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I was reading through books recently, browsed several references, some gave me idea and some stimulated my mind to think.
Today, I just want to tell you, yes, if you are reading this, it's not an accident! You are meant to read this! 
"Whatever you do today, just make sure it's towards living your life and not copying someone else's."
The law of association would suggest that you have the right to associate and that there is power in association, you attract the same energy with whom or those you associate yourself with. That is the reason why you somehow feel satisfied after a conversation with someone you've shared your life with. Shared because he/she can relate to your situation and you can relate to his or her situation. 
We have under this influence that we neglect to see how it affects us. And for some reason you don't know, you just want to be with that person or those persons again. Some people would label it with the phrase, "I belong!". We appreciate sympathy, we appreciate people who seem to have felt what we are feeling. And tell those who do not as rude, harsh or don't care. Truth is, you want them to suffer like you!
Here's my theory, here in our locality we have this expression "pandamay". 
Literally translated though, that word means, you pull people down when you're down. If you're in jail, they have to be in jail too. If you are suffering from pain, people should also feel pain. "Damay" have been cloaked as sympathy or empathy or whatever, but yes, it's basically pulling down people's energy. And people tend to enjoy such association. 
One would argue and say, "so, are you suggesting we don't have to care and sympathize?" Absolutely, no! What I am telling you right now is, if someone is 'down' don't go 'down' yourself, be the light! If someone complains, try to suggest reasons why such happened to enlighten. As my friend told me "be the better, brighter, or even the best person" than the other.
I understand this is not an easy task, this is not easy to do, but just like any hard thing to do, it starts with developing it to be a habit. If it becomes a habit, it naturally comes out, when the situations call.
This is all for now, and yeah remember to live your own life, God did not intend to make you a clone of someone else!

You have all the right to be happy! Spread the smile of your heart!

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves - to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterdays by today, to do our work with more force than ever before" (Stewart John). If you would like to know who is responsible for most of your troubles, take a look in the mirror. If you could kick the fellow responsible for most of your problems, you wouldnt be able to sit down for three weeks. It's time for us to stay out of our own way.
Most of the stumbling blocks people complain about are under their own hats. Louis XIV commented, "There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself." The Bible's wisdom counsels. "He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls" (Proverbs 25:28)
"Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you" (Frank Tyger). You may succeed if nobody else believes in you, but you will never succeed if you don't believe in yourself. Zig Ziglar observes, "What you picture in your mind, your mind will go to work to accomplish. When you change your pictures, you automatically change your performance." Whatever you attach consistently to the words "I am," you will become.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "It is impossible for man to be cheated by anyone but himself." Gain control of your mind, or it will gain control of you. Your imagination dictates your openness to positive direction. As Norman Vincent Peale remarked, "Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Remind yourself that God is with you and that nothing can defeat Him."
"Our best friends and our worst enemies are the thoughts that we have about ourselves" (Dr. Frank Crane). Stop looking only at where you are, and start looking at what you can be. The Bible declares, "As [a man] thinketh in his heart (Proverbs 23:7). Be carefl of your thoughts. They may become words at any moment and actions very soon. Wrong thinking almost always leads to misery.
No one can defeat you unless you first defeat yourself. Self-image sets the boundaries and limits of each of our individual accomplishments. Charles Colton said, "We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is civil war." If you doubt yourself, listen to Alexander Dumas: "A person who doubts himself is like a man who enlists in the ranks of his enemy and bears arms against himself." Tim Redmond observed, "Don't commit treason against your own life and purpose."
Your world first exists within you. Marriane Crawford said, "Every man with him the world which he must live." Having trouble hearing from God? "When God speaks, your mind will be your biggest enemy" (Bob Harrison). Facing major obstacles in life? James Allen answered, "You are the handicap you must face. You are the one who must choose your place." Remember you are your own doctor when it comes to curing cold feet, a hot head, and a stuffy attitude.
(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")

Years ago, I spoke in the Dominican Republic for a ministry that works with American kids struggling with behavioral problems, I addressed them several times a day during their spiritual-emphasis week.

Early in the week, I met a young student who showed me what Plan A can look like lived out.

Lance approached me after one of my teaching sessions and asked if he could talk with me. Later, he shared what had been happening in his life that week. Clearly, God was lighting a fire in his heart.

