be president, unless you are thieves In disguise.

Imagine a situation in which voting for Kingsley Moghalu is also voting for Donald Duke and Fela Durotoye and Ezekwezili together. . . Awesome isn’t it?

If by now, you all still think that individually you have a chance of winning the election, then I am sorry to say that you are not only unfit to even be compound caretakers in a house in Ilaje Lagos, but Buhari even in his ‘lifelessness’ is far better than all of you put together.


If you all cannot read this simple sign that concerns your own career and think of something to do about it, how can we even entrust our lives to you when we know we have BokoHaram on one hand, Fulani terrorists herdsmen on another? How will you be able to read the signs as presidents and take proactive steps to defend us?

Did you notice the overwhelming support Atiku started gaining for simply picking Peter Obi as vice president? The reason is because, Obi has something that represent the type of leadership we look for, that same thing that you all have and even more. Left for many, Peter Obi is better qualified to be the president than Atiku.

I know you all tried this meeting once but it did not work out, but that was then when things were not clear like now. Try again! If you cannot unite together when your common goal is to give Nigerians a better leadership, then how can you unite all Nigerians that do not even have same goals. Show us an example to convince us that you are the one “in the middle of the two thieves”.

Even if you don’t make it in this coming election, watch how you would have succeeded in buying every one over to yourselves for next election, and even put those who were elected on their toes since they know there is a coordinated team of leaders loved by Nigerians. With this, indirectly, you have even started solving the Nigeria problem.
Make no mistake about this, Nigerians will not stick their heads for you even in 2023 unless you give them enough reason today. Until you do this, let the “good thief” wins.

Now that I have finished preaching, can someone help me Atikulate it to them???


Written by Ugwu Kelvin


Image by Uche Asogwa

What it means to be “poor”


One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.


On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”


It was great, Dad.”


“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.


“Oh yeah,” said the son.


“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?”, asked the father


The son answered:


“I saw that we have one dog and they had four.


We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.


We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.


Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.


We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.


We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.


We buy our food, but they grow theirs.


We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”


The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added…


“Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”



“How you see the world. How you deal with it. That determines your real wealth.”

– God (from the ‘Joan of Arcadia’ TV series)



INSIGHTS


One aspect about this story is that it holds two messages simultaneously: One is that we can feel abundant no matter what we have, and two, that we all deserve abundance however we define that to be.


HAPPINESS IS FACTORY FITTED

Some of the most profound lessons I had learnt in life came from my interactions with children and the probing questions they asked. That was the case on this Sunday. I was approached after Mass by a little girl. What i recall about her was that she was smart, bold, confident and precocious. She said to me, ‘Please Fr. I need you to do me a favour. I need you to pray for my parents to become as rich as our neighbour, so that my daddy too can be happy. I love daddy but he is not always happy’. Need I say I was shocked? Just as I was about to engage her in a

more elaborate discussion, a couple approached and excused her. They said they needed to say hello to Fr. What began as simple greeting snowballed into a conversation. Before I turned, my little girl was gone. I felt bad. Let me digress a bit.



My reason for feeling bad wasn’t far fetched. A study was carried out on some children, the results showed that children up until the age of 4 are operating at the genius level. The same group of children were studied in their early 20’s and only 10% were still operating at the genius and brilliance level. Finally, in their late 20’s and early 30’s only 2% were still operating at the genius and brilliance level. The fundamental question now is, where did the brilliance and genius go?
It got buried in the society that snobs children. The society that constantly tells children that you can’t do this, you can’t do that. Consequently, by the time the child is 17 years of age they would have heard ‘NO’ 150,000 times and ‘YES’ only 5,000 times.

Now, this is the biggest issue. Psychologically, the more the child continues to hear what they can’t do, who they can’t become, there is a neurological path that is created in the brain of such a child that causes the child or the individual to shut down.

Now you see what happens to the genius and brilliance in the later lives of many a child? Jesus was indeed a child psychologist, that was why he cautioned his disciples who chased children away from him. ‘Suffer not the little ones to come to me’ (Mtt 19:14).



Now back to the issue the little girl brought. Would becoming rich make her dad happy? Well, let’s see how it goes. Look at it this way.


Haven’t you wondered why your classmate who finished top of the class isn’t necessarily the happiest today? Haven’t you wondered why your colleague with the choicest and juiciest position isn’t the happiest in the ministry? Haven’t you also wondered why your girlfriend who married the most eligible and charming bachelor isn’t the happiest wife today? The question then is, how do people derive happiness?


