No matter what we encounter in life, if we hold true to our character and
integrity and treat others as we would like to be treated, then we will
have lived well. There are many instances in life where people look down
upon others because they perceive them as less than and not on “their”
level. What they fail to realize is that all human beings deserve to be
treated equally and receive the same amount of respect that they would
give to anyone else. What we must always remember and recognize is that
there is One judge and that's God Almighty. He is the One who will give
to every person what they rightly deserve. We as God's children must
remember that mercy, compassion and love should be at the center of our
lives towards His creation and treat all people as we would like to be treated.
We are to treat all people with love and respect and honor them, especially
those who are close to us. We are to bless our relationships and
recognize how precious they are. No matter what we accomplish in life, if
we fail in our relationships, then we have failed in everything else. Be
encouraged to recognize what's most important in life and do your best to
nurture, strengthen and bless your relationships. Go the extra step, say
an extra kind word and show those who mean so much to you how special they
really are. When you do, all doubt is removed and the relationship is
strengthened beyond compare.
I hope this message encourages your heart to invest wisely in the lives of
Vacuuming my house is something I most often leave to the fine-tuned
domestic capabilities of my wife. She will actually use the hose to clean
corners and reach cracks and crevices that I wouldn't even think of trying
to get. My philosophy is that if you absolutely must vacuum, just get to
the main part of the carpet and give it a quick once over - if you can't
trip over it, it must be clean.
I have owned my share of mischievous vacuum cleaners over the years. There
have been the ones that gargle with little pieces of metal or debris left
behind by children who just happen to enjoy the sound of a vacuum cleaner
beating itself up. Once it gets to the velocity of a jet engine, it shoots
the metal piece across the room causing “Fluffy” the cat to forfeit
another life. I've also had the vacuum cleaner that found an almost
imperceptible frayed bit of carpet. It latches onto that bit and unravels
the carpet until the entire carpet is wrapped around the innards of the
vacuum while it wheezes with indigestion.
Then there's the finicky vacuum - this one picks up an item, taste it and
determines it is not fit for consumption and summarily spits it to the
side. I have stooped to pick up that bit of something and attempt to
re-feed it to the vacuum, who has already tasted and found it to be nothing
short of disgusting. You'd think I'd learn, if the vacuum doesn't like
something on the floor, there is no amount of coaxing that I can do to
convince it to take it (Reminds me of my son).
Invariably the manufacturers of these demented machines make the electric
cable one foot too short. Why, there was even a time when I spent valuable
time trying to locate a new electric outlet that would allow me to vacuum
that one square foot of space. Since then, I just forget about the
electrical outlet, and simply pick up the big pieces while brushing my
hands together declaring that “it is good”.
One other thing I have learned about vacuums is that they only behave when
the salesman is demonstrating them. As soon as you make a commitment to the
little beast, it figures that it already won you over so what's the point
in being on their best behavior?
I guess there have been times I've been a lot like a vacuum cleaner. I was
on my best behavior before marriage. However, once I had a commitment from
my wife, I suddenly acted as if it didn't matter how I behaved. I could
stop short of my best because I had nothing more to prove. I mean, I
already won my bride - so why bother?
There are other guys out there that have done the same thing, so you can
quit looking at your screen as if you've never heard such foolishness.
As the years go by, we all need to learn that we need to be honest about
our failings and then work hard to be the best vacuum cleaners (men) we
can be in our respective homes.
After all, when we got married we came with a lifetime guarantee oh, and
don't forget those promises about loving, cherishing, honoring, being
faithful and eating your mother-in-law's cooking.
By Glenn A. Hascall
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season
we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do
good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
James 1:22-25 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he
is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth
himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man
he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man
shall be blessed in his deed.”
Philippians 2:5-7 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men.”
Luke 6:35-36 Jesus declares “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and
lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye
shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful
and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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