Stories

Some of these stories may be true, some are obviously great parables that help teach us ways we know we should live, or encourage us to strive to be all that God wants us to be. I am especially partial to "The Pianist" because it so accurately portrays how I feel about my own life and the use of the gifts God has given me. I bring my tiny little offering forward and give it to God for His use, and with His accompaniment, my gift is transformed. I can do things. I can even do good things. But, I can do nothing GREAT apart from Him.

THE OTHER SIDE

A man turned to his doctor, as he was leaving the room after paying a visit, and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side." 

Very quietly the doctor said, "I don't know." 
"You don't know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?" 

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side of which came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness. Turning to…

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THE GIRL, THE APPLE & THE FENCE

 August 1942. Piotrkow, Poland. The sky was gloomy that morning as we waited anxiously. All the men, women and children of Piotrkow's Jewish ghetto had been herded into a square. Word had gotten around that we were being moved. My father had only recently died from typhus, which had run rampant through the crowded ghetto. My greatest fear was that our family would be separated. 

'Whatever you do,' Isidore, my eldest brother, whispered to me, 'don't tell them your age. Say you're sixteen.' I was tall for a…

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44 LESSONS

The 44 Lessons Life Taught Me 
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio 

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written. My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:  

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.  
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. 
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your…

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THE CRACKED POT

A Water Bearer in India had two large pots; each hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. 

For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its…

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THE CHOSEN ONE

The Chosen One by Erma Bombeck  
Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures, and a couple by habit. This year, nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen? Somehow, I visualized God hovering over Earth selecting His instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make more notes in a giant ledger.  

"Armstrong, Beth, son…

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THE ANT & THE CONTACT LENSE


Brenda was a young woman who was invited to go rock climbing. Although she was scared to death, she went with her group to a tremendous granite cliff. In spite of her fear, she put on the gear, took a hold on the rope, and started up the face of that rock. Well, she got to a ledge where she could take a breather. As she was hanging on there, the safety rope snapped against Brenda's eye and knocked out her contact lens. Well, here she is on a rock ledge, with hundreds of feet below her and hundreds of feet…

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STAY

 A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. "Your son is here," she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened. Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.  

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could…

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SHAKE IT OFF

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway. It just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realizedwhat was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few…

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SANDCASTLES

You've watched it, too. I know I'm not the first or only person who has seen it. But there is a lesson in it that we both may have overlooked. 

There are some children on a beach. They're playing and giggling -- building sand castles all the while. They seem so intent on the project. You get amused at how meticulous and careful they are with crumbly corners and towers. The looks on their faces as they screw their mouths around and stick out their tongues make you smile. Their resolute concentration on the…

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SAND & STONE

A story tells that two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand: "TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE." 

They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he recovered from the…

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POWER OF A CHILD'S PRAYER

Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.  

He did all this, checking his progress in the car frequently, then figured if he went just…

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PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up alarge empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full?They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar…

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PANCAKES

Six year old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor. He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten. Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He wanted this to be something very…

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NEVER UNDERESTIMATE

Never Underestimate the Power of Your Actions - 
One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd." I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running…

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MIGHT AS WELL DANCE

A letter from one friend to another:  

Dear Bertha, 
I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less time working. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them. I'm not saving anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting…

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LOVE BUILDS A BRIDGE

Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch. Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence. 

One morning there was a knock on John's door. He opened it to find a man with a…

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FORGIVENESS & POTATOES

One of my teachers had each one of us bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes. For every person we'd refuse to forgive in our life experience, we were told to choose a potato, write on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. Some of our bags, as you can imagine, were quite heavy. We were then told to carry this bag with us everywhere for one week, putting it beside our bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to our desk at work. The hassle of lugging this around with us made…

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JESUS AT THE WINDOW


A little boy visited his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with in the woods. He practiced, but couldn't hit the target. Getting discouraged, he headed back to dinner. As he walked back, he saw Grandma's pet duck. Out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the woodpile, only to see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. 

After lunch that day…

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CREATION OF WOMAN

God Speaking: 

When I created the heavens and the earth, I spoke them into being. 

When I created man, I formed him and breathed life into his nostrils. 

But you, woman, I fashioned after I breathed the breath of life into man because your nostrils are too delicate. 

I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so I could patiently and perfectly fashion you. 

Man was put to sleep so that he could not interfere with the creativity. 

From one bone, I fashioned you. I chose the bone that protects man's life. 

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THE FERN & THE BAMBOO

One day, I decided to quit. I wanted to quit my job, to quit my relationships, to quit my spirituality; I even wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. "God", I said. "Can you give me one good reason not to quit?" 

His answer surprised me. "Look around", He said. "Do you see the fern and the bamboo?" 

"Yes", I replied. 

"When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the…

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