#MoralStory: A testimony of confidence in God

On a dreary Sunday in January 2006, I trudged through the trees repeatedly crying out, “God, what am I going to do? What am I going to do?” My heart was broken after the recent loss of my brother. Inside, I felt inconsolable. I was going through the motions of normal life for the sake of my husband who was similarly grieving for the only brother he had ever had.

At the time, I never stopped to think what I meant by that question. I needed to vent. I wasn’t mad at God; I just didn’t know how I was going to survive without Bud.

An hour later, feeling drained but comforted, I composed myself and went back inside.  I never expected an answer.  After all, I had never really considered the words I was saying.

But God knows our hearts.  He knows all we need.  He has a plan.  The next morning, I awakened refreshed and renewed — almost light-hearted for the first time in weeks.  Immediately a thought flooded my mind: “Go back to school.  Renew your teaching certificate.  Teach online.”

I felt stunned.  Where did that come from?  My husband and I were actively farming and had a home-based real estate appraisal business.  Gary was a licensed appraiser; I typed the reports.  I hadn’t taught English in a school system for 30 years!  Since I had never wanted to teach again, I had purposely let my teaching certificate expire.  What was this all about?

As I pondered what seemed like the strangest of plans, I remembered my walk through the woods the previous day.  I remembered my repeated plea, “God, what am I going to do?”  Here was his amazingly clear answer, surely not what I was looking for, but what he wanted me to do next.

I raced downstairs to share this idea — this directive — with my husband.  We had been self-employed for decades and, although Gary loved farming, he was admittedly fed up with appraisal work.  He thought it was a great idea!

Obviously not mine!!

And so at age 57, I began an online course of studies, renewed my teaching certificate, and applied for an online teaching position.  During the first interview I’d had in decades, I felt so calm and confident.  After all, I had insider information!

Not surprisingly, I was hired.

We dissolved our appraisal business so Gary could devote himself full time to farming, and through God’s grace and direction, we were well positioned for the soon-to-follow real estate crash.

What a humbling lesson this was for me!  The God of the Universe heard my cries, lovingly wrapped me in his arms, and carried me to a different path.

By: Carolyn Liff

#MoralStory Communion On The Moon

by Eric Metaxas

Forty years ago, two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But what happened before Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it. “I’m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon. Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.

And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself. I asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and I wrote about in my book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask).

The background to the story is that Aldrin was an  elder at his Presbyterian Church in Texas during this period in his life, and knowing that he would soon be doing something unprecedented in human history, he felt he should mark the occasion somehow, and he asked his minister to help him. And so the minister consecrated a communion wafer and a small vial of communion wine. And Buzz Aldrin took them with him out of the Earth’s orbit and on to the surface of the moon.

He and Armstrong had only been on the lunar surface for a few minutes when Aldrin made the following public statement:  “This is the LM pilot. I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.” He then ended radio communication and there, on the silent surface of the moon, 250,000 miles from home, he read a verse from the Gospel of John, and he took communion.

Here is his own account of what happened: Read More »

#MoralStory: Laziness won’t get you anywhere

In ancient times, a king had his men place a boulder on a roadway. He then hid in the bushes, and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers passed by and simply walked around it.

Many people blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none of them did anything about getting the stone removed.

One day, a peasant came along carrying vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to push the stone out of the way. After much pushing and straining, he finally managed.

After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and note from the King explain that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the road.

Now. Don’t you think the other people who can only blaming and complaining to the King are not regretting their laziness? If you don’t work hard it will not get you anywhere.

 

#MoralStory: The Elephant Rope (Belief)

A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains.

All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs.

As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead, they didn’t try to at all.

Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape.

The trainer replied;

“when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.

Moral of the story:

No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.

 

#MoralStory: Son’s Graduation Gift

A young man pampered by his rich father always, was going to graduate next week. Few weeks before he saw a very beautiful sports car in a showroom and wanted to get it as graduation gift from his father. He went inside and took details of dealer and car. He gave certain signs to his father so the father would buy exactly just the same car.

Finally graduation day came. His father called him into his study room and ask him to sit. Father got up and brought a small box beautifully wrapped for him. He said to his son how proud he was to have such fine son and how much he loved him.

The young man very happily opened up the box, hoping to see sports car key inside, but what he got was a book. He got very disappointed and angry to see just a book and not keys for his sports car. In anger he raised his voice and said to his father, “I did everything to make you proud, but all you got me just a book??” and stormed out of the house, leaving the gift behind.

Many years passed and the young man never seen his father since the graduation day. The young man became a successful in his career and never to contact his parents anymore until one day he received a telegram about his father has passed away and willed all his possession to him for which he needed to come back home and take care of things left behind by his father.

The young man hated to be back home. When he arrived at his father’s house he went to the study room and remembered the last time he saw his father. There he began to look for things to short.Read More »

#MoralStory: Scars For Life

Some years ago on a hot summer day in south Florida, a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went. He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore.

His mother in the house was looking out the window saw the two as they got closer and closer together. In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could. Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and made a U-turn to swim to his mother. It was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him.

From the dock, the mother grabbed her little boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the mother, but the mother was much too passionate to let go.

A farmer happened to drive by, heard her screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator. Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal. And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his mother’s fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to the son she loved.Read More »

#MoralStory: Dear Child [Letter From Your Heavenly Father]

I just wanted to remind you today of how beautiful you are because there is a father of lies who will try to deceive you. He will try to tell you that you are not good enough, not attractive enough, not thin enough, not strong enough, not smart enough, not righteous enough, and that you are simply unimportant to Me. He will try to tell you that you have broken one too many promises, that you have fallen one too many times, that you have lived one too many lies, and that you’ve been going in the wrong direction so long that it is pointless to turn back now. But guess what? YOU DO NOT BELONG TO HIM. HE IS NOT YOUR FATHER. I AM. You see, you are My creation. My workmanship. You have been born of My thought, every part of you placed together by My hands.

You have My thumbprint upon you. You are a princess, did you know that? You are My child, the daughter of THE King! I look at you and see a precious, priceless pearl. There is no ocean I would not swim, no mountain I would not climb, no price I would not pay to have you and to be with you and call you my own. I already have. I have done all that I could, given all that there is. I desire to be with you every moment of every day. How I long for you to talk to Me every day. My love for you never grows cold. My promises are never broken (contrary to what he might lead you to believe). My character never changes.

And you, my daughter, have been made in My image. I love you dearly, unconditionally and completely. I understand every emotion that you have. I’ve been there. I count every tear that you cry. I know every hair on your head. And do you know what? I even know your weaknesses and your failures and your fears. I know those hidden parts of you that you wish would go away. Those dark corners of your world that you stuff deep down, praying that no one will ever see. I have already seen them and they will not change my love for you. Nothing will. I love your heart and I desire all of it. I just wanted to remind you today of how beautiful you are and how precious you are to Me.

With Unmeasurable Love, Your Heavenly Father

 

– Author Unknown