"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." (Albert Einstein)

Saturday, February 18, 2006

what good does it do...



picture from http://www.goyalindia.com/coal-basket.html

The Coal Basket


The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson.

Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, "Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?"

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water."

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You will have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was "impossible to carry water in a basket," and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got very far. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty.

Out of breath, he said, "See Papa, it's useless!" "So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket." The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. "Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out. That is the work of God in our lives. To change us from the inside out and to slowly transform us into the image of His son."

- Author Unknown
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A friend went through a lot lately, then there was light at the end of the tunnel! After that experience, my friend forwarded this inspiring story to me. Thanks to you! The story reminds me of what God says about His Word, the Bible.

Jesus is the Living Word: (John 1:1-5, 10-14, 17 NIV)
vv.1-5 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."
vv.10-14 "He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God--children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
v.17 "For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."

He is The Way, the Truth and the Life:
"Jesus answered, 'I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' " (John 14:6 NIV)

The Word is God-breathed:
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)

The Word of God is Perfect, Pure & True: (Psalms 19:7-14 NIV)
7The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
10They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
11By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
13Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
14May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.


The Word is Living and is the Sword of the Spirit:
"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)

The Word Endures Forever:
"I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:18-19 NIV)

Do Not Add Words to or Take Away from this Book:
"I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book." (Revelation 22:18-19 NIV)

59 comments:

plumnroses said...

badadaday,

experience ko yan, i'd read the Word, and then there will come instances when the appropriate verse/s would flash into my mind when i need to be protected by it/them from destructive decisions. in the process, i learn and it cleanses my soul...

amen to the Word of God and the GOSPEL - I hope bloggers reading would realize that understanding it is Spirit-led and that they should ask Him, who is generous of His wisdom and understanding to open up their minds to this most precious truth...

it is a matter of LIFE and death...

scanns said...

hi plumnroses! AMEN, i know what you mean! and that's just one of the many ways God uses His Word to minister to us! i'm sure you have a lot more experiences with God and His Word!

i have the same hope, that everyone would ask God for His wisdom to understand His Word! as the Bible says: "seek and you will find..." :) God bless us all!

Joyacs said...

Ateday, this reminds me of another story... reading the Word was likened to the food we eat, we don't remember what we ate a week ago but we are so sure it nourished our body, just like the Word, we may not remember or understand at times but surely it nourished our soul.

tulipya said...

pansinin nyo yung banner(picture) sa taas? sino yang mga diwatang yan na naglipana sa shores of boracay?

scanns said...

tiptop to the tulipya, syempre kilala natin yang mga diwata! let's wait & see, makilala kaya ng dalawa ang sarili nila? yung iba kaya makilala yan? :)

scanns said...

atejoyacs, that surely is another way to look at God's Word! thanks for sharing this wonderful insight! i'm sure you've experienced that yourself. looking forward to more of your insights... :) God bless!

btw, anong sagot mo sa tanong ni atetulipya tilapya? may napansin ka ba? :)

Yhoyha said...

Oist, Atebadadang, di ko mawari kung sino ang sino sa banner mo? Alam ko na mga diwata but which ones? Patingin nga close-up? :) How did you post the pic?

scanns said...

oist atejoyang, di rin napansin ni atetulipya nung una, akala nya yung unang banner, pero nasabi ko na sa kanya! di pa sumagot isang diwata (atennafay), di ko mahagilap! it's 640x480, i cropped it to banner shape & stretched it to fit, so that's close-up! sirit ka na ba?

*Sagot sa Trivia!
from nearest (to me, the photographer) to farthest:
atejoyang (in red & black w/hat),
atetulipya (in white backview),
atennafay (in white sideview w/black backpack)
& our boat waiting for us!
whaddayathink? :)

yoya said...

Atebads, oo nga! Tayo nga yon! He he he! Kahit sa malayo, naaninag ang alindog, yessss!

scanns said...

ateyoyang, buti naman at nawari mo na rin! pero kayo lang yun! di bale na wala ako dun, at least i got this pic. glad you liked it, see ya.. :)

Joy-acs said...