Some years ago Fela Kuti sang a song thus; ‘Human rights na my property, so you can’t dash me my property’. In the same vein, happiness is an intrinsic part of our human nature. It came fitted from the creator’s factory. Thus, no created one or thing can give you happiness. Everyone was born and wired with the capacity to be happy. Our default setting by our creator is to be happy people, but how we emerge happy or not from life’s experiences is a function of mindset. Little wonder scripture says, ‘for those who believe, everything works for good’ (Rm 8:28).




Finally, researcher and psychologist Carol Dweck found that there are generally two types of mindset that impact the way a person responds to challenges: Fixed mindset and growth mindset. A person with fixed mindset believes that when they don’t succeed at something such as missed job opportunity, they assume there is nothing they can do and the road stops there. They become unhappy.

On the other hand, a person with growth mindset sees the set back as learning experience, providing them with the feedback they need to evolve. Thus, they perform better and are happier. What type of mindset do you have right now? The important thing is that anyone can develop growth mindset with practice.

It is not too late to press the reset button and go back to your default setting because happiness is factory fitted. The choice is yours to make.



BE HAPPY.



By Isaac Shemang


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The Prince and the Dark Horse

There was once a young prince who, having reached the age of majority, left home to live on a grand estate given to him by his father. He was told that if he ever needed help he was to put a light in the uppermost tower window, and his father would send a special horse and carriage to carry him to safety.


However, his father also warned him that an evil wizard, an enemy of the kingdom, lived not too far from his new home. The prince was told to be wary when setting his signal, for this wizard would also see this light and might himself send his own horse and carriage to carry the prince off to who knows what kind of danger.


Of course, this frightened the young ruler-to-be. After all, how would he be able to tell the difference? His father assured him there was a foolproof measure. Each time, before entering the rescue carriage, he was to closely examine the horse pulling it. A light-colored horse would always take him to safety, but a dark horse would always take him to danger.


As one might imagine, many of the ordeals that come with the ruling life befell the prince, each one causing him to put a light in the window. And for many months, because he was in such a rush to escape his castle when he felt in danger, he failed to heed his father’s warning; time and time again he neglected to examine the horse that came to get him. As a result he often found himself on one painful wild ride after another where, too late, he realized his inattentiveness was causing him as much distress as the condition he was trying to escape.


Eventually, he found the presence of mind-before he would get into the carriage that had come for him-to see if the horse pulling it had been sent by the evil wizard or by his father.


by Guy Finley

Reflection Questions

When you feel scared or distressed, who or what is your ‘dark horse’?

What usually happens to you (internally or externally) when you go with that ‘dark horse’?

Imagine that every time you instead choose to go with the ‘white horse.’ How might your life look and feel differently?

Every Drop Matters

Recently, when I was going to bed after using my bathroom, I started hearing sound of drops of water from the tap in slow successions, but since it was dropping into an empty bucket, I decided to let it be.

But, alas! When I woke up the next morning, around 5am, the bucket was almost full! I was surprised that just drops even in such slow successions could produce that much. I couldn’t help it, ‘Just drops?!’ I questioned rhetorically.


But the following night, I made sure that the tap in my bathroom was locked completely and I checked the bucket and saw that it was empty, though wet. Then I went to sleep.


I guess you already know what I saw the next morning. The bucket was not wet as I had left it, but it was now dry!


Then I realized the importance of a drop and how much difference it can make in all ramifications of one’s life compared to a dry tap.


Imagine letting the drops be for a year, I would be scooping with drums at the end of the year!


So, how about that drop of savings?


How about that drop of kindness and love everyday?


How about a drop of reading useful books today and every day?


How about that drop of a verse of the scripture today and every day?


How about that drop of prayer today and every day?


How about a drop of worship today and every day?


How about a drop of step towards your God-given dream today and every day?


How about a drop of giving into your heavenly account?


What virtue and discipline will you start today in little drops?


Never neglect the importance of a drop, for when the harvest time comes, you would have made a big difference.


*……Ponder on these thoughts*

Why We Shout In Anger

A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled ‘n asked. ‘Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?’

Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, ‘Because
we lose our calm, we shout.’ ‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.’ asked the saint.


Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.


Finally the saint explained, . ‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other.


The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.




What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small…’ The saint continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper ‘n they get even closer to each other in their love.


Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other ‘n that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’


He looked at his disciples and said. ‘So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.’

If You Want More Love in the World, Create More Love in Your Heart!

A son and his father were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!! To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating somewhere in the mountain: AAAhhhhhhhhhhh. Curious, he yells, “who are you?” He receives the answer, “who are you?” and then he screams to the mountain, ” I admire you!” and the voice answers, “I admires you! “


Angered at the response, he screams! “Coward!” he receives the answer, “coward!” he looked at his father and asked, “what is going on?” The father smiled and said, “my son, pay attention!”


