The Value of Time

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade. To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby. To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just missed a train. To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who just avoided an accident. To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person... Read more →

A Great Sermon

Here’s an old poem by Edgar Guest that's worth reflecting on, especially for all of us who teach and preach others ... A Sermon I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I’d rather one should walk with me than merely show the way. The eye’s a better pupil, and more willing than the ear; Fine counsel is confusing, but example is always clear. So I’d rather get my lesson by observing what you do; It is not enough to preach it, you must live the sermon, too. For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you... Read more →

A Call to Courage

The apostle Paul finished his letter to the church at Corinth, which was facing many challenges at the time, both internally and externally ... "So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless." 1 Corinthians. 15:58. NLT Bill Hybels writes this in his excllent book Courageous Leadership ... "No matter how difficult the hardship, no matter how long the particular storm lasts, no matter how dark and scary it gets, no matter how the winds how and the waves crash... Read more →

God Sent You to Finish the Race

By 7 p.m. on October 20, 1968, at the Mexico City Olympics Stadium, it was beginning to darken. It had cooled down as well. The last of the Olympic marathon runners were being assisted away to first-aid stations. Over an hour earlier, Mamo Waldi of Ethiopia had charged across the finish line, winning the 26-mile, 385-yard race looking as strong and as vigorous as when he'd started. As the last few thousand spectators began preparing to leave, they heard police sirens and whistles through the gate entering the stadium. The attention turned to that gate. A sole figure, wearing the... Read more →

Pause and Reflect

“We need to regularly stop and take stock; to sit down and determine within ourselves which things are worth valuing and which things are not; which risks are worth the cost and which are not. Even the most confusing or hurtful aspects of life can be made more tolerable by clear seeing and by choice.” ~ Epictetus (AD 55-135) "I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. Then the Lord said to me, 'Write my answer (the vision... Read more →

Bringing Out the Best in Others

I love the story of a man who had dealings with two British prime ministers, William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli. He said of Gladstone, “Whenever I came away from a conversation with him I was left with the feeling of how brilliant he was.” He said of Disraeli, “Whenever I came away from a conversation with Disraeli I was left with the feeling of how brilliant I was.” Disraeli probably earned the right then to quip: "The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” How can... Read more →

Failure - Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan was one of the greatest basketball players ever to play the game, leading the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA championships and winning 5 MVP awards. Near the end of his career, he said this: "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Watch TV commercial Read more →

Confident Hope

Here is a special prayer of blessing for you today: Romans 15:13. I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. NLT Read more →

Insightful Quotes by Howard G Hendricks

Professor Howard G. Hendricks (1924-2013) influenced a lot of people. Here is a collection of some of his more well-known quotes: You can impress from a distance, but you can only impact up close. You teach what you know, but you reproduce what you are. You never graduate from the school of discipleship. It’s a sin to bore people with the Bible. Most people don’t think, they just rearrange their prejudices. Your strengths develop your confidence; your weaknesses develop your faith. My greatest fear is not your failure, but your success. Heaven is a person: Jesus. Never traffic in unpracticed... Read more →

Never Say Die!

Are you feeling a bit discouraged or down? Do you feel like quitting or giving up? We've all been there at one time or another. Today I was searching through some old quotes and came upon this true story. Hopefully, it will encourage you today ... to never say die. Some people just don't know when to give up. Take this bloke for example, who was the son of a what people thought was a no-hoper. He was poorly educated and his mother died when he was just nine years old. Not the best start in life one might say.... Read more →

God's Purposes

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity... Read more →

Reflections on Life and Aging (Pt.2)

Some quotes and thoughts worth thinking about: "The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation." Pearl S. Buck "Life is an exciting business and most exciting when lived for others." Helen Keller. "Today's newspaper with your name and picture on it will line the bottom of someone's birdcage tomorrow!" Unknown "Life is like a parachute jump, you've got to get it right the first time." Eleanor Roosevelt "We have made at least a start in discovering the meaning of human life when we plant shade trees... Read more →