Friday, September 23, 2005

A Rich Man's Best Friend is Health

Thank You for visting my blog. The article below is so true for many in this world. For those without the guiding wisdom in our Bible, such articles they will read with great interest, trying to peer into the lives of the Rich and Famous. But what is even sadder, is that those of us who are Christians, who have the wisdom from the One and Only, also fall victim to such "worldly" lifestyle. How often have you heard that Christians don't have time for this and the other as it relates to church and the Kingdom of God, but they make time to do the things documented in this article that ruin not only their physical health, but also their spiritual health. So, let's us who know the One who made us, return to the instructions that He gave for right living (i.e. Study The Scriptures), for good health in this life and more so for spiritual health which has impact for the life hereafter. God bless.
A Rich Man's Best Friend is Health.

Lord Beaverbrook, the greatest British press baron of his generation, used to say to me in his strong Canadian accent: "Aw, Mistah Johnson, look after your good health. You may be the richest man in the world. You may be the most powerful man in the world. But if you lose your good health, you will be the most miserable man in the world."

From my observations I'd say that's a true statement. Take the case of Sir James (Jimmy) Goldsmith. He was the most interesting rich man I've known, and I witnessed his rise from nothing to the position of a sterling billionaire. I first met Jimmy when he was 16. He'd run away from school on the proceeds from an "accumulator bet" on horse races that had brought him £8,000--a lot of cash in 1948. He said to me, "What's the point of going on at Eton, with nowhere to spend it except the Tuck Shop. I want to get my teeth into life."
And that's precisely what he did. Eventually, however, life got its teeth into him. He was afflicted with incurable cancer. In an attempt to prolong his existence, Jimmy went to an Indian guru/doctor. The prescribed regimen didn't allow for painkilling drugs, so Jimmy endured months of agony before deciding the "cure" was useless. By then he was near death. For the sake of his family, however, he endured one last spasm of discomfort by moving from his house in France to his house in Spain, thus avoiding France's crushing death taxes. It was a sad end to a life of uninhibited energy expenditure and hedonism, in which "looking after your good health" played little part.

Of course, health should never become an obsession. Nothing could be more miserable than the way Howard Hughes, the once-swashbuckling billionaire of the aviation industry and movie world who developed a germ phobia, spent his last years: He e nded his days stark naked in a cocoon of tissues.

Health Hazards

On the other hand, it has to be admitted that great health--whether inherited or acquired by your own exertions--brings its own peculiar health hazards. Here are some of them: Travelmania. The very rich seem to move around too much, for reasons of both business and pleasure. There's an explanation: Wealth has its limitations. There's a limit to what you can eat or drink; you can wear only one outfit of clothes or sleep in one bed at a time. Travel, however, is an area of expenditure in which big money can make a difference, via private jets, yachts, limos and the like. The very rich are always airborne. They attend board meetings all over the world. They have houses everywhere--fully staffed, of course--and, in order to get some value out of these abodes, they continually relocate. It's a self-imposed labor. Not long ago the wife of one billionaire said to me, "One-third of my life is u sed up running our houses or traveling between them."

Travel is exhausting. I told Rupert Murdoch some years ago that he had the face of a man who is always getting on or off a long-distance jet. Travel can also be dangerous. You may use the world's best-run airlines or travel by private jet only when weather conditions are perfect, but every time you step aboard an aircraft you are taking on some more risk. Moreover, if you can afford it, the temptation is to cut any delays by hiring helicopters--a flashy, high-risk mode of transport. The rich should remember that nobody ever risked his neck by staying in one place. If you're rich enough, let them come to you.

The culture of excess. The rich are exposed to this all the time. Eating in the grand manner, not sometimes but always. Drinking the best vintages, the oldest cognac. Partying (and often flying thousands of miles by private jet to do so ). Staying up late. Taking pills to get through a life of luxury. And then spending spells in health clinics to get over it all. Or employing fashionable society doctors to stay fit--a sure formula, in my humble opinion, for chronic unease in health.

Worry. This is something no amount of money can banish. And the world's highest-paid psychiatrist cannot cure it, because in most cases the worries of the rich are imaginary. Worry not only poisons but also shortens life. Mr. Worry sits on the end of the billionaire's bed, keeps him awake at night and greets him with a wintry smile in the morning.

Yet--and here is the paradox--wealth is made by continual hard work, and an able man who makes himself rich will be happy (and therefore healthy) only by doing what comes naturally. He has to carry on competing--and competing in spending and pleasure-seeking, as well as in accumulating the lucre. The rich l ead the lives they do for the same compulsive reasons they become rich in the first place.

Are the problems of the very rich insoluble, then? If so, they are problems many would like to share.

Paul Johnson, eminent British historian and author; Lee Kuan Yew, minister mentor of Singapore; and Ernesto Zedillo, director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, former president of Mexico; in addition to Forbes Chairman Caspar W. Weinberger, rotate in writing this column

Monday, September 19, 2005


Thank You again for visiting my blog..I came across this short article, reminded me of how often a simple word of encouragement and/or action on our part can make a big difference to someone else. So, be encouraged to do the little things that others may not noticed, but God does. Everything you do counts ! Scriptural truths that ring out are: God is for us, who can be against us? Nothing can frustrate the plan and purpose of God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. With God, nothing is impossible. Be strong! YOU CAN DO IT !
Gratitude For Encouragement

Someone shared with me that a phrase would run through his mind quite frequently. It was, "You can do it!" Whenever something he was doing seemed to become too difficult, he would hear an inner voice saying, "You can do it!" Whenever he felt too tired to take care of something he knew he had to take care of, he heard this inner voice saying, "You can do it!" This seemed so much a part of him that he took it for granted and didn't give it much thought.

When it was suggested to him to think about gratitude for those who had encouraged him, he remembered a childhood incident. He had an older brother who had repeated this phrase to him a few times. His brother was just three years older, but when he was little, those three years made a big difference. Without his realizing it, those words stayed with him and helped him innumerable times.

Over the years he had grown apart from his older brother and there was a lot of tension and stress in their relationship. They tended to avoid each other. Realizing how much his brother's encouragement had helped him, his sense of gratitude motivated him to renew their relationship. His positive feelings towards his brother aroused positive feelings in return. They both found it almost miraculous that they became so close.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Don't we all want to be strong? But, how?

Christ strengthens us through our own weakness!

Sometimes your biggest weakness can become your biggest strength. Take, for example, the story of one 10-year-old boy who decided to study Judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.

The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn't understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move. "Sensei," the boy finally said, "Shouldn't I be learning more moves?" "This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you'll ever
need to know," the sensei replied. Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.

Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became very impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. "No," the sensei insisted, "Let him continue."
Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion.

On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind. "Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?"

"You won for two reasons," the sensei answered. "First, you've almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your
left arm."

The boy's biggest weakness had become his biggest strength. In the same way, God can use our weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Paul had asked God to remove his thorn in the flesh (three times!) but God said no because God's power is perfected in weakness. Paul learned to be content with his weaknesses so that he could become strong in Christ; to boast of his own difficulties so that the power of Christ's would dwell in him.
May each of us learn the lesson of Christ's power through our own weaknesses.

><> When God seems far away, call on Psalm 139