Monday, September 5, 2011

prayer for today

Lord, please watch over those 
whose names you can read in my heart. 
Guard them and make their way easy 
and their labor fruitful. 
May you give them strength, wisdom and joy
 to face each day. 
Dry their tears if they weep, sanctify their joys, 
raise their courage 
if they weaken;
restore their hope if they lose heart; 
their health if they are ill;
repentance if they fall.

Monday, March 14, 2011

JUST A MINUTE- something to think about

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of  choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in  his company together. He said, "It is time for me to  step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose  one of you." The young executives were shocked, but the boss  continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED today -  one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it,  and come back here one year from today with what  you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will  then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."

One man, named Jim, was there that day and  he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and  excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped  him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the  seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had  grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.  Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.  Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by --  still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however,he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow. A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the  CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest  about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of  plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful --  in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for  him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in  the back. "My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have  grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the  next CEO!" All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the  back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the Financial  Director to bring him to the front.. Jim was terrified. He  thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me  fired!" When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed - Jim told him the story. The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive Officer! His name is Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed.

"How could he be the new CEO?" the others  said. Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!"

*  If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
* If you  plant goodness, you will reap friends
* If you plant  humility, you will reap greatness
* If you plant  perseverance, you will reap contentment
* If you plant  consideration, you will reap perspective
* If you plant  hard work, you will reap success
* If  you plant  forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
So,  be careful what you plant now;
it will determine what you will  reap later.
Think  about this  for a minute....

Thanks to AngKap
Philip Tangco