|A member of a certain church, who previously
had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks,
the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found
the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.
Guessing the reason for his pastor's visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs.
After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent.
The host watched all this in quiet fascination. As the one lone ember's flame diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and "dead as a doornail." Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.
Just before the pastor was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said, "Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday."
Quotes for the day:
"When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person
or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness
is the only way to dissolve that link and get free."
"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
"Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite
us to have them."
Articles on Motivation:
Every effort is made to ensure the content integrity. Information used on this site is at your own risk.
All product names are trademarks of their respective companies.
The site www.motivationstuff.com is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by any company listed at this site.
Any unauthorised copying or mirroring is prohibited.