Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Every Monday Matters ~ Week 4

MAKE TODAY MATTER:

PREPARE FOR AN  EMERGENCY:


F - 800 tornadoes are reported annually.
A - The average path of a twister is 660 feet wide and up to 50 miles long.
   - 39 states are considered at risk of an earthquake.
C - 46% of disaster deaths occur due to floods.
   - Because of contamination, clean water is harder to find than food after a flood.
T - A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when the speed of its winds reaches 74 mph.
S - September 11, 2001, will always be a reminder of the reality of terrorist attacks and the damage they can cause.

TAKE ACTION TODAY:


1. Develop a family communication plan by selecting a person outside your local area for everyone to call in case of an emergency.

2. Ensure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card for calling the emergency contact. Cell phones often get jammed due to high call volume during disasters.
3. Designate a primary and secondary meeting location.
4. Create an emergency supply kit with a 3-day supply of basic items such as: fresh water, food, first aid, towelettes, garbage bags, a flashlight with extra batteries, local maps, a whistle, dust masks, tools, a can opener, and cash. Check and rotate supplies every 6 months. 

YOU MATTER:


Disasters are never planned, but they will happen. They are inevitable.

Being prepared is the only thing you can do.
Having proper supplies and a well thought-out plan can make all the difference in your survival.
Readiness will also reduce fear, anxiety and potential losses.

PREPARE TODAY...FOR ANY KIND OF TOMORROW.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club Giveaway

Giveaways of Blessing is giving away a Wanda Brunstetter book entitled The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club. Wanda is a superb writer so you don't want to miss out on this fabulous giveaway. The giveaway runs from September 3rd through September 14th. Good Luck and God Bless.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Every Monday Matters ~ Week 3

Make Today Matter...
HAVE AMBER ALERTS SENT TO YOU!!!

FACTS:

AMBER stands for
"America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response"
and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman 
who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas
then brutally murdered.
-76% of abducted children who are murdered are dead within
3 hours of the abduction and 88.5% are dead within 24 hours.
-336 children have been reunited with their
families because of AMBER Alerts.
-70% of people with cell phones are eligible to receive Wireless
AMBER Alerts as text messages.
-100% of computers can have the AMBER Alert ticker
downloaded onto them.
-AMBER Alerts are active in ALL 50 States.

TAKE ACTION TODAY:

1. Pay attention to AMBER Alert signs on the freeway or on TV.
2. Sign up to receive AMBER Alert text messaging on your cell phone.
3. Download the AMBER Alert ticker onto your computer.
4. If you see or receive an AMBER Alert signal, don't take it lightly. The perpetrator might be closer than you think.

YOU MATTER:

Protecting children from abduction and locating those who have been abducted is the twofold purpose of
AMBER Alerts.  They increase the number of people who can help locate an abducted child or
deter predators, and they have caused perpetrators to release the abducted child after hearing or seeing
the AMBER  Alert.  Remember, those first three hours are everything to that child and his or her family.
Your eyes and action could mean the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

LET'S HELP TO REUNITE THEM.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Every Monday's Matter ~ Week 2

WHAT MATTERS MOST.....

The average person spends:


  • 100 hours commuting to work compared to 80 hours of vacation time.
  • 91 hours a week at work for dual-career couples with kids
  • 1.8 hours a day doing household activities.
  • 2.6 hours a day watching television
  • 8.6 hours a day sleeping.
Take Action Today:

  • Stop and think.....then make a list of what matters most to you.
  • Create a list.....of how you currently spend your time each week.
  • Organize.....your list of weekly activities and identify activities that are required and those that are optional and waste time.
  • Take steps to rearrange.....your schedule or reduce the optional activities so that you can spend time doing what matters most.
  • Don't wast time.
You Matter:

  • What really matters most to you?
  • your relationships with family, friends, and children?
  • helping others?
  • Passions?
  • faith?
  • security?
  • Health?
  • At the end of each year, don't you want to look back and see that you made a difference?
  • That you matter?
  • Today is the start of a new year.....start it off by making a fidderence in you, in you life, and in the lives of those you love
This is your opportunity!!!

