Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Salute To Our Fathers

4 Years Old -My Daddy can do anything.
5 Years Old -My Daddy knows a whole lot.
6 Years Old -My Daddy is smarter than your Dad.
8 Years Old -My dad doesn't know exactly everything.
10 Years Old - In the olden days when my Dad grew up, things were different.
12 Years Old - Oh well, naturally, Father doesn't know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood.
14 Years Old - Don't pay any attention to my Father. He is so old fashioned.
21 Years Old - Him? Lord, he's so hopelessly out of date.
25 Years Old - Dad knows a little about it, but then he should, because he's been around so long.
30 Years Old - Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all, he's had a lot of experience.
35 Years Old - I'm not going to do a single thing until I talk to Dad.
40 Years Old - I wonder how Dad would have handled it. He was so wise and had a world of experience.
50 Years Old - I'd give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn't appreciate how smart he was.
--Author Unknown--

Friday, June 17, 2011

Deck of Cards

This is a story about a soldier in the North Africa Campaign in World War II.
     After heavy fighting, the man returned to camp.  The next day being Sunday, the Chaplain had set up church service.  The men were asked to take out their Bibles or Prayer Books.  The Chaplain noticed one soldier looking at a deck of cards.  After service, he was taken by the Chaplain to see the Major. The Chaplain explained to the Major what he had seen.  The Major told the young soldier he would have to be punished if he could not explain himself.
     The young soldier told the Major that during the battle, he had neither a Bible or a Prayer Book so he would use his deck of cards and explained:  Well sir, 
    The Ace, it tells me that there is one GOD and no other. 
    The "2," it reminds me that there are two parts of the Bible, the OLD TESTAMENT and the NEW TESTAMENT.
    The "4" reminds me of the FOUR GOSPELS, MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE and JOHN.
    The "5" it tells me of the FIVE UNWISE VIRGINS who were lost and that five were saved.
    The "6" makes me mindful that GOD CREATED THE EARTH IN JUST SIX DAYS, and GOD said that it was good.
    The "7" it reminds me that GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY.
    The "8" it reminds me that GOD DESTROYED ALL LIFE BY WATER EXCEPT FOR EIGHT PEOPLE, Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their three son's wives.
    The "9" I think of the NINE LEPERS that GOD healed.  There were ten lepers in all, but only one stopped to thank him.
    The "10" reminds me of the TEN COMMANDMENTS carved in stone by the hand of GOD.
    The "JACK" makes me remember the Prince of Darkness.  Like a roaring lion, he devours those that he can.
    As I look at the last card, "THE KING," it reminds me that JESUS IS LORD OF LORDS and KING OF KINGS!
    There are 365 spots on a deck of cards, and that is the number of days in each year.  There are 52 cards to a deck and that is the number of weeks in a year.  There are 12 picture cards and that is the number of months in a year.  There are 4 different suits in a deck and that is the number of seasons in a year.  And so, the young soldier then said to the Major, "You see, Sir, that my intentions were honorable.  My deck of cards serves as my BIBLE, my PRAYER BOOK and my ALMANAC."  A deck of cards should most importantly remind us that we need JESUS 365 days, 52 weeks and 12 months a year and that we should always PRAY "4" others. 
    May you never look at a deck of cards the same way.  
~~Author Unknown~~

Not preaching, just  ....