Missing In Action

Our co-worker went missing for a few hours, and we tore up the office looking for him. The boss finally found him fast asleep. Rather than wake him, he quietly placed a note on the man's chest. "As long as you're asleep," it read, "you have a job. But as soon as you wake up, you're fired."

"Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare." Proverbs 20:13
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Coffee Thief

How do you stop a thief? This was the question that vexed my friend, a rugged Boss. Every morning he picked up coffee from Starbucks, and every morning that cup of coffee mysteriously disappeared from his desk.

Although he never caught the bandit, he did resolve the matter.

One morning, when all personnel were gathered for a staff meeting, he popped out the partial plate from his mouth and swished it around in his coffee before placing it back. His coffee was never stolen again.

"Set a guard over my mouth, Oh Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips." Psalm 141:3

The Lawyer and the Pig

A lawyer, driving on a country road, encountered a crowd in one intersection. Thinking cleverly and wanting to throw his weight around to get to the scene, he shouted, "Let me through! I am a relative of the victim!" Upon hearing this, the crowd made way for him and lo and behold, lying in front of everyone was a dead pig run over by a car.

"He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way." Psalm 25:9
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Gentleness of Soul

Someone once said that if religion has done nothing to your temper, then it has not done much to your soul.

Why is it that there are people who claim to love God, yet go on hurting other people?

Why is that there are people who have so many devotions and are prayerful, but are proud, arrogant, and deceitful?

Before you talk about your religion on your devotions, let's talk first about gentleness of your soul.

"It is better to be righteous that to be a religious person."
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In Control

I saw this beautiful advertisement at the back of a bus with this message: "Next time, relax, take the bus, and leave the driving to us."

Time was when I insisted to do all the driving myself. I always wanted to be in control, and I didn't want anybody to drive for me. But now, honestly, I'm happy if others can drive for me. I have come to accept that I need people to help bring me to my destination.

"I place myself in you care. You will save me, Lord; you are a faithful God." Psalm 31:5
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Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?

There is a Chinese story of an old farmer who had an old horse for tilling his fields. One day the horse escaped into the hills and, when all the farmer's neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, 'Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?'

A week later the horse returned with a herd of wild horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, 'Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?'

Drinking Beer

According to a text message I received, it is not true that beer makes you fat. On the contrary, beer makes you lean - lean on walls, lean on doors, and lean on people. So drink beer more often.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5
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Last Request

There is a story about a pastor who asked the convict seated at the electric chair if he had a last request. "Yes, Pastor. Please stay with me and hold my hands," was the convicts reply.

"I will always be with you; I will never abandon you." Joshua 1:5

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A Wealth Tale

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream.

The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.

The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.
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Lessons Learned from INVICTUS Movie

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team, played by Matt Damon, to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid (invictus). Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

Directed by Clint Eastwood that had two Oscar nominations; this is a good movie to see. And here are the lessons I learned from watching this film:

It always seems impossible until its done.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
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