Again the man screams, You are a champion! The voice answers, “You are a champion.” The boy was surprised, but didn’t understand. Then his father explained, “people call this ECHO, but really this is LIFE.”


it gives you back everything you say or do. Our lives are simply a reflection of our reactions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This applies to all everything in all aspect of life.


INSIGHTS

• Life will give you back everything you give to it.

• Your life is not a coincidence. It is a reflection of our behaviour, attitude and imput.

• ‎If you spend your life doing good to people, goodness will come back to you.


Lord help us to sow goodness today, in order to reap a future flowing with your abundant goodness, kindness and love.

Things aren’t Always What They Seem: The Story of Two Traveling Angels


Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.

The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement.

As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife.

After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.


The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel, “How could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him.” – she accused. “The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.”

“Things aren’t always what they seem.” – the older angel replied.

“When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it. Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren’t always what they seem.”

INSIGHTS

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later…

Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight,
remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.

Should you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t despair,
there are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard-of privilege.

Should you have a bad day at work,
think of the man who has been out of work for many months struggling to feed his family.

Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror,
think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.

Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking, “What is my purpose?”, be thankful,
there are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.

Leaders! If you don’t take care of yourself, nobody will:The story of the busy cobbler.

There was a cobbler who lived in a village. Since he was the only cobbler in the town, everyone went to meet him to get their footwears repaired. He was so busy that he didn’t even have time to repair his own boots. This wasn’t a problem at first, but over time, his boots began to wear off and fall apart.
While he worked feverishly on everyone else’s shoes, his feet got blister and he started to limp. His customers started to worry about him, but he reassured them that everything is alright.

However, after a few years, the cobbler’s feet, were so injured that he can no longer work, and nobody’s footwear got repaired. As a result, the entire town started to limp in pain; all because the cobbler never took time to repair his own boots.





INSIGHTS


If you are in a responsible position, and you are one of the important links, in the groups’ survival chain, and if you did not look after yourself, after a while, you’ ll be of no good to anyone else either.


Your best intentions will mean nothing and you will be unable to do what you are meant to do. This goes for leaders, social workers, teachers and parents, breadwinners and homemakers. If you don’t take care of yourself, nobody will.


Looking on the bright side



A world famous shoe manufacturer took a decision to expand his business, by setting up a new branch in a remote, little – known country. He called up one of his marketing managers and sent him to the country to explore the possibility of setting up a new factory there.




The young executive flew out the next day. But within 24 hours of reaching there he called his boss. “This place is not good for our business,” he said gloomily. “people do not wear shoes out here. We had better forget any notion setting up a factory here. It simply won’t work. I am catching the next flight.”






The boss was highly dissatisfied with the report. He had to set his heart on doing what he wanted. He called another young manager and sent him out with the same order. Within few hours of getting there, this young manager called his boss with great excitement. “This place is unbelievable,” he exclaimed. “our business is going to bloom here. These people don’t even know what shoes are like. When we introduce shoes here, we shall have a whole, new, untapped market. Please send in our planners and designers as soon as you can. We must set up a factory here, and win all the way.




(Extracted from “it’s All a Matter of Attitude.” by Dr. Prabha Sampath and Krishna Kumari)


Insights

What a difference a positive attitude can make? Where a pessimist looks and see despair, an optimist looks and sees hope. In the moments of sorrow, pains and difficulties, our mindset will determine how things will result. A transformed mind leads to transformed attitudes and behaviours.


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DON’T ANALYSE THE SITUATION ONLY FROM AN EXPERT POINT OF VIEW ALONE

An engineer in a car manufacturing company designs a world class car. The owner is impressed with the outcome and praised him a lot.


While trying to bring out the car from the manufacturing area to the showroom, they realised that the car is 2 inches taller than the entrance.


The engineer felt bad that he didn’t notice this one before creating the car.


The owner was amazed on how to take it outside of the manufacturing area.


The painter said that they can bring out the car and there will be a few scratches on top of the car which could be touched up later on.


The engineer said that they can break the entrance, take the car out, and later re-do it.


The owner was not convinced with any ideas and felt like it is a bad sign to break or scratch


A Watchman was observing all the drama & slowly approached the owner. He wanted to give an idea if they had no problem.


They wondered what this guy would tell them that the experts could not give.


The watchman said “The car is only a few inches taller than the entrance so, Simply release the air in the tyre, the height of the car will sink and can be easily taken out”…


Everyone clapped!!!


Don’t analyse the problems only from an expert point of view alone.


