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Challenge to Teens

Son’s Outlook

What It Was To Be Six

Keep On Believing

It’s My Brother

Challenge To Teens

Teenagers Have Great Potentials!

Every teen-ager should weigh his potential.
Here are some teens who remind us that the ability of teens should never be discounted:

1581 - 17 year-old Galileo startles the scientific world with a treatise on the pendulum while a student
at the University of Pisa in Italy.
He admits making some of his experiments atop the celebrated Leaning Tower of Pisa -- the first time
that structure had been put to any practical use.

1751 - 15 year-old James Watt becomes curious about the steaming teakettle in the kitchen
of his mother's house at Greenock, Scotland.
"All that steam power shouldn't be going to waste," declared thrifty Jimmy.
"If it could be harnessed, I might perfect a steam engine and become famous!"

1787 - 12 year-old Alexander Anderson begins engraving on copper and type method in New York City.
"No one instructed me how to do it," admits Alex.
"I just picked it up from watching jewelers at work."

1827 - 18 year-old Cyrus Hall McCormick experiments with an idea for speeding up the harvesting
of America's grain crops.
Within a half-dozen youthful years he expects to patent his reaping machine.
It will be hailed as one of the greatest advances in scientific farming and a boon to the economic life of the world.

1859 - 12 year-old Thomas Alva Edison learns to operate the telegraph instrument while working
for the Grand Trunk Railroad on the run between Detroit and Port Huron.

1861 - 15 year-old George Westinghouse designs a rotary engine while working in his father's machine shop
at Schenectady, New York.
Young George boasts that some day he will invent a safety device for stopping railroad trains - with compressed air.

1864 - 17 year-old Thomas Alva Edison has just taken out a patent on an automatic telegraph repeater.
This is just the first of a promised 1200 patents to be secured  in what looks life a busy lifetime ahead of Tom Edison.

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Son’s Outlook

It all depends on the way you look at things.

One day a father and his rich family took his son to a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him
how poor people can be.
They spent a day and a night in the farm of a very poor family.

When they got back from their trip the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"Very good Dad!" answered the son.

"Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.

"And what did you learn?" asked the father...
The son answered, "I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lamps in the garden, they have the stars.
Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have a whole horizon

When the little boy was finishing, his father was speechless.
His son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are!"

sn't it true that it all depends on the way you look at things?

 If you have love, friends, family, health, good humor and a positive attitude towards life-you've got a lot!

You can't buy any of these things, but still you can have all the material possessions you can imagine, provisions for the future, etc., but if you are poor in spirit, you have nothing!

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It’s My Brother!

Some years ago a ship had gone down off the coast of England.
Life-boats had unloaded the survivors upon the beach.

Someone asked, " Did you rescue everyone?"

The captain replied, " All but one man.
Our boats were filled until one person would have sent all to the bottom of the ocean.
If there is a man who will help me man a boat, we will go back and try to rescue him

John Holden stepped out and volunteered, " I'll go with you."

John Holden's mother put her arms about his neck and cried, " John, you can't go.
Your father went down in the sea four years ago, and a year ago your brother went to sea,
and we have not heard from him.
John, you are all I have left. You can't go!

John reached up and took his mother's arms from around his neck and crawled into the life-boat.
They battled against the waves, the wind , and the storm; but finally arrived at the wreckage and found the man.
They pulled him into the life-boat and started back toward the shore.

As soon as they were close enough to hear; someone called out, " Did you get your man?"
John Holden cupped his hands and yelled back to them, " Yes, and tell mother, it's my brother, Will! "

It's your brother and your friends out on the storm - tossed sea of sin.
Unless we man the life-boats, they will go down to the depths of eternity forever and ever without God
and without hope!

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What It Was To Be Six

There is a story about a father who became disturbed about the length of time his six year old son was taking
to get home from school.

The father decided he would make the trip to discover for himself how long it should take a small boy to cover
the distance.
The father settled on 20 minutes but his son was still taking an hour.
Finally the father decided to make the trip with his son.

After the trip, the father said, "The 20 minutes I thought reasonable was right, but I failed to consider
such important things as a side trip to track down a trail of ants...or an educational stop to watch a man fix a flat...
or the time it took to swing around a half dozen telephone poles...or how much time it took for a boy
just to get acquainted with two stray dogs and brown cat.

"In short," said the father,
 "I had forgotten what it is really like to be six years old."

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Keep On Believing!

A mother came to her pastor with her heart-breaking over her son who was always in some kind of trouble.
Time and time again this boy had broken his mother's heart.

She came to her pastor wanting to know what she could do to help her son get out of all the difficulty he was in.
The pastor said to her, "It looks to me like you have done everything a mother can do."

Then, the pastor thought of the most important thing the mother could do for her son, and added,
"Just keep on believing in him."

One of the greatest acts of love you can give to another person is to keep on believing in them,
even when others have given up

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