Stop & Think: March 29, 2019

He who is nearest to God is closest to man. (F. B. Meyer, 19th-20th century English pastor)) How can knowing God help us know our fellow man? Is it because God created mankind and knows his makeup? Is it because God sees the thoughts and intents...

Stop & Think: March 28, 2019

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. (Hans Margolius, 20th century ethicist) You can’t get a good reflection of yourself if you’re looking into the ocean or a...

Stop & Think: March 27, 2019

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom. (Merry Browne, late athlete) “Don’t confuse me with the facts; I’ve already made up my mind,” we joke. But it’s no joke. Our prejudices and biases often pre-determine what we think before...

Stop & Think: March 26, 2019

A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver. (Thomas A. Kempis, 14th-15th century churchman) Whether it’s Christmas, your birthday, Valentine’s Day, or a surprise, everyone likes to receive gifts. With children...

Stop & Think: March 25, 2019

Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive. (John W. Gardner, late government official) Some people seem to think that freedom means they can do whatever they want to do whenever they feel like it and wherever they...

Stop & Think: March 24, 2019

It is the best and truest friend who honestly tells us the truth about ourselves even when he knows we shall not like it. (R. C. H. Lenski, scholar and author) It’s tough to be corrected or criticized, isn’t it? Even when the criticism is right...

Stop & Think: March 23, 2019

Gratitude can be a vaccine that can prevent the invasion of a disgruntled attitude. (Clinton C. Cox, late preacher) A lot of people seem to be unhappy, down-hearted and negative much the time. Why is that? Are their circumstances really that...

Stop & Think: March 22, 2019

Your Character is what God knows you to be. Your Reputation is what men think you are. ( William Hershey Davis, 20th century Greek scholar) Everyone likes to be well thought of. We all want to have a good reputation, and that’s important. But...

Stop & Think: March 21, 2019

Stick with the optimists. It’s going to be tough enough even if they’re right. (James Reston, 20th century journalist) The pessimist fears the worst. If things turn out that way, he can say he was right. If they don’t, he’s happy because things...

Stop & Think: March 20, 2019

Prayer is the most aggressive, offensive, pro-active, invasive work you can ever engage in. (Jennifer Kennedy Dean, author and speaker) Is prayer a last resort for you when nothing else seems to work? Or is it the repetition of memorized liturgy...

Stop & Think: March 19, 2019

Before trying to keep up with the Joneses, be sure they’re not trying to keep up with you. (Erma Bombeck, late humorist) Keeping up with the Joneses is like a game, isn’t it? It doesn’t often work, and even when it does, it rarely...

Stop & Think: March 12, 2019

Faith is a living and unshakable confidence; a belief in God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake. (Martin Luther) The important thing about faith is not how much you have or how often you claim it. The critical issue is...

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