Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sting of Selfishness . . .

Kindness is the opposite of selfishness . . . little acts can amount to something  as large as saving another’s life. Persevering in small acts of kindness can be a fantastic contribution to accomplish something worthwhile. Another lesson learned in building a rapport through little acts of kindness can last a meaningful legacy of friendship . . . if you put nothing into it, don’t expect to get something back. Remember that when pain or need or emergency strikes . . . it’s the presence of another human being that really counts! Your kindness can build a long lasting relationship! Whereas selfishness can damage a treasured relationship and turned it into a mess!
  I have read another story last night. It goes like this . . . A farmer’s son decided to get married. When his dad heard the news he said, “John, when you get married your liberty is gone!” The son questioned this and refused to believe it. The Dad said, “I’ll prove it to you. Catch a dozen chickens, tie them up, put them in the wagon, and go to town. Stop at every house and wherever you find the husband is boss give him a horse. Wherever you find the woman a boss, give her a chicken. You’ll give away all your chicken and you’ll come back with your team  of horses  intact.”
 John accepted the proposition and drove to town. He stopped at every house and had given away 10 chickens when he came to a very nice little house. The old man and his wife were standing out in front on the lawn. He called to them and asked, “who is the boss in your house?”  The man replied. “I am.” He turned to the lady and she said, “yes, he’s really the boss.”

            John was excited with the prospect of establishing the boss in this home, so he invited them to come down into the street; explained his proposition and told them to select one of the horses. The old man and his wife looked them over carefully and the husband finally said, “I think the black is the better. I choose him.” The wife said, “I think the bay horse is the better. I’d choose him.” The old man took another careful look at the bay horse and said, “I guess I’ll take the bay horse.” John smiled and said, “No you won’t, you’ll take a chicken!”

            Selfishness is a constant battle and no one can successfully master this conflict without outside help. Some of the most unselfish people I have known are in a lifelong struggle against selfishness. 

            In the conflicts of life you are facing there is only one road to victory! That’s found in Jesus Christ! Victory is won when we strive to be, say, and do what God wants us to be, say, and do. Then we, too, will live in victory over conflict . . . not in our strength, but in His strength! The bottom line will be determined on how well you handle this conflict in resolution.

             Taking hold of even the smallest share due to somebody can be a great lose from you, from me, and from everyone else. What more if we take hold of what is due to God? The Lord Provided everything man needs! But what belongs to God is God’s. So, Give to God what is due to him!

Matthew 22:20 and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this?
and whose inscription?"
Matthew 22:21 "Caesar's," they replied. Then he said to them,
"Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."

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