voice. It’s feeding you a lie.
As a pastor, I’ve been by many bedsides as people died. I’ve seen many people take their
last breath, sometimes at a hospital, sometimes in a home, and sometimes at the scene of an
accident. Among all of the people I’ve watched die in my life, I’ve never heard anyone say
with their dying breath, “I wish I’d spent more time at the office.”
(Daily Hope, “Your Work and Your Worth Are Two Different Things,” Nov.29, 2015, ©
2015 by Rick Warren)
Many of you will wonder if I ever filled out another Miracle Card. Truthfully, I have
never again felt the need to do so. My three wishes were fulfilled, and in the process I
have learned that God hears my prayers even when they come directly from my heart.
One thing more. Remember that white envelope I stepped on the weekend Ian and I
first met in San Diego? I loved the Walpole quotation so much I had it engraved on a
A DIVINE ACCIDENT
glass prism and gifted it to Ian much later in our relationship. It was a perfect response to
what I felt we both had just experienced. A truly Divine Accident.
My Lessons for Healing
§ Have an attitude of gratitude.
§ Focus on what you have rather than what you don’t have.
§ Set small goals every day and do them. Accomplish one small task, regardless of
§ Let nothing stand in the way of achieving your desires.
§ Being polite doesn’t cost a penny and the rewards are plentiful.
§ You don’t have to always be right and win the argument.
§ Be willing to listen and not interrupt.
§ Do not judge by appearances. They can often camouflage the truth.
§ One wise thought can result in a new direction.
§ Children are like Myna birds; they mimic words.
§ Accept people as basically good.
§ Be persistent, steady, tolerant and loving.
§ Learn to release the useless and keep the treasures.
§ Nothing by chance.
§ There is not a single painful moment that you cannot release and find momentary
§ Demonstrate by becoming selfless, serene, fearless and confident.
§ Learn from your mistakes.
§ Speak respectfully. Even animals respond to sounds and tones of voices.
§ Cherish all forms of life.
There is nothing special about the words I use or the way I pray. What I do know is
that I have an unshakeable faith and remain calm while I seek answers. I don’t attempt to
compel, manipulate or pressure God to do
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