Saturday, October 1, 2016

GEM 139

Education is a wasteful process unless knowledge is transformed into wisdom and wisdom is expressed in character.

(From : Garland of 1008 Gems, Bhagawan Shri Sathya Sai Baba's Sayings)

Grass Cutting

The pastor called me to come forward. I walked to the pulpit confident and proud. I looked out at my family. Some wore somber expressions. Others had faces still damp with tears. Then I gazed down at the shiny black coffin crowned with yellow flowers.

My father, Charlie Lyons, was gone. It was my turn at his funeral earlier this year to pay tribute to the man who taught me so much growing up on the Northside. How do you sum up a lifetime in 10 minutes?

I flashed to Dad holding the handlebar and jogging alongside my bike until I felt ready to ride on my own. I saw him pulling up to my broken-down car at night, doing a quick fix and trailing me home. I thought of the hug we shared at my wedding.

Then, I started talking about a special moment I draw from now. Dad was always full of advice, but one of the biggest lessons he taught me one summer was about having a strong work ethic. When my brother and I were growing up, we mowed yards during the summer to earn pocket change. Dad was our salesman. He pitched our service to neighbors and offered a price they could not refuse. My brother and I got $10 per yard. Some yards were a half-acre. I later found out our friends were charging $20 or more for the same amount of work.

Every time we headed out to mow lawns, Dad was there to watch. I used to wonder why he came with us. He stood supervising our work in the sticky Florida heat when he could have been inside relaxing with air conditioning and an icy drink.

One day we were cutting our next-door neighbor’s yard. She always waited until the grass was knee-high to call us over. To make matters worse, we had an old lawn mower that kept cutting off as we plowed through her backyard jungle. This particular afternoon, I was finishing up and was tired and sweaty. I pictured the tall glass of Kool-Aid I would gulp in a minute to cool down.

I was just about to cut off the lawn mower when I saw Dad pointing to one lone blade. I thought about the chump change I was getting paid for cutting grass so high it almost broke the mower. I ignored him and kept walking. Dad called me out and yelled, “You missed a piece.”

I frowned, hoping he would let me slide and go home. He kept pointing. So beat and deflated, I went back to cut that piece of grass. I mumbled to myself: “That one piece isn’t hurting anyone. Why won’t he just let it go?”

But when I reached adulthood, I understood his message: When you’re running a business, the work you do says a great deal about you. If you want to be seen as an entrepreneur with integrity, you must deliver a quality product. That single blade of grass meant the job was not done.

Other neighbors took notice of the good work we did and we soon garnered more business. We started out with one client, but by the end of the summer we had five, which was all we cared to handle because we wanted time to enjoy our summer break from school.

The lesson my dad taught me stayed with me: Be professional. If you say you are going to perform a job at a certain time, keep your word. Give your customers the kind of service you would like to receive. It shows how sincere you are and how much pride you take in your work.
Before I knew it, my tribute was over. I saw my wife jump to her feet in an ovation. The pastor embraced me. People rushed to shake my hand. Though Dad’s body lay inside the coffin, I felt his spirit there. I pictured him standing in the sanctuary, wearing the white T-shirt and blue shorts he did on grass-cutting days. Always there for me and always proud.

By Patrick A. Lyons

愛LOVE愛 Speaks - 41


“I have a choice, and I choose God!”

If something goes “wrong”, do I automatically wonder “Why me?” It is okay to wonder why something happened, but I do not let myself become so caught up in speculation that I take my focus off the realness of God.

God’s loving presence is within me. So when situations occur that threaten to overwhelm me, I have a choice : I can worry about what is happening or I can relax and know that no matter what happens, God is with me!

Even in situations where there seem to be no choices, there are. One of the greatest choices I can make is to trust God. By choosing God, I am choosing to see something meaningful in whatever may occur, and what is most meaningful in whatever may occur, and what is most meaningful is that I am opening myself to God’s love and goodwill.

“Choose this day whom you will serve… we will serve the Lord.” - Joshua 24:15

(From : 'Daily Word' by Colleen Zuck)
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Friday, September 30, 2016

Eternal Sai - 199

Every man should recognize that the body has been given to him to render service to others. You must use the body for promoting the welfare of society. Of what use is the endless study of books if you do not use your knowledge for the good of others? A mind that is not utilized for imparting joy to others or a body that is not used for the service of others is totally useless. The way to love God is to love all and serve all.

(SSS Vol XXX – Chap 2)

Will Within

VEDA 137

Some persons feel intoxicated by the emotions or they get near mad, on account of the devotion they have. But such overpowering emotions have to be mastered. One has to transform devotion into wisdom and become stronger thereby.

(From : Sai Veda, The Word of God,  sayings of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dear Mother

God gave me an angel right here on earth,
She taught me my values and gave me self worth,
She guides me through life with her wisdom, God's light,
She steers me from wrong, and leads me toward right.

She stands by my side when things are rough,
She taught me in bad times we need to be tough.
She is there when I need her throughout all my years,
She laughed with me in happy times, and comforted my tears.

My angel on earth was sent from above,
God paid her not in wages, but with eternal love.
She has been my confidante, my rock, my protector, 
And when God says her job is through, I know I won't forget her.

She need not a halo, or silken wings of grace,
For the glory of God's love shines upon her face. 
My Guardian angel, can be replaced by no other, 
She is gods gift to me - I call her my dear mother.

~ Lisa Teller ~

GEM 138

Education is a wasteful process unless knowledge is transformed into wisdom and wisdom is expressed in character.

(From : Garland of 1008 Gems, Bhagawan Shri Sathya Sai Baba's Sayings)

All is Gods Will

All is God's Will 

Faith brings to you unlimited grace... The grace that brings to you one simple thought... God is with me... now... and forever...
Being humble is knowing and believing always that,"God"
True devotion is loving God for His uncertainty...........
You are disappointed the moment you have lost patience to wait for God's grace......
The child of God fears not what is coming his way......... He smiles as the storm threatens...... He allows the storm to come and pass....... He knows that his Eternal Master was with him then...... now and always..........
The man of fear asked the man of faith, "Are you not wasting your time in having faith?".......... The wise one replied, "Faith is love for matter what........ Each being is born with this love in his heart.......... The reason he does not know it is because the world taught him to doubt it always........... Return to your heart dear brother..... Waste not  precious time..........  Know His love from your own inner spirit........... You are wasting your life in asking everyone for the answer that is already within you......... You are not waiting for God to give to you.......... He is waiting for you to be ready....... He is waiting ........... His hands are full....... Simply let the thought of fear pass you by......... That shall only take you a moment of faith......... The rest is witnessing the greatness and goodness of Gods will!"

(Inspirational message received by Seema M Dewan, February 21st, 2013)


O Lord, take my love, and let it flow in fullness of devotion to Thee;
O Lord, take my hands, and let them work incessantly for Thee;
O Lord, take my soul, and let it be merged in One with Thee;
O Lord, take my mind and thoughts, and let them be in tune with Thee;
O Lord, take my everything, and let me be an instrument to work for Thee.

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