Henry Ford said, “You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. Enthusiasm is the spark in your eye, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of your will and your energy to execute your ideas. Enthusiasts are fighters, they have fortitude, they have staying qualities. Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress! With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.”
Many people mistakenly think they can find contentment in the things of the world. A wealthy employer once overheard one of his workers exclaim, “Oh if I only had a hundred dollars, I would be perfectly content.” Knowing that his own money had not given him inner peace, he told her, “Since I would like to see someone who is perfectly contented, I’m going to grant your desire.” He gave her the money and left, but before he was out of earshot, he heard her remark bitterly, “Why on earth didn’t I say $200?” The boss smiled, for he had made his point that money doesn’t make a person “perfectly contented.”
It’s been said that when attempting to boil a frog, if you start by boiling the water and put the frog in the boiling water, it will jump out. If, however, you begin by placing the frog in water that’s room temperature and then put the pot on the heat, the frog fails to recognize the gradual change in water temperature. Before the frog knows it, the water temperature is greater than it can bear. This is the way Satan works on us - in a slow, subtle, undetectable manner. We need to be on guard and resist him with all our being.
When people are offered ice cream, tea, and fried chicken as enticement to attend worship services, you will find that those people are as cold as the ice cream, weak as the tea, and as dead as the chicken.
A boy while flying a kite was so successful that the kite went out of sight. He stood in the field with a cord in his hand that bent upwards into the sky. Someone asked him how he knew the kite was there, and he let them put their hand on the string. They could feel the pull of the unseen kite. Similarly, the world may not recognize the existence of God, but those who are in Christ know Him. They recognize His invisible power in every phase of their lives, and unbelieving bystanders are forced to admit that the true believer possesses something which they do not have.
Listed by David J. Riggs - December 5, 1998 - http://www.public.usit.net/driggs
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