Atebads, ba't di yung nandun tayong apat ang ginawa mong banner? Di pwede yan! Sobra ka na! he he Na-stretch ata horizontally ang picture kaya medyo healthy tignan ang mga diwata, ngek!

scanns said...

atejoy-acs, that's my banner coz kita-kita na ang pristine beach, may trivia pa! sige, i'll find one na nandun tayong apat.. ngye, sabi ko na, i suspected i made a mistake in the proportionality of the dimensions! pero di ko pa check til you noticed! i just corrected it, proportional na yung length sa width, whaddayathink?

Anonymous said...

Grabs, totoo ung sabi ni Plumnroses and grandpa in the story...

It's very cute to see how John 3:16 could be related to valentines. Of course, also the gospel *-*

scanns said...

Hi ITel (a.k.a. anonymous)! Glad you understand plumnroses & grandpa (in the story)! I'm sure you've experienced it yourself!

Oo nga ano, very cute nga that one could see Valentine in John 3:16 & the gospel! I'll look at your bulletin message about "time for God" - keep it up! :) See you, God bless! :)

schatzli said...

hmm not this expercience but a bit similar... its not the actual bucket itself getting full but the way it changed di ba....

ano ba yan header issue na yan?

lahat gusto mag pa STAR OF THE SHOW! HAHAHA

scanns said...

hi sha, glad you've experienced something similar.. yes, it's not about filling the bucket but changing it, just like how God's Word changes lives!

i chose that header coz it shows the pristine beach & there's trivia! trivia ay kung makilala ng 3 diwata ang sarili nila. when joyacs saw i'm not in the header, sana daw i put a pic w/me too! then i made a mistake in the dimensions, w/c made them wider, nyek! but now, i corrected it! :) that's the story!

nyuninaf said...

hoho nga yoyang, blown out of proportions ang ating factual slim statures...that banner is not fair, aba eh ilang buwan din hakong nagdiet for the bora experience, only to be stretched virtually sa banner ni vadadaday?

itama ang mali!

scanns said...

oi ate-nyuninaf, di mo ba nabasa sagot ko kay ate-joyacs & ate-sha sa taas? i corrected it right after ate-joyacs noticed it! at di ko naman sinasadya e!

ok, the small banner's dimension is 640 x 176, i enlarged it to 760 x 209. try to compute it by using ratio & proportion, it's now proportional! whaddayathink? masaya ka na?

nyuninaf said...

hine hine, si lukring luk luk lang ang na-one dimensional (one half pa nga yata!). mukang two-dimensional fa rin kami ni ate yoyang...is not da rayt comfyutationes!

joy=acs said...

Ho ho ngah AhteBhads, di pa rin kami pumapayat--- kahit sa picture man lang. Wag na proportion, todo vertical stretch na, he he! Alam mo naman tayong mga taga-showbiz, conscious sa mga lumalabas na pictures :) San na yung tayong apat?

scanns said...

oi ate-nyuninaf, ano ba pinagsasabi mo 1/2 or 1-dimensional si ate-nafay? kung 1-d lang, e di length lang meron sya & wala width? so dapat lang kayong tatlo 2-d, meron length & width! now the dimensions are proportional, no stretching vertically or horizontally! PROOF: 27.5% of 640 = 176, while 27.5% of 760 = 209! o ano, will you be able to contest my computations? :)

scanns said...

oi ate-joyacs, ala ako magawa kung di pa rin kayo pumayat coz i'll keep my dimensions accurate! scientifically, baka masira career ko, kung mali ako sa ratio & proportions! artistically, anong klaseng photographer ako if i stretch it todo vertically? pano background, like the boat? hehe.. :) btw, ok ka lang dun, wak ka na ma-conscious kahit taga-showbiz ka, natakpan ka lang ng suot mong wide hat na nag-blend sa background.. saka ko na papalitan banner ko ng tayo apat kasi gusto ko pa tingnan view nito.