Lance explained that he entered the program not because he was rebellious or had broken the law like many of other kids. His parents asked him to enter the program so he could gain more structure and discipline in his life.

"I've gotten a lot of my time here," Lance said, "but now I'm thinking it may be time to go home. I want to help people learn more about God. Maybe I could make a bigger difference in the lives of my old friends. What do you think, Dwight?"

"You may be right," I replied. "But is it possible that God is giving you temporary assignment while you're still here? Is it posible that He wants to use you to minister to kids right here while you're with them?"

Lance's eyes lt up as I continued sharing with him a vision for his temporary assignment.

"That's it!" he suddenly exclaimed. "There is something I can do for the other kids while I'm still here! I know things about their lives, their parents don't know - stuff not even our staff knows. I'll pray for them and talk with them as God leads. Dwight, some of them are pretty messed up, I hope I can help."

Over the next few days, Lance and I chatted about his newfound purpose for the rest of his time in the Dominican Republic. I gave him a book on prayer, and we prayed together for some of the other kids his dorm - including a kid named Chris, who professed to be an atheist.

After I left the campus, Lance and I continued to write back and forth. In one letter, he wrote,

The other day, Chris announced at the dinner table that he is no longer an atheist. I have now changed my prayer from, "Lord, show Chris that you're real" to "Lord Chris needs to know you personally. Please help him make the decision to accept and follow you." The power of prayer is really strong!!!

Unfortunately, that was the last letter I received from Lance. A few weeks later, one of the program administrators called me on the phone.

"Are you sitting down?" she asked. "There's been an awful tragedy here this wek. A group of boys from one of our dormitories was swimming in the river. A flash flood suddenly swept three of the boys downstream, including Lance. We rescued two of them, but we couldn't reac Lance in time...Dwight, I'm sorry to tell you. Lance is dead."

I sat stunned silence, trying to figure out how to respond. The administrator paused for a moment to let the difficult news sink in, then continued.

"Dwight, there's one more I want to tell you. As we were cleaning out Lance's locker and sorting through his belongings, we came across some things you sent him - encouraging letters and a book about prayer. The book had highlights and notes through it. We also found his prayer journal. We're amazed at how many kids and situations he was praying for. We've been piecing together a lot of recent things that have been happening as a result of Lance's prayers."

She went on to share specific answers to prayer. Discouraged staff members ready to give up experienced new strength, joy, and purpose in their work. Students struggling for years with emotional and spiritual issues showed new signs of growth and victory. Even some of the most troubled kids experienced major breakthroughs in their attitudes and behaviors.

"We now realize that Lance prayed for those needs," she said. "And God answered his prayers! We're amazed. Single-handedly, a teenage kid impacted our program, staff, and students through his prayers."

Several weeks later I learned that five kids gave their lives to Christ at Lance's funeral. One of them was Chris, the former atheist. He had watched Lance's life more closely than anyone realized. He experienced God's love through Lance before he even believed God existed.

Chris and the other kids embraced God's love because a fellow student caught a vision for the role he could play in their lives - as one who was up close to them.

God wants to give you a vision for the role you can play in the lives of people around you - on your assembly line, in your office, your neighborhood, your dormitory, or your class at school. Perhaps He wants you to pray for their needs - becoming their first-ever prayer intercessor. Perhaps He wants you to be His agent for meeting their needs.Perhaps God wants you to be his agent for meeting their needs. Perhaps God wants you to be a living testimonial of His love and grace that they see and feel firsthand.

Lance the Student followed Jesus' example of becoming God's up-close, on-the-scene connection to the kids in his sphere of influence.

And God did the rest.

