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...

Teamwork

Charlie and Wally are hunter dogs. Wally will find a groundhog away from its hole and let out a long yip. Charlie then runs to cover one of his flanks. The two will surround the groundhog, jabbing and nipping at the animal. Charlie usually takes...

February 2, 2016

You [live] a lifestyle of generosity and that eliminates the need for charity (Kirk Moyer, inner city aid worker) The needs of the suffering and unfortunate in our world are overwhelming. A multitude of charity organizations are working hard to...

February 1, 2016

Live less out of habit and more out of intent. (Author unknown) There is a valuable principle in this simple statement. We do so much merely out of habit. “We’ve always done it that way,” we say. Tradition can be good, but blindly following the...

January 31, 2016

When we are thankful for what we have, we find we have more and more for which to be thankful. (J Davis Illingworth, Sr, Presbyterian minister) When we are dissatisfied with life, it blinds us to the good things that we have. On the other hand...

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