It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, February 23, 2009

Chapter 2, Page 23, Book 09

One day a fisherman was lying on a beautiful beach, with his fishing pole propped up in the sand and his solitary line cast out into the sparkling blue surf. He was enjoying the warmth of the afternoon sun and the prospect of catching a fish.
About that time, a businessman came walking down the beach, trying to relieve some of the stress of his workday. He noticed the fisherman sitting on the beach and decided to find out why this fisherman was fishing instead of working harder to make a living for himself and his family. "You aren't going to catch many fish that way," said the businessman to the fisherman, "you should be working rather than lying on the beach!"
The fisherman looked up at the businessman, smiled and replied, "And what will my reward be?" "Well, you can get bigger nets and catch more fish!" was the businessman's answer. "And then what will my reward be?" asked the fisherman, still smiling.
The businessman replied, "You will make money and you'll be able to buy a boat, which will then result in larger catches of fish!" "And then what will my reward be?" asked the fisherman again. The businessman was beginning to get a little irritated with the fisherman's questions. "You can buy a bigger boat, and hire some people to work for you!" he said.
"And then what will my reward be?" repeated the fisherman. The businessman was getting angry. "Don't you understand? You can build up a fleet of fishing boats, sail all over the world, and let all your employees catch fish for you!"
Once again the fisherman asked, "And then what will my reward be?"
The businessman was red with rage and shouted at the fisherman, "Don't you understand that you can become so rich that you will never have to work for your living again! You can spend all the rest of your days sitting on this beach, looking at the sunset. You won't have a care in the world!"
The fisherman, still smiling, looked up and said,
"And what do you think I'm doing right now?"
Contentment is a difficult attitude to learn, but so important. It's easy to get caught in the world's trap of working harder and harder to earn more and more, when we may well already have what can provide us with the greatest possible happiness.
May you know true contentment today

Author unknown


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new work week for me. Most days even when the weather is getting me down I can deal with bad situations by trying to look at the bright side of things, because if not, I would just be a grumpy soul traveling the streets in anger.

I think we need to take life for all it's worth because as sad as it is we are not promised tomorrow today. I try to have the kind of spirit, the kind of character that allows me to thrive in the face of adversity

This is tied directly to my faith and the knowledge that God loves us and is at work in our lives. We all have a choice as to how we approach things. We live in a day and age especially in this area, where people desperately need to be able to hope. Statistics show that 3000 jobs have been lost in our area.

I do have a reason to fix my focus on the bright side of things and be hopeful, because I know how much God loves. I know of Gods power to accomplish His unfailing plans and purposes. . We can look at the security found in Gods promises to us, not at the insecurities of our times

Happiness doesn’t come from being rich, or merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. Like the fisherman in the story today, take time today to enjoy life


Where there is life, there is hope

‘On Ya’- ma


Joan said...

Great story about the fisherman had me smiling. Hope the snow stay away and you manage to get out and about this weekin the evenings. Love Joan

Anonymous said...

Good things come to those who wait
and I am anxiously awaiting spring!
Right now, the earth is soaking up
that needed moisture to make the
grass grow and the flowers bloom.
I so enjoy seeing the pictures
of your family. I can feel the love. I can tell they enjoy getting
together, and with their Mama.
Have a wonderful week. Pat

Scrappy quilter said...

Great story about the fisherman. I totally agree with you, we need to live for today. Life is so short and often we don't realize it until it's too late. Hugs...Carol

Kathy said...

Very good message. I also enjoyed seeing your famiy pictures. You have a lovely family.

betty said...

amen to that Ma!! without God I would have no hope....excellent entry and very wise words!