NEGATIVE INFLUENCES

SMOKING, DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

Drinking and smoking are glamorized today. It all starts with the first time. If you ask people why they consume alcohol or take drugs, they will give you a host of reasons, such as: to celebrate; to have fun; to forget problems; to relax; to experiment; to impress others (it is cool to drink); to be fashionable; to mingle; for business purposes.

Drinking and driving cost lives. Jerry Johnson, in his book It’s killing Our Kids, cites American Hospital Association reports that half of all hospital admissions are alcohol-related. According to the National Safety Council’s 1989 Accident Facts Edition, a person is injured in an alcohol-related crash every 60 seconds.

PORNOGRAPHY

Pornography is nothing short of dehumanizing women and children. The consequences of pornography are that it , victimizes children, destroys marriages, encourages sexual violence , makes fun of ethical and moral values, destroys individuals, families, and communities.

A woman is raped in the United States every 46 seconds. (National Victim Center/ Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 1992). Eighty-six percent of rapist admit to regular use of pornography, with 57 percent admitting imitation of pornography scenes when committing sex crimes (Dr. William Marshall, 1988).

NEGATIVE MOVIES AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Today’s kids are learning their attitudes and values more from televisions and movies than from any other source. It is estimated that in the United States, by the time a youngster gets out of high school, he has watched more than 20,000 hours of television, witnessed 15,000 murders, and watched 100,000 alcohol-related commercials. Television programming and advertisements convey the message that drinking is fun, smoking is glamorous, and drugs are the “in” thing. No wonder the crime rate is so high!

Soap operas and other television shows as well as movies glamorize premarital and extramarital sex. No wonder commitments are lacking in relationships and divorce rates are high. Impressionable viewers set their standards and benchmarks based on what they see and hear in the media. And no matter who we are, we are all impressionable to varying degrees.

Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – St. Francis of Assisi

Let’s review our thoughts, filter our unwanted emotions, spend your time with your loved ones, stay away from television screens , the world is a beautiful place than you think .

Stay Safe .

UNDERAPPRECIATED ABILITY OF AN INSECT

Dragonflies are really underappreciated.

They have a fantastic control against mosquitoes, one of their main sources of food. They can eat hundreds in a day.

One of the coolest things about them is their flight speed- they are the fastest flying insect in the world. And can fly at 60 mph, which would get a car a speeding ticket on most roads.

They also have awesome control of their wings and can change direction on a dime’s notice, Their natural flying impulses have a random direction generator. Scientists have trouble filming and understanding their flight pattern as it is super erratic and unpredictable. This serves as a great defensive mechanism.

Their 4 winged structure, their flight speed, and their precision flying have also led them to be the subjects of intensive study by Aerospace Engineers.

MIT engineers hope to someday design robots that will utilize dragonfly mechanics.

Several have already been developed but designing a robot with 4 independent flapping wings is proving to be quite challenging. Dragonflies are more complex than which meets the eye.

DIVINE INTERRUPTIONS

Experts agree that a staggering amount of time is consumed each day by interruptions. Whether at work or at home, a phone call or an unexpected visit can easily deflect us from what we feel is our main purpose. Not many of us like disruptions in our daily lives, especially when they cause inconvenience or a change of plans. But Jesus treated what appeared to be interruptions in a far different way. Time after time in the Gospels, we see the Lord stop what He is doing to help a person in need.

While Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem where He would be crucified, a blind man begging by the side of the road called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Some in the crowd told him to be quiet, but he kept calling out to Jesus. Jesus stopped and asked the man, “What do you want me to do for you?” ‘Lord, I want to see, ‘ he replied. Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has healed you’ “

When our plans are interrupted by someone who genuinely needs help, we can ask the Lord for wisdom in how to respond with compassion. What we call an interruption may be a divine appointment the Lord has scheduled for that day.

Interruptions can be opportunities to serve.

CRITICISM IS FUTILE

THE STORY OF “TWO GUN” CROWLEY – THE KILLER

ON May 7, 1931, New York City witnessed the most sensational man-hunt the old town had ever known. After weeks of search, “Two Gun” Crowley-the killer, the gun-man who didn’t smoke or drink-was at bay, trapped in his sweetheart’s apartment.