(From Dwight Robertson's "You Are God's Plan A {and there's no plan b}")

When you are stressed or worried, your body secretes a powerful hormone called adrenaline. The effects of adrenaline in the human body can be compared to those of rocket fuel in a missile or nitric oxide in a race car. Adrenaline is shot into your blood to give you an immediate boost of energy or strength in response to fear, excitement or extreme emotion. In other words, it gives you an energy blast to get you going fast.
Once when I was jogging, I passed a fenced yard that was the domain of two massive Doberman pinschers. I didn't see the dogs -"flesh-eating canines" would be a more accurate term - as I jogged past the yard. I guess they felt I was jogging too close to their boundary line, so out of nowhere, they charged me, with vicious, blood-curdling barking. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of the two demonic figures fiercely bearing down on me. Adrenaline shot through my body like a bullet through soft cheese. At the time of the attack, it never occurred to me there was a protective fence separating their ugly teeth from my pristine body. So I jumped three feet straight into the air and darted off faster than I had run since high school.
Adrenaline is a powerful chemical designed to be burned up immediately by the body. If it is not expended, however, it can affect you adversely. Your body doesn't know whether it is being attacked from without or within. Likewise, a critical attitude puts your body on all-points alert, and your internal systems go on the defensive. If I carry around a critical attitude, for example, small doses of adrenaline drip into my bloodstream all day long. With the presence of adrenaline in our system, and even with eight hours of sleep, we may still be tired when we awake.
Medical researches tell us that stress and worry cause more internal damage than we realize. Physiologically, we are affected by fear, insecurity and unresolved bitterness. These things weaken our immune system, causing us to become susceptible to viruses and diseases our bodies would normally be capable of fending off.
A dear friend of mine was once the picture of health. He ate only the best foods, exercised and monitored his cholesterol levels vigilantly. But he had one major malady - worry. He worried about anything he could not completely control, until it ate him up inside. He had a tough time trusting God for his future, his finances and his family. As his anxiety grew, so did the physical effects. He constantly fell victim to stomach ailments.
He appeared to be in his 60s in even though he was only 52.1. I also watched him go through a second divorce - the stress had cost him another loving relationship.
This dear friend recently passed away at an early age. Although he was a health nut, he succumbed to something much more devastating; terrible perspective on life. His attitude had stolen his best years.
I have heard it said that the presence of adrenaline in your blood system can increase your cholesterol count by 40 percent. We willingly go on exotic diets and take pills to reduce our cholesterol level, when what we really need is a better attitude toward life!
You could say that the state of your health is determined not so much by whay you're eating but by what's eating you.

(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes That Attract Success")

One sound idea is all that one needs to achieve success. The principles described in this book contain ways and means of creating useful ideas. 
When riches begin to come they come so quickly, in such great abundance, that one wonders where they have been hiding all those years.
This is an astounding statement, and all the more so when we take into consideration the popular belief that riches come only to those who work hard an long. 
When you begin to think and grow rich, you will observe that riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work. You, and every other person, ought to be interested in knowing how to acquire the state of mind which will attract riches. I spent twenty-five years in research because, I too, wanted to know "how wealthy men become that way."
Observe very closely, as soon as you master the principles of this philosophy, and begin to follow the instructions for applying those principles, your financial status will begin to improve, and everything you touch will begin to transmute itself into an asset for your benefit. Impossible! Not at all!
One of the main weakness of mankind is the average man's familiarity with the word "impossible." He knows all the rules which will not work. He knows all the things which cannot be done. This book was written for those who seek the rules which have made others successful, and are willing to stake everything on those rules.
Success comes to those who become success conscious.
Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious.
Another weakness found in altogether too many people is the habit of measuring everything, and everyone, by their own impressions and beliefs. Some persons who read this will believe that they cannot think and grow rich, because their thought habits have been steeped in poverty, want, misery, failure, and defeat.
These unfortunate people remind me of a prominent Chinese, who came to America to be educated in American ways. He attended the University of Chicago. One day President Harper met this young Oriental on the campus, stopped to chat with him for a few minutes, and asked what had impressed him as being the most noticeable characteristic of the American people.
"Why," the student exclaimed, "the queer slant of your eyes. Your eyes are off slant!"
What do we say about the Chinese?
We refuse to believe that which we do not understand. We foolishly believe that our own limitations are the proper measureof limitations. Sure, the other fellow's eyes are "off stand," because they are not the same as our own.

