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Robert H. Schuller is an American treasure. For fifty years, he has been providing encouragement and guidance to both the millions of television viewers of the Hour of Power and the readers of his distinguished collection of bestselling books. For the first time, this daily companion offers the best of this extraordinary pastor's words of wisdom. Dr. Schuller has handpicked these 366 meditations from such notable works as Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do; Life's Not Fair, But God Is Good; If It's Going...
Robert H. Schuller is an American treasure. For fifty years, he has been providing encouragement and guidance to both the millions of television viewers of the Hour of Power and the readers of his distinguished collection of bestselling books. For the first time, this daily companion offers the best of this extraordinary pastor's words of wisdom. Dr. Schuller has handpicked these 366 meditations from such notable works as Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do; Life's Not Fair, But God Is Good; If It's Going to Be, It's Up to Me; Move Ahead with Possibility Thinking; Be Happy Attitudes; You Can Become the Person You Want to Be; and Turning Hurts into Halos and Scars into Stars.
With each day, you will discover the enduring wisdom of Possibility Thinking and learn how to make every hour of every day count. Filled with uplifting motivation and sage advice, this attractive collection is an ideal gift and the perfect yearlong companion as you strive to become the person you are meant to be.
There was a Western farmer who on a mountain hike found an egg lying in the grass. He picked it up, took it home, and put it under the hen that was sitting on chicken eggs. Eventually the hen hatched the egg along with the other eggs. But what came forth was the most awkward, crude, ugly-looking creature the farmer ever saw. He called the neighbors in and asked if they knew what it was but they could not tell. Nobody had the slightest idea what this peculiar creature was. It developed wings that became a heavy burden on the little body -- big, oversized, clumsy wings that were too big for him. And its legs developed deformed crooks that looked like claws, and the beak, instead of being straight and sharp, was crooked. It survived and it grew until one day, above the barnyard, there was a shrill scream and this awkward bird looked up and he saw gliding slowly in great circles above the farmyard a huge bird; and for the first time, his instinct told him what he was. He was an eagle -- bred for the mountains, born to fly, and destined never to be happy while earthbound in a barnyard.
Ah, that's it. Why do human beings have such frustrations, such disturbances, such mental problems? We may have legs and we may have mouths and we may have eyes like animals. But we are bred for heaven. And so, St. Augustine said, "No human being is really at peace until he has come to God by faith." We instinctively feel the call of eternity, like the wild, domesticated animal who hears the call of the wild and must respond. One wise philosopher said that when God wants to prove something to people He puts it in their instincts. So that is Christ's first word on the subject; we are born for eternity.
Too often, O God, the sacred calm of your still small voice is overpowered by the roar of the traffic, the moan of ambulances, the wail of sirens, the growl of buses, the rude interruption of the doorbell. Jet airplanes, trucks, trains, television, telephones fill my everyday world with noises my ears were never designed to tolerate.
An irritating assortment of unnatural sounds drowns your silver-soft voice, Lord, which whispers through the trees. Oh, my Lord, there are birds winging and I do not see them, children playing and I do not hear them, flowers blooming and I do not enjoy them, clouds sailing silently through the soundless sea of space and I do not see them!
God, you are living and moving and I do not feel you! Increase my awareness of the throbbing reality of the dynamic, spiritual universe around me, Lord. God! You are moving in mighty thoughts and feelings within me now! I am surrounded with an awareness of you that gives me a new lease on life!
Thank you, God. Amen.Continues...
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