January 12, 2017

Giving, the only real joy is giving. (Charlie Brown in the Peanuts cartoon) Christmas was barely three weeks ago, and we may have forgotten about most of our gifts. But, if we were generous and thoughtful in our giving, we experienced great...

January 11, 2017

All errors are opportunities for learning rather than blaming. Learning is a continuous . . . never-ending process. (Author uncertain) Most people hate to make mistakes. Some of us are never satisfied with anything less than an “A.” Sadly few of...

January 10, 2017

It’s better to be wise than strong; intelligence outranks muscle any day.” (The Bible) The text from Proverbs 24 also says, “It takes wisdom to build a house, and understanding to set it on a firm foundation. “ Maybe the writer is suggesting that...

January 9, 2017

“An ever-increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure is the formula” [for an addiction]. (Paraphrase of C. S. Lewis in Screwtape Letters) Addictions, whether physical or psychological, rarely occur instantaneously. Usually, there is a...

January 8, 2017

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. (F. P. Jones, author) Our lives demonstrate this truth all too often, don’t they? We don’t want to repeat our mistakes, of course, but from them we...

January 7, 2017

When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is. (Author unknown) Have you ever blamed your mistakes on circumstances or other people when the problem was...

January 6, 2017

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. (W. M. Lewis, teacher and university president) This oft-quoted maxim should awaken us to the fact that life is often short. The sooner we take it seriously...

January 5, 2017

There is nothing wrong with being unable to learn, but there is a problem with being unwilling to learn. (Bruce Triplehorn, teacher in Brazil and Chad) Triplehorn’s comment was in response to a quote from American author Brian Herbert who wrote...

January 4, 2017

A post-truth society is one in which truth takes a back seat to emotion—where feelings effectively replace facts. (John Stonestreet, president of Colson Center for Christian Worldview) “Post-truth” was touted as the word of the year for 2016. As...

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