Time spent on what matters most is never a waste of time :)

Time is a non-renewable resource.....once it's used up, you can't get it back.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Every Monday Matters.....

Turn off your TV!!!


Facts: 


  • 99% of all homes have at least one TV--45% have three or more.
  • 56% of all 8 to 16 year olds have a TV in their bedroom.
  • A person watches TV an average of 40 days per year.
  • Children spend 1,023 hours a year watching TV compared to 900 hours in school.
  • 200,000 violent acts, including 16,000 murders, will be seen on TV by children before their 18th Birthday.
  • Roughly 70% of all TV shows include sexual content, with an average of five sexual scenes per hour.
  • On average, 38.5 minutes per week of meaningful conversation happens between a parent and their child.
Take Action Today:
  • Turn off your TV today.
  • Designate certain TV free times throughout the week to reduce viewing hours.
  • Remove TVs from bedrooms, kitchen, etc.
  • Make a list of activities to do besides watching TV--activities like reading, biking, swimming, walking, gardening or socializing with friends. Then start doing them.
  • Avoid using TV as a reward--this only increases its power.
  • Be more selective about programming and choose history, travel, cooking, home repair/design, and other educational themes.
YOU MATTER:
70% of people say that no matter how hard they try, they never seem to have enough time to do everything they need to do.  Are you part of that 70%? If you give up TV for just one day a week, you can exercise for the recommended weekly amount necessary for healthy living, read over 20 books a year, or spend more time with your love ones.

Instead of watching reruns of FRIENDS go make some!!!





Saturday, July 7, 2012

Vicki's Christmas in July Yard Sale


I'VE STARTED A NEW YARD SALE CALLED "VICKI'S CHRISTMAS IN JULY" SO BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT. I WILL BE POSTING REGULARLY SO KEEP CHECKING BACK. IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY PRICES THEN I AM OPEN TO OFFERS. I HAVE SNOWMEN, SCRAPBOOK SUPPLIES, STAMPING UP SUPPLIES, KNICK KNACKS, BATHING SUITS, SHIRTS AND WILL BE ADDING MORE REGULARLY. I WILL MAKE DELIVERIES IF POSSIBLE OR MEET UP WITH YOU OTHERWISE YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE POSTAGE ON MAILING YOUR ITEM TO YOU. IF SOMETHING COMES UP PLEASE LET ME KNOW THAT YOU CAN'T MAKE IT SO WE CAN RESCHEDULE DELIVERY. THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING AT MY YARD SALE AND GOD BLESS YOU!!!



























Saturday, May 5, 2012

Larry Fuller - Just a Rose Will Do

John 3:16 Unity Fest

I have tickets to the John 3:16 Unity Fest on May 26, 2012. The cost is 10.00 each and you get a catfish dinner with that but you could also win a New Ford Ranger, a 46" Sanyo HDTV or a 2012 Bad Boy Mower. You DO NOT have to be present to win. All the money goes to help out this wonderful program of John 3:16 and I hope that several of you will buy at least one ticket in support of them and their program. Thank you and God Bless You ♥





Friday, May 4, 2012

Prayer Request!!!


  John 4:8

He that loveth not,

Knoweth not God for

GOD IS LOVE



PRAYER REQUEST!


ACLU has filed a suit to end prayer from the military completely. They're
making great progress. The Navy Chaplains can no longer mention Jesus' name
in prayer thanks to the ACLU and others.


I'm not breaking this one.

If I get it a 1000 times, I'll forward it a 1000 times!
Let us pray...



Prayer chain for our Military... Don't break it!



Please send this on after a short prayer. Pray for our soldiers Don't break
it!
Prayer:


'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands Protect them as they protect us
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in
our time of need. In Jesus' name, Amen.'

Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a
prayer for our troops around the world.

