Written by Donald Schnell

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That OVEN had to be clean or it might collapse. We worked in crews of two-man teams. For safety, we strapped wooden platforms beneath our shoes. As we worked we kept an eye on our platforms, and if they started to smoke, we jumped offrepparttar OVEN before our shoes caught fire. The top ofrepparttar 127027 OVEN wasrepparttar 127028 hottest, because heat rises. I resented when Mark was transferred torepparttar 127029 ICE HOUSE. He was going to work inrepparttar 127030 coolest place in Arizona during that infernal summer. Why not me? He now had one ofrepparttar 127031 nicest jobs you could get in that fiery Hell called a copper mine. Why not me?

Things change. The miners went on strike. Mark came to me in great distress. It wasrepparttar 127032 first time I'd ever seen him upset. “Don,” he said, “I've got to work. I'm going to have to be a scab. I have a family to feed. My wife Becky is 8 months pregnant.” Tough decision. The toughest.

In Ajo, an innocent child of a scab was once shot to death. Countless arerepparttar 127033 brutal stories I can recall of how scabs were severely beaten, crippled or killed for their decision to crossrepparttar 127034 picket line. Mark had nowhere to turn. Copper mining wasrepparttar 127035 only industry in that town 100 miles from civilization. He had no money to move, no money to travel. Sadly, I supported him in his decision. What else could I do?

The next day was ugly. Hundreds of angry miners lined up to taunt, jeer and protestrepparttar 127036 few scabs who showed up to work. Mark hung his head in shame as he drove throughrepparttar 127037 picket line in a company truck with armed escorts. The decision to work was fatal. But not because ofrepparttar 127038 miners' hatred of scabs. Mark was assigned my job to cleanrepparttar 127039 top ofrepparttar 127040 OVEN. The same I'd worked on only days before. That day, witnesses sawrepparttar 127041 OVEN collapse, and my friend Mark was instantly incinerated.

Mark's death had a major impact on me. It could have been my life that was taken by that OVEN. I was a kid, and I hurt. Worst of all, I felt guilty for resenting his time inrepparttar 127042 Ice House. I felt guilty for not always welcoming his positive outlook. But, now he was gone. His family was fatherless. Because his last work was that of a scab, he was counted as a temporary worker, andrepparttar 127043 family lost all his benefits. It was a tragedy I couldn't handle. The fire of that oven burned inside my gut. I had to turn my anger, my guilt, and my sadness and pain into something positive. I reflected on Mark's upbeat philosophy and decided that I could best honor him by being like him, and focusing onrepparttar 127044 good in my life.

Mark's untimely death taught me a valuable lesson. Life is short. There is no telling when we will be called to takerepparttar 127045 Great Adventure. Each day of our lives is precious. Mark was 100% right. Each day is a choice. You and you alone decide what kind of day you will have. You can choose to be happy or sad, loving or hateful. Enlightenment is all about choice. What choice are you going to make today? Remember my friend Mark this week and makerepparttar 127046 choice to be happy.

Donald Schnell isrepparttar 127047 author of The Initiation. He has assisted thousands of individuals to awaken to their inner power. Free: Enlightenment 101 newsletter

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Continue in Prayer

Written by Angelique Watkins

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Psalms 34:10 "They that seekrepparttar Lord shall not want any good thing."

James 4:3 "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures."

Jesus went aside to pray. If HE felt a need for talking to God, how much more do we need that strengthening fellowship!

Matthew 7:7, 8 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

Independent Home Based Researcher, Writer and Life Enrichment Advocate. Israel, Messianic, News From PacRim and Arab Ministries Fellowship.

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