The other day my wife and I tided our bedroom in preparation for putting our house on the market.
I took a photo. Here it is.
After this, my wife discovered that it looked better when she put something extra on the bed – a red blanket.
I took another photo. Here it is.
What a difference something extra made!
And it was so simple.
This made me think. How easy is it to add something extra?
It could make all the difference. If you’re making a meal, you really should add that extra little bit of garnish to the plate.
If you’re giving a gift, it probably is worth putting a ribbon on the box.
If you’re writing a story, leave it for a few days, and then come back and add something extra for a finishing touch. I did this with my quotes article here. The final quote didn’t quite fit, but it added some extra life. Don’t you agree?
So, perhaps you’re going to a nice restaurant. Why not wear a tie? Yes, I already hear you, it’s not your style. I do get that… But, is there something you could add that makes it a little bit more special for the people you’re mixing with?
Who knows, just that bit of extra attention, or an additional longer look into your loved ones eyes could brighten their whole evening.
As W. Clement Stone wrote in “The Success System That Never Fails”
“Little hinges swing big doors.”
In 2019 St. John Properties handed out $10 million in bonuses to their employees. That was a nice surprise. But it’s not what I’m talking about, because it doesn’t have to cost you big time.
It can be something as little as an extra cherry on top of the cake.
Little things do matter.
Who doesn’t like it when they service your car, and they add tyre black to the tyres at no extra charge? But you don’t have to add extra for commercial advantage. You can just do it for the fun of it.
Add extra for your own satisfaction. Give it some thought.
It makes sense.
If you’re selling your house, why not add that extra blanket?
P.S. Here’s an extra tip: Try adding extra on top of extra!
Depression, loneliness, despair. Most people have been there —
Sorry, the rhymes were meant to start further down.
Let’s look at what you can you do, when you’re feeling blue.
Sorry again! I think I’d better get all the poetry out of the way first.
THE BUS TO NOWHERE
Today I could take a holiday And visit somewhere nice. Maybe take the bus to Burleigh (Avoiding Surfers Paradise).
I’d go down by the sea Where the breeze blows on my face, And then buy a cup of coffee In a certain lonely place.
Then walk up to the bluff lookout To see the blue sea, blue sky sights. And stare down at the rocks From dizzy, dangerous heights.
And I’d consider all the seagulls And I’d make my mind up not to fall. They fly around forever. But I don’t fly at all.
Then… I’d walk back to the bus stop Feeling hardly any pain. Some days, I take a bus to nowhere Then I come back home again.
Before I talk about what you can do to shake the blues, here’s what not to do.
Don’t take drugs, don’t take booze, and don’t throw your life away.
Whatever doesn’t build you up will generally tear you down, so don’t be stupid.
Excluding medical help, which is totally outside the scope of this article, here are
THREE IDEAS FOR BEATING THE BLUES:
1) Change your scenery or location
2) Change your plan
3) Change your thinking
A change of scenery may only be a temporary fix, as illustrated in my poem. But it may help, because it can change your mood and give you time to reevaluate things. Sometimes stuff just takes time to work through. As the Bible says, weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)
A change of plan. You need hope, and having a plan can give you hope. You need to get a vision for yourself of what could be, not what is. Again, to quote the Bible, where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18) There are lots of books about goal setting, and they might help, but just ask yourself, What’s the next step I can take in order to make things better? That’s how you begin to make a plan. Take it from there.
A change of thinking. Negative thinking will take you deeper into depression. Although your thinking may seem like it’s on autopilot, you can steer your thoughts if you really want to – your thoughts are actually choices you’re making! So – begin by refusing to dwell on any negative thoughts and choose to focus on the things you can do to make your life better. Be thankful for every asset you have. It may take a little effort to change your thought habit patterns, but it works better than any pill in the long run. Bible quote time: In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God. (1 Thes. 5:18) And another one: Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)
Change your thinking, change your mindset, change your life. Take a bus to nowhere if you like, but make sure you get home safely.
