The Seed



A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you." The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one

year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story.

She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.

Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by - still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful -- in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!" All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his Seed, Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive! His name is Jim!"

Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?

Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today.

But, I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.

When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!"

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.

If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment.

If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.

If you plant hard work, you will reap success.

If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

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The Mind




  • The mind is like a garden - as you sow, so shall you reap.
  • When you cultivate it and nurture it, it will blossom beyond your wildest expectation.
  • But if you let the weeds take over, you will never reach your potential.
  • What you put in is what you get out.
  • so avoid violent movies, trashy novels and all other negative influences.
  • Peak performers are meticulous about the thoughts they allow into the gardens of their minds.
  • You truly cannot afford the luxury of a single negative thought.

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Fundamentals of Happiness



  • Pursue a productive, exciting and active life
  • Engage in meaningful activities every minute of every day
  • Develop an organized, planned lifestyle with little chaos
  • Set realistic goals that keep your mark high
  • Think positively
  • You cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought
  • Avoid needless worry over trifling matters
  • Devote time to fun
  • Develop a warm, outgoing personality with a sincere love of people
  • Get in the habit of giving more than receiving
  • Learn to live in the present. The past is water under the bridge of life.
  • Strive to be humble and live a simple life

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Lessons to Learn



The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

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Be committed to what you are doing



Be committed to what you are doing
Look like a winner and act like one
Have big dreams, a vision and reach for the sky
Steadily advance in the direction of your goals
Prepare and work hard at every task you do
Build a mystique around yourself
Be interested in others and show kindness
Have a strong sense of humor
Be known for the strength of your character
Have grace under pressure
In work, love, and life, play fair.


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Laughter is the Best Medicine




Laugh for five minutes before the mirror each morning.
Laughter activates many beneficial chemicals within the body that pace us into a very joyous state.
Laughter also returns the body to a state of balance.
Laughter therapy has been regularly used to heal persons with varied ailments and is a powerful tonic for life's ills.
while the average four-year old laughs 500 times a day, the average adult is lucky to laugh 15 times a day.
Revitalize the habit of laughter, 
it will put far more living into your life.


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Spiritual and Godly Quotes





Spiritual and Godly Quotes



Blessings can come in a number of ways. The Lord doesn’t give you what you want, the Lord gives you what you need. Eric Davis

Built into human makeup is a longing for a ‘more’ that the world of everyday experience cannot requite. Huston Smith



Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet. 
Frances Gourley

Gardening can become a spiritual exercise, teaching us discernment as we eliminate the weeds from our lives, giving what we value room to grow. Diane Dreher

Go with the flow, but pray God keeps you afloat. Angela Martinez



God comes to us before we go to him. God came to Abraham when there was nothing to come to, just an old man at a dead end. But that’s God for you. James Van Tholen

God doesn’t need your capabilities. He needs your availability. Dorothy L. Brooks

God is the great physician. His specialty is heart transplants. 
God keeps an infinite equilibrium in creation; in every conflict, there’s an opportunity to serve God and restore that equilibrium. Everything points you in that direction.
Martin Tomback


God will probably not be interested in how much we included in our day, but how much of our day included him. Allia Zobel-Nolan




Grace is uncontrollable, arbitrary to our senses, apparently unmerited. It is utterly free, ferociously strong, and about as mysterious a thing as you could imagine.Brian Doyle

Grace woke you up this morning, grace started you on your way and grace enabled you to survive until this very moment. Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

He opened a window in my heart, and the light of the world shined in. David Letterman

Heaven is going to be a vast, colorful tapestry of living things. God is a God of life. Does this seem too childish and silly to believe? I certainly hope so, because that’s a sure sign that it’s true. Anthony Destefano

I believe God only gives three answers to prayer: One, yes. Two, not yet. Three, I have something better in mind. Arthur Caliandro

I believe that God locates himself at the spot where you recognize your own fallibility….And the paradox of it all has been that whenever I give up I seem to do better. Rick Moody

I had the choice to either grow up and find God in the situation or become bitter. I chose to find God. And I experienced freedom like I never knew before. Heather Mercer

I have many friends who do not believe in luck; they believe in blessings. Likewise, I do not believe in coincidences; I believe in miracles. Jane Seymour

I lived in a project and…didn’t have a good education. But…I'd listen to the preacher, who said that God would show me the way. Everything starts from that confidence.
Evander Holyfield

I’m Jewish, but I believe what Christ said: ‘What you do for the least of my people, you do for me.’ Arnold Abbott

I’ve often thought, I’m nobody. Why would God answer my prayer? But God’s not impressed by eloquence; he’s impressed by our longing for him.  Stormie Omartian

It is God who enables us to return to life after tragedy—not by eradicating all suffering but by giving us the strength and the courage to heal what we can heal. Naomi Levy

Just keep asking, ‘God if I can’t have what I want, then help me to know what it is you want me to have.’ Know in your heart there is a treasure much greater than the one you have been asking for. John E. Welshons

May you be poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings. Irish proverb

