"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
    ~ Dr. Leo Buscaglia

Everything I need to know about life,
I learned from Noah's Ark !


Don't miss the boat.


Remember that we are all in the same boat.


Plan ahead.   It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.


Stay fit.   When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.


Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.


Build your future on high ground.


For safety's sake, travel in pairs.


Speed isn't always an advantage.   The snails were on board with the cheetahs.


When you're stressed, float a while.


Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.


No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting...

...but the Woodpecker may have to go...

"There are two ways of spreading light:   to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."     ~ Edith Wharton

Baha'is are greatly discouraged
from becoming seismologists.
I seem to remember it had
something to do with "fault-finding".

This was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista, CA.   He wrote it for his third-grade homework assignment, to "explain God".   I wonder if any of us could have done as well?


"One of God's main jobs is making people.   He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth.   He doesn't make grownups, just babies.   I think because they are smaller and easier to make.   That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk.   He can just leave that to mothers and fathers."

"God's second most important job is listening to prayers.   An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime.   God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this.   Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off."

"God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy.   So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have."

"Atheists are people who don't believe in God.   I don't think there are any in Chula Vista.   At least there aren't any who come to our church."

"Jesus is God's Son.   He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God.   They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him.   But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K."

"His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore.   He could stay in heaven.   So he did.   And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God.   Like a secretary, only more important."

"You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time."

"You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God!   Don't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach.   This is wrong.   And besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway."

"If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can.   It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids."

"But...you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you.   I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.

And...that's why I believe in God."

"Kind words and good deeds are eternal.   You never know where their influence will end."
    ~ H. Jackson Browne

   Try Preaching to a Bear!

You suppose it was a bounty from God that there was no Baha'i acting-Chaplain at Northern Michigan Univery in Marquette?   lol.... read on!

A Priest, a Pentecostal preacher and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to the students of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.   They would get together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop...   One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really that hard.   A real challenge would be to preach to a bear.   One thing led to another, and they decided to do a seven-day experiment.   They would each go into the woods, find a bear, and preach to it.

A week later, they're all together to discuss the experience.

Father O'Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has various bandages, goes first:
"Well," he says, in a fine Irish brogue, "Ey wint oot into th' woods to find me a bear.   Oond when Ey fund him, Ey began to read to him from the Baltimorre Catechism.   Well, that bear wanted naught to do with me and begun to slap me aboot.   So I quick grrabbed me holy water and, THE SAINTS BE PRAISED, he became as gentle as a lamb.   The bishop is cooming oot next wik to give him fierst communion und confiermation."

Reverend Billy Bob spoke next.   He was in a wheelchair, with an arm and both legs in casts.   In his best fire and brimstone oratory he proclaimed:
"WELL, brothers, you KNOW that we don't sprinkle...WE DUNK!   I went out and FOUND me a bear.   And then I began to read to him from God's HOOOOLY WORD!   But that bear wanted nothing to do with me.   I SAY NO!   He wanted NOTHING to do with me.   So I took HOOOLD of him and we began to rassle.   We rassled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we come to a crick.   So I quick DUNK him and BAPTIZE his hairy soul.   An' jus like you sez, he wuz gentle as a lamb.   We spent the rest of the week in fellowship, feasting on God's HOOOOLY word."

They both look down at the rabbi, who is lying in a hospital bed.   He's in a body cast and traction, with IV's and monitors running in and out of him.   The rabbi looks up and says:
"Oy! Preaching to the bear was easy, but he did get a bit touchy about the circumcision."

"You will regret many things in life but you will never regret being too kind or too fair."
    ~ Brian Tracy

Wash Day
Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity,
so I may serve you with perfect humility
through the week ahead.

Ironing Day
Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice
I have collected though the years so that
I may see the beauty in others.

Mending Day
O God, help me mend my ways so I will not set
a bad example for others.

Cleaning Day
Lord, help me to dust out all the many faults
I have been hiding in the secret corners
of my heart.

Shopping Day
O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may
purchase eternal happiness for myself
and all others in need of love.

Cooking Day
Help me to brew a big kettle
of brotherly love and serve it with clean,
sweet bread of human kindness.

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet
is fighting some kind of battle!!"

"The language of kindness is the lodestone of hearts and the food of the soul; it stands in the relation of ideas to words, and is as an horizon for the shining of the Sun of Wisdom and Knowledge."
    ~ Abdu'l-Baha,
       A Traveller's Narrative,

...don't forget to always

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