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Old 06-26-06, 09:56 PM   #1
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If you can't win the race, make sure that the person ahead of you breaks the record




You miss 100% of the shots that you don't take




Aim high, and consider yourself capable of great things


Angels fly because they take themselves lightly-they're not held down by the weight of their own self-importance
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Old 07-02-06, 01:18 PM   #2
 
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If you shoot for nothing, you'll hit it every time.
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Old 07-02-06, 01:19 PM   #3
 
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He is no fool, who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.
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Old 07-02-06, 04:39 PM   #4
 
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He is no fool, who gives up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.
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That is deep...but I really have to ponder it. Hmm....

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and i need to learn to do quotes correct, too!!
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The quote "He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose" was coined by Jim Elliott, a missionary who was killed attempting to bring the message of God to the jungles of Equador. Yes, it's the same one they recently made the film about, except I met Jim Elliott's wife in person and the film did not accurately portray what actually happened. Jim was talking about giving up things here on earth for the sake of what he was "saving up" for eternity. In other words, he had an "eternal retirement program". He gave up the comfort of living in a normal home in the US to go live in the jungles of Equador and minister to the hostile natives.

I believe that when we find out what it is God created us for, it is then that we experience real joy in this life. It is not about having expensive cars and gorgeous homes with technological gadgets. It is about relationships, learning to give of ourselves, and learning how to love. Sometimes in the midst of our worst pain, when we reach out to others to comfort them, we ourselves get comforted and healed.

Case in point....last night I registered on this site because all i could think of was dying. Then, once i read everyone's posts, my heart broke and something happened....I got out of my own way, got my eyes off my own crap and started to try and lift others up. In that process, I myself got lifted up. Today I do not feel like I want life to end. I know my trials are not over...I am still broke and creditors are crawling up my behind. I am nearly 50 yrs old and still single, and never married. I still feel alone at times....but when I TAKE the time to listen, I feel God's presence and know he speaks to me in strange ways...maybe my cats will come cuddle up to me when I am crying and feeling down, or maybe some commercial will make me laugh, or the sun will hit my face in the morning and touch my heart...and I realize, those are moments God is touching me and reminding me "I am here, I am right here with you"....so truly, we never are really alone...because HE is always with us, especially when we are in deep pain, whether we believe in Him or not. Sometimes, God even brings certain scripture verses to my mind when I'm in my deepest moments of heartache...such as "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path". Or, "Fear not, for I am with you". There are many verses, especially in the Psalms that comfort me in times of pain. I am no different from anyone else here...but I can honestly tell everyone here, without God in my life, I would have ended my life decades ago. Honest.

I know God knows the future and the bible teaches "I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans for a future and a hope, not for harm". Even tho it seems like this trial is taking forever....God will bring me out of it. Will it be in my time? Maybe not. But will it eventually be ok? Yes, I know that it will....why? Because I've been in this position before and God always brought me out of it. He can be trusted. Even when it seems He can't..."His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts". Sometimes what looks to us to be a mangled mess from our perspective, if you turn it around to the other side, reveals a beautiful tapestry....all we saw were the mangled threads and millions of knots, because we are looking at only one side... but on the other side, is a beautiful piece of art.

