SERENDIPITY FOR SATURDAY

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A LESSON IN COMMUNICATING

When I first read this anecdote, it struck me as being quite simple but very powerful. So I thought I’d share it with you. I hope it sends the right message to your heart and life.

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He had a sign which read: “I am blind. Please Help.” There were only a few coins in the hat. When a man came walking by, he took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. Then he took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words on the back. He put the sign back where it was so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.

That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were going. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Weren’t you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?” The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you were trying to say but in a different way. I wrote: ‘Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.'”

Both signs told people the same thing… that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said, in a negative way, it was unfortunate that the boy was blind. The second sign told people, in a positive way, that they were extremely fortunate that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story:


Be thankful for what you have.


Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a reason to cry, show life that you have 100 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret because you can’t change it anyway. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

Keep the faith and drop the fear… just remember God is Near!

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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