Goals are hard to reach. You have to work hard, be disciplined, and keep your eye on the "prize". They get harder in the light of criticism. Regardless of how well you do and the benefit that it will have for either you or others, there will be those that are standing ready to criticize. Well, the next time you are confronted by these folk, just take a moment and toss a five pound bag of sugar there way! Let me explain.
In the Old Testament, in the Book of Daniel, Chapter 3, Verses 1 - 18, we find the story of Shardrach, Meshach, and Abednego. It is an inspiring story that affirms the faith of three young men who refused to bow and worship a statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had made and had ordered all to worship. Even facing death, all three remained steadfast in their faith.
This is a photograph of an old Royal Quiet DeLuxe portable typewriter. I show it because it has a great deal of significance in my life. The other day we were in the basement cleaning out some old boxes and my children came across the typewriter. They opened it up and laughed. "Wow, it would take you 3 days just to type out a letter on that thing!" one of them remarked, followed by howls of laughter from the other two. When I saw the typewriter, it took me back to a place a long time ago. I sat down and began to reflect.
Nothing is sadder then the witnessing the lamentations one feels upon the passing of a loved one. But compounding that sadness is that moment when the realization hits us on how much that person meant to our lives. It happens to everyone and has happened to me on more than one occasion.