Again, many Father’s Day blessings to you. Father’s Day is a reminder to us all to be thankful for the fathers in our life and for the fathers who have gone on to be with the Lord. There is a list below of scriptures to remind us how much our Heavenly Father loves us as well.
May God richly bless you and your family on this day.
One young man went in to apply for a managerial position at a large corporation. He passed the first interview with ease and the department director was enlisted to make the last interview.
The director discovered from the resume that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent all the way from his early educational experiences to his postgraduate research project. He didn’t have a year without excellent marks.
The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” The young man answered “none“. The director asked, “Was it your father who paid for your school?” The youth answered, “My father passed away when I was one year old. It was my mother who paid for school.” The director asked, “Where did your mother work?” The youth answered, “My mother worked in a laundry.”
The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect. The director asked, “Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?” The youth answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.”
The director said, “I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.”
The young man felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back, he sheepishly requested his mother let him wash her hands. His mother felt strange, but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her boy. The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. Tears fell as he performed the menial task. For the first time he noticed his mother’s hands were wrinkled and covered in bruises. Some of the bruises were so tender his mother shivered when they were cleaned with water.
This was the first time the young son realized it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes to enable him to pay for school. The bruises on his mother’s hands revealed the price she had paid for his graduation, academic excellence, and now his future. After he finished cleaning his mother’s hands, he promptly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother. That night mother and son talked for a long time about her work in the laundry.
The next morning, the now grateful son went back for the remaing interview. The Director noticed the tears in the young man’s eyes. He asked, “Can you tell me what you have done and learned yesterday at your mother’s house?” The appreciative son answered, “I cleaned my mother’s hands and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes.” The Director asked, “Please tell me your feelings.” The man said, “I learned several important truths.”
- I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not have become the successful man you see today.
- By washing my mother’s hands and washing her laundry, I discovered the hard life my mother had to endure to put me through school. I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get some things done.
- I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationships. My mother loves me.”
The director said, “This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.”
Mother’s Day is a great day to truly honor your mother. Don’t just give her a card. Look at her hands! Love on her for the sacrifice she made to afford you the opportunity to be successful in life.
I’ve learned … That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I’ve learned … That when you’re in love, it shows.
I’ve learned … That just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.
I’ve learned … That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I’ve learned … That being kind is more important than being right.
I’ve learned … That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I’ve learned … That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.
I’ve learned … That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I’ve learned … That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I’ve learned … That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I’ve learned … That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I’ve learned … That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
I’ve learned … That money doesn’t buy class.
I’ve learned … That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned … That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I’ve learned … That the Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?
I’ve learned … That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I’ve learned … That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I’ve learned … That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I’ve learned … That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I’ve learned … That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I’ve learned … That there’s nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.
I’ve learned … That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I’ve learned … That life is tough, but I’m tougher.
I’ve learned … That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I’ve learned … That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I’ve learned … That I wish I could have told my Dad that I love him one more time before he passed away.
I’ve learned … That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I’ve learned … That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I’ve learned … That I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.
I’ve learned … That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned … That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
I’ve learned … That it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life-threatening situation.
I’ve learned … That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
by Andy Rooney
My message this Sunday was on love. It was a Valentine’s Day message. Below is a story of “love in action” which I used to illustrate my sermon.
May it be a blessing to you,
Doug Nichols went to India to be a missionary. While he was just starting to study the language, he became infected with tuberculosis and had to be put in a sanitarium.
It was not a very good place to live. It was not very clean and conditions were difficult because there were so many sick people. Doug decided to do the best he could in this bad situation. He took a bunch of Christian books and tracts with him and was determined to witness to the other patients while in the sanitarium.
But when he tried to pass out tracts, they were rejected. No one wanted them. He tried to hand out books, but no one would take them. He tried to witness, but was handicapped because of his inability to communicate in their language. In addition to being committed to a sanitarium, he felt so discouraged.
Here he was. Because of his illness he would be there a long time. It seemed like the work which he had been sent to do would not be done because no one would listen to him.
Because of his tuberculosis, every night at about 2 o’clock he would wake up with chronic coughing that wouldn’t stop. Then one night when he awoke he noticed across the aisle an old man trying to get out of bed. The man would roll himself up into a little ball and teeter back & forth trying to get up the momentum to get up on his feet. He just couldn’t do it. He was too weak.
Finally, after several attempts, the old man laid back and wept. The next morning Doug understood why the man had been crying. He was trying to get up to get to the bathroom and didn’t have enough strength. So his bed was a mess and there was a smell in the air.
The other patients made fun of the old man. The nurses came to clean up his bed and they weren’t kind to him either. In fact, one of them even slapped him on the face. Doug said, “the old man just laid there and cried.”
“The next night about 2 o’clock I started coughing again. I looked across the aisle and there was the old man trying to get out of bed once more. I really didn’t know what to do. Somehow, I managed to get up and walk across the aisle. This time I helped the old man stand up.”
He was too weak to walk. I took him in my arms and carried him like a baby. He was so light it wasn’t a difficult task. I took him into the bathroom, which was nothing more than a dirty hole in the floor. I stood behind him and cradled him in my arms as he took care of himself.”
“Afterward, I carried him back to his bed and laid him down. As I turned to leave he reached up, grabbed my face, pulled me close, and kissed me on the cheek. He said what I think was `Thank you.’”
Doug said, “The next morning there were patients waiting when I awoke. They asked if they could read some of the books and tracts that I had brought. Others had questions about the God I worshiped and His only begotten Son who came into the world to die for their sins.”
He gave out all the literature that he had brought. Many of the doctors, nurses, and patients in the sanitarium came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
He said, “Now what did I do? I didn’t preach a sermon. I couldn’t even communicate in their language. I didn’t have a great lesson to teach them. I didn’t have wonderful things to offer. All I did was take an old man to the bathroom and anyone can do this.”
Someone has said, “They will not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”