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Moral: Your positive or negative expectations will likely bear the fruit you anticipate

It is said that two kinds of birds fly over the California deserts: the hummingbird and the vulture. All the vulture can see is rotting meat, because that is all he looks for. He thrives on that diet. But the hummingbird ignores the carcasses and the smelly flesh of dead animals. Instead, he looks for the tiny blossoms of the cactus flowers. He buzzes around until he find the colorful blooms almost hidden from view by the rocks. Each bird finds what it is looking for.

What are you looking for? Better still, what are you finding? What you are finding tells what you are really looking for. Your expectations of life will determine your outcome.

Why did Jesus associate with sinners? The position of the Christian servant of God might well be compared to that of a doctor who ministers to a superstitious, disease-ridden people in the jungle. Such a doctor will not hesitate to help these people, but he will never for a moment consider sharing the thoughts of his patients' superstitious minds or having fellowship with them in their disease-breeding habits and unsanitary conditions. He does not want to share their disease; he wants to share his knowledge of healing and sanitary living habits with them. He wants to make them well, not to get sick himself; to instruct them in improving their conditions, not to corrupt his own clean living habits. So the Christian witness of Jehovah today will preach to men of all kinds to help them attain spiritual health, but never will he lower his standards and begin sharing the thoughts of this world. (Luke 5:30-32; Rev. 22:1, 2.)

Have you ever noticed a vine growing and spiraling around a chain-link fence? The fresh growth, the young green vine, is easy to remove with a simple twist our your wrist. But the old, brown, woody part of the vine is very difficult to remove. It takes a lot of time and effort to break it off, and sometimes in won't come off unless we are willing to also remove part of the fence itself.

Bad habits are like a vine on a chain-link fence. The sooner we get after them, the easier they are to remove. But he old ones, the ones we've let remain in our life for years, are hard to get rid of. And sometimes they can't be removed unless we also remove other parts of our life.

Exercise daily. Walk with Jehovah!

It's better to get bumped by Jehovah's sheep than to be eaten by Satan's wolves!  

At times we realize our brother has something against us. We can rush to him and try to solve the problem before we get the facts, or be like the fellow who took the night job at the dynamite factory. He said, "Sometimes it is better to curse the darkness than light the wrong candle." It is better to get the facts first. This will illuminate matters, so that we can tell the difference between wicks and fuses!!

 

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up: It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning, the lion wakes up: It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: When the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

When your feet hit the floor running in the morning what motivates you? Fear or a sense of mission?

 

A man is given one bar of iron to do with as he chooses. Now he has a choice to (1) keep the bar of iron; its value is $5.00; (2) take that bar of iron and have it made into horseshoes; its value now is $10.00; (3) have it made into needles; its value is now $3,000.00; (4) make it into delicate balance springs; its value now is $250,000.00

It is all what you make of it, how we use what we have. Being in the truth is much like that. It is what we do what we have. How we progress or what privileges we may have or the depth of our understanding--we could either be that bar of iron or balance springs. It is up to us.

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