DePauw

Getting it wrong: Signs to students at DePauw University reading, “YOU DESERVE HELL!” Getting it right: “Judge not, lest you be judged.” Buzzfeed.com reported that a group of young Christians representing The Campus Ministry USA arrived at DePauw...

February 10, 2016

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. (Orison Sweet Marden, 19th-20th century inspirational author) Marden continued, “It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”...

February 9, 2016

It is harder to win back the friendship of an offended brother than to capture a fortified city. His anger shuts you out like an iron bar. (The Living Bible) Remember when you were a child and you had a falling out with your best buddy? It hurt...

Watch Where You Step

On our walks, we pass through a hay field to get to the woods. Part of the process of growing is adding nutrients to the soil. It is important that we watch our steps and pay attention to where the manure spreader has gone before us. Watching...

February 8, 2016

The avoidance of legitimate suffering means we also avoid the growth that problems demand of us. (Swindoll, American pastor and author) No one in his right mind likes to suffer. We avoid suffering at all costs—with medication, alcohol, or any...

February 7, 2016

Failure seems to be regarded as the one unpardonable crime, success as the one all-redeeming virtue, the acquisition of wealth as the single worthy aim of life. (Charles Francis Adams Jr, Civil War Union army officer) Adams’ observation is as...

February 6, 2016

If serving is below you, leadership is beyond you. (Anonymous) When some people are given positions of leadership, it seems to go to their head. They become proud, arrogant, and demanding. Everyone is to serve their needs and follow their...

February 5, 2016

Is it not by the courage always to do the right thing that the fires of hell shall be put out? (James Smith Bush, Episcopal clergyman) The Bible says, “If anyone . . . knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them” (James...

February 4, 2016

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material . . . but rather a legacy of character and faith. (Billy Graham, noted evangelist) Many folks are working hard to build an estate...

The Comstock Lode: Wisdom or Gold?

Henry Comstock, also known as “Old Pancake,” began prospecting for gold and silver in Nevada in the early 1850s. It was dangerous, exhausting work with deadly cave-ins, floods, and “boomtown violence” driven by greed. In 1858, he took possession...

February 3, 2016

The end depends upon the beginning. (Phillips Academy motto) But, the philosopher Plato said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” Actually, they’re both right. Every writer knows that getting his work off to a good start is...

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