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The story is about a man by the name of Larry Walters, a 33-year-old man who decided he wanted to see his neighborhood from a new perspective. So, he went down to the local army surplus store and bought forty-five used weather balloons.
That afternoon he strapped himself into a lawn chair, to which several of his friends tied the now helium-filled used weather balloons. He took with him, something to drink, a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, and a BB gun, figuring he could shoot the balloons one at a time when he was ready to land.
Walters, who assumed the balloons would lift him about 100 feet in the air, was caught off guard when the chair soared more than 11,000 feet into the sky--smack into the middle of the air traffic pattern at Los Angeles International Airport. Because he was too frightened to shoot any of the balloons, he stayed airborne for more than two hours, and forced the airport to shut down its runways for much of the afternoon.
Soon after he was safely grounded and cited by the police, reporters asked him three questions:
"Were you scared? "Yes."
"Would you do it again? "No.
"Why did you do it?" "Because you can’t just sit there."
-I want to share with you the Top 10 motivational tips of the cynic.
1) Motivation – If a pretty poster and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job, the kind robots will be doing soon.
2) (Snowflakes). Individuality –Always remember that you are unique, just like everybody else.
3) (Lounging leopard) Indifference –- It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, but it doesn’t take any to just sit there with a dumb look on your face.
4) (The Great Pyramids) Achievement –- You can do anything you set your mind to when you have vision, determination, and an endless supply of expendable labor.
5) (Here’s Butch the soccer player with little Cody). Goals –It is best to avoid standing directly between a competitive jerk and his goals.
6) (A football receiver being laid out by a tackler). Success –Some people dream of success, while other people like to crush those dreams.
7) (Taj Mahal in India). Discovery –A company that will go to the end of the earth for its people will find it can hire them for about 10% of the cost of Americans.
8) – (A bear about to catch a salmon). Ambition The journey of a thousand miles sometimes ends very, very badly.
9) (Two runners - a male running behind a female). Persistence –It’s over man. Let her go.
10) (Rowers) Get to work - You aren’t being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.
Charles Swindoll tells a story of when he and his sister would go fishing with their dad and grandfather.
There was a man who sat on the pier with the last name of Kutasch. As the story goes, he was a very unusual man and fished accordingly. With the slightest bobble of his cork, he would jerk his line right out of the water so fast that if there had been a fish on it, the hooked would have ripped out the side of its mouth ... and had it survived, it would have certainly gotten away. For years, Charles and his sister watched this man fish and never did they see him catch one. But he never gave up and he always gave it his all. And so it came to be that whenever one of them was going through something or needed motivation the other told them to “Give it the Kutasch.”
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Have you ever felt that you just didn’t have the heart for something?
Late one night, a man had gone to a party and had too much to drink, so he decided it would be best to walk home. He found a shortcut through a poorly lit cemetery and, in the darkness, stumbled into an open grave. He tried to climb out but the walls were too slippery. Again and again he fell back into the grave. Finally, in exhaustion, he settled in a corner to wait for sunlight.
A few minutes later, another man in the same condition was cutting through the cemetery and fell victim to the same grave. He, too, tried desperately to climb and claw his way out...
K. Edward "Ed" Skidmore
Foundation of Guilt
Years back when I was a Youth Minister, we did a lot of Youth Musicals. Some of them had funny skits that took a kind of "tongue-in-cheek" look at how churches worked. They had that kind of "ha-ha...ouch!" effect. I remember one featured a church that had this slogan: "Our love is built on the foundation of guilt."
When it comes to offering your life as a living sacrifice, guilt motivation won’t cut it! We may serve out of guilt or duty for a while...but that kind of motivation wears thin in the long haul!
TWEAKING, SOCIAL NETWORKING AND UPDATING
All I knew was how to shut the programme down that I was using and load the whole thing again. My computer wasn’t doing what it should do. The screen was FREEZING at the most inopportune times, or it was CRASHING. It needed TWEAKING; fine-tuning or adjusting it’s system, and that was beyond me. Small but essential modifications needed to be made but they would make all the difference.
It needed TWEAKING; fine-tuning or adjusting it’s system, and like I have already said, that was beyond me. Small but essential modifications were made however and the problems were resolved. They made all the difference.
That’s what I am talking about. That’s what I need for my life! TWEAKING! Not in the obsessive compulsive way or by using drugs. But in terms of fine tuning my life. Job is a perfect example. Job lives his life as God intends even though going through a bad time physically. He allows God to tweak his life. He has to guard his life against the bullies of his social network of friends, and to update his thinking.
Today as I opened my computer a notice came up to UPDATE my Download Manager. It needed TWEAKING. I am constantly asked to update my antivirus definitions and security updates. I am alerted to take action when I need to by these messages in the face of new challenges on the internet.
I also need these kinds of PROMPTS in my life. Job 31 gives me a few in-your-face prompts that seem almost counterintuitive. They are so opposite to what I would normally do in some cases and involve INTENTION if I am to act.
The Holy Spirit prompts me as a follower of Christ to allow Him to TWEAK my character. To make sometimes small and sometimes humungous ADJUSTMENTS to the created software in my life, OPTIMIZING and CLEANING the system. He ACTIVATES all the hidden settings and MAXIMISES them. He ENHANCES my motivation to live for Him. He knows what I need when don’t. He “PUTS OUT THE TRASH”. He turns off and removes unused and unnecessary apps. He reveals my life’s true POTENTIAL as well as empowering me when I am experiencing an attack. The invitation is to take action when He prompts me to get the latest anvirus and security UPDATES for my life.
"So run that ye may obtain the prize" We should run the Christian race with sobriety, for our eternal life is at stake. Let others pursue for enjoyment what they will, but in our race everything vital is at stake. The eternal consequences of losing should motivate us to a greater effort than that put forth by those making sport.--Duane V. Maxey. Recently I read a fable about a dog who loved to chase other animals. He bragged about his great running skill and said he could catch anything. Well, it wasn’t long until his boastful claims were put to the test by a certain rabbit. With ease the little creature outran his barking pursuer. The other animals, watching with gle...
The story was passed on over internet about Little Billy, a Jewish boy, who was failing his math lessons. His parents tried everything they could to get him to do better in this subject, but he continued to fail. At last, they took him down to the Catholic School, and enrolled him. After the first day, Billy came home and went up to his room, closed the door, and went to work on his math. His parents could hardly get him down for dinner. After dinner, he went back and "hit the books again." When his report card came next time, he laid it on the table for his parents to find. When his mother read it, she was amazed. He had an "A" in math. She questioned him about it wondering how such a change had come about. She asked him if it were the teachers, or the kind of books they used, but he said "no." The...