Stop & Think: July 31, 2019

Idolatry Human beings are idol-making factories. (John Calvin, 16th century French theologian) Perhaps you don’t think that’s a fair statement for 21st century people. After all, most of us are not bowing down to idols of wood and stone. In fact...

Stop & Think: July 30, 2019

Examples The one thing we learn from history is that we do not learn from history. (Georg Hegel, 18-19th century German philosopher) Have we not learned from that often quoted observation by George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past...

Stop & Think: July 29, 2019

Pride/Humility Pride is a mirror that reflects self; humility is a window that sees others. (Dick Dahlquist, teacher) With the great emphasis today in raising children to have a good self-image, we may sometimes go a little too far. It’s...

Stop & Think: July 28, 2019

Words He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. (Joseph Conrad, novelist) Even strong arguments may be lost because of ill-chosen words. Language is filled with synonyms, and the choice of a...

Stop & Think: July 27, 2019

Difficulties Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings, which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them. (Anne-Sophie Swetchine, 19th century Russian mystic) Many of us go out of our way to avoid difficult...

Stop & Think: July 26, 2019

Principles If your cause is just, if your principles are pure, and if your conduct is prudent, you need not fear the multitude of opposing hosts. (John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence) Almost anything you say or try to do...

Stop & Think: July 25, 2019

Look Ahead Don’t look back, you’ll miss the road ahead. (Chris Suitt, pastor) As a mountain-biker, Suitt learned that “where your eyes go, so goes your front wheel. The bike will go where you’re looking . . . So keep your eyes...

Stop & Think: July 24, 2019

Choices Our parents bring us into the world, but in the end, we are responsible for what we become. (Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American writer) We inherit a lot from our parents, of course: physical attributes and personality characteristics, no...

Stop & Think: July 23, 2019

Pettiness Pettiness is the tendency of people without large purposes. (George Will, columnist) Pastor Chuck Swindoll comments, “Petty people are worse than stubborn; they are negative and rigidly inflexible.” We quickly want to avoid people who...

Stop & Think: July 22, 2019

Relationships The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships. (Anthony Robbins, life coach) What brings the most joy and pleasure to your life? Your new car? Your well-decorated home? Your job and career? These are all good, of...

Stop & Think: July 21, 2019

Learning Some [people] not only have closed their minds to new truth, but they sit on the lid. (Dale Turner, author) He also said, “The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none. . . Those who believe they have ‘arrived’ believe they have...

Stop & Think: July 20, 2019

Tomorrow The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. (Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. President) Most people have high hopes for tomorrow. Little Orphan Annie sang, “The sun’ll come out… Tomorrow so ya...

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