Some things seem to be a mixture of truth and the unknown.
Here’s an example.
Take a look at the map of the Middle East below. Can you see a bowing king with a nail through his hands/wrists where the Suez Canal is? Did you know there is a controversy about whether Jesus had nails hammered through his wrists rather than through his hands?
Is this something that makes you go hmmm, or is it just coincidental nonsense for you?
Some things are really strange, and may or may not be true.
On the other hand, some things are positively true, although just as strange.
Here’s another example. Go to my previously posted article about the chicken and the egg. That article, and the proof in it, blows away the theory of the origin of the species.
It’s clearly the truth.
The only problem is, some people refuse to accept obvious truth.
In this matter the truth is, God does exist. Another truth is, the Bible is a message from God …and guess what? I can prove that also!
As already stated, people did not evolve, and life was created by God. If you are in doubt, study my chicken article about it. Don’t read any further until you’ve done that.
Now, once you accept the existence of God, the next step is to find out if the Bible was also inspired by God, or not.
There are many different ways to prove the Bible.
Here are just a few.
I think one of the most compelling proofs is the remains of Sodom and Gomorrah.
When God rained fire and brimstone on those cities it may have looked something like this:
Today, the buildings look like this:
Here’s a video about it.
The quality is rather grainy, so you may think this is hokey, but when you study the subject in depth you will find that the truth becomes clearer, just as there are many clearer images available of this area. I’m going to leave it to you, to look into further evidence for yourself. A logical place to start is at https://ronwyatt.com/
Here’s another way to prove the Bible is true. The first verse of the Bible proves it. There are more aspects to this verse than covered here, but for the sake of brevity, watch this, and then try to write a sentence that does a tenth of what the first verse of the Bible does.
To finish this article, did you know that the first ten names of everyone in Genesis Chapter 5 of the Bible contain a hidden prophecy about Jesus in the New Testament?
They prove the New Testament is true, as well as the Old.
Check out this video for details.
Search YouTube for more detailed videos by Chuck Missler on this.
Truth IS stranger than fiction.
Although some things are doubtful, don’t let those things close your mind to crystal clear truth staring you directly in the face, begging you to embrace it.
Browsing through some old files on my computer, I came across the following story. It’s so good that I’d like to share it here…
On the morning of his 42nd birthday, Bill Jones awoke to a ball of thunder. Glancing out the window he saw written in fiery letters across the sky:
SOMEONE IS TRYING TO KILL YOU BILL JONES!
With shaking hands, Bill lit his first cigarette of the day.
He didn’t question the message. His only question was “Who?”
At breakfast, while spreading margarine and marmalade over his toast, he told his wife Sally, “Someone is trying to kill me.”
“Who?” she asked in horror.
Bill slowly stirred the cream and sugar into his coffee, and shook his head.
“I don’t know!” he said.
On his way to the office, Bill tried to think of a way to outwit his would-be-murderer. But the frustration of making up time by beating traffic lights and switching lanes, occupied him wholly.
Nor, once behind his desk, could he find a moment to resolve the mystery. What, with jangling phones, urgency memos, and the problems and decisions piling up as they did every day, it wasn’t until his second beer during his lunch hour that the full terror of his position struck him. It was all he could do to finish his Lasagne Milanese.
“I can’t panic,” he said to himself, while lighting another cigarette. “
I simply must live my life as usual.
“So he worked until late as usual. Drove home as fast as usual. Ate a hearty cooked dinner as usual. Had a few more beers as usual, and sat in front of the TV until bed time as usual. He took his usual two Seconal capsules in order to get his usual six hours sleep.
The days passed, and Bill manfully stuck to his routine. His pride grew as he managed to go on living for years. But, as it must to all men, death came at last to Bill Jones.
It came at his desk on a particularly busy day. He was 53.
