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TODAY'S THEME: In it for the Long Haul


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On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Matthew 13: 1-9
Holy Bible, New King James Version

Many of us have learned to look at each step--at each day in our life--as an almost inconsequential side trip that is disconnected from any larger journey. But the secret to any journey is to fix your eye on the destination and to keep traveling steadily toward it. Veering off, even for a short while, is at best a loss of time; at worst, we get confused and find it difficult to return on course.

Remember that in the journey of life, your body is the vehicle but your soul is the compass. By following its voice, you remain focused on your destination, and each step--each day--brings you closer. How you live today determines how you will live tomorrow. The very next thing you do, no matter how small, will determine
the rest of your day and, ultimately, the rest of your life.

It is never too late to start living your life meaningfully.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life:
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002

Though nothing can bring back
the hour of splendor in the grass,
the glory in the flower;
we will grieve not,
rather find strength
in what remains behind.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
English Romantic poet


What is stored within is greater than oil, and it satisfies our appetites more than meat. It is joy to the heart, light to the eye, speed to the foot, and shield to the breast.

The Kebra Nagast, or the Book of the Glory of Kings (circa 13th century)
An account of the origins of the Solomonic line of the Emperors of Ethiopia

“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Matthew 13: 18-23
New King James Version


And now, the Last Word:

The Gem cannot be polished without friction,
nor man perfected without trials.

Confucius (551-479 BC)





































































Bonus quote:
Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald.
Belgian proverb

Note: Sorry, not particularly uplifting - but funny!



































On today's site:

-Parable of the sower
(Matthew 13)

-It's never too late

-Splendor in the grass

-Joy to the heart
(Kebra Nagast)

-Parable of the sower, explained
(Matthew 13)

And The Last Word: