The Obstacle in our Path

There once was a very wealthy and curious king. This king had a huge boulder placed in the middle of a road. Then he hid nearby to see if anyone would try to remove the gigantic rock from the road.

The first people to pass by were some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers. Rather than moving it, they simply walked around it. A few loudly blamed the King for not maintaining the roads. Not one of them tried to move the boulder.

Finally, a peasant came along. His arms were full of vegetables. When he got near the boulder, rather than simply walking around it as the others had, the peasant put down his load and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. It took a lot of effort but he finally succeeded.

The peasant gathered up his load and was ready to go on his way when he say a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The peasant opened the purse. The purse was stuffed full of gold coins and a note from the king. The king’s note said the purse’s gold was a reward for moving the boulder from the road.

The king showed the peasant what many of us never understand: every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

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Everyone has a story

A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…

“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”

Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…

“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…

“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?” The old man smiled and said…“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.”

Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.

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Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.

Life Is Precious: Don’t Take Anything For Granted

Three years ago, one of my best friends almost died. He was having a relatively routine heart procedure called an ablation. However, he coded while it was happening and nurses and doctors worked on him for over an hour to bring him back. One nurse in particular did CPR on him for 45 minutes. I’m not a nurse nor in the medical profession, but I do have friends who are. And they say that working on someone for that long is practically unheard of.

The man who saved my friend’s life name was Greg. I never met him, but from his pictures, he appeared to be in this late 30s or early 40s. The reason I’m telling you about Greg is because he just died unexpectedly the other day. I don’t know why, but he did. And my friend is devastated. The man who worked so diligently to save his life just lost his for some unknown reason.

Here’s another tragedy — one that hits much closer to home for me. In 2004, my 20-year-old cousin was hanging out with some of his friends at a gas station. He had been in trouble with the law for some things in the past, so the local police apparently knew who he was. However, at this particular time, he wasn’t doing anything wrong. And while I don’t know all the details of the story, I think the owner of the gas station called the police because he thought the kids were stealing from him. They weren’t (which was proven), but the police came anyway and were pretty brutal to my cousin.

One of the officers threw what he thought was a spit bag over my cousin’s head and put him in the back seat of the squad car. By the time they got to the police station, he was dead. There was even an audio recording of my cousin screaming and banging on the back of the seat in the car shouting that he couldn’t breathe. But nothing was done. They didn’t pull over to try to help him; they simply let him die. And as most of us know, this isn’t the only case of police negligence or wrongdoing.

Another person I know has a terrible disease called gastroparesis. It paralyzed her digestive system, and she has to be tube fed for the rest of her life. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she is struggling on a daily basis just to stay alive. In about three years, she had had sepsis at least twice (an infection of the blood which is often fatal) and been in a coma clinging to life. She’s also had many amputations. It started with her toes that got infected and had to be cut off. Then it moved to one of her legs, and they amputated it below the knee. Six months later, it happened to the other leg. Now it’s happening to one of her knees. It’s almost as if God is taking her piece by piece. It seems like she is in the hospital more than she’s out, and although she fights every day to stay alive, her quality is life is terrible and she’s frequently in a lot of physical pain.

I tell you these stories to remind you of just how precious life is. I know it sounds cliché. And as we know, we could all get hit by a bus at any time and our time would be up.

But do you live your daily life remembering this? Do you constantly remind yourself how lucky you are to be healthy, alive, and to have your loved ones here with you too? Many people don’t. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that most people don’t.

It’s so easy to take life for granted. I know, because I have to constantly remind myself of this when life gets stressful. For example, I have two teenage boys. And while I love them with all my heart and soul and would literally give my life for them, sometimes I want to strangle them. They make me crazy. Sometimes I have very little patience with them!

So to overcome my urge to become the next child abuser (just kidding), I constantly remind myself how lucky I am that they are healthy and alive. I know way too many people who have had to bury their child and/or have a child dealing with a terminal illness. Trust me, I think God every day that my boys are healthy and here to annoy me. As frustrating as it is, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I challenge each and every one of you to re-frame your life’s annoyances and constantly focus on how precious all

By Carol Morgan