last night I came here feeling suicidal. Today, I feel joy, hope, and peace, in SPITE of my horrible situation because things are the same today that they were yesterday. Now, THAT, to me, is a miracle.
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Old 07-04-06, 12:27 AM   #7
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Dear Allthings:
Thanks so much for that incredible post. I'm not of that religion, but I think that they are all the same when they recognize that God gave us life, and we're meant to live, and not sit still, and that when we reach out to be there for others-that is the reward. You are right, not the fancy cars (I went out on 2 first dates both this week and last, and both guys, who don't like to drive at night, wanted me to drive their cars. one was the brand new top of the line Mercedes, and the other was the brand new Caddillac). Why am I telling you, because as I sat at dinner trying to get to know each one, they both similarly shared that they have never loved and that their hearts are closed. I asked them each (on each of the dates) why they would close down their hearts, and they said that they didn't want to risk not getting hurt. I asked them both doesn't it hurt not being loved, and they were stumped. My point is, here are 2 men, that are trying to woo someone with their toys, but their hearts are closed, and whoever connects with them will never find love, because these guys don't want love. They want arm candy for a while till they discard it and go for newer arm candy. And we wonder why so many of us feel kicked to the curb? My girlfriend, someone who always took care of herself (I have a tendency towards gaining weight and have been a human yoyou in size), just got dumped by a guy who said that she is too fat (she's a size 4). You are so right about what you say about the guys with the toys. That is to cover their closed hearts. Don't isolate allthings. You sound wonderful. I have just gone through 2 years of one million bill collectors after me, driving for a year with no car insurance, no health insurance, no car registration, no new clothes, no money to 'play'. But God always has a better plan, and sometmies we have to go through the bad stuff to get to the other side. I'm not sitting on top of the world right now, but I have a job, my businesses are growing, in 2 months I'm done paying off one of the debts and I see a light at the end of the tunnel, and I learned so much about taking better care of myself-and not even always going with the flow. I went out tonight with one old friend and one new one. My old friend and I shared a dinner, and the new friend had her own which was a few $ less. The bill came My old friend wanted to split it 3 ways, which was fine with me. My new friend argued that since she had less, she wanted to cover what she ate (I could understand that since I usually don't go out with friends becuase of how budgeted I am with my money, but because it was a holiday, I allowed myself some slack). We were $2 less at the end, and we kept adding and adding, and then I realized, my new friend was trying to get away with not paying for $2 more of what she had in extras. A mini-drama erupted, and I was proud of myself. I spoke up. The old me would have let it go by, and I would have 'ate it'. The point it, out of the 3 of us, she's divorced, receiving incredible alimony, lives in a 6 bedroom home in a very affluent area, and is a NYC schoolteacher who makes an incredible amount of $. I'm basically on the balls of my ass, and this woman would have been happy to get away with not paying $2 that was hers, when we all just wanted to split it 3 ways. My piont is that the mess that I got myself into, (the financial one) was a lot of my turning my head at bills, or having things taken out on automatic and after a while I didn't know what they were and I was not treating my money with what I found is the respect that I need to. So although these 2 years have sucked, I've learned a tremendous amount about taking much better care of myself, and loving myself, and keeping myself safer. I think it is that 4 years ago when my parents 'ran away'-I jsut stopped caring about everything. I'm learning to love myself again, and making myself be worth it all. The better I'm starting to take care of myself, the more I'm starting to love myself, the more I'm conecting to God, the more hopeful life is becoming, and the more I can give to people on this because my being ther for them is helping to strengthen me incredibly. When I read the issues, and by now you must be seeing the same thing. Its hurt, loss, not feeling loved, or good enough, and pain. I give whatever I have on this site, because I truly know that there but for the grace of God could go I, and that now, if I ever really need a forum where I feel someone is there listening, I know where to go. I hope that lots of people use this, and we'll never really know if we're helping one another, unless people post what they have, and the responses that I got, with hearing that I've helped some people makes me feel so nourished and alive, that I totally agree with you-this place strengthens ou and makes you want to help everyone feel better, because feeling better is great. Expecially those of us who have been on both sides. And you like me are more seasoned (I'm 56). Its amazing to read so many young peopel and the amount of pain that they are in. I just want to help them all stop cutting, and know how much wonderful stuff is out there and that the dark passes and the light takes over. And I say that to you allthings. I know that you are going through some rough times right now-I'm sending you love and light, and I'm hoping that each day that you realize your wonderfulness, that you will get stronger, and that your wanting to leave will dissappate. Besides, we're not supposed to leave until it is our time. There is a reason we are here. And what if both our reasons now is just for us to be here and help many others, or to experience a great love one more time in our lives. There might be men out there who are lonely and truly looking to experience love with someone one more time. The point is, would you welcome love if it found its way to you? Well, for me, since I want and expect it, I'm getting ready for it. I'm so hoping one day to tell you that it showed up bedause I knew it would. But that is how I feel with turning my entire situation around. And I'm doing it one day at a time.
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Old 07-04-06, 10:13 AM   #8
 
