Stop & Think: December 15, 2018

Anticipation An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality… (Samuel Smiles, 19th century Scottish author) Remember, when you were a child, how you looked forward to a long planned vacation trip? Sometimes, the reality wasn’t...

Stop & Think: December 14, 2018

Winning The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity. (Inspiration Line) Football is a complicated game. Only the coaches, players, and sports...

Stop & Think: December 13, 2018

Unity Diversity without unity makes about as much sense as dishing up on a plate flour, sugar, water, eggs, shortening, and baking powder and calling it a cake. (C. William Pollard, businessman and author) Today’s society is full of talk about...

Stop & Think: December 12, 2018

Imitation What we revere, we resemble, either for our ruin or our restoration. (Gregory K. Beale, seminary professor) When children or teenagers begin to “idolize” an athlete, an actor, or a musician, they often begin to dress like the admired...

Stop & Think: December 11, 2018

Giving For it is in giving that we receive. (Francis of Assisi) It’s two weeks until Christmas so it’s a good time to think about your giving and why you give. Consider Assisi’s remark. By giving gifts of love, you will experience the joy of...

Stop & Think: December 10, 2018

Forgiveness The only thing evil can’t stand is forgiveness. (Fred “Mister” Rogers, late television personality) We see evil in lots of ways—anger, bullying, verbal abuse, and more. Have you ever noticed that when you respond to such behaviors in...

Stop & Think: December 9, 2018

Kindness Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They’re underused. (Tommy Lee Jones, actor) It seems that Jones’ observation is all too true. In today’s overly-politicized society, there is almost a complete lack of basic courtesy...

Stop & Think: December 8, 2018

Change If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. (Maya Angelou, late American poet) There are always things that displease us, things we’d like to change. But many times we can’t do much to...

Stop & Think: December 6, 2018

Contentment The content of the mind determines the contentment of the heart. (Gladys Deloe, entrepreneur) Is it possible in a topsy-turvy world like ours to be content? Whether it’s international relations, national or local politics, or personal...

Stop & Think: December 5, 2018

Promises We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot. (Abraham Lincoln) Lincoln had a lot of defeats in his political career before he finally reached the U.S. pinnacle, President of the United States. We...

Stop & Think: December 4, 2018

Christmas Is Coming Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. (Norman Vincent Peale, late Positive-thinking author) Though Christmas is still three weeks away, we’ve seen yard displays and...

Stop & Think: December 3, 2018

The True Gift Having the opportunity to give is never a burden, but always a blessing. (Christine Trier, recent college graduate) Our mailboxes (emails too) are filled with requests for money. The needs are everywhere: the poor, the...

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