February 16, 2016

When I look at my life in its full sweep, what I realize is that the only things that give me sustained joy . . . have to do with the people I’ve helped. (Charles Colson, late founder of Prison Fellowship) Chuck Colson was a man of intelligence...

February 15, 2016

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. (William James, American philosopher and psychologist) As children, we didn’t understand that there is more to life than the now. We didn’t think beyond what we might be...

February 14, 2016

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody. (Robby Novak, child actor) A simple, childlike expression of a valuable concept: encouragement. How do our friends feel after they’ve been with us? Are they let down or uplifted? Have we given...

February 13, 2016

Don’t survive your life. LIVE IT! (Oliver Edwards, Canadian pastor) Life may sometimes be very difficult. Sometimes we ask, “Can I ever get through this day?” The ordinary burdens of everyday life are difficult enough at times, and when...

February 12, 2016

You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing. (Michael Pritchard, actor and youth counselor) Someone else has said, “If you laugh a lot, when you get older, your wrinkles will be in the right places.”...

February 11, 2016

I am not afraid of failing, I am afraid of being successful at something that doesn’t matter. (Quoted by Morris M. Michalski, coach and basketball specialist) Coach “Mo,” as he was known, quoted an athlete with a unique perspective on success...

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...

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