4 Things You Can Never Recover

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1. The Stone After the Throw

Oh, how much easier it is to see the faults in others than it is to see our own faults! How quick we are to attack someone else or to pass judgment on them. And yet these stones we hurl at others can never be retrieved. Jesus knew this. He says to us, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” (John 8:7).

2. The Word After It’s Said

“Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs -Pearl Strachan. The words we speak are powerful things. Words can tear down or they can build up. They can bring death or they can bring life. But once they have left our lips, they are like leaves scattered to the wind – they can never be taken back. So before you lash out with harsh words, take a moment to press pause and measure what you say with grace and mercy.

3. The Oppourtunity After It’s Missed

“I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour.  I dropped it carelessly, Ah!  I didn’t know, I held opportunity.” - Hazel Lee.Oppourtunities in life aren’t always easy to recognize. We usually expect them to come with beepers and billboards, but most often they are dressed in overalls and look like work.  Sometimes we call oppourtunities problems and we try to avoid them, but the truth is nothing is so often irretrievably missed as a daily oppourtunity.

4. The Time After It’s Gone

Life is short. I have never been more aware of this until now. Watching my ten-month old son grow up in front of my eyes so quickly has reminded me that life goes not backward nor waits for any man. And so make the most of the time you have been given, and “don’t be fooled by the calendar – there are only as many days in the year as you make use of” – Charles Richards.

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13 Comments on “4 Things You Can Never Recover

  1. Thanks for this – so very true. I have lived a few years (I’m a grandma times four) and I have seen and experienced each of these painfully. Life is a fragile little blink in time – we really need to live it to the fullest and love those who are both lovable and unlovable. Philippians 4:13.

  2. A very good an worthy suggestion……..!!
    The four pillars of “Things you Can never Recover”…..
    A heartily thanks………TOM
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      • Your blog is great by the way. I always get something inspirational out of it. I’m a happy subscriber. Cheers and hope your Tuesday is going good!

  3. Thank you for the reminders. Your points are so true, yet so often we speak without thinking, act horribly towards others when there is no need to do so, and we let too many opportunities to make a difference by offering a kindness slip away. Again, thanks so much for the reminder. I will keep this with me for at least a little while. Enjoy that little one. They grow up much too fast.

  4. Yes, time after its gone…cannot be replaced. The memories we all hold dear! Yes, if someone passes away and we are a christian then we can know that they are with GOD in a better place than we are. One day I will meet with all of my family, friends, angels in heaven. :)

  5. Oh God, when I read texts like this one, I realize how happy I am – I have loving parents,a fiance, a new job which is an opportunity to learn many things I haven’t learnt yet but which I make into a problem. I should be grateful to God for all those people around me that teach me to live.

  6. I really like your points. it’s true that few people are aware of them. Thinking before you act. Thank you.

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