Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Consider what is a common failure in many of our lives, but that we seldom recognize. It's the problem of a pessimistic outlook, of negative imagination. How often do you find your whole attitude is set in a wrong direction by your imagining what could or would or might happen in a situation, so that when you actually come to it you are so frustrated and flustered by what you have been thinking that you are unable to handle the problem. I know this is the subject on which many books on the power of positive thinking are written. There is a place for positive thinking, but only after you have first discovered a positive life, the life of Christ.
I remember a story about a man who had a flat tire on the way home, and found he had no jack in his car. He set out to borrow one in the wee small hours of the night, and he began to worry about the reaction he might get when he requested his neighbor for a jack and had to waken him and get him out of bed in the middle of the night. He began to think about how that neighbor would feel, how angry and resentful he would be, and how he wouldn't want to get up and give him the jack, that he probably couldn't find it in the garage anyway and he'd have to dig around and maybe get a flashlight and go to an awful lot of trouble. The longer he thought about it the madder he got. Finally he arrived at the neighbor's house, went up and thundered on the door and when the man showed up he said,
Well, you can keep your darn jack if that's the way you feel about it.
***Strangers decides to donate kidney to save 2-year-old girl. Wow, now that's a selfless act.
Arianna Moore suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes scarring of the kidney, and she must undergo 10 hours of dialysis every day.
"When I had her, and they said, 'Her kidneys don't work,' I was like, "What do you mean? She's a baby,'" Ashley Moore recalled. "She was completely healthy at birth."
Now, she is 10 pounds lighter and about 4 inches shorter than her twin sister -- but she is looking toward a surgery that could put her on a track to good health.
A family member started a Facebook page to promote a benefit for the toddler, but that ended up bringing an even bigger dose of support for the family.
"I didn't feel confident finding a donor on Facebook when we couldn't even find it in our own family," Ashley Moore admitted.
Yet, a donor was found. A woman who was more than 1,500 miles away in Jacksonville, Fla., learned about Moore's condition and decided she had to help.
"I get really sad over sick children, so I usually skim those posts kind of quickly," Christy Harding said. "This is the first time that I've stopped."
Harding told Fox 9 News that something about Moore's story made her wonder if she could be a match. So, she began to undergo tests and eventually flew to the Twin Cities for a special blood test before contacting the family and offering to become a donor.
***This is yet another Gotta Blog Quick! day. Oh, how I'm looking forward to Saturday...
***Its All I Have to Bring Today
by Emily Dickinson
It's all I have to bring today –
This, and my heart beside –
This, and my heart, and all the fields –
And all the meadows wide –
Be sure you count – should I forget
Some one the sum could tell –
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.
***If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius. ~~ Joseph Addison
***Have a great day!