Summary: It may not be easy, but it is worth it!

No Pain – No Gain

Hebrew 12:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

The greatest things in life - are not plans, but responses.

In 1853 George Crum, a chef in New York, accidentally invented potato chips when an annoying patron kept sending his french fried potatoes back to the kitchen because they were soggy. In an attempt to teach the customer a lesson, Crum sliced them extra thin, fried them to a crisp and drowned them in salt. To his surprise, however, the complaining customer actually like them and thus potato chips were born.

Although these days its almost common knowledge, this list wouldn’t be complete without civil war veteran turned pharmacist John Pemberton and what he originally intended as nothing more than a medication (this is also why the original coke actually did include cocaine on its list of ingredients)

When Will Keith Kellogg began helping his brother cook meals for patients at the Sanitarium at which he worked, he ended up accidentally stumbling across the recipe for Corn Flakes after leaving some bread dough sitting out for several hours. Upon finding the flaky dough he decided to see what would happen so he baked it anyway, and the rest is history.

Rosa Parks

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old African American woman who worked as a seamstress, boarded this Montgomery City bus to go home from work. On this bus on that day, Rosa Parks initiated a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality.

She sat near the middle of the bus, just behind the 10 seats reserved for whites. Soon all of the seats in the bus were filled. When a white man entered the bus, the driver (following the standard practice of segregation) insisted that all four blacks sitting just behind the white section give up their seats so that the man could sit there. Mrs. Parks, who was an active member of the local NAACP, quietly refused to give up her seat.

Her action was spontaneous and not pre-meditated, although her previous civil rights involvement and strong sense of justice were obvious influences. "When I made that decision," she said later, “I knew that I had the strength of my ancestors with me.”

She was arrested and convicted of violating the laws of segregation, known as “Jim Crow laws.” Mrs. Parks appealed her conviction and thus formally challenged the legality of segregation.

At the same time, local civil rights activists initiated a boycott of the Montgomery bus system. In cities across the South, segregated bus companies were daily reminders of the inequities of American society. Since African Americans made up about 75 percent of the riders in Montgomery, the boycott posed a serious economic threat to the company and a social threat to white rule in the city.

I never received a whipping from my mom or dad when after it was done, I said,

“Thanks dad!” “I deserved that!”

• Jesus Belt Buckle

• Belt loops

But I thank God for every whipping I ever received!

1. What was made to kill you – could be the thing that Propels you.

2. Faith comes from the unseen – not the seen.

3. No – pain… No gain.

• I’ve never heard a mother say “that child birth was the most fun I’ve ever had.”

• That heartache you had – the devil thought he would destroy you but in reality it was only causing you to LEAN on God in ways you never had before.

• That person or thing you loved more than Jesus, when removed you realize was a distraction from your destiny and in reality them gone IS THE BEST THING that ever happened to you!

• Stop crying over spilled milk and focus on the one that created the Cow!

• Stop being the victim and start thanking God that you survived! You thought you were going to die! But you’re still breathing!

• Weeping endures for the night – but honey the sun is rising! The darkness is gone! The warmth of the sun can cause your wet, cold body to live again!

The truth is – we gather here together today – not as a group of perfect people who have made perfect decisions – and never been hurt, dropped, broken, left, used, abused, cracked, striped, talked out, lied to, stepped on, LEEFT FOR DEAD! – we simply gather here today – lifting are hands and heads to a perfect God who loved us despite of our failures.

• The best things in life – are worth fighting for.

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