His grief stricken widow demanded a full autopsy. But it showed only emphysema, arteriosclerosis, duodenal ulcers, cirrhosis of the liver, cardiac neurosis, a cerebrovascular aneurism, pulmonary oedema, obesity, circulatory inefficiency, and a touch of cancer.
“How glad Bill would have been”, said the widow, smiling proudly through her tears, “to know that he died of natural causes.”
Which came first? No doubt, this rather cute little question was dreamed up by someone trying to be clever. But the answer to this question is more profound than most people realise.
Here you have a chicken, and over here you have an egg. Which came first?
This creates an impossible dilemma, if you believe in classic evolution theory – that is, if you go along with the idea that all species originally came from a more primitive species before them (which is an altogether different concept to varieties developing within the same species).
Classic evolution theory might have you believing that millions of years of gradual development of the egg eventually produced a chicken. Or was it the other way around?
It should be obvious to anyone that this could never have actually happened. Birds, and eggs, had to get it right the very first time they evolved… On the very first try — on the first go. If it didn’t work out perfectly the first time, then the bird race would have died out. They would not have survived more than one generation if you had partly formed chickens or birds trying to hatch out of partly formed non-functional eggs.
The very first time it happened, if an egg didn’t produce a fully functioning chicken or bird capable of laying perfect eggs from then on, the whole evolutionary process would have stalled. It would have ground to a halt. It would not have, and could not have continued.
Evolutionists might answer this by claiming I am trivialising the issue, and over simplifying a complicated process.
So, in order to make my point clearer, let’s talk about something more complicated: butterflies.
Instead of two stages, butterflies go through four stages in their life cycle.
How did the first butterflies develop these stages?
In order to survive, butterflies had to get this formula right on the very first go, or else they would not have survived. There wouldn’t be any butterflies at all, if they couldn’t do it right the very first time.
Think it through.
When a caterpillar turns to mush inside a chrysalis, how come a butterfly pops out afterwards? Why doesn’t a grasshopper pop out instead? Or maybe a cockroach?
Plus here’s a real problem for evolution. The female butterfly must find a male butterfly in order to mate and then lay eggs. So at least two caterpillars had to evolve at exactly the same time for this process to work. They both had to make a chrysalis and come out as butterflies. Except one had to come out as a male, and the other had to come out as a female. If this didn’t happen correctly on the very first try for both of them, then the whole process of butterfly continuation and survival could not have occurred in the first place.
Please explain how they gradually evolved with only partially formed abilities.
You can’t explain it because it didn’t happen.
Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash
Think this through. After mating, the female has to have within it’s makeup the ability to lay eggs that contain the blueprint for the whole cycle to repeat all over again.
Realise that if it didn’t happen perfectly with at least two butterflies of the opposite sex evolving at the same time the first time, with both containing a blueprint within them for the next generation of butterflies to continue… if this didn’t happen they would NOT have kept on keeping on.
Are the scales of deception beginning to fall from your eyes?
Darwin’s ‘Origin of the Species’ THEORY of evolution is not true. It never has been true.
You’ve been fooled.
The theory of evolution is for mental caterpillars.
It’s time to grow up! Why be a mental caterpillar? Why not grow up, transform your thinking, and learn to fly instead?
Do you really want to know the answer to my headline question?
The Bible tells you by implication which came first. It was the chicken.
The chicken came first, fully formed with a well designed reproductive system already built into it. God also created a fully formed man first, not an embryo first. God created all creatures fully formed to start with, using this same principle, including chickens and butterflies.
Here’s a poem I wrote several years ago. Even though you may not like poetry, check it out!
How pretty, is a butterfly On pastel powder wings It flutters through the scented air Unlike lower mortal things
How beautiful, a butterfly… It doesn’t have to wait It flutters past oblivious To worry fear and hate
How perfect, is a butterfly Such a lovely, wondrous thing! What a complex marvel of creation In just one tiny wing
How transient, a butterfly Painted flower on the breeze… It flutters passed unnoticed It dies, and no one sees.