In Hawaii, we have a custom of giving leis to one another as an act of hospitality, honor and friendship. A lei is usually made up of flowers strung together and draped around a person's neck. We give leis to say, "Thank you," and we give leis to say, "Goodbye."
I love the fragrant flowers of Hawaii. The pikake, the plumeria, the white ginger and the pua kenikeni are my favorites. These beautiful flowers are so pungent that everywhere I turn, the wafting fragrance adds a sense of Polynesian aloha to everything I experience. When I wear one of these leis, every person I meet smells wonderful! It does not matter whether the person is tall or short, happy or sad, coming to me with a complaint or a compliment, they all smell wonderful to me! Or course, this fragrance I enjoy has nothing to do with the person I am with but has everything to do with the lei I am wearing.
Attitude is like a lei. Each of us has one, but we have made a choice of what to string together to make up that lei. If you carry around a collection of dried fish, everything starts to smell fishy. If you string together old socks, the whole world seems to have this funny odor to it. Your attitude is like a fragrance you carry around with you. The difference is that skunks carry around a bad odor, while the beautiful Hawaiian plumeria blossoms carry a fragrance.
Whether you like it or not, each of us carries either a fragrance or a bad odor. You choose which you will carry. Some people's poor attitudes follow them around like bad cologne. Others who have wonderful personalities leave a fragrance in their wake as they pass through our lives.

(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")

Indecision is deadly. Have you ever noticed that some of the most miserable people you know are those who can never make a decision? When the mind is in doubt, it is easily swayed by slight impulses, opening the door to many wrong decisions. Many times indecision causes things to go from bad to worse. The middle of the road is the most dangerous place to be. 
We believers should be the most decisive of all people. Leaders should have wills, not wishes. In James 1:8 the Bible says, "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways." An indecisive person allows instability to creep into every area of life. If we don't decide what is important to us, we will do only what is important to others. The greater degree of wishful thinking, the greater degree of mediocrity. Being decisive, being focused, and committing ourselves to the fulfillment of a dream greatly increase our probability of success, while closing door to wrong options.
The challenge is to be decisive dreamers. Harry Truman once said, "Some questions cannot be answered, but they can be decided." Even when we do not have all the facts available, we usually have all the facts needed to make a decision. The Bible says to let the peace of God rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15). The Amplified Version tells us to let the peace that comes from Christ act as an umpire in our hearts. His peace can literally say "out" to that relationship. His peace can say "safe" to that business idea.
Of all matters, we should be most decisive in spiritual matters. If we're neutral in spiritual matters, we'll eventually find ourselves operating against heaven. Thank God we serve a decisive Lord. he has given us His peace and His Word so that we can make wise decisions. We should not be the kind of people who claim that God has told us one thing this week, and the very opposite next week. God does not change His direction that dramatically, nor does He ever direct anyone to act contrary to the good sense and sound judgment shown in his word.
God wants us to be decisive. As His children, we should be like our heavenly Father, with whom there is "no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). We should be people of great wills. If the devil controls our will, he controls our destiny. But if God controls our will, then He controls our destiny.
The choice is ours. Let's be decisive. Let's make the right decision. Don't be a person who says, "My decision is maybe, and that's final."

(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")

Shortly after Mr. Darby received his degree from the "University of Hard Knocks" and had decided to profit by his experience in gold mining business, he had the good fortune to be present on an occassion that proved to him that "No" does not necessarily mean no.
One afternoon he was helping his uncle grind wheat in an old-fashioned mill. The uncle operated a large farm on which a number of colored child, the daughter of a tenant, walked in and took her place near the door.
The uncle looked up, saw the child, and barked at her roughly "What do you want?"
Meekly, the child replied, "My mammy say send her fifty cents."
"I'll not do it," the uncle retorted, "now you run on home."
"Yas sah," the child replied. But she did not move.
The uncle went ahead with his work, so busily engaged that he did not pay attention to the child to observe that she did not leave. When he looked up and saw her still standing there, he yelled at her, "I told you to go on home! Now go, or I'll take a switch to you."
The little girl said "Yas sah," but she did not budge.
The uncle dropped a sack of grain he was about to pour into mill hopper, picked up a barrel stave, and started toward the child with an expression on his face that indicated trouble.
Darby held his breath. He was certain he was about to witness an assault. He knew his uncle had a fierce temper. 
When the uncle reached the spot where the child was standing, she quickly stepped forward one step, looked up into his eyes, and screamed at the top of her shrill voice, "My mammy's gotta have that fifty cents!"
The uncle stopped, looked at her for a minute, then slowly laid the barrel stave on the floor, put his hand in his pocket, took out half a dollar, and gave it to her.
The child took the money and slowly backed toward the door, never taking her eyes offthe man whom she had just conquered. After she had gone, the uncle sat down on a box and looked out the window into space for more than ten minutes. He was pondering, with awe, over the whipping he had just taken.
Mr. Darby, too, was doing some thinking. That was the first time in all his experience that he had seen a colored child deliberately master an adult white person. How did she do it? What happpened to his uncle that caused him to lose his fierceness and become as docile as a lamb? What strange power did this child use that made her master of the situation? These and other similar questions flashed into Darby's mind, but he did not find the answer until years later, when he told me the story.
Strangely, the story of this unusual experience was told to the author in the old mill, on the very spot where the uncle took his whipping.