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Hi Sparkling, thank you so much for your post and you are so so right in all you said. I am hopeful now. Also, because of my being a christian, I don't know that I would really have gone thru with ending my life. I fear too much having to face God without an appointment :shock: ....so that is why I used the quote at the bottom of my postings "suicide won't end the pain". I would think it would be worse to take my own life and then have God show me all the good things He had planned for me that I would have missed. Or worse, have God be dissappointed with me for not trusting Him to get me through this time.

I have much to do today as I will be working in NYC tomorrow thru mid July, so I won't be around to post unless I can get to this site from my handheld device. So if I can't post for the next 2 weeks, no one need worry, I will be working hard and making a decent income which is much needed right now. God provided this job and it will be a huge blessing for me with all I have on my plate financially right now.

Thanks so much for all your thoughts and insights.
I'll try to visit here from NYC but if I can't, just know I am thinking about everyone here, and praying for all.
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Old 07-04-06, 12:21 PM   #9
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Thanks for sharing, and I'm glad that you found work-what kind of work do you do? Iknow you told me briefly, but what kind is the kind that takes you to NYC and from where? The other question is, why you don't think that you will be able to get online. So many internet cafe's in NYC!!!! Sometimes you can just go on to them and go to anywebsite that you want, and you don't need to pay money, because they think that you're going to need to buy coffee or smoething while 3-mailing!! Third of all, if you get upset or something, I live right near the city, and I know that sometimes its an up or down situtation, so if you don't have contacts there-let me know in a private forum if you would want me to give you my cell # so that you can call if you're feeling down. Or if you want to have coffee (it would have to be ont he weekend-because I work during the week) I'm so happy to hear that you have this work since you said that money was an issue. Are they putting you up as well? Have you done this before or is it new and exciting for you? Have you been to NYC before? Thanks for sharing about your going away so that no one worries about you-I'm still concerned about Shadow and what he posted. He had the police get him so that he didn't hurt himself. The way he wrote it, this site was a very positive thing for him. Anyway, you might have left already, but if you haven't have a wonderful trip and let me know if you want contact.
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Old 07-04-06, 12:42 PM   #10
 
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Hi Sparkling,

I live in central Jersey but have worked in NYC before. This will be in the Sojo area so I'm pretty excited. It's actually not my job, it's another company who hired me to assist for up to 9 days. The pay is good and it will be such a blessing for me!!! I am not sure they will need me all 9 of those days but am hoping they at least stretch it to 7.

I own my own company applying venetian plasters. I've been at it for 3 yrs now and it's been a little discouraging lately due to clients who lie and try to cheat me out of what they owe after the work is done (even after saying "your work is breathtakingly beautiful, we've never seen anything this top notch before" blah blah blah. I think it's typical of NJ and the metropolitan areas....people are colder here than in some other places in the US...I know lack of conscience is everywhere, but it seems to be prevalent where I am.

I will try to find a local internet cafe...I don't really know my way around the city that well. I go in occassionally with friends to just hang out, shop, or go to an event...but not that often. I will be staying in a commercial building where they have a daybed in the back. There will be another woman there with me, and it's her uncle who's commercial building we are doing so I'm not worried about safety issues in staying overnight.

I may be able to log in from my handheld device, just not sure...sometimes it works, sometimes doesn't. I will try so I don't lose touch with everyone here.

I don't recall reading posts from the fellow you mentioned who had called the police to keep him from ending his life. I will keep him in my prayers.
If I am not able to log on for some reason, just know I am ok, and busy working and doing what I love!

You have a great week and I'll be in touch soon.
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