Stop & Think: June 13, 2019

Thinking A persistent train of thought, persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. (James Allen, 19th-20th century British writer) Older translations of the Bible include “As a man...

Stop & Think: June 12, 2019

True Religion Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. (Blaise Pascal, 17th century French theologian) Religious zealots can be dangerous. It isn’t that worship is hazardous; it’s when false...

Stop & Think: June 11, 2019

Happiness The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. (Victor Hugo, 19th century French novelist) The young couple spooning under the moon by the lagoon in June might be a good picture of happiness. After all, they’ve found...

Stop & Think: June 10, 2019

Aging It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, 19th century physician and poet) He also wrote, “Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit...

Stop & Think: June 9, 2019

Be Yourself Memo to Self: Don’t measure your progress using someone else’s ruler. (Binyamin Mughal, writer) Life can be really hard when we spend our time and talent trying to live up to someone else’s expectations of us. Worrying about what...

Stop & Think: June 8, 2019

Trust Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. (George Washington) Civility is lacking in many circles today, so Washington’s advice should be well taken. The last...

Stop & Think: June 7, 2019

Truth vs. Lies The fact is, truth is your truest friend, no matter what the circumstances are. (Abraham Lincoln) How many people have stumbled over this simple principle? We try to make lies more acceptable by calling them “fibs” or “white lies,”...

Stop & Think: June 6, 2019

Choices Big changes don’t have to be hard, but they do have to start with a choice. (Nathalie Thompson, author and motivational speaker) Thompson continues, “This is where real change begins; this is where you start taking control of your...

Stop & Think: June 5, 2019

Good Counsel A new pair of eyes can help solve old problems. (Chris Suitt, pastor) When you face problems that don’t seem to have solutions, what do you do? You can worry a lot; you can try to muddle through, or you can just give up. Of course...

Stop & Think: June 4, 2019

Starting Over You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. (C. S. Lewis, late British writer) How often have we wished we could go back and start all over again? Because we can’t, we may...

Stop & Think: June 3, 2019

Right & Wrong The time is always right to do what is right. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) In fact, the Bible says, “It is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it” (James 4:17). But it isn’t always easy to know what is right and...

Stop & Think: June 2, 2019

Compassion Both compassion and wisdom are virtues. But compassion without wisdom can be careless, even reckless. Wisdom without compassion is useless, even pharisaical. (Christopher Yuan, author, seminary professor) Yuan continues, “True...

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