Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Vol. 2, No. 4 Page 9 April 2000

Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

What the Bible
Will Do For You!

By Eddie Cooper

The story is told of an old sheepherder in the hills of Idaho who was a faithful listener to one of the finer musical programs on the radio.  One night after listening to the concert, he wrote a rather unusual request.  He said: ďI enjoy your program from New York every week, and I am writing to ask you a favor.  Itís rather lonely up here in the hills, and I havenít much to entertain me, aside from the radio.  No other human beings are near.  Now I have an old violin which I used to play, but it has gotten badly out of tune.  I wonder if you would take just a moment on your program next week and strike ďAĒ on the piano, so that I may tune my violin.Ē

Well, at first, they only smiled about the letter.  But then they began to see something more than humor in it.  Was it perhaps a symbol of what they should be able to do with good music on the air?  They decided to use the letter on the broadcast.  And so that night they actually interrupted the program long enough to strike ďAĒ on the piano in New York, while the old sheepherder in the hills of Idaho got the right pitch for his violin.  (Faith Amid Fear, by Peter Eldersveld, pg. 3)

As I read that story the thought came to me that we need something like that in a spiritual sense.  Our world seems to be out of tune with God, and that accounts for all the discord.  We are making noise, not music.  There are wars and rumors of wars; national and international tensions, crime, conflict, corruption, even in high places; turmoil within and without; and a widespread feeling of fear in the hearts of men.

Not only the world as a whole, but men as individuals also give evidence of being out of tune with God.  This accounts for the parental delinquency, the crimes, the broken homes and the immorality in the land.  Much of the misery, wretchedness and woe of today is caused by our people being out of tune with God.  It is not necessary to remain in a state of such discord, for the Lord gave us the Bible that we might tune our hearts and lives to his will.  If you will permit it, the Bible will bring harmony and peace to your soul!

Iíve Learned . . .

 Iíve learned . . .
        that you cannot make someone love you.
        All you can do is be someone who can be loved.
        The rest is up to them.
Iíve learned . . .
        that no matter how much I care,
        some people just donít care back.
Iíve learned . . .
        that it takes years to build up trust,
        and only seconds to destroy it.
Iíve learned . . .
        that itís not what you have in your life,
        but who you have in your life that counts.
Iíve learned . . .
        that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes.
        After that, youíd better know something.
Iíve learned . . .
        that you shouldnít compare
        yourself to the best others can do.
Iíve learned . . .
        that you can do something in an instant
        that will give you heartache for life.
Iíve learned . . .
        that itís taking me a long time
        to become the person I want to be.
Iíve learned . . .
        that you should always leave loved ones
        with loving words.  It may be the last
        time you see them.
Iíve learned . . .
        that you can keep going
        long after you canít.
Iíve learned . . .
        that we are responsible for what we do,
        no matter how we feel.
Iíve learned . . .
        that either you control your attitude
        or it controls you.
Iíve learned . . .
        that regardless of how hot and steamy
        a relationship is at first, the passion fades and
        there had better be something else to take its place.
Iíve learned . . .
        that heroes are the people who do what has to be done
        when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
Iíve learned . . .
        that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
Iíve learned . . .
        that my best friend and I can do anything
        or nothing and have the best time.
Iíve learned . . .
        that sometimes the people you expect
        to kick you when youíre down
        will be the ones to help you get back up.
Iíve learned . . .
        that sometimes when Iím angry
        I have the right to be angry,
        but that doesnít give me the right to be cruel.
Iíve learned . . .
        that true friendship continues to grow,
        even over the longest distance.
        Same goes for true love.
Iíve learned . . .
        that just because someone doesnít love you
        the way you want them to doesnít
        mean they donít love you with all they have.
Iíve learned . . .
        that maturity has more to do with
        what types of experiences youíve had
        and what youíve learned from them
        and less to do with how many
        birthdays youíve celebrated.
Iíve learned . . .
        that you should never tell a child
        their dreams are unlikely or outlandish.
        Few things are more humiliating, and what
        a tragedy it would be if they believed it.
Iíve learned . . .
        that your family wonít always be there for you.
        It may seem funny, but people you arenít
        related to can take care of you and love you
        and teach you to trust people again.
        Families arenít biological.
Iíve learned . . .
        that no matter how good a friend is,
        theyíre going to hurt you every once in a while
        and you must forgive them for that.
Iíve learned . . .
        that it isnít always enough to be forgiven by others.
        Sometimes you are to learn to forgive yourself.
Iíve learned . . .
        that no matter how bad your heart is broken,
        the world doesnít stop for your grief.
Iíve learned . . .
        that our background and circumstances
        may have influenced who we are,
        but we are responsible for who we become.
Iíve learned . . .
        that just because two people argue,
        it doesnít mean they donít love each other.
        And just because they donít argue,
        it doesnít mean they do.
Iíve learned . . .
        that we donít have to change friends
        if we understand that friends change.
Iíve learned . . .
        that you shouldnít be so eager to find out a
        secret.  It could change your life forever.
Iíve learned . . .
        that two people can look at the exact same thing
        and see something totally different.
Iíve learned . . .
        that no matter how you try to protect your
        children, they will eventually get hurt and
        you will hurt in the process.
Iíve learned . . .
        that your life can be changed in a matter of
        hours by people who donít even know you.
Iíve learned . . .
        that even when you think you have no more
        to give, when a friend cries out for you,
        you will find the strength to help.
Iíve learned . . .
        that credentials on the wall
        do not make you a decent human being.
Iíve learned . . .
        that the people you care about most in life
        are taken from you too soon.
Iíve learned . . .
        that itís hard to determine where to draw the line
        between being nice and not hurting peopleís feelings
        and standing up for what you believe.

Author Unknown, submitted by Mark McWhorter

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