Science, you might say, has discovered that our existence is infinitely improbable, and hence a miracle. John Horgan

Spirituality isn’t static. It’s an evolving optimism that won’t let hardship get the best of you. Judith Orloff

The significance and joy in my science comes in the occasional moments of discovering something new and saying to myself, ‘So that’s how God did it!’ Henry “Fritz” Schaefer III

The spiritual is whatever allows us to notice the miraculous nature of life. 
Aurora Levins Morales

The stronger the ties that bind us to God, the more likely we are to live, react, and behave in harmony with greater joy, peace, and happiness. Jimmy Carter

There is no moment, ever, that does not either hold an opportunity or a lesson that God is offering. Lee Jampolksy

There is a tendency to think of the spiritual life as primarily introspective, divorced from the concerns of everyday life....Faith that does not translate into actions is no faith at all.
Dalai Lama

Think back over your day and consider when God spoke. How did you sense it, or why did you fail to sense it at the time? It is often between the lines and in the empty places where we hear God. Lonni Collins Pratt

We are the witnesses to the miracle. We are put here by creation, by God. We’re here to be the audience to the magnificent. It is our job to celebrate. Ray Bradbury

We do not need to seek to become unique or rehearse to become diverse. God made us that way. Glen A. Johnson

We must surround ourselves, in all our lives, with the fortress of community. Sometimes faith works, sometimes ritual works, but always, God is with us when we are there and care for one another. Claudia Highbaugh

Were it not for the relationship I have with Christ, the world surely would have run me down by now. Certainly I’ll never find the level of compassion Christ carried, but trying to learn that compassion is enough to carry me through.  Bret Lott

What God leads me to, God leads me through.Rev. Gardiner Rapelye, Jr.

When Christmas doesn't fit your expectations of what the perfect holiday should be, think about how Joseph and Mary probably didn't think that manger was the perfect place for their child to be born. But look at what a perfect Christmas that turned out to be. 
Joel Osteen

When there is nothing left but God, that is when you see that God is all you need. 
Nadine Mooney

When you take your troubles to God, you may have them but they don’t have you. 
Patti LaBelle

When your life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens: Ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your soul. Rabbi Harold Kushner

Why indeed must ‘God’ be a noun? Why not a verb...the most active and dynamic of all?Mary Daly

You may find God in the laughter of your children; the grief of a friend; the opening of forsythias after a long winter; the noisy joyfulness of birds and wind; or the quiet testimony of ants and cobwebs. God’s altar is everywhere and in everything. T. Byram Karasu

You remember how you were taught to write. Your mother put a pencil in your hand, took your hand in hers, and began to move it. Since you did not know at all what she meant to do, you left your hand completely free in hers. This is like the power of God in our lives.
Anthony Bloom

Your relationship with God is one thing you should take personally. Betsy Williams


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Christian Quotes





Inspirational Christian Quotes



Dear Lord,
Thank You for Your Words of Wisdom.
Use my mind, my soul, my heart, and my whole being to be a reflection of Your Glory. AMEN.

An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as full as if there were no others. A. W. Tozer





PSALM 116:1 "I love the LORD because he hears and answers my prayers."

Beauty is God's handwriting. Charles Kingsley

Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending upon her concept of God. 
A. W.Tozer

God is the Alpha and Omega in the great world, let us endeavor to make Him so in the little world; let us practice to make Him our last thought at night when we sleep; and our first in the morning when we awake; so shall our fancy be sanctified in the night, and our understanding rectified in the day; so shall our rest be peaceful, and our labors prosperous; our life pious, and our death glorious. Wellins Calcott

I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to men. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book. Abraham Lincoln

I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God. Abraham Lincoln

I love to think of nature as an unlimited 'broadcasting station', through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. George Washington Carver

If God is your partner, make your plans big. D.L. Moody

If God shuts one door, he opens another. Irish Proverb

Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord. J.I. Packer





Only God can fully satisfy the hungry heart of man. Hugh Black

The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities to be impressed with it. James Madison

The more we depend on God the more dependable we find He is. Cliff Richard

The universe is centered on neither the earth nor the sun. It is centered on God. 
Alfred Noyes

To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; To seek him, the greatest adventure; To find him, the greatest human achievement. Raphael Simon

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Thomas A Kempis

We rejoice in God since He has taught us that every thing which is true in us, is but a faint expression of what is in Him. And thus all our joys become to us the echo of higher joys, and our very life is as a dream of that nobler life, to which we shall awaken when we die. Henry Ward Beecher

We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God. St. Francis De Sales

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer. Joseph Scriven

Without God, our existence has no support, our life no aim, our improvements no permanence, our best labors no sure and enduring results, our spiritual weakness no power to lean upon, and our noblest aspirations and desires no pledge of being realized in a better state. Struggling virtue has no friend, suffering virtue no promise of victory. Take away God, and life becomes mean, and man poorer than the brute. William E. Channing




Without 'the Way' there is no going; without 'the Truth' there is no knowing; without 'the Life' there is no living. Thomas A Kempis


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