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It seems there was a barber in a small local town who had been the only barber in town for years. Everyone went to this barber to get their hair cut. Then, one day a big hair salon franchise came to town and opened up shop. They advertised,
“All Haircuts for $3.00”
Slowly, the barber’s business began to dwindle. He just couldn’t compete. In a last ditch effort to save his business, he hired a business consultant. The consultant spent a day pouring over the barber’s books asking many questions. At the end of the day the barber asked the consultant, “So what do you think ? Should I close up shop ?” The consultant said, “Not yet. I’ll be back tomorrow.” The next day the consultant showed up with a huge banner that he hung in front of the barber shop that said, “We Fix $3.00 Haircuts!”
A professor one day demonstrated to his class the power of an electro-magnet. He placed 2 lbs. of nails on a table with the wires of an electo-magnet under the table. When he flipped the switch, the nails came togehter and he was able to form the nails into various shapes as long as the current was on. When the current was cut, the nails fell back into a pile. This reminds us that as long as the current of God, the Holy Spirit, runs through us, we have unity and God can form us into any shape He choses for His purposes.
Wade Hughes, Sr
Seeing the value?
An artist took a paint brush and painted a picture in two colors.
He called the picture ’BLUE AND GRAY."
The artist listened to a critic that couldn’t even paint and threw the picture in a corner and it gathered dust many years.
One day someone saw the picture and offered to buy "BLUE AND GRAY."
To day this painting is considered a Masterpiece and hangs in a museum.
The picture had a new name, you know it... "Whistler’s Mother."
Many copies have been made and sold.
What a pessimist saw as worthless, and optimist saw as valuable?
What made the difference between a dust catcher and a work of art?
Seeing the value?
Vacationing in Arizona, a group of British tourists spots a cowboy by the side of the road, with his ear to the ground.
"What’s going on?" they asked.
"Two horses, one gray-one chestnut, are pulling a wagon carrying 2 men,” the cowboy says.
"One man is wearing a red shirt and the other a black shirt." "They’re heading east."
"Wow, You can tell a...
"Discernment is Gods call to intercession, never to fault finding."
"Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevereGive us courage andthe quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies."
"God grant me the serenity to delegate tasks when necessary, the courage to say no, and the wisdom to know when to go home."
So how does a critical attitude come back to haunt you? Here’s one way.
A man wanted to impress his friends with his eye for art as they went to an art gallery together. He forgot his glasses, was nearsighted, and couldn’t hardly see his hand in front of his face. But he figured he could wing it w/any abstract comments and observations he wanted to make.
So he approached a frame and began criticizing: "Why would anyone want to paint something so hideously ugly? I mean, it’s a true rendering of the object, but why waste time painting such a disgusting subject?" Everyone was laughing by this time as his wife whispered into his ear, "John, it’s a mirror!"
Steven Covey tells in 7 Habits for Highly Effective People, the story of a man who riding an a bus and was greatly disturbed at a young boy who was running up and down the aisle of the bus screaming and laughing at the top of his lungs, while the young boy’s Dad just sat idly by. The man could not believe that someone would be so rude and inconsiderate, of the other people around him. He then began to notice other unflattering things about the man. His hair was unkempt so he was probably homeless, and his eyes were bloodshot, so he had to be an alcoholic. Finally not able to take anymore of the child this man went and approached the dad and demanded that he get control of his young son.
The dad seeming to be shaken from a trance apologized to the man and told him that the boy’s mom, his wife, had just died at the hospital after struggling all night and he was trying to think of a way to break the news to the boy.
Chuck Swindoll gives several reasons why we shouldn’t judge other people, and one is because "We Don’t Know All the Facts." One time he was preaching at a Christian camp. On the first day, a man approached him and said how much he was looking forward to hearing Dr. Swindoll speak in person for the first time.
That evening, Swindoll noticed the man sitting near the front. But only a few minutes into the message, the man was sound asleep. Swindoll thought to himself "Maybe the man’s tired. After a long day’s drive, he can’...
ii. C Peter Wagner in his book ,"Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow." States on page 23, "Who needs to know about spiritual gifts? (He states) - You need to know about spiritual gifts if:
1. You are a Christian.
2. You believe that Jesus is your Lord and you want to love Him and follow Him in the best way possible.
3. You want your church to be healthy, attractive, and a growing group of people showing forth God's love in your community.
What you don’t know can get you hurt! In Texas there once lived a Mexican bank robber named Jorge Rodriquez. He had been so successful that the Texas Rangers put a whole posse on his trail. For months they tried to catch him as he slipped across the Rio Grande. Finally a ranger cornered Jorge in a saloon one night. Quietly the ranger slipped up behind Jorge and put his six-gun to Jorge’s head. Then the ranger said, “I know who you are and, unless you tell me where you’ve hidden the bank money, I’m going to blow your brains out!”
There was one problem: Jorge did not speak English and the ranger did not speak Spanish. Just then an enterprising little fellow stepped up and said, “Would you like for me to translate for you?” The ranger nodded. So the translator told Jorge what the ranger had said. Jorge was scared to death and said to tel...