There is always a layman’s outlook that gives an alternate solution at a given point of time…


Life issues are also the same….


Think Simple…

Do Simple and Live Simple

Because Originally we are Happy Souls..


Release Some Air … It could be our anger …. our disappointments… Our egos . Our confusions ..


In the end it’s all about Adjust The Height (Attitude) to make things easier in life and uncomplicate the things in life.


” Life is beautiful ” … “Enjoy every moment” … ” Seasons change” . ” Situations Change”
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When a third-grader Explains the existence of God

When given a third-grade homework assignment to “EXPLAIN GOD,” this is what 8-year-old, Danny Dutton, of Chula Vista, CA, had to say.

One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grown-ups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way He doesn’t have to take up His valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.


God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times besides bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this.
God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere, which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting His time by going over your Mom and Dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.
Atheists are people who don’t believe in God. I don’t think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren’t any who come to our church.
Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and people finally got tired of Him preaching to them and they crucified Him. But He was good and kind, like His Father, and He told His Father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said “O.K.” His Dad (God) appreciated everything that He had done and all His hard work on earth so, He told Him He didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So He did. And now He helps His Dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones He can take care of Himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important. You can pray anytime you want and, they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.

You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God. Don’t skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn’t come out at the beach until noon anyway.

If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared in the dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.
But… you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and He can take me back anytime He pleases.
And… that’s why I believe in God.
By Danny Dutton

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A Reading From The Book of Mugabe: Chapter One

(This Biblical Parody was written mainly for the fun. While you enjoy it, pay attention to verse 17, maybe there could be a lesson to ponder upon.)
1 And it came to pass that in the two thousand and seventeenth year, the ruler of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe was frail due to old age.
2 He leaned more and more on the counsel of his wife, Queen Grace.
3 Now, the Queen’s face is as comely as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon,

4 but her heart is as cunning as a fox.

5 She thought to herself, ‘What stops me from ascending to the throne? I will do all in my power to succeed my husband.’
6 The people feared the Queen exceedingly, and whispered of her dark heart.
7 They said she told her maidservants, “Whereas my husband chastises you with whips, I will chastise you with scorpions.”
8 In the eleventh month, the King harkened unto the counsel of Queen Grace and deposed his second-in-command, Emmerson, son of Mnangagwa.
9 The princes of the Kingdom were struck with amazement.
10 The King’s cabinet murmured and murmured. The spirit of the Lord has departed from the King, they said, and his grace is no longer amazing.
11 But the King was unmoved and listened not to them anymore.
12 Queen Grace’s heart was lifted up in joy.
13 In the second week of the eleventh month, the words of Emmerson came to Constantino son of Chiwenga, the general of the king’s army saying, “hast thou not seen what that woman who calleth herself Queen of our Kingdom, caused the King to do unto me? Hast thou not seen how he forced me to flee to a strange land? Have I wronged him by my loyalty these one score and seventeen years? Behold, he is drunk deep from Grace’s bosom. I pray thee, brother, take action now lest the Queen moves against you and your household also.”
14 When Constantino the son of Chiwenga heard the cries of his friend, Emmerson, his heart grieved sorely, and he made haste to answer him,
15 “As God liveth, I promise thee my brother, the King’s action shall not stand. Far be it from me that this woman will rule over us!”
16 In great haste, Constantino sent emissaries to King Mugabe, saying:
17 “Oh, King, why hast thou dealt harshly with thy brother who fought by thy side against the British oppressors? Hast thou forsaken our brotherhood, which we formed in the bush when your wife was still in the womb? I beseech thee, oh King, do not let a woman come between you and your brothers.”
18 When the King heard the tidings of the General, he again sought counsel with the Queen.
19 Now, Queen Grace hated Emerson son of Mnangagwa with all her heart, for he stood in her way to the throne.
20 She tore her robes in anger, saying,
21 “Oh King, Constantino, son of Chiwenga has no respect for thee! Let the gods do unto me and more also, if you make not his life as the life of Emmerson this time next week.”
22 And with many such words, Queen Grace provoked the King and hardened his heart against his General.
23 The King then made plans to do to the General as he had done unto Emmerson.
24 Now, when Constantino son of Chiwenga heard of the evil that was to come upon him, he rallied his troops to rebel against the King.
25 On the 15th day of the eleventh month, the armies of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe encamped all around the city of Harare.
26 They seized the strongholds of the Kingdom, and seized also the Palace of King Mugabe.
27 Then they confined the King to his bedchamber until he had no other choice than to resign.
28 And the people celebrated, making merry and giving praise to the God who answereth them and delivereth them from Mugabe.