Creekbank Blog

The writing blog of Curt Iles and Creekbank Stories. Our mission: To connect hearts to God by using stories of encouragement and inspiration.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

It is a privilege...

When we count our blessings, we'll realize how many we have.

With that on my mind, I've been stuck on this wonderful phrase, "It is a privilege."

I find myself applying those words to every opportunity, challenge, problem, and joy I encounter on this rocky yet wonderful road of life.

It's a privilege to ___________. "IAP"
You can fill in your blanks much better than I can.

There are just some of mine.

It's a privilege to live in a country where I have the freedom to do, or not do, what I wish.

IAP* to have a family, especially to live long enough to know my grandchildren.

IAP to have the means and mission to travel to Africa. I have no idea why God would plant a Southern Redneck's heart in the midst of this continent. However, it is a privilege to travel there and make new friends as I share "the hope that is in me."

It is a privilege to simply be alive today. Thank you Lord.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's all about relationships.

When it comes down to it, our lives are about the relationships we share with others.
I call it the ripple effect. (I'll put my story "The Ripple Effect" on this blog later today.)

Here are three of my favorite quotes on friendship, which is the heart of relationship-building.

Every person I meet becomes a part of myself. -Tennyson

I consider it a bad day when I don't make a new friend. -Mark Twain

A friend is a gift you give yourself. -Robert Louis Stevenson

Friends, have a great day.

From the heart,


Later today: The Ripple Effect/