One hundred and fifty policemen and detectives laid sieze to his top-floor hideaway. Chopping holes in the roof, they tried to smoke out Crowley, the “cop killer,” with tear gas. Then they mounted their machine guns on surrounding buildings, and for more than an hour one of New York’s fine residential sections reverberated with the crack of pistol fire and the rat-tat-tat sound of machine guns. Crowley, crouching behind an overstuffed chair, fired constantly at the police. Ten thousand excited people watched the battle.

When Crowley was captured, Police Commissioner Mulrooney declared that the two-gun desperado was one of the most dangerous criminals ever encountered in the history of New York. “He will kill,” said the Commissioner, “at the drop of a feather.”

But how did the “Two Gun” Crowley regard himself? We know, because while the police were firing into his apartment, he wrote a letter addressed “To whom it may concern.” And, as he wrote, the blood flowing from his wounds left a crimson trail on the paper. In this letter Crowley said: “Under my coat is a weary heart, but a kind one-one that would do nobody any harm.”

A short time before this, Crowley had been having a necking party on a country road out on Long Island. Suddenly a policeman walked up to the parked car and said: “Let me see your license.”

Without saying a word, Crowley drew his gun and cut the policeman down with a shower of lead. As the dying officer fell, Crowley leaped out of the car, grabbed the officer’s revolver, and fired another bullet into the prostrate body. And that was the killer who said: “Under my coat is a weary heart, but a kind one-one that would do nobody any harm.”

Crowley was sentenced to the electric chair. When he arrived at the death house at Sing Sing, did he say, “This is what I get for killing people?” No, he said: “This is what i get for defending myself.”

The point of the story is this: “Two Gun” Crowley didn’t blame himself for anything. Here , we can be sure that , ninety nine times out of a hundred, no man ever criticizes himself for anything, no matter how wrong he may be.

Criticism is futile because it puts a man on the defensive, and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a man’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance, and arouses his resentment.

There you are; human nature in action, the wrongdoer blaming everybody but himself. We are all like that. So when you and I are tempted to criticize someone tomorrow, let’s remember “Two Gun” Crowley, Let’s realize that the person we are going to correct and condemn will probably justify himself, and condemn us in return; or he will say: ” I don’t see how I could have done differently from what I have.”

“IF YOU WANT TO GATHER HONEY, DON’T KICK OVER THE BEEHIVE”

UNDERSTANDING NATURE'S LAW – PART 3

LAWS OF ATTRACTION

We attract to ourselves not what we want but what we are. The old phrase, “Birds of a feather flock together,” holds true.

Negative thinkers are dangerous. They attract other negative people, react negatively and expect the worst and they are not disappointed.

Have you observed how at any social occasion successful people attract other successful people? Failures attract other failures, and together they will moan, groan and complain.

Our friends are not the kind of people we want but the kind of people we are.

Our thoughts are causes.

You sow a thought, you reap an action. You sow an action, you reap a habit. You sow a habit, you reap a character. You sow a character, you reap a destiny. It all starts with a thought.

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BETTER THAN EVER

This story is about a group of salmon fishermen who gathered in a Scottish inn after a long day of fishing. As one was describing a catch to his friends, his arm swept across the table and knocked a glass against the wall, shattering it and leaving a stain on the white plaster surface. The man apologized to the innkeeper and offered to pay for the damage, but there was nothing he could do; the wall was ruined. A man seated nearby said, “Don’t worry.” Rising, he took a painting implement from his pocket and began to sketch around the ugly stain. Slowly there emerged the head of a magnificient stag. The man was Sir E.H. Landseer, Scotland’s foremost animal artist.

David, Israel’s illustrious king who penned Psalm 51, brought shame on himself and his nation by his sins. He committed adultery with the wife of one of his friends and engineered the death of that friend – both deeds worthy of death. It would seem his life was ruined. But he pled with God: “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me”(V.12).

Like David we have shameful acts in our past and the memories that accompany them, recollections that taunt us in the middle of the night. There’s so much we wish we could undo or redo.

There is a grace that not only forgives sin but also uses it to make us better than before. God wastes nothing.

God has both an all -seeing eye and all- forgiving heart.

UNDERSTANDING NATURE'S LAW – PART 2

LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT

In order to succeed, we need to understand the law of cause and effect and the relationship between actions and results.