There is nothing attached. Just send this to people in your address book. Do
not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier,
Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in harms way, prayer is the very best one.


GOD BLESS YOU FOR PASSING IT ON!

 Have a great day
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Friday, April 20, 2012

John 3:16 Ministries

Hey folks I have a favor to ask all my fans. We have a Men's retreat down here called John 3:16 and it helps them overcome there addictions and turn to the Lord for the saving of their soul. Anyway, they are selling tickets for 10.00 each for giveaway on May 26th and you don't have to be present to win but if you are around then the ticket also gets you a catfish dinner. This is a great cause and I saw personally last night what good it does in helping these wonderful Men out. If you are interested in buying one please let me know. Thanks and God Bless You all my friends ♥





Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Fool's Day History


The history of April Fool's Day or All Fool's Day is uncertain, but the current thinking is that it began around 1582 in France with the reform of the calendar under Charles IX. The Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved from March 25 - April 1 (new year's week) to January 1.
Send invitations to nonexistent parties and have other practical jokes played upon them.
Communication traveled slowly in those days and some people were only informed of the change several years later. Still others, who were more rebellious refused to acknowledge the change and continued to celebrate on the last day of the former celebration, April 1.
These people were labeled "fools" by the general populace, were subject to ridicule and sent on "fool errands," sent invitations to nonexistent parties and had other practical jokes played upon them. The butts of these pranks became known as a "poisson d'avril" or "April fish" because a young naive fish is easily caught. In addition, one common practice was to hook a paper fish on the back of someone as a joke.
This harassment evolved over time and a custom of prank-playing continue on the first day of April. This tradition eventually spread elsewhere like to Britain and Scotland in the 18th century and was introduced to the American colonies by the English and the French. Because of this spread to other countries, April Fool's Day has taken on an international flavor with each country celebrating the holiday in its own way.
In Scotland, for instance, April Fool's Day is devoted to spoofs involving the buttocks and as such is called Taily Day. The butts of these jokes are known as April 'Gowk', another name for cuckoo bird. The origins of the "Kick Me" sign can be traced back to the Scottish observance.
In England, jokes are played only in the morning. Fools are called 'gobs' or 'gobby' and the victim of a joke is called a 'noodle.' It was considered back luck to play a practical joke on someone after noon.
In Rome, the holiday is known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrating the resurrection of the god Attis, is on March 25 and is also referred to as "Roman Laughing Day."
In Portugal, April Fool's Day falls on the Sunday and Monday before lent. In this celebration, many people throw flour at their friends.
The Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 in India. People play jokes on one another and smear colors on one another celebrating the arrival of Spring.
So, no matter where you happen to be in the world on April 1, don't be surprised if April fools fall playfully upon you.




Saturday, March 24, 2012

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

THE WINNERS OF THE VICKI'S BUTTERFLY'S AND ROSES BIG CASH GIVEAWAY ARE...



1st Prize of “The Husband Project” Book and $50 PayPal Cash is Debbie Z.
2nd Prize of $40 PayPal Cash is Kira L.
3rd Prize of $20 PayPal Cash is Amy C.
Congratulations to all of you!  And thank you to everyone who entered!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Win an Envelope of CASH!!!

Everyone can use cash. I know I can. I just entered to win this envelope of cash. Let's face it without a job at the moment I have found myself entering every contest that comes along cause I know that one of these times it's going to be my turn to win. Thank you so much for doing this The Penny Hoarder.





Win $1000 Cash!!!!!

I just entered to win $1000.00 Cash in the Grand Event hosted by Mom's with Voices Media. There are over 100 bloggers that have come together to make one person very happy and at this moment I am praying that I will be that one lucky person. Make sure you go enter cause you can't win if you don't enter and remember this CASH!!!! We could all use a little of that this time of year. Thank you to all the bloggers who helped to put this giveaway together.


