Daily Stop & Thinks

Stop & Think: January 15, 2022


If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. (Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher, 6th-century BC)

That sounds very much like the modern axiom: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” In both cases, it’s improper thinking or maybe the lack of thinking altogether. It’s wise to know where you’re going and set off in the right direction. Likewise, it’s important to discover the best way to achieve a desired result.

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:6)

Stop & Think: January 14, 2022

Friends #2

When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance. (Anatole Broyard, 20th-century American writer)

Being a good friend isn’t always easy. While we tend to overlook the faux pas of our dear companions, we sometimes may need to confront them with the problem and try to help them resolve it. That’s where grace and truth need to be mixed in equal proportion. Be truthful but also show concern and grace to help a friend grow.

The godly give good advice to their friends . . . Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. (Proverbs 12:26; 27:6)

Stop & Think: January 13, 2022

Friends #1

Friendship is a pretty full-time occupation if you really are friendly with somebody. (Source unknown)

How many “friends” do you have on Facebook? How well do you know them? Are you regularly being asked by someone you barely know—or even a complete stranger—to befriend him or her? Social media may have broadened our contact base. But it’s the longtime friends that we really value.

A friend is always loyal . . . a real friend sticks closer than a brother . . . As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 17:17; 18:24; 27:17).

Stop & Think: January 12, 2022


I saw the angel in the marble, and I carved until I set him free. (Michelangelo)

Artists, whether in sculpture, oil painting, music, or some other kind of genius, have a special insight into their “angel.” It sets them apart from other dabblers in the arts. An even more important gift may be the ability to see potential in people, what they could offer if they were only trained and encouraged. We would all do well to find and develop such talent.

I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you. (Exodus 31:6)

Stop & Think: January 11, 2022

Others #2

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. (John Bunyan, 17th-century author of The Pilgrim’s Progress)

The Bible teaches that when you give to the needy or perform your good deeds in public to be seen by others, it’s not a worthy effort. We might be inclined to do good things for public recognition or to somehow have some favors we can call in, should the need ever arise. But, giving to those who cannot repay indicates a pure heart of charity and is honoring to God.

Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1)

Stop & Think: January 10, 2022

Others #1

It’s hard to feel bad about yourself when you’re doing something good for someone else. (John Maxwell, leadership speaker and author)

In a society where it’s often “Me first” and “I’ll do it my way,” we can lose sight of what creates a sense of good self-esteem. Until we become aware of others, we will become self-centered and, very likely, depressed. Maxwell’s conclusion could be very helpful: “Serving others and working to add value to them will lift your spirits in a way that nothing else will.”

For you have been called to live in freedom . . .  Use your freedom to serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)

Stop & Think: January 9, 2022


Leadership is the ability to enlist, equip, and empower others to fulfill the vision. (Peter Senge, systems scientist)

Successful leading is more than just developing a strategy to accomplish a certain purpose. As Senge puts it, you have to recruit the right people, give them the tools and opportunity to do the work, and then give them the authority and power to do the job. That kind of management will make the leader successful as well as his team.

If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. (Romans 12:8)

Stop & Think: January 8, 2022

Keep Learning

Effective leaders, at all levels of leadership, maintain a learning posture throughout life. (J. Robert Clinton, leadership writer)

Paul Vance, a current writer made an even broader observation: “The people who really know the most are still learning all the time.” Whether in a leadership role or, simply, as a member of the group, we will grow and be effective only as we continue to increase our understanding of life and our particular place in it.

Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15)

Stop & Think: January 7, 2022


Choices have consequences always. Always. Consider consequences before you act. (Tim Kight, leadership coach)

Kight continues: “. . .  because you will experience the consequences after you act.” He adds, “Do not equate the delay of consequences with the absence of them.” This is certainly good advice. Unless we carefully consider our choices, we will certainly make some decisions that will cause us—and others—great distress. Choose well!

A wise person chooses the right road; a fool takes the wrong one (Ecclesiastes 10:2). Wise choices will watch over you (Proverbs 2:11).

Stop & Think: January 6, 2022

Good and Evil

Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either. (C. S. Lewis, late British scholar)

We’re living in a frightening time when Lewis’ comment rings true as we observe the rise of crime across our country. Every day we read and hear about robberies, physical assaults, murders, and political deceptions that have become almost commonplace. The guilty simply don’t recognize their deeds as evil, but as their right. We must restore a sense of good and evil.

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. (Matthew 12:35)

Stop & Think: January 5, 2022


Wealth is the slave of the wise. The master of the fool. (Seneca, first-century Roman philosopher)

Whether it’s earned, inherited, or granted, money is a big issue in life. We can’t live without it or, at least, what it provides for us—housing, food, clothes, etc. When hard times hit, we might really struggle to have enough of it. But others never seem to have enough and crave more and more. The Bible warns, “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10).

Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! (Ecclesiastes 5:10)

Stop & Think: January 4, 2022

Work, Work, Work

We’ve been programmed to think that fatigue is next to godliness. (Chuck Swindoll, pastor and author)

More and more people seem to be suffering from “Workaholic Syndrome.” They don’t have time for a leisurely weekend or annual vacations. Their work schedule is not 8:00-to-5:00; it’s more like 6:00 to midnight- especially if they’re working from home. They may accomplish a lot on their jobs, but they very likely are losing out on good relationships with family and friends.

It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. (Psalm 127:2)