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Most of us have seen a red light come on our automobile's dashboard - maybe for oil pressure, engine temperature, brake system, low fuel, etc. We can avoid much trouble by giving the needed attention to these warning light signals as soon as possible!

There is a Spiritual Dash Board Warning Lights System that each of us needs to check on regularly:

What are these Warning Indicators?:

  1. Increasing Problems In Family - Due To Lack Of Applying Bible Principles. 
  2. Lack of Zeal and Joy in the Ministry. 
  3. Lack of Self-Control. 
  4. Loss of Enthusiasm for the Truth. 
  5. Neglecting of Associating at Meetings. 
  6. Overly Critical of Elders and Organization. 
  7. Harboring Serious and Continued Doubts.

Have you checked your dashboard lately?

A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Among the thousands of answers received were the following:

"One who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable."

"One who understands our silence."

"A volume of sympathy bound in cloth."

"A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down."

The winning definition read: "A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out."

Johnny Fulton was run over by a car at the age of three. He suffered crushed hips, broken ribs, a fractured skull, and compound fractures in his legs. It did not look as if he would live. But he would not give up. In fact, he later ran the half-mile in less than two minutes.

Walt Davis was totally paralyzed by polio when he was nine years old, but he did not give up. He became the Olympic high jump champion in 1952. Shelly Mann was paralyzed by polio when she was five years old, but she would not give up. She eventually claimed eight different swimming records for the U.S. and won a gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Lou Gehrig was such a clumsy ball player that the boys in his neighborhood would not let him play on their team. But he was committed. He did not give up. Eventually, his name was entered into baseball's Hall of Fame.

Woodrow Wilson could not read until he was ten years old. But he was a committed person. He became the twenty-eighth President of the United States.

First of all, always rely on your GPS (God's Powerful Spirit)!   When leaving The Worldly Mall make a turn around and go to Faith Blvd. Keep straight on Lamp to my Roadway. There, you must turn onto the Endurance Bridge, which is over troubled water.   When you get off the bridge, do not turn right or left but keep straight. You are now on Narrow Road. Keep going for three and a half miles, then exit off onto Virtue Blvd.   From there, make a Right turn on Knowledge Lane. Keep Straight and then make another Right onto Self Control Road.   As you go on your way, be aware of the traffic jam on Temptation Ave. Do not take the short cut on Sin Street because it is a DEAD END.   You will have to pass up Envy Drive, Hate Avenue, Hypocrisy Street, Gossiping Lane, and Backbiting Blvd. because these are No Through Streets and will lead you back to Temptation Ave.   Stay on Self Control Road because this will turn into Long-Suffering Lane. You may have to make a brief detour onto Persecution Blvd. if there is construction going on. If that happens you may have to go through Trials and Tribulations Ave but in any case you will eventually end up on Victory Street.   Victory Street will take you straight into Spiritual Paradise!  

 

The story is told of how a man tried to stop his son Matthew from stealing comic books. He tried various uses of the law over several years and continued to fail. Finally, he resorted to something he rarely used: a spanking. He did it deliberately, almost ritualistically, and he was so upset when he finished that he left the room and wept. After pulling himself back together, he went in to Matthew and hugged him. A number of years later, Matthew and his mother were doing some general reminiscing, and Matthew happened to bring up the time when he kept stealing comic books. "And you know why I finally stopped?" he asked. "Sure," she said, "Because Dad finally spanked you." "No!" replied Matthew, "No, because Dad cried."

FACT 1: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. 

LESSON: People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

FACT 2: When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It then quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it. 

LESSON: If we have as much sense as a goose we will stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We will be willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

FACT 3: When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position. 

LESSON: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

FACT 4: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. 

LESSON: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of other) is the quality of honking we seek.

FACT 5: When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, tow geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock. 

LESSON: If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

For unlimited joy and happiness, remember, the more we serve the more joy we have.

The Japanese Carp, if placed in a small bowl, will grow to 2" or 3" in length. In a pond, they attain 6" to 10" In a large lake, they grow to over 3'! The size of the fish depends on the size of the body of water they are in. Water represents the many facets of our theocratic service. The fish represents joy, which grows in direct relationship to the amount of water it is in. So place your self in the largest body of service possible, and watch joy grow as Jehovah blesses you!

If you were a young boy and you saw another young boy eating an ice cream cone, would you be jealous and wish he would share with you? But would your attitude change if you found out he had terminal leukemia and had only a few days to live? You would let him enjoy his ice cream as he has so little time left, right?

Now what of the people in the world around us? Do we see them enjoying the latest car, a nice house, material things, making trips, etc. And are we jealous of them, and do we want to do the same now too? Now let's think of the boy and the ice cream who had cancer. People in the world that do not have Jehovah are like him, they have very little time to live, and so we can let them live it to their fullest. But if we have Jehovah, let us concentrate on his service, knowing we will have eternity to enjoy all these things we envy today and many more blessings.

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