Stop & Think: January 23, 2021

Helping When you help someone up a hill, you find yourself much closer to the top. (Brownie Wise, 20th century saleswoman) It is a great pleasure to help someone, isn’t it? Sometimes it’s at a disadvantage to us in the loss of time or...

Stop & Think: January 22, 2021

Living Now I will live in the past, the present, and the future. (Charles Dickens, 19th century British writer) Dickens’ statement seems contrary to a lot of current advice to suggest that we must live in the present. We can’t go back to the...

Stop & Think: January 20, 2021

Usefulness A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. (John A. Shedd, late business executive) There are lots of mankind’s creations that bring satisfaction in just their appearance—a fancy automobile, for example, or a...

Stop & Think: January 19, 2021

Faith Faith is the bird that sings while it is yet dark. (Max Lucado, author) 2020 was a dark year for a lot of people. Whether it was the pandemic, the economy, or politics, many folks found it difficult to face life and its problems with any...

Stop & Think: January 18, 2021

Youth When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift anytime. (Abraham Maslow, late American psychologist) Is there any end to the TV commercials promoting face creams and supplements to make you look younger? It always sounds like...

Stop & Think: January 17, 2021

Be Involved Participation is more satisfying than perfection. (Ferida Wolff, journalist) Everybody wants to be a winner, and some work hard to be perfect in their particular pursuit. We’ve all found that winning is really fun, but few are ever...

Stop & Think: January 16, 2021

Life For a long time, it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. (Alfred D’Souza, archbishop in India) D’Souza continues, “Something to be got through first, some unfinished...

Stop & Think: January 15, 2021

Affliction The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction. (C.H. Spurgeon, late British preacher) It’s only natural to avoid affliction and trials as much as possible. Yet, we often find ourselves in trying circumstances, not...

Stop & Think: January 14, 2021

Friendship III I can trust my friends. These people force me to examine [and] encourage me to grow. (Cher, singer) Friends are not just “yes” men or women. Good friends speak truth into a situation even when it may hurt a bit. That’s one of the...

Stop & Think: January 13, 2021

Friendship II The real test of friendship is: can you literally do nothing with the other person? Can you enjoy those moments of life that are utterly simple? (Eugene Kennedy, late psychologist and author) Is a protracted silence among friends...

Stop & Think: January 12, 2021

Friendship I Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things in life. (James Francis Byrnes, late Supreme Court Justice) Who are our real friends? Who enjoys and serves us without hidden agendas or designs to use us for...

Stop & Think: January 11, 2021

Change II When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. (Inspiration Line) While change may often be difficult, there are times when we really wish we could bring about change in one circumstance or...

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