Nyo:Yaks said...

Atebads, alam mo naman tayong mga artist, maarte, he he. Joke lang dimensions ek ek ko ah. Keep the banner, it looks very nice :) Relaxing to gaze at actually

kanyuninaf said...

mathematical semantics lang iyo vadadaday, illusionary belief that there are actual numbers involved in the aesthetic presentation of our vulnerable figural images. in my visual perception one D lang talaga si lukring dyan sa banner mo, ala talagang width, length lang talaga! samatantalang ako, ako, 2D talaga ang visual effect in double measure. si yoyang, conceded, pero ako, isa akong anak pawis, nde ako bourgouise kaya ako ay patuloy na magproprotesta. STOP THE RAMPANT VIOLATION OF OUR COFEERIGHT TO LOOK SLIM IN BANNERS! IT IS PUNISHABLE UNDER THE LAW - CAUSE AND EFFECT PROCLAMATION 00123.

scanns said...

ate-joyacs, salamat, alam ko joke-joke ka lang at naiintindihan mo ako! buti ka pa, kahit isa kang hartist, you appreciate my rationale for putting up this banner with you 3 diwata(s) & the "relaxing" (sabi mo) pristine beach as background! gusto ko nga to keep the banner, kahit na may "nagpapanggap na anak-pawis" na nagpo-protesta! hehe.. :)

scanns said...

ate-kanyuninaf, a photo (banner, wallpaper, etc) has "non-illusionary & actual" mathematical dimensions to it (whether you like it or not) w/c i've adhered to! what you see is (i've merely captured in the foto) the actual representation of reality! if you want an aesthetic representation, then go paint your vulnerable figural images.. :)

kaya mukhang 1-d lang si lukring sa banner, kasi naka-sideview sya! nabasa mo ba sagot ko sa trivia sa taas? ano magagawa ko kung talagang "actual" na naka-backview kayo ni yoyang, kaya 2-d w/width. si yoyang nga, natakpan pa ng suot nyang wide hat na nag-blend sa background, pero nakakaintindi!

kung authentic kang anak-pawis (at di lang mapag-panggap), itong "illusion" na pinaglalaban mo ay hindi nila "cause"! walang koneksyon yan sa kanilang pinagpo-protestahan para sa inang bayan! ABA AT MAY BALAK KA PANG SUNDAN ANG PROCLAMATION 1017 NI GMA DECLARING A "STATE OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY" DAHIL LANG SA BANNER KO!!! :)

sumi said...

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sumi said...

guarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrdddddd! asan na si guarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd!

Nyok-nyak said...

Wow, okay tong dalawang iskolar ng bayan, pag mag-usap jargon at high falluting hek hek :) Hige, tawagin si Guard, kahit nagpapahinga na sya, tawagin.. bilis...!

sumi said...

hek hek, hi-folyuting ba ate nyoknyak? katabi ko ang international handbook for schizo jargons nyan! obviously, si vadadaday, hasang-hasa!

hobah, si Guard tulog na naman! kahit kelan di ko na napakinabangan yan ah! ipahuli si Guard under Proclamation 1017, ala ng warrant warrant of arrest pa.....

Guarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd...linsyukan, binebiset mo na naman akohhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

scanns said...

oi ate-nyoknyak & ate-tulipya, hige, tawagin..este gisingin nyo yang guard nyong si Guardo! di ako takot, limot nyo na bang 2x ako nag-judo (1 credit & 1 audit)?! hirap naman kay ate-tulipya, lagi nya scapegoat si guarddd! at nagtataka ako bakit laging tulog si guard, siguro walang ganang mag-duty kasi maliit sweldo o di nyo sinu-swelduhan! lagot kayo nyan, baka kayo pa ang ipa-arrest nyang si guard for "unfair labor practice" hehe.. :)

aba, ngayon ko lang nalaman may "int'l handbook for schizo jargons" pala!

LigayaAngItawagMoSaAkin said...

