Stop & Think: April 6, 2020

Imitation Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. (Judy Garland, late actress) It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Garland offers a wise caution. Don’t try...

Stop & Think: April 5, 2020

Try It! I don’t think you know how much you can do until you try. (Chita Rivera, singer and actress) Do you remember a conversation like this: “Eat your broccoli.” “No, I don’t like it.” “Have you ever tasted it?” “No.” “Well, just taste it.” How...

Stop & Think: April 4, 2020

Change I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. (Maya Angelou, late poet and civil rights advocate) Many factors in our environment and activities may affect us—for good or bad. They may affect us to the point of...

Stop & Think: April 2, 2020

Finish Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. (Les Brown, motivational speaker) Sometimes our hopes and dreams are so big, that we don’t want to even start the project for fear of failing. Brown’s encouragement...

Stop & Think: April 1, 2020

Foolish A fool knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. (Oscar Wilde, 19th century Irish playwright) What April Fools joke might you experience today? It may be an extreme prank, but it’s all in fun, of course. Wilde, however...

Stop & Think: March 31, 2020

Forgiving Don’t forget to forgive. Forgiveness can be difficult, but learning how to incorporate it into your life can be good for your health (Erin Johnson). As Johnson suggests, there may be times when it can be really hard to forgive someone...

Stop & Think: March 30, 2020

Light There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it (Edith Wharton, 19th-20th century writer). Not everyone can be a leading scorer on the basketball or football team or have the lead role in a play or...

Stop & Think: March 29, 2020

Winning The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders (Ben Stein, writer). Everyone loses from time to time, whether it’s a debate, an investment, or an athletic competition. It hurts, but it’s not the...

Stop & Think: March 28, 2020

Doubts Doubt is letting your circumstances get between you & God. Faith is letting God get between you & your circumstances (Mark Batterson, author). Circumstances are like mattresses. When you’re on top of them, you can be really...

Stop & Think: March 27, 2020

Seeds You can count the number of seeds in an apple, but you can never count the number of apples in a seed. (Karen Jensen, actress) “Of course; that’s obvious,” we might say. But how seriously have we applied that thought to our daily lives? How...

Stop & Think: March 26, 2020

Opportunity Having the opportunity to develop our strengths is more important to our success than our role, our title, or even our pay (Tom Rath, author).  Some people are impressed by titles—professor, CEO, all-star and so forth. Others consider...

Stop & Think: March 25, 2020

Resources At the time of our greatest need we tend to forget our greatest resource (Kip Cone, pastor). When things are going well and life seems good, we aren’t greatly concerned about our sources of help. All is working, and we’re getting along...

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