As we stood there in that musty old mill, Mr. Darby repeated the story of unusual conquest, and finished by asking, "What can you make of it? What strange power did that child use, that so completely whipped my uncle?"

The answer to his question will be found in the principles described by the author in his book. The answer is full and complete. It contains details and instructions sufficient to enable anyone to understand and apply the same force which the little child accidentally stumbled upon.

Keep your mind alert, and you will observe exactly what strange power came to the rescue of the child. You will catch a glimpse of this power in the next chapter (posts of this blog). Somewhere in the book you will find an idea that will quicken your receptive powers, and place at your command, for your own benefit, this same irresistible power. The awareness of this power may come to you in the first chapter. The awareness of this power may come to you in the first chapter, or it may flash into your mind in some subsequent chapter (blog). It may come in the form of a single idea. Or, it may come in the nature of a plan, or a purpose. Again, it may cause you to go back into your past experiences of failure or defeat, and bring to the surfacesome lesson by which you can regain all that yuou lost through defeat.

After I had described to Mr. Darby the power unwittingly used by the little colored child, he quickly retraced his thirty years of experience as a life insurance salesman, and frankly acknowledged that his success in that field was due, in no small degree, to the lesson he had learned from the child. 

Mr. Darby pointed out: "Every time a prospect tried to bow me out, without buying, I saw that child standing there in the old mill, her big eyes glaring in defiance, and I said to myself: 'I've gotta make this sale!" The better portion of all sales I have made were made after people had said "No."

He recalled too, his mistake in having stopped only three feet from gold, "But" he sad, "that experience was a blessing in disguise. It taught me to keep on keeping on, no matter how hard the going may be, a lesson I needed to learn before I could succeed in anything."

(Story from Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich") 

People often ask me who my heroes are. One is Wendy Stoker.
Wendy attended a Midwest high school and, in her final year, finished just 3.5 points behind first place in girls' diving. She went to an East Coast college, where she took a full load of classes, was on the bowling team, participated in student government and continued her diving. But what I find most spectacular about this young woman is her typing skill. As a college freshman she typed at a "whizzing" - well, sor of - 40 words per minute. 
Did I forget to mention Wendy Stoker was born without arms?
She types 40 words per minute with her toes. 
What is it that causes a person to possess such determination, such courage, such an indomitable spirit? Before I discuss that, let me share with you about another of my heroes.
Thomas Alva Edison invented the incandescent lightbulb, the movie camera and the batteries that start our cars. Toward the autumn years of his life, he worked in a modest building that resembled a barn. There, with his son, Edison would often remain late into the night, laboring to perfect his inventions. One evening, in an attempt to improve the retention of a battery's charge, an unfortunate combination of chemicals caused his latest experiment to burst into flames. The fire quicly spread through the old wooden structure, and what had began as a mirror of chemical combustion exploded into a towering inferno.
Edison's son quickly evacuated the building. Using his smock to shield him the heat of flames, he desperately called for his father, fearing Edison might still be in the barn trying to save his precious lifework. Running frantically, the young man circled the barn, hoping his father had escaped through another exit. On his second time around the building, he turned corner and, to his great relief, there stood his legendary father.  Edison's hands were burried deep i his soot-speckled smock, his white hair blackened with ash. He was watching intently as flames devoured the structure.
"Father!" cried Edison's son. "I was afraid you were still inside!" 
Without taking his eyes off the flames, Edison said, with a sense of urgency, "Son, go get your mother!"
"Why Dad?'
With a twinkle in his eyes his father replied, "Because your mother comes from a small town, and she's never seen a fire like this before!"
When the flames had finished their work, leaving only ash and twisted frame, Edison turned to his son. "You know anyone who has a tractor?"
"Yes, Dad, but why?"
Edison answered, "Because it's time to rebuild, Boy. It's time to rebuild."
Wendy Stoker and Thomas Edison. What great models for each of us! But what was it that kept them going, though the odds were stacked against them? What was the fuel that compelled them to move beyond setbacks?
In heroes well known or unsung, you'll find one common thread, one common denominator. In every case, it is attitude! That's right! Attitude.
People who are effective have used setbacks as stepping stones; whereas ineffective people have used them as excuses.
Your attitude is more important than you will ever realize. It's the most important thing about you - more important than your education, your past, your looks or your money. Your attitude will help you make friends or cause you to make enemies. It will attract people to you or repel them.
Your attitude is even more important than your skills in determining your ability to succeed. John D. Rockefeller once said, "I will pay a man more for his attitude and his ability to get along with others than for any other skill he may possess." Your attitude is one of your most important assets.
What is important is not the current state of your family, your problems, who your boss is or how much money you make. 
What is important is your attitude toward family, toward problems, toward authority and toward money. Attitude makes all the difference in the world!
You'll find that both effective and ineffective people have experienced setbacks. However, the people who are effective have used those setbacks as stepping-stones, whereas ineffective people have used them as excuses.
I am absolutely convinced of the truth behind the maxim, "Ten percent of life is made up of what happens to you - the other 90 percent is how you respond to what happened to you. " That's where character is built. That's where personality is formed. That's where attitude is expressed.
Find two people who attended the same schools, had the same teachers, shop at the same stores, live in the same city and even aten the same church. One struggles and the other is successful. Why?
(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")

