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Category: Perseverance

Puppy Love

Topic: Commitment                                                                                             Printer Friendly
Source: “I get rid of dogs as soon as they stop being cute puppies” by Shona Sibary, DAILY MAIL, Published: 16:30 EST, 27 August 2015
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Shoan Sibary has confessed to the DAILY MAIL, “I get rid of dogs as soon as they stop being cute puppies.”

Indeed, she has given away four dogs in four years.

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She writes:

I’m a serial dogamist. In the early stages of the relationship I’m head over heels. I attend all the puppy classes. I don’t even begrudge picking up dog poo.

There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my new canine companion. But the moment things get complicated and they develop a problem, I don’t covet a dog-free existence like any other sane person might. Instead, I start wondering if there is another, more suitable dog out there.

Maybe one that is less bouncy, less barky, less inclined to moult everywhere. And so the new search begins and I cannot rest until I have found a replacement puppy to lie adoringly at my feet.

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When Life Calls For A Transfusion

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Author: InfoPlease.com / Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 John 4:16
Source: “Blood Types” published InfoPlease.com, retrieved 5/9/15

If you ever find yourself, either by virtue of illness or injury, in need of a blood transfusion, you’d better hope your local blood bank has a good supply of a compatible blood type.

According to INFO PLEASE:

Human blood is grouped into four types: A, B, AB, and O. Each letter refers to a kind of antigen, or protein, on the surface of red blood cells. For example, the surface of red blood cells in Type A blood has antigens known as A-antigens.

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Man Who Walks 21 Miles to Work Receives Windfall Blessing

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Topic: Faithfulness
Scripture: Proverbs 10:4; Proverbs 20:13; Galatians 6:9
Source: “Detroit man who commuted by foot 21 miles a day surprised with donated car” by Stephanie Gallman, posted FEBRUARY 6, 2015, by CNN WIRE
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Fifty-six year old James Robertson is a native of Detroit, MI. Over the years, he’s seen the ravages of hard times eat way at the economy and the job market of the city he calls home. With limited options close to home, he was forced to take a job outside Detroit in neighboring Rochester Hills, where he would come to earn $10.55/hr for a job in an engineering factory. It was a 21 mile round trip commute, which wasn’t so bad until 10 years ago when his 1988 Honda Accord conked out on him. Unable to afford a new vehicle (who could on a $10.55/hr wage?!), he was left to hoof it.

That’s right—for the past 10 yrs, James Robertson has walked the 21 mile round trip trek to work. Even more amazingly, he has managed to achieve perfect attendance.

Robertson sometimes indulged in riding the bus for part of his journey, as well as occasionally enjoying a lift here and there from a compassionate commuter. But most of the miles (some 54,600 of them!) have been trod on the soles of his feet.

Blake Pollack, a financial executive who travels a similar route to work, first spotted Robertson about a year and a half ago. “Climbing over snow banks, when it was pouring down rain in the summer,” Pollack said, “whatever the weather, he was there.”

Pollack approached Robertson, heard his story, and promised to give him a ride the next time he saw him. He has since driven him to work, he estimates, between 40 to 50 times. Pollack and Robertson have since become good friends.

Pollack began sharing the story which eventually caught the attention of a 19 yr old college student, Evan Leedy, who identified with Robertson’s plight and started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help buy him a car. Leedy was hoping to raise at least $5000 to go toward a used vehicle. His hopes, however, were far exceeded when, in a matter of days, the donations exceeded $300,000!

Pollack and Leedy worked together to surprise him with a brand new 2015 Ford Taurus. It’s the car Robertson said he dreamed of owning someday because it is simple on the outside and tough on the inside, just like him.

Pollack has also arranged for attorneys and financial planners to help manage Robertson’s new found fortune in an effort to ward off those who’d seek to take advantage, and to help him plan for a financially sound future.

Fox News reported Leedy saying, “This money that is being given to him — he earned every penny of it, just by his work ethic and his attitude.”

Robertson is filled with deep appreciation, calling those who donated to his cause the real heroes of this story.

