COVERING ALL THE BASES

Once upon a time there was a gentleman who led a very programmed life. He planned for every eventuality with utter care. He made sure  to always have a  plan B, just in case.

Every night before going to bed he placed on his night stand two glasses: one with water and one empty. When his visiting friend asked him “why?” he said:

“The one with water is there in case I wake up at night and I feel thirsty”.

Still not getting the point, the curious friend asked: “How about the other one?”

“Oh! This is in case I wake up at night and I am not thirsty!”  the gentleman replied.

Source : Unknown

CONSIDER THIS

Is your life so meticulously planned and programmed that it borders on the absurd?

SOME THIRST

A couple of strangers were visiting a dusty little town in the back country of west Texas. It was hard-shell Baptist country: No drinkin’ and no dancin’! But these two were strangers, so they asked a cowboy where they might get a drink.

“In this town,” said the cowboy, “they use whiskey only for snakebite.”  Then he added slyly, “There’s only one snake in town.  So you better get in line before it gets worn out!”

Source | Dennis R. Clark, Sunday Morning, Reflections on the Word

PONDER AND CONSIDER

  • As a deer thirsts for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. | Psalm 42:1
  • How thirsty are you … for life … for truth … for justice?

PRIME THE PUMP FIRST

There was a man who got lost in the desert. After wandering around for a long time his throat became very dry, about that time he saw a little shack in the distance. He made his way over to the shack and found a water pump with a small jug of water and a note. The note read: “Pour all the water into the top of the pump to prime it, if you do this you will get all the water you need”.

Now the man had a choice to make, if he trusted the note and poured the water in and it worked he would have all the water he needed. If it didn’t work he would still be thirsty and he might die. Or he could choose to drink the water in the jug and get immediate satisfaction, but it might not be enough and he still might die. After thinking about it the man decided to risk it. He poured the entire jug into the pump and began to work the handle, at first nothing happened and he got a little scared but he kept going and water started coming out. So much water came out he drank all he wanted, took a shower, and filled all the containers he could find.

Source | Unknown

PONDER AND CONSIDER

  • What would you have done? How comfortable are you with risk?
  • Where do you stand when it comes to “instant gratification” and “delayed gratification”?

An intriguing sociological study asked fifty people over the age of ninety five one question: ’If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?’ One of the top three answers that emerged and dominated the results of the study was “If I had to do it over again, I would risk more.” The problem for most of us is we are more afraid of failure than we are of regret. Too often, by the time we wake up, it’s too late. The next time you are tempted to play it safe, ask yourself these questions:

  • What am I risking by playing it safe?
  • What do I stand to gain by taking the risk?
  • What do I stand to lose by not taking this risk?
  • What would I do today if I were going to be really brave?