Apr 03

Charles Schultz Philosophy

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The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through,and you’ll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. They are not second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields.. But the a pplause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?
I love this

The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are NOT the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who care.

Share this with those who have made a difference in your life.

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today.
It’s already tomorrow in Australia .”
(Charles Schultz)

Oct 01

Next Heat; Five Minutes

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On Saturday we went to the Falmouth goat races. Yes I did say, “goat races”. Apparently this has been going on for awhile since this was their 29th annual event. But let me back up for a second…

We all got together Saturday morning to go riding. Since Mount Gretna was on the way we stopped there for a rest and to look at all the unique homes they have up there. Wait a sec you say?

I know, I know, Mount Gretna isn’t really on the way to Falmouth but hey, we were out to enjoy the gorgeous weather for riding. Judging by the shear number of cycles on the road, we weren’t the only ones to have that idea! After meandering around Mount Gretna, we hopped back on our cycles and we were off to Falmouth.

I was wondering the whole way there, how exactly do they get goats to race? Well that was quickly answered upon our arrival. The goats are leashed and an adult or child runs with the goat. Or is some cases get dragged by the goat. Or in other cases the goat gets dragged. You get the picture? I bet our friends from West Virginia felt right at home! I could resist! After being entertained there; we all rolled backed to MotherVic’s for a cook out. And as usual, the food was outstanding and enough of it to feed an army.

And without further ado; check out the pictures…

Sep 27

Around the Woods and Thru the River

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This past weekend my girlfriend and I with my best friend went camping up near Woodhull, NY. The weather was better than perfect! One couldn’t ask for more. The creeks were as crystal clear as could be. The views from the mountain tops were crisp and clear, one could see for miles. The night’s sky was untouched by the polluting lights of any nearby cities and towns. The night’s air was brisk, but refreshing, ideal for a good night’s.

Upon arrival we were greeted very kindly by the land owner and even invited for breakfast the next morning, which we graciously accepted. So when we awoke and eventually got ourselves together we made our way to his camp. Unfortunately breakfast had long since been cooked and was cold. Not being one to have ever acquired a taste for coffee, I was a bit disappointed by there being only instant coffee to drink. I made do and learned I really don’t much care for instant coffee. Afterward we made our way back to camp and I helped my friend setup to sight in his new rifle. Then my girlfriend and I took off on the ATV for some four-wheeling fun. We eventually made our way to a cleared mountain top where we could see all the valleys that surrounded us. It was a gorgeous sight.

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After spending some leisure time just enjoying the view we trekked back to camp to see how my friend fared in sighting in the rifle. Long story short, not good. The scope that was sold to him was damaged. Though that didn’t stop me from completely destroying his target setup with a single shot! Unfortunately not intentionally, but still cool all the same.

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After lunch all three of us went ATV’ing a couple time more. Once, when running to the local store, we even rode thru a creek and climbed a few hills that were fairly steep. Something tells me I’ve now got another new expensive hobby!

We were to go deer spotting on the ATVs in the evening, but our little group grew quite large with all the neighbors joining the fun. Most were, how do I say, a little impaired. So my girlfriend and I decided to opt out. We ended up spending a quiet evening by the fire; enjoying her home made chili and making smore’s.

As we left the following day the land owner invited to come back any time we wished. He may have been a bit back woods, but he is definitely a fine person. I wish more people were as hospital as he is.

Sep 05

Angrrrr…

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Myself, I don’t often get angry. Actually it is extremely rare for me to get angry, my best friend can attest to that as he’s only seen more angry a time or two in the last 15’ish years. Don’t get me wrong, I do get angry, but more often I merely get agitated, irritated or upset, drop it and move on in life. I’ve found little use in my life to getting angry. Really if you think about things that have angered you, looking back, were those reasons worth the stress and anger? In nearly all cases I’m willing to bet you’ll say no, that the angry was just a momentary response. Now, I’m not saying there aren’t things that happen to us that aren’t worth anger, as there is, we just need to focus more and be more choosey where and how we direct our anger, especially as Christians.

My personal opinion on anger can be summed up easily. Anger is only a mask for another emotion. Identify that emotion that is causing your anger and deal with that and I can promise the anger will subside rather quickly.

I’d thought I’d look at anger for moment through a Christian perspective and see what God had to say about it. After a little searching I came across this great little article from Today’s Christian Woman. I’ve pulled the highlights from the article, but if you’d like to read the entire article, follow the link.

“Today’s Christian Woman”
http://www.christianitytoday.com/tcw/2004/janfeb/13.44.html

Obviously some things in life warrant anger. But God cautions us not to let that anger give way to sin (“In your anger do not sin,” Ephesians 4:26). In other words, it’s not the emotion of anger that’s sinful, but how we respond to our anger. We need to respond in a way that brings positive resolution. And we need to be more discriminating in what we allow to provoke our anger. Too often it springs from small matters—forgetful spouses, distracted drivers, inconsiderate co-workers, cranky children—none of which warrants the energy anger wastes or the control it assumes over us.

These questions now have become an effective tool for maintaining my self-control.

1. Is my anger out of proportion to the circumstance?

Disproportionate anger makes resolution difficult, if not impossible. For anger to have healthy results, it needs to be reasonable and thus, controllable. It needs to allow you to approach the target of your anger in a way that will let the person hear what you’re saying and make them more likely to consider making adjustments.

2. Is the momentary release I’ll get from expressing my anger worth the long-term havoc it will wreak?

The very nature of anger promotes exaggerated emotions. We say and do things we never would otherwise. Those words and actions never can be undone. As Christians, we can’t be too careful in monitoring our anger.

3. Is my anger worth dragging other uninvolved people into it?

Anger is usually a self-centered emotion. Your attention is turned inward on the wrong you’ve suffered, the wound you’ve had inflicted. In contrast, the principle of selflessness is woven consistently throughout the entire Bible: viewing others as more important than yourself (Philippians 2:3); dying to your desires and your wounds (Matthew 16:24). Such an attitude isn’t accomplished through destructive expressions of anger.

Sep 04

A Blessing

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On Wednesday last week, I heard the following on WJTL, in the Bible Minute segment.

The word “confess” means to “agree with.” As long as we are not willing to admit to God that we have sinned, God is not able to forgive us. We remain, instead, in a state of rebelliousness. On the other hand, if we’re willing to agree with God that we have sinned, He is able through Jesus Christ to not only forgive us but to remove even the stain of sin. God says in Isaiah 1:18,

“‘Come now, and let us reason together,’
Says the LORD,
‘Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.'”

I can’t begin to tell you how badly I needed to hear this, again. A burden I’ve been carrying has been eased.

And on Thursday I received a compliment, one that made stop and think. I was called a blessing. I being a blessing unto any other’s life seems too difficult to imagine let alone believe; regardless I accepted graciously. I think God knew I needed to hear that as I needed a bit of a soul “pick-me-up”. I tend to beat myself up unbelievably hard when I make mistakes, especially those that affect others negatively. And if you throw sin into the mix, well that’s a recipe for a near endless period of self torture.

Knowing God’s faithfulness in forgiveness when I confess my sins is reassuring and him affirming His forgiveness with such a huge compliment from another, well that’s just indescribable. Praise the Lord.

I wonder if I somehow managed to plant another “peach pit”. If I did, this one I truly hope to see grow!