July 31, 2014

STOP AND THINK – The fear of death is engrafted in the common nature of all men, but faith works it out of Christians. (Vavasor Powell, 17th century Welsh puritan) The fear of death seems to be almost universal. We don’t talk about death...

July 30, 2014

STOP AND THINK – Man’s mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, 20th century U.S. Supreme Court justice) The 19th century French writer, Victor Hugo, said, “No army can withstand the...

July 29, 2014

STOP AND THINK – Backslappers help us feel better about ourselves, but we don’t actually profit by them. (Ted W. Engstrom, late evangelical leader and author) It’s nice to be congratulated and applauded, isn’t it? But there’s a danger in...

July 28, 2014

STOP AND THINK – If it is hard to accept a rebuke, even a private one, it is harder still to administer one in loving humility. (D.A. Carson, theologian and professor) We all know how difficult it is to be criticized or corrected—even when...

July 27, 2014

STOP AND THINK – We cannot control the beauty of our face, but we can control the expression on it. (John Maxwell, motivational speaker and author) Millions—maybe billions—of dollars are spent every year on cosmetics and surgery to make our...

July 26, 2014

STOP AND THINK – There are three kinds of giving: grudge giving, duty giving, and thanksgiving. (Robert Rodenmeyer, author, educator) Rodenmeyer defines the types of giving: “Grudge giving says, I have to; duty giving says, I ought to...

July 25, 2014

STOP AND THINK – Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. (G. K. Chesterton, English writer and Christian apologist) The more often we hear something that at first seems strange, the more acceptable it may...

July 24, 2014

STOP AND THINK – Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century essayist and poet) Emerson must have been a positive thinker. Most of us probably don’t look at every day that way. We...

July 23, 2014

STOP AND THINK – Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them. (Epictetus, ancient Greek sage and Stoic philosopher) We do let things bother us, don’t we? Whether it’s a disappointment at work, in sports, or...

July 22, 2014

STOP AND THINK – Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities. (Norman Vincent Peale, 20th century minister and promoter of “positive thinking”) Sometimes we...

July 21, 2014

STOP AND THINK – The only person who likes change is a wet baby. (Mark Twain) Change is inevitable. Like it or not, we will face innumerable changes as we move through life. Some of us hate change; others just “go with the flow.” They...

July 20, 2014

STOP AND THINK – If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? (John Wooden, noted basketball coach) In our fast-paced life, we are often faced with a dilemma: do we slow down to do the job better or do...

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