The Sign

Written by Jerry Bernard

The Sign is taken from Luke 21, Matthew 24 and Mark 13. It is aboutrepparttar sign ofrepparttar 127028 end of time andrepparttar 127029 coming ofrepparttar 127030 Messiah. The scripture is very clear


Written by Donald Schnell

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It's a beautiful spring day in Beverly Hills, California. I'm looking out my window at elm trees in full leaf and roses in full bloom, and thinking aboutrepparttar 127027 people who helped me get where I am today.

Mark Johnson wasrepparttar 127028 kind of guy some people love to hate. He was always in a great mood and always had something positive to say. When he saw you, he enthusiastically boomed, “Hello, my friend!” When you asked him how he was, he nearly shouted, “I'm on top ofrepparttar 127029 world!” I was sometimes a little embarrassed by his noisy exuberance, but I was glad he was my friend.

Mark was a unique worker atrepparttar 127030 Phelps Dodge Copper Mine in my home town of Ajo, Arizona. The miners followed him around. Because of his attitude, he was a natural motivator. If one ofrepparttar 127031 guys was having a bad day, Mark was there to help him seerepparttar 127032 bright side of any situation. Once I remember him taking one ofrepparttar 127033 men torepparttar 127034 bank with him after work. I later learned that Mark had personally given over half his check to help that man cover his family's medical bills. It wasn'trepparttar 127035 first time Mark had done this. Many could testify to his generosity.

And those were tough times for copper miners inrepparttar 127036 1970's-with only a decade left beforerepparttar 127037 mine would close, and Ajo would turn into a ghost town

Mark Johnson and I worked inrepparttar 127038 Smelter-the OVEN. Hot enough to melt gold. Hot enough to melt your shoes…it was Hell.

Mark's positive approach to life made me curious, so one day I asked him, "I don't get it! Everyone grumbles and complains aboutrepparttar 127039 hard work,repparttar 127040 heat, andrepparttar 127041 low wages. Everyone but you. No one can be a positive person allrepparttar 127042 time. How do you do it?"

Mark had a quick answer, and a quicker smile, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, 'Mark, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.' Don, I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. Don, I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point outrepparttar 127043 positive side of life. Don, I chooserepparttar 127044 positive side of life."

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes, it is," Mark said. "Life is all about choices. Every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to each situation. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: it's your choice how you live life."

My job inrepparttar 127045 mines that summer was challenging. I was only 19 years old after all. I was home forrepparttar 127046 summer to try to make enough money for my sophomore year at Arizona State.

Challenging? That is a major understatement. My assignment: to shovel fromrepparttar 127047 top ofrepparttar 127048 OVENrepparttar 127049 metallic soot that would build up onrepparttar 127050 roof. It took a shovel and an industrial strength vacuum cleaner to dorepparttar 127051 job. Life threatening? Yep!

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