Oi Atebadang, minimum wage yang si Gardo, may SSS, PAG-IBIG, at Philhealth pa :) Antukin lang talaga, he he

scanns said...

oi ateng-LigayaAngItawagKoSaYo, e kaya naman pala tinatamad, inaantok at tutulog-tulog yang si Guardo, mahigit sampung (10) taon na sya sa inyong empleyo, minimum wage pa rin lang sya! kahit na may SSS, PAG-IBIG at Philhealth pa, di nyo man lang nao-omentohan! hehe.. :)

plumnroses said...

oi ate vads,

nung hunyo lang nagsimula si Guardo sa empleyo namin. aba, may patravel sa Canada yan yearly kahit minimum wage(Phil. currency). Yun eh pag kelangan ko ng Guardo dito, dami ako needs for Guardo dito, tulad nga nyang harassment mo sa amin tungkol sa banner. Yun nga lang si Guardo sakay sa cape ni Superman tuwing punta dito, pamana sa kanya nung yumao si superhero.

ang alam ko si Guardo, ninuno si Juan Tamad kaya ganun, laging tulog sa ilalim nang puno ng bayabas, intay hulog ito.

scanns said...

oi ate-plum, lapit na pala sya 1 year sa empleyo nyo, pero minimum wage pa rin?! at kung talagang sinu-swelduhan nyo, hige nga, magkano from you & magkano from ate-joyang? yun namang alleged pa-travel sa Canada yearly, di naman pala galing sa yo pera kasi nakasakay lang sya sa kapa! wala, kahit tawagin mo pa ang antuking Guardo, di ka mananalo sa banner case! hehe.. :)

schatzli said...

mathematician vs the artist
vahh dahh day
na shut down yong yahoo ko
find me at s_orlanesATyahooDOTcom

scanns said...

hi ate-sha! thanks for informing me about your new yahoo! why na-shut down your old yahoo? miss our chats na! :)

hehe.. mukha bang mathematician vs artist dito? wala lang, ganyan lang talaga kami mag-drama & kulitan! ;)

LigayaUlit said...

Oiyt, Atebadang, batit wala pa update dito? (Ako rin, batit wala update? he he) Dami-dami na comments dito di ka pa nagdadagdag ng bagong entry, ano ba antay mo, si Guardo? Di dadating yon, on vacation leave, nasa abroad.

scanns said...

oist ate-LigayaUlit, buti pa kayo may bago nang update! busy kasi ako, exam week pa ngayon ng students ko!

di ko inaantay yung Guardo nyo, lagi naman tulog yun e, kahit nasa abroad.. hehe :) aba, at kung mag-vacation leave sya, sa 'aboard' pa! totoo ba naman yan?!

Happiness said...

Ho ho nga pala, lapit na tapos ng pasukan. Buti pa ang mga students may mahabang leave. Pag ba summer na, nag-tu-tutor ka pa din o are you on school vacation like the students?

Na-extend bakasyon ni Guardo. Nasa Canada pa. Eeh madami pa raw syang perang gagastusin kaya di muna umuwi. Shhh, wag kang maingay dyan at baka di ka bigyan ng pasalubong ni Guardo :)

scanns said...

hi happiness a.k.a. ate-ligaya! lapit na nga summer vacation of my students! pero my little pamangkin(s) bakasyon na ngayon! work-work pa din ako pag summer!

talaga ha, dami pala pera ni Guardo?! sino ba sumusweldo sa kanya? e ang sinasakyan lang pala nya to Canada ay lumang kapa ni superman?! o sige, maniniwala lang ako sa ilusyon nyo ni ate-plum pag natangggap ko ang 'totoong' pasalubong! hehe :)

NyoNya said...