In a world inhabited by more than six billion people, it would be easy to assume that there's nothing truly unique about you. But there is.
You have something that's physically different from any other person who's ever lived. It has belonged to you since you were in your mother's womb, it will remain unchanged throughout your life. It's a small window into God's totally unique design for you. What is it?
Your fingerprints.
The arches, whorls, and loops on your fingers create a pattern unlike anyone else's. If God took that much care in designing your unique fingerprints, He must intend for you to be different in other ways, too.
Crime investigators have long used fingerprints to identify people who were present at a crime scene. And the same trail applies to the unique ministry imprint you leave on the everyday lives of the people of touch.
Paul wrote about God's purpose in designing His one body of believers out of many different parts. God gives each of us different roles and responsibilities (Romans 12; 1 Corinthian 12; Ephesians 4). Paul declared that each part is vitally important - even the ones that are hidde or don't seem important (1 Corinthians 12:22-23). But together, each part functioning according to God's plan, they act as one. In fact, the body parts working together resemble Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:27).
Imagine the overwhelming joy you will experience as you fulfill the unique and distinct ministry role that God specifically designed for you. But, as my wife, Dawn, will quickly point out, you'll get frustrated if you try to fulfill someone else's role or try to fulfill your role in exactly the same way as someone else. God doesn't make photocopies! Your role and style were intended by God to be different.
You don't need to imitate anyone else. God has designed you like no other, and His design is perfect for the ministry He's called you to. In a sense, He's given each of us a ministry fingerprint. 
Understanding our unique design occurs most naturally as a result of an intimate relationship with God and His word. Studying God's word and meditating on His historical tendency to choose ordinary people and ordinary things to accomplish His extraordinary purposes should give us great confidence. Take for example:
-the slingshot David used to slay Goliath (1 Samuel 17:40)
-the jawbone Samson employed to defeat the Philistines (Judges 15)
-the staff God gave Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land (Exodus 4)
-the handful of flour and small portion of oil that fed Elijah and the widow of Zarephath's family for three years (1 Kings 17)
-the widow's meager offering (Mark 12)
-the boy's lunch that fed five thousand (John 6)
God often chooses "the foolish [simple, small, unexpected] things of the word to confound the wise" (1 Corinthians 1:27 KJV). When God's all-surpassing power shows up in the simplest of people and things, there's no mistaking it (2 Corinthians 4:7). The story and the glory are all His.
(From Dwight Robertson's "You are God's Plan A {and there is no plan B}")