He has no plans to quit working. “I can’t imagine not working,” Robertson said. “It’s what I’ve always done.”

Application:

If total strangers respond so generously to the humble efforts of a faithful man, imagine how God will respond to our humble efforts to faithfully serve Him. Don’t grow weary in well doing. Continue to doggedly put one foot in front of the other, and store up for yourself blessings beyond measure.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).

“A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (Proverbs 10:4, ESV). “Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread” (Proverbs 20:13, ESV).

The Power of Doing Something

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Topic: Evil
Scripture: Romans 12:21
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Author: Albert Einstein / Mitchell Dillon

“The wold is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”

[Albert Einstein 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of general relativity. He is regarded as the father of modern physics.]

Application:

Albert Einstein’s words were spoken at a time when evil seemed to have an upper hand in the world. Communism and Fascism marched across much of Europe, while the rest of the world was left to choose how to respond.

The same struggle continues today. By God’s design, there continues to be enough evil in the world to test those who have it in their power to do good. And by God’s design, there continues to be enough good in the world to overcome those who have it in their hearts to do evil.

So, the question is this: Will those who love good do what is in their power to do to overcome evil? God does not place the fate of the world in the hands of evil men, but in the hands of those who can and must do something to stop them.

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good’ (Romans 12:21).

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The One Percent Improvement Plan

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Topic: Discipline
Scripture: Luke 16:20; Luke 19:17; Matthew 25:21
Source: “This Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing By 1% And Here’s What Happened” by James Clear, published DailyGood.org, syndicated from jamesclear.com, Apr 04, 2014.
Author: James Clear / Illustration Exchange

“In 2010, Dave Brailsford faced a tough job,” reports James Clear for DailyGood.org. “No British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France, but as the new General Manager and Performance Director for Team Sky (Great Britain’s professional cycling team), Brailsford was asked to change that.”

Brailsford went on to revolutionize the British cycling team one tiny step at a time. He believed wholeheartedly that if the cycling team could just improve every aspect of their training and execution by as little as 1%, the gains would eventually be immense. His goal was a Team Sky Tour de France victory within 5 yrs. What he achieved was a Team Sky Tour de France victory in just 3 yrs.

In 2012, Team Sky rider Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France … In 2013, Team Sky repeated their feat by winning the Tour de France again, this time with rider Chris Froome. Many have referred to the British cycling feats in the Olympics and the Tour de France over the past 10 years as the most successful run in modern cycling history.

How, specifically, did Team Sky achieve such improvement and success?

They started by optimizing the things you might expect: the nutrition of riders, their weekly training program, the ergonomics of the bike seat, and the weight of the tires.

But Brailsford and his team didn’t stop there. They searched for 1 percent improvements in tiny areas that were overlooked by almost everyone else: discovering the pillow that offered the best sleep and taking it with them to hotels, testing for the most effective type of massage gel, and teaching riders the best way to wash their hands to avoid infection. They searched for 1 percent improvements everywhere.

Application:

Clear offers the following lessons we can all learn from Brailsford’s 1% approach to success:

It’s so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making better decisions on a daily basis.

Almost every habit that you have — good or bad — is the result of many small decisions over time.

And yet, how easily we forget this when we want to make a change.

So often we convince ourselves that change is only meaningful if there is some large, visible outcome associated with it. Whether it is losing weight, building a business, traveling the world or any other goal, we often put pressure on ourselves to make some earth-shattering improvement that everyone will talk about.

Meanwhile, improving by just 1 percent isn’t notable (and sometimes it isn’t even noticeable). But it can be just as meaningful, especially in the long run.

And from what I can tell, this pattern works the same way in reverse. … If you find yourself stuck with bad habits or poor results, it’s usually not because something happened overnight. It’s the sum of many small choices — a 1 percent decline here and there — that eventually leads to a problem.

[James Clear is an entrepreneur, athlete, photographer, internet blogger, and self-improvement guru who writes about “the struggle that we all face to become better leaders, better workers, and better people.”]

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Luke 16:10).

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'” (Matthew 25:21).

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