God Bless You.
Vicki's Butterfly's and Roses
Vicki Lynch

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

GOD'S "PHONE" NUMBER

Hello God, I called tonight 
To talk a little while 
I need a friend who'll listen 
To my anxiety and trial. 

You see, I can't quite make it 
Through a day just on my own... 
I need your love to guide me, 
So I'll never feel alone. 

I want to ask you please to keep, 
My family safe and sound. 
Come and fill their lives with confidence 
For whatever fate they're bound. 

Give me faith, dear God, to face 
Each hour throughout the day, 
And not to worry over things 
I can't change in any way. 

I thank you God, for being home 
And listening to my call, 
For giving me such good advice 
When I stumble and fall..! 

Your number, God, is the only one 
That answers every time. 
I never get a busy signal, 
Never had to pay a dime. 

So thank you, God, for listening 
To my troubles and my sorrow. 
Good night, God, I love You, too, 
And I'll call again tomorrow! 


P.S. Please bless all my friends and family too. 








Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday Morning Thoughts....

Good Morning My Friends....I woke this morning with this verse on my mind. I'm not sure why but I wanted to share it with you. Hope you have a Blessed Sunday.



1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.




Love and Butterfly Hugs My Friends <3

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

God is in the Small Stuff......


Bruce and Stan's newest book encourages readers not to disregard the minor, insignificant things in life. Rather, God Is in the Small Stuff...encourages a better understanding of God's infinite character, reminding readers that He is a personal and intimate God, involved in every detail of their lives, however minute. God Is In the Small Stuff...and it all matters contains 40 chapters, with titles such as "Remember that God Loves You," "Discipline Yourself (No One Else Will)," and "Contentment Won't Kill You." Each chapter includes an introductory commentary in the tongue-in-cheek Bruce & Stan style, followed by bits of pithy and sometimes humorous wisdom such as: God knows what's in our hearts. We might as well get right to the point.
God will never send a thirsty soul to a dry well.
God won't take away a sin until you give it over to Him.
The way you think about God does not define Him.




This is the latest book Giveaway going on on my Facebook page so make sure you go there and sign up. Would hate for you to miss out on such a wonderful book. Thanks and God Bless. Vicki

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fibromyalgia Information.....


Using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), researchers in France were able to detect functional abnormalities in certain regions in the brains of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia, reinforcing the idea that symptoms of the disorder are related to a dysfunction in those parts of the brain where pain is processed. "Fibromyalgia is frequently considered an 'invisible syndrome' since musculoskeletal imaging is negative," said Eric Guedj, M.D., and lead author of the study. "Past imaging studies of patients with the syndrome, however, have shown above-normal cerebral blood flow (brain perfusion) in some areas of the brain and below-normal in other areas. After performing whole-brain scans on the participants, we used a statistical analysis to study the relationship between functional activity in even the smallest area of the brain and various parameters related to pain, disability and anxiety/depression."

In the study, which was reported in the November issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 20 women diagnosed with fibromyalgia and 10 healthy women as a control group responded to questionnaires to determine levels of pain, disability, anxiety and depression. SPECT was then performed, and positive and negative correlations were determined.

The researchers confirmed that patients with the syndrome exhibited brain perfusion abnormalities in comparison to the healthy subjects. Further, these abnormalities were found to be directly correlated with the severity of the disease. An increase in perfusion (hyperperfusion) was found in that region of the brain known to discriminate pain intensity, and a decrease (hypoperfusion) was found within those areas thought to be involved in emotional responses to pain.

In the past, some researchers have thought that the pain reported by fibromyalgia patients was the result of depression rather than symptoms of a disorder. "Interestingly, we found that these functional abnormalities were independent of anxiety and depression status," Guedj said.

According to Guedj, disability is frequently used in controlled clinical trials to evaluate response to treatment. Because molecular imaging techniques such as SPECT can help predict a patient's response to a specific treatment and evaluate brain-processing recovery during follow-up, it could prove useful when integrated into future pharmacological controlled trials.

