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Published 5/31/10
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Barney Hamady, T. D. Jakes, Humphrey Osmond, Todd R. Wagner


Memorial Day, 2010
Dear Readers,

Jesus said, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down
his life for his friends." (John 15:13) In the course of history, many have
given their lives for their country. There is an awful beauty in their self-
sacrifice. We can honor them by using our God-given free will to find
the beauty in our lives. We have all been given life. May we use that
precious privilege to first find beauty, then to leave behind beauty.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

America the Beautiful
Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates

- Lisa

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Lucca, italy city wall
Photo by Stephen Bowman            All rights reserved


All of us have asked the questions, "Why wasn't I consulted?
Why didn't I get some say about whether or not I would be
born on this earth? Why wasn't I asked about the color of my
hair and eyes or the shape of my body and nose?...Why
didn't I get a choice regarding what kinds of trials,
suffering, and death I would have?" We simply
weren't included in those discussions.

At the same time, we have been granted enormous liberty
when it comes to choosing how we live out our lives
on this earth once we're here...

The fact of our existence, of your life and mine, is a privilege,
not a right. Life is a gift, not a reward....And contrary to pop-
ular opinion, while we are on this earth, we've been granted
but one entitlement and right: to find something beautiful
within this life, now matter how ugly our lives might seem;
to make something beautiful of this life, no matter how
difficult our lives might be;
and when we die, to leave
something beautiful behind, no matter how unim-
portant and insignificant our lives might appear.

Excerpted from "Making Life Work When Life is Working You,"
by Barney Hamady
Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2009

Duomo, Florence, italy
Photo by Stephen Bowman            All rights reserved

We are to be workmen who have developed all our
capabilities, talents, and spiritual assets. When
the time comes to employ those talents for God's
purposes, we can perform with excellence and the
Holy Spirit will empower us, strengthen us, guide
us, and help us. Then a most remarkable miracle
occurs! Not only is God abundantly pleased with
us, but we find ourselves completely over-
whelmed by the joy and pleasure of being
His child and fulfilling His plan.

Excerpted from "Loved by God,"
by T. D. Jakes
Bethany House, 2000


There is no one else who can ever fill your role
in the same way, so it's a good idea to
perform it as well as possible.

Humphry Osmond (1917-2004)
British psychiatrist

The Last Word:

Everybody can do something
that makes a difference.

Todd R. Wagner (1960 -  )
Entrepreneur and philanthropist
Source: "Lessons for Success,"
Edited by Lorraine A. Darconte
MJF, 2001































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

When God made time,
He made enough of it.

Celtic saying


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