Anemananay, abangan mo pasalubong ni Guardo :) Malapit na dumating... charan!!!

scanns said...

ate-nyonya, talagang may "totoong" pasalubong for me? e nasan na?! :)

nyuninaf said...

ngoi, di ko sagot fasalubong ni Guardo ha? badadadang, eh what good does it do ba kung ala kang update ha?

scanns said...

oi ate-nyuninaf, react ka naman agad dyan re pasabulong! hehe.. :) kung alang pasalubong, e di ilusyon lang talaga yang antuking Guardo nyo ni ate-nyonya!

ay naku, i've really been busy! tapos mag-uupdate na sana ako kagabi..ayun, nasira naman computer mouse! so i'm just working w/the keyboard til i buy a new one, hay.. :(

nyuninaf said...

bads bakit blogspot mo okey, yung amin ni apo manang yoyang eh malfunctioning, parang wardrobe malfunction...ehehehek....

scanns said...

ate-nyuninaf, ok na main page mo. pero 2nd to last comment page, hindi pa. nakita mo na ba new comments ko sa 2nd to last?

ate-nyoyang, your page wala talaga since yesterday!

My advice to you both:
Sign in
Log out
Sign in again
Go to "manage posts"
Click "status"
Then "republish entire blog"

pls tell me here if it works, ok? :)

NyokNyak said...

My blog is baaack! Ang galing mo Atebads! Sobra! We're not worthy! We're not worthy! Isa kang henyo!Hu hu hu (tears of joy) I'm so happy, salamat po :)

scanns said...

ate-joyang, yehey! i'm so happy your blog is back! na-miss ka namin a! buti na lang dumalaw ka dito kahit wala pa ako update & saw my advice! you're welcome, it's my pleasure, so glad to be of help to you! :)

plumnroses said...

asan help mo akun manananang?

scanns said...

oist ate-pluma, at anong help naman yang pinagsasabi mo? help file? hehe.. :)

plumnroses said...

pengeng pera. daya mo dami mong comments, umaasa ka lang sa thread di ka naman naproproduce...hrmmmmmmmmmmmmmmpp.

scanns said...

oist ate-pluma, sa yo nga ako hehengeng pera! hehe, dami ba comments?! :)

Joya said...

AteBadangdang aka Boracay minx, ho ho ako ay madalas dumaan sa iyong bahay sa pag-asang makakakita ako ng mga bagong babasahin dito ngunit ako ay parating bigo, hu hu hu. Alam ko na, gusto mo ng world record ano? Panalo ka sa Most number of comments in the blog :) Haba na nito eh... Ho hano na? bago na ba mouse mo? Sino na nga ang next na may birthday? Paki-scan nga ang memory mo :)

guarda ang kulangkulang sa the sun of the rising land said...

test test test ayaw pa rin kaya mumasok nito? sayang lang tinatype ko na kegagandang comment tapos ieerroerako hmp!
the biggraymousejumpsoverbadadaydadaydaday
bsxhfgtuamm#$%%

scanns said...

ate-joya, pano naman ako naging minx? siguro nanonood ka rin ng AI ano?! wawa ka naman, naluha ka pa! di naman ako sumali sa Guiness World Records! pero kung mananalo, why not? hehe.. :) yup, may new computer mouse na! dapat manlibre ng actual (hindi virtual) food yung next na may b-day, alam mo na kung sino yun! :)

scanns said...

oi guardang kulang2 from sun of the rising land (alias ate-nafay)! sabi ko na nga ba, kamag-anak ka ni Guardong tutulog-tulog! bakit, dati ba ayaw tanggapin comment mo dito? ngayon ko nga lang ikaw nakita dito e! aba, at tsumamba ka pa sa bagong computer mouse ko, coz it "is" gray! :)

sumi said...

talaga nga naman oo, eh what good does it do ba talaga kung di mo iuupdate tong blogang to ha? pagod na ko kabibisita, wala namang bago...eh nakakahinawa rin ah....no ba yan?

scanns said...

oist ate-tulipya-tilapya! ayan na nga, habang nang-gagalaiti ka, e tinatapos ko na yang update ko! may mga nakakatakam pang pictures para sa inyo, sana matakam ka! hehe.. :)