"Fibromyalgia may be related to a global dysfunction of cerebral pain-processing," Guedj added. "This study demonstrates that these patients exhibit modifications of brain perfusion not found in healthy subjects and reinforces the idea that fibromyalgia is a 'real disease/disorder.'"

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue and multiple tender points. Tender points are specific places—for example, on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower extremities—where people with fibromyalgia feel pain in response to slight pressure. The syndrome is one of the most common causes of musculoskeletal pain and disability and affects three to six million, or as many as one in 50, Americans. Between 80 and 90 percent of those diagnosed are women.

Although fibromyalgia is often considered an arthritis-related condition, it does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles or other tissues. Like arthritis, however, the significant pain and fatigue caused by fibromyalgia can interfere with a person's ability to carry out daily activities.



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Don't Leave it on the Desk...


There was a certain professor named Dr. Christianson, a studious man who taught at a small college in the western United States and who was a Christian.

Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution.  Every student was required to take this course their freshman year, regardless of his or her major. 

Although Dr. Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the gospel in his class, he found that most of his students looked upon the course as nothing but required drudgery.  Despite his best efforts, most students refused to take Christianity seriously. 

This year, Dr. Christianson had a special student named Steve.  Steve was only a freshman, but was studying with the intent of going onto seminary for the ministry.  Steve was popular, he was well liked, and he was an imposing physical specimen.  He was now the starting center on the school football team, and was the best student in the professor's class. 

One day, Dr. Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him. "How many push-ups can you do?" 
Steve said, "I do about 200 every night." "200? That's pretty good, Steve," Dr. Christianson said. "Do you think you could do 300?" Steve replied, "I don't know .. I've never done 300 at a time." "Do you think you could?" again asked Dr. Christianson. "Well, I can try," said Steve. "Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I have a class project in mind, and I need you to do about 300 push-ups in sets of ten for this to work.  Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it," said the professor. Steve said, "Well ... I think I can ... yeah, I can do it." Dr. Christianson said, "Good! I need you to do this on Friday. Let me explain what I have in mind." 

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room.  When class started, the professor pulled out a big box of donuts. 

No, these weren't the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind, with cream centers and frosting swirls.

Everyone was pretty excited:  it was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early start on the weekend with a party in Dr. Christianson's class. 

Dr. Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked, "Cynthia, do you want to have one of these donuts?" 

Cynthia said, "Yes." 

Dr. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, "Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Cynthia can have a donut?" 

"Sure!" Steve jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten.  Then Steve again sat in his desk.  Dr. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia's desk.
Dr.. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, "Joe, do you want a donut?"
Joe said, "Yes."  

Dr. Christianson asked, "Steve would you do ten push-ups so Joe can have a donut?" 

Steve did ten push-ups, Joe got a donut.  And so it went, down the first aisle; Steve did ten push-ups for every person before he/she got his/her donut. 

Walking down the second aisle, Dr. Christianson came to Scott.  Scott was on the basketball team, and in as good condition as Steve.  He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship.. 

When the professor asked, "Scott do you want a donut?" 

Scott's reply was, "Well, can I do my own push-ups?" 

Dr. Christianson said, "No, Steve has to do them." 

Then Scott said, "Well, I don't want one then." 

Dr... Christianson shrugged and then turned to Steve and asked, "Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Scott can have a donut he doesn't want?" 

With perfect obedience, Steve started to do ten push-ups. 

Scott said, "HEY! I said I didn't want one!" 

Dr. Christianson said, "Look! This is my classroom, my class, my desks, and these are my donuts.  Just leave it on the desk if you don't want it."  And he put a donut on Scott's desk.
Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little.  He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down.  You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow. 

Dr. Christianson started down the third row. Now the students were beginning to get a little angry.  

Dr. Christianson asked Jenny, "Jenny, do you want a donut?"

Sternly, Jenny said, "No." 

Then Dr. Christianson asked Steve, "Steve, would you do ten more push-ups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn't want?"
Steve did ten ... Jenny got a donut. 

