“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” – Francis Bacon
Malachi 3:3 says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.” This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up.
He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.”
She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, “How do you know when the silver is fully refined?” He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy – when I see my image in it.”
“Life is divided into three terms; that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.” – Wordsworth
“It takes mental toughness to be an optimist. Cynics and pessimists are cowards because they are eternally engaged in emotional self-preservation to the point of paranoia. They live in a state of fear and scarcity in an effort to over protect themselves from the challenges of life. Optimists await the same challenges in a mindset of love and abundance. Faith, gratitude, and vision are their watchwords. The optimist believes in his/her ability to handle anything that life delivers. They choose to focus on the sun and cope with the rain. Thank God for the optimists. They are the saviors of the world.” – Steve Siebold
“Even if you are taken advantage of, do not take advantage of others.” – Aghoreshwar Bhagwan Ram
“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A 10-year-old, under the tutelage of her grandmother, was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible.
Then one day she floored her grandmother by asking, “Which Virgin was the mother of Jesus: the Virgin Mary or the King James Virgin?”
“Whether or not you can now see it, there is ALWAYS a way.” – A Note From the Universe
The Reverend Billy Graham tells of a time early in his ministry when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was.
When the boy had told him, Dr. Graham thanked him and said, “If you’ll come to the Baptist church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to heaven.”
“I don’t think I’ll be there,” the boy said. “You don’t even know your way to the post office.”
“There is only one direction you go when you are coasting and that is downhill.” – Mama Gena