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Brad Stanton —  September 24, 2014 — 3 Comments

?????????????Bo Sanchez writes about a friend of his who was dying of kidney failure. His creatinine level was too high and there seemed to be no way to lower it without a kidney transplant or dialysis. He was given six months to live.

Bo prayed with him for healing. A year later Bo saw him again. He was not only still alive, but Bo was amazed at how healthy he looked. He was lean and trim and looked like an athlete.

Bo asked him what happened. The man said “I started getting exercise every day. In fact, I play four hours of badminton every day with my wife and kids. My creatinine levels are down and I feel great.”

Bo had another friend who found out she had cancer. At first she stayed in bed and cried most of the day. But later she realized this kind of lifestyle was not helping her health or her happiness, so she decided to find things to do that she loved doing.

Now she lives her life to the fullest. She is a public speaker and travels around the country (Philippines) to give hope to thousands of people.

Some time later Bo met her again and she was still at it, traveling around and helping people. You would never guess she has cancer. That is because she is not a cancer victim, but a victor.

“Nothing can stop you from living life with joy.” ~ Bo Sanchez

Bo Sanchez is a writer of motivational books and a speaker, speaking to thousands of people each week in the Philippines.

Seeds of greatness

Brad Stanton —  January 23, 2014 — 5 Comments

cocoa tree

cocoa tree

Many years ago a young man in Ghana West Africa saw poverty in his village so he wanted very badly to bring about change and help his people. So at 16 years of age he decided to leave home determined to find some way to help his people. Seven years later he returned. His people saw him a long time before he reached the village as he walked down the road. They were very excited because they knew that since he had been gone a long time he must have something wonderful to share with them that would help them overcome their poverty and difficulties.

They ran out to meet him and shouted, “What did you bring?”

He silently put his hand in his pocket and pulled out three small seeds. Everyone was surprised, because they expected so much more.

“What are they?” they asked.

“They are cocoa seeds” he replied.

He planted the seeds and soon the three trees had multiplied to many. He had learned how to cultivate and take care of cocoa plants.

Now in Ghana cocoa is a major source of income for many people. Because one man planted seeds and knew how to take care of them, he changed his country forever and helped many people.

It sometimes takes a well-trained person to see seeds of greatness in other people. Maybe someone you know is not a good student and suffers because he just can’t make good grades. But maybe he can become a great writer, athlete, musician, model, actor or politician. Stephen J. Cannell failed the first grade, he also failed the fourth and tenth grades but he wrote many TV scripts for famous TV shows and eventually had over 2000 people working for him.

Charles Dickens failed many times to get his books published, but he kept trying and later changed the world by showing tens of thousands of people how difficult the lives orphans can be.

It usually takes a long time to achieve great things in life. Just like the cocoa plants took a long time to multiply to thousands of trees it may take a long time for the seeds of greatness to grow in you.

Don’t give up. Keep cultivating the seeds within you. If you don’t quit, someday you will accomplish the goals and dreams that God has placed in your heart. Remember Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”  Say that out loud five times a day and it will do wonders for you.

The Jewish, Muslim and Christian religion all speak of Moses, who led people out of slavery in Egypt.

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” Charles Kettering, inventor with over 140 patents

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More than three thousand years ago several million people were released from slavery and they traveled to a land that was promised to them. But because they had “grasshopper mentalities” (we are not tough enough or good enough,, we are like grasshoppers compared to them) they didn’t have the confidence to fight for the land God promisied them and instead wandered aimlessly in the desert, living a very austere life. Abundance and wealth was just beyond their grasp. They could have had it if they had faith enough to fight for it, as was proved forty years later when they fought for and won the land.

Most people believe they are not extraordinary and they will never do anything special with their life. They don’t want to get their hopes up because they have been disappointed so many times in the past. They don’t aim for any goals in life because they are afraid of failure. It has often been said “If you don’t aim for anything, you will probably get it.”

It has been said that if you ask a person in any store why they are there, they will have a good answer, they came to buy something or just came to look around. But if you ask a person why they are here in life and what their goals and dreams are, they will probably not be able to answer the question. In fact some say 8 out of 10 people don’t really have an answer to that question.

A young man was told by his parents and teachers that he wasn’t very smart. He didn’t do well in school and after leaving high school he applied for a job at a large company near his home. The company always gave IQ tests to everyone who applied and they found that he had an extremely high IQ. They put him in a position that required a lot of thinking and planning. He did extremely well, in fact he invented a couple of new things and was awarded patents. What was the difference? He suddenly had hope and faith that he could do well at his job. He was treated with respect and it caused him to respect himself.

However, it is certainly true that many people who don’t have much talent do incredible things in life. Many of the most successful businessmen, world leaders, inventors, athletes, rock stars, etc. do not have high IQ’s. It is not necessary for success in life, by any definition of success. But it seems that hope is necessary and so is faith, or confidence, whatever you want to call it.

A grasshopper mentality is the death of dreams and goals, and usually prevents people from having big dreams and plans for the future. The way to overcome it is to read/listen to positive instead of negative, every day.

“You are more than conquerors (winners) through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37


Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was contacted by a man who felt that his life was going nowhere. He had gotten more and more discouraged about a number of things and felt that he had nothing to live for. His discouragement was draining the energy out of him to the point that he knew he had to do something about it in order to get the energy he needed.

He told Dr. Peale that everything was going wrong in his life and that he felt he had nothing to live for.

Peale took out a sheet of paper and drew a line down the middle of it. He said “Let’s list the good things in your life on the right hand side and the bad things on the left side. Ok, to start with, I’m sorry to hear you lost your wife.”

The man was taken back and said “I didn’t lose my wife, she is alive and healthy!”

“Oh really?” Peale said. He wrote “Wife healthy” on the right side.

“Well, I’m sorry you lost your job.”

“What are you talking about” the man exclaimed, “I have a fine job.”

Peale wrote “Has a fine job” on the right side, but asked “So you lost your house?”

“No, I have a nice house” the man said. “Why did you think I lost my house?”

“You told me that everything is going wrong in your life” Peale answered. He wrote “Has a nice house” on the right side of the paper.

Peale continued to ask the man question after question until he had listed twenty things in the right hand column and nothing in the “bad” column.

“It seems there is a lot going right in your life, my friend” Peale said. The man nodded. He had begun to see that he did in fact have a lot to be thankful for and his life was much better than he thought. He took this to heart and over the next few weeks, when he began to feel discouraged he mentally went through his list of blessings until he felt much better. His energy began to return to him and he became optimistic instead of pessimistic. He began to perform better at his job and got along better with his family.

This same procedure has worked for many people. I have heard many say that if they make a list of their blessings they begin to feel better and become more optimistic. That in turn causes them to make better decisions and have better relationships and perform better at their job. It works for everybody. It has always worked every time for me.

You reap what you sow

Brad Stanton —  April 23, 2013 — 7 Comments

000Beggar“Good morning” said a woman as she walked up to the man sitting on ground. The man slowly looked up.

This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life.

His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before. “Leave me alone,” he growled….

To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was smiling — her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows. “Are you hungry?” she asked. “I’ll buy your lunch at the cafeteria across the street.”

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently. “Jack, do you remember me?”

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. “I think so — I mean you do look familiar.”

“I’m a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry.”

“I was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”

Jack lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said. “I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy.”

“I know,” the woman continued. “Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble… Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right.”

“So you started your own business?” Old Jack said. “I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.” She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons…He’s the personnel director of my company. I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.” She smiled. “I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet… If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.”

There were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank you?” he said. “Don’t thank me,” the woman answered. “Thank God, He led me to you.”

God is going to shift things around for you today and make things work in your favor.