Stop & Think: April 6, 2019

Thoughts control feelings, which control behavior. (Wyatt Webb, therapist) Youth leader Ryan Hemlock expands on this idea: “The way we think controls the way we act. And the way we act translates to how we perform in our jobs [and] interact with...

Stop & Think: April 5, 2019

The most expensive thing in the world is trust. It can take years to earn and just a matter of seconds to lose. (Tupac Shapur, actor and musician) Who can you trust? Our society seems to be more and more political. Most issues are becoming...

Stop & Think: April 4, 2019

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. (John W. Garner, late U.S. cabinet member) Like words, you can’t look back and change the things you’ve done in the past. You may be able to erase words from paper or delete them on the computer, but...

Stop & Think: April 3, 2019

Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out. (Toby McKeehan, songwriter and recording artist) As someone else put it, “It’s better to bite your tongue than eat your words.” It is embarrassing to admit that you’ve said something you...

Stop & Think: April 2, 2019

Watch, lest prosperity destroy generosity. (Henry Ward Beecher, 19th century social reformer) It’s a puzzle, isn’t it? You would think that the more we have, the more generous we would be. But that doesn’t seem to be the way life really is. Have...

Stop & Think: April 1, 2019

He is a fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. (Jim Elliott, martyred missionary) Practical jokes on April Fool’s Day are often silly and comical. Everybody laughs (except for the victim of the prank). But Elliott was...

Stop & Think: March 31, 2019

What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon. (Denis Waitley, motivational speaker) Our actions are determined beforehand by our thoughts. Occasionally, we may act instinctively without much thought, but that’s pretty rare. Most of the time, we...

Stop & Think: March 30, 2019

Our responsibility is not change; it quite simply is choice. (Paraphrased from Josh Grill, psychologist) When we look around at the world’s turmoil, we may wonder what our responsibility is. How can we change society? How can we bring peace to...

Stop & Think: March 29, 2019

He who is nearest to God is closest to man. (F. B. Meyer, 19th-20th century English pastor)) How can knowing God help us know our fellow man? Is it because God created mankind and knows his makeup? Is it because God sees the thoughts and intents...

Stop & Think: March 28, 2019

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. (Hans Margolius, 20th century ethicist) You can’t get a good reflection of yourself if you’re looking into the ocean or a...

Stop & Think: March 27, 2019

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom. (Merry Browne, late athlete) “Don’t confuse me with the facts; I’ve already made up my mind,” we joke. But it’s no joke. Our prejudices and biases often pre-determine what we think before...

Stop & Think: March 26, 2019

A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver. (Thomas A. Kempis, 14th-15th century churchman) Whether it’s Christmas, your birthday, Valentine’s Day, or a surprise, everyone likes to receive gifts. With children...

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