Stop & Think: December 23, 2018

Give a smile Perhaps the best yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. (from a Norman Rockwell calendar) It’s just two days till Christmas, and we’ve enjoyed all the decorations for several days now. The house—inside and out, probably—is...

Stop & Think: December 22, 2018

Success In my experience, each failure contains the seeds of your next success—if you are willing to learn from it. (Paul Allen, late co-founder of Microsoft) No one likes to fail, and often we just want to put that failure way back in our...

Stop & Think: December 21, 2018

Protest First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. (Mahatma Gandhi, 19th-20th century independence leader in India) Gandhi demonstrated what progress was like in the long battle for independence in India...

Stop & Think: December 20, 2018

Friendship A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. (Donna Roberts, imprisoned felon) When you learn that Roberts is on death row in an Ohio prison, you have to wonder...

Stop & Think: December 19, 2018

Power I firmly believe that before many centuries more, science will be the master of man. (Henry Adams, 19th-20th century historian) Way back in 1862 Adams also wrote, “Someday science may have the existence of mankind in its power, and the...

Stop & Think: December 18, 2018

Your Gift List Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. (Peg Bracken, late American author) Just one week till Christmas, and if you’ve not already finished your Christmas shopping, this is a good...

Stop & Think: December 17, 2018

Reactions Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. (John Wooden, late hall-of-fame basketball coach) Our reaction to the unexpected and sometimes really bad circumstances of life determines how well it will all...

Stop & Think: December 16, 2018

Wisdom Meaningful learning must go far beyond mere knowledge of the facts. (Jesse Deloe, writer, editor) We’re told that on average human knowledge is doubling every 13 months, and some say that it will soon be every 12 hours. Wow, how can we...

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...

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