December 13, 2016

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. (W. T. Purkiser, preacher and author) It’s common in prayer to thank God for His blessings without being very specific. An old hymn encourages us...

December 12, 2016

Die when I may, I want it said of me that I plucked a weed and planted a flower where ever I thought a flower would grow. (Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States) Lincoln had the unique gift of expressing great truths in the simple...

December 11, 2016

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire, for hospitality in the hall, [and for] the genial flame of charity in the heart. (Washington Irving, 19th century American writer and diplomat) Just two weeks to Christmas, and people are thinking a...

December 10, 2016

Be honest with yourself, and you will find the motivation to do what you advise others to do. (Vince Poscente, motivational speaker) It’s easy to give advice. We all seem to like to do that. But, Poscente says you can profit by listening to your...

December 9, 2016

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. (Thomas Jefferson, founding father of the United States) Some people seem to think that achieving success depends on luck. And that circumstances have to be just right for you to...

December 8, 2016

Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. (Chris Grosser, entrepreneurial businessman) Most of us have been told time and time again that opportunity knocks only once, so we’d better grab it when we can. Grosser, however, implies that we...

December 7, 2016

You cannot be anything you want to be—but you can be a lot more of what you already are. (Tom Rath, management consultant and author) Rath’s comment is a correction on the common idea that if you try hard enough you can be anything you want to...

December 6, 2016

When you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. (Often attributed to Thomas Jefferson) A variation of this statement suggests “You must be willing . . .” Repeatedly doing what you’ve always done will almost...

December 5, 2016

No prison is as endless as the prison of perfection. (Max Lucado, preacher and author) Andrew Murray wrote, “You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.” Self-imposed imprisonments may be more difficult to live with than incarceration...

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