By Brian Cavanaugh
From Daryl

In the 1930s, a young traveler was exploring the French Alps. He came upon a vast stretch of barren land. It was desolate. It was forbidding. It was ugly. It was the kind of place you hurry away from.

Then, suddenly, the young traveler stopped dead in his tracks. In the middle of this vast wasteland was a bent-over old man. On his back was a sack of acorns. In his hand was a four-foot length of iron pipe.

The man was using the iron pipe to punch holes in the ground. Then from the sack he was carrying, he would grab an acorn and put it in the hole. Later the old man talked with the traveler and told him, "I've planted over 100,000 acorns. Perhaps only a tenth of them will grow." The old man's wife and son had died, and this was how he chose to spend his final years. I want to do something useful, he said.

Twenty-five years later the now-not-as-young traveler returned to the same desolate area. What he saw amazed him. He could not believe his own eyes. The land was covered with a beautiful forest two miles wide and five miles long. Birds were singing, animals were playing, and wild flowers perfumed the air.

The traveler stood there recalling the desolation that once was; a beautiful oak forest stood there now - all because someone cared.

We each have the ability to do great things with our life. We should never become lackadaisical and simply assume that our talents and abilities are not needed. I encourage you to think about how you can contribute to your neighborhood, city, school, or even in your family. I'm sure if you think about it long enough, you can think of a way to become a contributor to society and in turn brighten this worlds future. (1 Peter 2:9)

I encourage you also to never allow the voice of discouragement to make you think that you cannot make a difference. God has instilled in you special gifts and abilities that no one else possesses. Make up your mind to become a doer and recognize that you can make a positive impact on this world. Do your deeds for the Glory of God and do not seek the praises of men, but rather do it because God sees your efforts and He will be faithful to reward you openly just as the scriptures declare. (Romans 12:4-10) (Galatians 6:9-10) (Matthew 6:1-4)

Tomorrow is lost forever. Tomorrow may never come. That is why they call today the present. It is a gift, use it well ... 2jesus

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