I enjoyed reading this book. Here are a few of the things I learned.
- Forgiveness is not a feeling. Forgiveness is a choice to end the cycle of revenge and leave justice in the hands of God.
- Forgiveness seems to have the capacity to alter suffering from something that is purely destructive to something that has profound redemptive qualities.
- Unforgiveness has a devastating way of eliminating new possibilities. Everything remains chained to the past, and the suffered injustice becomes the single informing event in the life of the embittered soul.
- The way of forgives does not forget the past, but through truth and reconciliation it finds a way beyond toxic memory. It is the way of restorative justice.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. (Mahatma Gandhi)
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. (Marianne Williamson)
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive, but do not forget. (Thomas Szasz)
When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future. (Bernard Meltzer)
Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in. (Louise L. Hay)
This book is about changing your life and the life of those around you by harnessing the power of generosity. The author looks into the following topics.
- Leap from the springboard of gratitude
- Participate in the mystery of sharing
- Perform acts of encouragement
- Develop the habit of good deeds
- Expand the impact of forgiveness
- Release the power of believing the best
- Experience the bounty of open-handed giving
- Practice the act of listening
- Celebrate the privilege of inspiring hope
- Share the spirit of Christmas
- Bestow the bounty of time
- Present the offering of prayer
- Enjoy the sharing of faith stores
- Cultivate the heart of service
- Give God the last word in how you invest your life
This was an interesting and inspirational book to read.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him. – Booker T. Washington
A few weeks ago, I was at church and the preacher was talking about various things we hear when reading the Bible and how we should, or would if we could, react to those messages.
This is what I hear and should do or would do if I could:
- I hear forgiveness. If I could, I would be more forgiving of others and show mercy to others.
- I hear love. If I could, I would be an example of that love and teach others about the love of God.
- I hear hope. If I could, I would rely on that hope and not suffer from anxiety attacks.
- I hear commitment. If I could, I would finish what I start and be dedicated to the task at hand.
- I hear freedom. If I could, I would live as a person free from sin and condemnation.
This message was part of a series and the basic points of the series are:
- Put your faith into action
- Don’t show partiality, love others, love equally, and love freely
- Freedom from legalism is freedom to love
- Don’t be a slave to sin, instead be a slave to righteousness
- Don’t be a salve to the law, instead be a slave to the word of God
Jesus is many things to me. He is a teacher and a leader. Jesus is Lord and the Messiah. Most importantly, Jesus is my savior.
Jesus suffered and died for sin. It is through Jesus I find forgiveness for my sins. Jesus also understands suffering. I find great comfort in knowing that.
Dogs unique abilities and traits that make them amazing pets:
- Dogs have advance social skills.
- They understand the concept of fairness.
- If you give one dog two treats and another dog three treats, the dog with two treats will complain about the situation. He knows that he was cheated out of a treat.
- I was watching Ben play with a toy one day. Blue walked up to Ben and took his toy away from him. As you would expect, Ben was angry about the situation. However, the other two dogs in the room also got mad at Blue. They all braked and growled at him for stealing the toy. Blue dropped the toy and walked out of the room with his head hanging down in shame. A few minutes later, Blue came back into the room. He walked up to Ben, with his head still down, and licked Ben on the nose. He was trying to apologize for his behavior. Ben wagged his tail and returned the favor by licking Blue on the nose. All was forgiven.
- Dogs have a unique ability to understand body language. Obviously, dogs can understand the body language of other dogs. What makes dogs unique is their innate ability to understand human body language and to respond appropriately to human facial expressions.
- Dogs are the only animal know to yawn, as a sympathetic response, when their owners yawn.
- Dogs are extremely intelligent.
- Dogs are born with the ability to understand the concept of numbers. Scientist have preformed numerous experiments to prove dogs have this ability. The dog is shown a certain number of treats, the treats are then covered with a screen, when the screen is lifted the number of treats has decreased. The dog will take the treats and then look for the missing treats, until it has found all the treats it should have. Most dogs were able to figure out how many treats they should have, until they numbers reached double digits.
- The average dog can learn between 100 to 200 words. Dogs with an above average intelligence can learn even more than that.
- Dogs have been known to exhibit critical thinking skills. Manufactures have even started making dog toys that require the dog to interact with a toy before it will distribute a treat. The toy may require the dog to turn it a certain way or to move pieces on the toy to get the treat.
- Dogs exhibit superior emotional skills.
- Dogs react with compassion whenever someone (human or animal) they love is sick or injured. When I was really sick with an infection in my mastoid bone, Blue refused to leave my bedside. He would not even leave me for food. Gwen started bringing his dinner into my room so he could eat.
- Dogs grieve the loss of a family member. Years ago, I had two dogs named Max and Bud. When Max died, Bud spent three days in a corner of the yard. He would make pitiful whimpering noises and refused to eat.
- Dogs are instinctively protective of their family. A few years ago, we took all five of our dogs to the dog park. Norton, who only weighs 14 pounds, was run over by a larger dog. Norton let out a cry, which caused all his brothers to come running. You should have seen the look on that dog’s face when he saw Ben (who weighs 120 pounds), Joey (who weighs 100 pounds), Blue (who weighs 45 pounds), and Buddy (who weighs 40 pounds) running over to protect little Norton.
Dogs have a set of abilities and skills that are unique in the animal kingdom. That’s what makes them amazing pets.