Today Matters

“I’ve been told that certain species of fish will grow according to the size of their environment. Put them in a tiny aquarium, and they remain small even at adulthood. Release them into a huge natural body of water, and they grow into their intended size. People are similar. If they live in a harsh and limiting environment, they stay small. But put them someplace that encourages growth, and they will expand to reach their potential.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters

A Boy in Bondage – The Story of Antwone Fisher

Antwone Fisher was born in an Ohio correctional facility after his father had already been dead for two months and while his mother was incarcerated.  As a result, he grew up a ward of the state in foster care.  For over thirteen years, he lived with a couple who abused him horribly.  Daily he was beaten down – physically, verbally, and psychologically.  He never received a Christmas gift or a dime of allowance from his foster parents.  For years he was the victim of sexual abuse.  And he was often tied to a post in the basement and beaten.  His foster mother used to brag that she had once beaten him until he was unconscious.

By the time Fisher entered the third grade, he had lost any natural love for learning.  In addition, the constant admonition from his foster mother that he was the worst child in the world had convinced him that he couldn’t learn and had no future.  He failed fourth grade and was scheduled to repeat it.  But then something wonderful happened.  His foster family moved, which put him in a new school district.  His new teacher was Mrs. Profit.  “If there is such a thing as human beings who act as angels in our lives, Brenda Profit was that for me.

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Time is Our Most Precious Commodity

Given the choice, would you rather save time or money?

Most people focus on dollars. But how you spend your time is much more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can often be corrected, but when you lose time, it’s gone forever.

Your priorities determine how you spend your time, and time is precious.  The following statements may help you put time in perspective:

To know the value of one year… Ask the student who failed the final exam.

To know the value of one month… Ask the mother of a premature baby.

To know the value of one week… Ask the editor of a weekly newsmagazine.

To know the value of one day… Ask the wage earner who has six children.

To know the value of one hour… Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To know the value of one minute… Ask the person who missed the plane.

To know the value of one second… Ask the person who survived the accident.

To know the value of one millisecond… Ask the Olympic silver medalist.

Your time is priceless.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson advised, “Guard well your spare moments.  They are like uncut diamonds.  Discard them and their value will never be known.  Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”

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Source: Today Matters by John C. Maxwell

 

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