By now, a growing sense of uneasiness filled the room.  The students were beginning to say, "No!" and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks.. 

Steve also had to really put forth a lot of extra effort to get these push-ups done for each donut..  There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face, his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved. 

Dr. Christianson asked Robert, who was the most vocal unbelievers in the class, to watch Steve do each push up to make sure he did the full ten push-ups in a set because he couldn't bear to watch all of Steve's work for all of those uneaten donuts.  He sent Robert over to where Steve was so Robert count the set and watch Steve closely. 

Dr. Christianson started down the fourth row..  During his class, however, some students from other classes had wandered in and sat down on the steps along the radiators that ran down the sides of the room.  When the professor realized this, he did a quick count and saw that now there were 34 students in the room.  He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it. 

Dr. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. 

Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time.  He was taking a lot more time to complete each set. 

Steve asked Dr. Christianson, "Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?" 

Dr. Christianson thought for a moment, "Well, they're your push-ups.  You are in charge now.  You can do them any way that you want."  And Dr. Christianson went on. 

A few moments later, Jason, a recent transfer student, came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled in one voice, "NO!  Don't come in!  Stay out!" 

Jason didn't know what was going on.  Steve picked up his head and said, "No, let him come." 

Professor Christianson said, "You realize that if Jason comes in, you will have to do ten push-ups for him?" 

Steve said, "Yes, let him come in.  Give him a donut." 

Dr. Christianson said, "Okay, Steve, I'll let you get Jason's out of the way right now ... Jason, do you want a donut?" 

Jason, new to the room, hardly knew what was going on.  "Yes," he said, "give me a donut." 

"Steve, will you do ten push-ups so that Jason can have a donut?" 

Steve did ten push-ups very slowly and with great effort.  Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down. 

Dr Christianson finished the fourth row, and then started on those visitors seated by the heaters.  Steve's arms were now shaking with each push-up in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity.  By this time, sweat was profusely dropping off of his face, there was no sound except his heavy breathing; there was not a dry eye in the room.  

The very last two students in the room were two young women, both cheerleaders and very popular.  Dr. Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, "Linda, do you want a doughnut?" 

Linda said, very sadly, "No, thank you." 

Professor Christianson quietly asked, "Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn't want?" 

Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow push-ups for Linda. 

Then Dr. Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan.  "Susan, do you want a donut?" 

Susan, with tears flowing down her face, began to cry.  "Dr. Christianson, why can't I help him?" 

Dr Christianson, with tears of his own, said, "No, Steve has to do it alone; I have given him this task, and he is in charge of seeing that everyone has an opportunity for a donut whether they want it or not ... when I decided to have a party this last day of class, I looked at my grade book.  Steve here is the only student with a perfect grade.  Everyone else has failed a test, skipped class, or offered me inferior work.  Steve told me that in football practice, when a player messes up, he must do push-ups.  I told Steve that none of you could come to my party unless he paid the price by doing your push-ups.  He and I made a deal ... for your sakes." 

"Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Susan can have a donut?" 

As Steve very slowly finished his last push-up, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 push-ups, his arms buckled beneath him, and he fell to the floor. 

Dr. Christianson turned to the room and said, "And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross, pled to the Father, 'Into Thy hands I commend my spirit.'  With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, He yielded up His life.  And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten. " 

Two students helped Steve up off the floor and to a seat, physically exhausted, but wearing a thin smile. 

"Well done, good and faithful servant," said the professor, adding, "Not all sermons are preached in words." 

Turning to his class, the professor said, "My wish is that you might understand and fully comprehend all the riches of grace and mercy that have been given to you through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  God spared not His Only Begotten Son, but gave Him up for us all, for the whole world, now and forever, even for those who refuse His gift of everlasting life.  Whether or not we choose to accept His gift to us and believe that He is our one and only Savior, the price has been paid. Wouldn't you be foolish and ungrateful to leave it lying on the desk?"