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Anyone for "second fiddle?"

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) became a world famous orchestra conductor. He was described by the New York Times as "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history." His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world's leading orchestras, and from his music for numerous shows, including West Side Story. Bernstein was once asked what is the most difficult instrument to play. He replied, "Second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find one who plays second violin... Read more →

Some Helpful Productivity Tools

Life is busy (or 'full', as I prefer to say nowadays). There are lots of people to see, places to go, and things to do - more than we seem to have time for. In many ways, there is enough to do to fill multiple life times. But we only have one ... so we must make choices between one thing and another. We have to determine priorities, discerning at times between what is urgent and what is really important. I have always enjoyed thinking about life management and how best we can live fruitful yet enjoyable lives that please... Read more →

The Discipline of the Long Distance Race

Have a slow read through these amazing insights from the author of the book of Hebrews (I've made bold the phrases that jumped out to me): "Do you see what this means - all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running-- and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed - that exhilarating... Read more →

Understand and Rest in God’s Providence (Pt.2)

Let’s look at a well known statement by the apostle Paul that gives us a providential perspective on our lives. Rom 8:28. We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. NAS No matter what is happening in your life – good, bad, or ugly – God’s purpose is working in you. When you have a problem that you don’t understand the purpose it’s very difficult to handle. You know the most difficult kinds of questions of life are, “Why is this happening... Read more →

Understand and Rest in God’s Providence (Pt.1)

One of the things that the prophet Daniel had to learn was to understand and rest in God's providence. If he was here today, he would tell you that his life did not turn out as he expected it would or even as he planned that it would. His life was affected by dramatic circumstances and changes of events that took him totally by surprise beginning with him being taken as a prisoner from his homeland and right through his time in Babylon. Dan 4:25. “… until you learn that the Most High rules over the kingdoms of the world... Read more →

10 Ways Your Phone is Changing the World

In this week’s special wireless issue titled, “THE WIRELESS ISSUE. 10 Ways Your Phone is Changing the World,” TIME explores how mobile phones have become a super-extension of ourselves, altering in fundamental ways how we approach everything from education to politics, from medicine to romance. The issue includes an exclusive TIME Mobility Poll, conducted in cooperation with Qualcomm, that highlights the increasing significance of mobile technology in our lives. TIME‘s Nancy Gibbs writes, “It is hard to think of any tool, any instrument, any object in history with which so many developed so close a relationship so quickly as we... Read more →

Inspiring Story of a Rich Man and His Son ...

Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they travelled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection. Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and many others adorned the walls of the family estate. The widowed elder man looked on with satisfaction as his only child became an experienced art collector. The son's trained eye and sharp business mind caused his father to beam with pride as they dealt with art collectors around the world. As winter approached, war engulfed the nation,... Read more →

A New Season: Spring

Here in Melbourne, Australia the season of Spring begins - today! I love Spring. We start to move away from the cold, rainy and cloudy days of winter. The sun starts to become warmer. Birds are singing their little hearts out. Trees that have looked dead start to blossom with new life. Solomon described it well ... Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come. [Song of Songs 2:11-12. NLT] God created the seasons ... Genesis 8:22. As long as the earth remains, there... Read more →