Category Archives: Inspiration

IT COULDN’T BE TRUE! But there was no mistake.

A young boy from the New York slums was sent to the country by the *Fresh Air Fund.  He arrived late at night and was shown into a bedroom in the host farmhouse and told he was to sleep there.  … Continue reading

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HARMONY or DISCORD?

A piano can send forth beautiful, harmonious melodies when played by an accomplished pianist, but when it is banged by a child (regardless of how cute the child is) it can drive us to distraction with its discordant, horrible sounds.

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QUALITY CONTROL: Is it welcomed? appreciated? or resented and wasted?

The youngsters loved listening to their Grandpa telling stories of his life growing up in Canada.  He was  a lumberjack or logger, long before machinery modernised the industry.  Grandpa told how he loved his job of ‘rolling’ the logs under … Continue reading

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REVENGE! Did he do the right thing?

King Louis XII of France, began his reign in 1494.  During the reign of his predecessor, Charles VIII, Louis launched a revolt, was captured and cast in prison in 1488.  Louis was kept in chains, tortured and cruelly treated.  Later, … Continue reading

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POINTING THE FINGER – can our ‘neighbours’ accuse us?

Henry Ford did not invent the automobile. Henry Ford did not invent the assembly line. Henry Ford was responsible for transforming the automobile into an innovation that profoundly shaped the 20th century.  He, together with many other intelligent men, over … Continue reading

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GOD’S ONE DECISIVE BLOW brought deliverance to people without hope

In my last blog, we shared the immense pressure on the shoulders of Joseph Asscher as he undertook the job of cutting the biggest rough diamond ever found. After studying the stone for six months, he made ONE DECISIVE BLOW … Continue reading

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ONE DECISIVE BLOW!

The Cullinan diamond, discovered in South Africa in 1905, is the largest gem-quality diamond ever found. It was recorded at  3106.75 carat and 10.5 cm  long. Joseph Asscher of Amsterdam prepared himself for the greatest responsibility of his life: the difficult and … Continue reading

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PARALYSED with fear

A man needed to cross a wide river which had frozen over.  He knew folk would be skating on it soon, but he was afraid the ice might still be too thin.  He tested it and it seemed very solid, … Continue reading

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A WHOLE LIFETIME is not enough!

Carl Sharsmith, an 81 year old guide in YOSEMITE National Park was back at his tent after a long afternoon with tourists. His nose was flaked with sunburn and his eyes were watery.  He loved his work and wouldn’t want … Continue reading

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WHEN VICTORY IS DEFEAT – a lesson from King Pyrrhus

King Pyrrhus of Epirus suffered irreplaceable casualties in defeating the Romans at Heraclea in 280 BC and Asculum in 279 BC during the Pyrrhic War. Pyrrhus is quoted as saying “Another such victory and I come back to Epirus alone” … Continue reading

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