Creating a Learning Network for Kingdom Builders!
If I Only Had The Time
If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400 - with no balance carried from day to day - what would you do? Well, we do have such a bank...time.
Every morning it credits us with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as "lost" whatever we have failed to use toward good purposes.…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on June 11, 2011 at 9:53am — No Comments
A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.
Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.
He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the…Continue
To live in hearts we leave behind Is not to die.
~Thomas Campbell, "Hallowed Ground"
I rummaged through the small cardboard box that passed for my jewelry box. On a mission to get rid of anything unworn, I gasped as my hand touched the metal butterfly — no bigger than a half dollar.
Clutching it to my aching…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on May 8, 2011 at 3:55pm — No Comments
The Wemmicks were small wooden people.
Each of the wooden people was carved by a woodworker named Eli. His workshop sat on a hill overlooking their village.
Every Wemmick was different. Some had big noses, others had large eyes. Some were tall and others were short. Some wore hats, others wore coats. But all were…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 21, 2011 at 11:22pm — No Comments
A Life Lesson: Cannery Row
A 1982 Film from John Steinbeck's Book Cannery Row has a life lesson, that if we could all learn, would make life a whole lot more enjoyble and a whole lot less stressful.
We are born with a people package. In it, are many contradicting forces at work. The one that causes us and everyone else the most problems is "It's all about me." or…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 20, 2011 at 5:46am — No Comments
Seasons of Life...
"Judge No Wine Before Its Time..."
Wine Growers' Creed
There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.
The first son went in the winter, the second in…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 17, 2011 at 6:55am — No Comments
What Can I Give?
My wife and I had just finished the 150-mile trip home from our daughter’s college. It was the first time in our lives that she would be gone for any length of time. We wondered how other people had survived it.
Later in bed, I thought of the time I started college. My father had driven me too. We rode in the farm truck. In the back was the…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 16, 2011 at 8:32am — No Comments
THE OLD FISHERMAN
Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore . We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out-patients at the Clinic.
One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. 'Why, he's hardly …
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 14, 2011 at 1:56am — No Comments
I Owe You Nothing...or Do I?
Her protests were louder than usual. This morning, the Oldsmobile engine sounded more like a horse neighing than any modern mode of transportation. She sounded like I felt. It was clear she needed a cup of tender loving care.
I wish I could afford to give it to you gal, I thought. I pumped a little gas…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 11, 2011 at 9:12pm — No Comments
Never, never, never give up.
It was Easter vacation and I was home from the university for ten glorious days. I knew how much my mother missed me while I was at school and I knew she was going to cook all of my favorite foods and spoil me rotten.
I was an art student and would graduate with my degree in two…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 11, 2011 at 5:29am — No Comments
Tearing down the wall and using the bricks to build a bridge...
The neighborhood kids nicknamed the cranky old couple Crazy Jack and Ruby Rednose. Rumor was that they sat inside and drank whiskey all day.
It was true that Jack and Ruby Jones preferred to keep to themselves. About the only words we ever heard from them were…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 10, 2011 at 7:40am — No Comments
His Mysterious Ways
A baby boy was born in Essex, England in 1725. His father was a shipmaster in the Mediterranean Sea Service and his mother a nonconformist Christian. His mother died of Tuberculosis when the little boy was six.
The little boy's mother prayed for her little boy nonstop. She asked the Lord to use her little boy to make a…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 9, 2011 at 1:03pm — No Comments
The Woodsman and the Leprechaun
Long ago, a woodsman saved the life of a leprechaun and was given one wish. The woodsman thought for a long time and finally wished that each of his three daughters find a good husband.
But the leprechaun was full of games. "How am I to know what's good in your mind? I'll give them husbands, but you can name only…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 8, 2011 at 5:45am — No Comments
Things God Uses
I stood on the front porch, finger poised at the doorbell. Just what am I letting myself in for here? I wondered. I’d never been to Brian’s house before. Friends at church had set us up and I liked him right away.
We had so much in common-similar upbringings and the same love of faith and family. We were both in our late thirties and…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 6, 2011 at 4:57am — No Comments
God's Mountain Garden
The best place to seek God is in a garden.
~George Bernard Shaw
I grew up on a farm in the mountains of northwest Arkansas. As children, my brother and I roamed every inch of the little mountain facing my parents' house. We knew where every giant boulder and animal burrow was on that little piece of mountain…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 5, 2011 at 5:29am — No Comments
Bob joined us just before Christmas of 2010. He was a stray cat living outside the office where Ginny worked. She and her co-workers kept him and the other strays fed. The weather grew cold. Ginny lost her job. "I'm not leaving him!" she said to me. So Bob came home for Christmas.
Four months later, Bob was still with us. We took him to the…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 4, 2011 at 4:49am — No Comments
When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts.
~Robert Brault, http://www.robertbrault.com
It was a cold New England night. I hurried out of work, then ran the few blocks from my office to the subway, barely catching…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 4, 2011 at 4:43am — No Comments
Letters to Mamaw
To send a letter or share an experience, is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart...
My grandmother's eightieth birthday was approaching and I was at a loss as to what to give her. She had recently moved into a nursing home and didn't have room for extra "stuff." She insisted that…
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 3, 2011 at 6:12am — No Comments
Life Lessons from My Students
Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
~John Cotton Dana
It is a humbling experience when teachers are the ones who are also learning in their very own classroom. After high school and college, it might seem as if the days of tests and homework are over; however, when 150 students…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 2, 2011 at 6:07am — No Comments
I get these motivational emails with stories and quotes and today's is pretty awesome. A long time ago, I used to look for motivational stories and then put a midi song as an attachment.
This midi is pretty awesome and i think it will go with the story.
Conquering the Stairs
Have you ever let fear conquer you? Well today, you're going…Continue
Added by Mark Edward Kroger on April 1, 2011 at 5:06am — No Comments