For every effect, there is a cause. The law of cause and effect is the same as the law of sowing and reaping. The laws of sowing and reaping are:

  • You must have the desire to sow. Desire is the starting point.
  • What you sow, so shall you reap. If you sow potatoes, you are only going to reap potatoes, not apples.
  • You must sow before you reap. Sowing takes place before reaping; you must give before you get. You cannot expect the fireplace to give heat before you put in the fuel. Some people are constantly looking to get before they give. It does not work this way.
  • When you sow a seed, you reap manifold. If you sow a positive seed, your harvest will be manifold in the positive and, if you sow a negative seed your harvest will be manifold in the negative. It is not uncommon to see people going against nature’s law.
  • A farmer knows that you cannot sow and reap in the same day. There is always a period of gestation.
  • You sow sparingly, you reap sparingly. You sow abundantly, you reap abundantly.

A man’s mind is like a garden. If we don’t plant anything, something will grow and that will be weeds, That is nature’s law.

The same holds true in our lives. Even if we plant good seeds, weeds would still grow. The process of weeding goes on forever.

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DEEP ROOTS

The sequoia tree, one of three species of redwoods, is among the world’s largest and most enduring organisms. It can grow to 300 feet in height, weigh over 2.5 million pounds (1.1 million kg), and live for 3000 years. But the majestic sequoia tree owes much of its size and longevity to what lies below the surface. A twelve to fourteen-foot-deep matting of roots, spreading over as much as an acre of earth, firmly grounds its towering height and astonishing weight.

A redwood’s expansive root system, however, is small compared to the national history, religion, and anticipation that undergird the life of Jesus. On one occasion He told a group of religious leaders that the Scriptures they loved and trusted told His story (JOHN 5:39).

In the synagogue of Nazareth He opened the scroll of Isaiah, read a description of Israel’s Messiah, and said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (LUKE 4:21).

Later after his resurrection, Jesus helped His disciples understand how the words of Moses, the prophets, and even the songs of Israel showed why it was necessary for Him to suffer, die, and rise from the dead.

What grace and grandeur – to see Jesus rooted in the history and Scriptures of a nation, and to see how extensively our own lives are rooted in our need of Him.

All Scripture helps us see our need of Jesus.

UNDERSTANDING NATURE'S LAW – PART 1

Success is a matter of laws and we are referring to the laws of nature. Change is nature’s law. We are either moving forward or we are going backward. We are either creating or disintegrating. There is no status quo.

A seed, if it is not planted in the earth to create, disintegrates. Change is inevitable. It is going to happen whether you like it or not. All progress is change but all change is not progress. We must evaluate change and accept it only if it makes sense. Acceptance without evaluation amounts to conforming behavior, a sign of lack of confidence and low self-esteem.

There is a lot to be said about tradition. Growth for the sake of growth is the philosophy of a cancerous cell. It is negativity spreading all over. That is not growth, that is destruction. Growth, in order to be meaningful, must be positive. Success is not a matter of luck, but of laws.

How many times it thundered before Franklin took the hint! How many apples fell on Newton’s head before he took the hint! Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint. – Robert Frost

WHAT REMAINS IN THE EYE

The hummingbird gets its English name from the hum made by its rapidly beating wings. In other languages, it is known as the “flower-kisser” (Portuguese) or “flying jewels” (Spanish). Another interesting name for this beauty is biulu, “what remains in the eye” (Mexican). In other words, once you see a hummingbird, you’ll never forget it.

G.K. Chesterton wrote, “The world will never starve for want of wonders, but only for want of wonder.” The hummingbird is one of those wonders. What is so fascinating about these tiny creatures? Maybe it is their small size (averaging two to three inches) or the speed of their wings that can flap from 50 to 200 times per second.

We aren’t sure who wrote Psalm 104, but the psalmist was certainly captivated by nature’s beauty. After describing many of creation’s wonders, like the cedars of Lebanon and the wild donkeys, he sings, “May the LORD rejoice in his works”(v.31). Then he prays, “May my meditation be pleasing to him”(v.34).

Nature has plenty of things that can remain in the eye because of their beauty and perfection. How can we meditate on them and please god? We can observe, rejoice, and thank God as we contemplate His works and recapture the wonder.

PRAYER : Father, help me to reflect on the wonders of nature and meditate on them with thankfulness for all you have done!

Wonder leads to gratitude. – Keila Ochoa (Our Daily Bread)