May 25, 2016

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. (William Arthur Ward, inspirational writer)

Some days seem to drag on in a dreary fashion—whether we’re suffering from inclement weather or a boring task. How can we turn such days into a more pleasant experience? Ward suggests developing an attitude of gratitude. It’s amazing what a thankful spirit can do for your disposition. Try it; find someone to thank and see how both of you are uplifted.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

May 24, 2016

Selfless love always desires the best for others. (Alistair Begg, Scottish pastor in America)

Most of what we see and hear about love on television, in the movies, or in modern literature is a pretty emotional, selfish physical attraction. At the slightest provocation it is turned on or off, resulting in broken families and a declining standard of life. Contrast that with the kind of love the Bible speaks of as unselfish, enduring, and beneficial.

We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. (1 Corinthians 8:1).

May 23, 2016

Education without values makes us into “more clever devils.” (C. S. Lewis, British university professor and author)

A current author observes, “The sciences can tell us what is, but not what should be” (Eric Metaxas). He also writes, “Science and technology can’t give us purpose, values, and real significance.” These are very important issues. Without a solid moral and ethical foundation, mere intellectual achievement may improve life’s circumstances but not its spiritual health.

Some people . . . have a form of godliness but deny its power . . . . (paraphrase of 2 Timothy 3:5, 7).

May 22, 2016

“You have such capacity to see today what is not yet reality. You ponder potential as easily as others recount what happened yesterday.”

These words were spoken by a father to his adult son, as he counseled him about his role in life. Being able to see potential in someone is a wonderful God-given capability. It enables you to be an encouragement to a person who might be struggling with his or her career choices. Perhaps, we should look more for future potential than for present success.

There is surely a future hope for you and your hope will not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18).

May 21, 2016

He who is not angry when he has cause to be, sins. (John Chrysostom, 4th century Church Father)

We read a lot today about road rage and other incidents of excessive anger. It has invaded our political scene and just about every other phase of life. So, Chrysostom’s comment might seem a little strange to us in the 21st century. But there is such a thing as righteous anger. When we fail to respond strongly to evil, we unwittingly give it license to continue.

But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger (Romans 2:8).

May 20, 2016

Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal, and not wound.

This quote is attributed to a character in fiction or mythology, but it includes some helpful advice. Since our days are numbered, and we don’t know how many we have, today is the only day we can be sure of. Therefore, we would do well to follow this counsel: be a friendly encouragement to others through giving them our time and supportive words.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

May 19, 2016

Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. (Victor Hugo, 19th century poet and novelist)

Although life expectancy has increased dramatically in recent years, it is still a relatively short time. So, Hugo’s advice is sound. When there is so much to do that is worthwhile and wholesome, why should we waste so much of our available time doing nothing? We should just get up, get going, and plan our days to achieve worthy goals.

Show me, Lord . . . the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 39:4; 90:12).

May 18, 2016

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities. (Steven Covey, American educator and author)

Many people in today’s rush-rush world seem to be tied to a schedule with lots of meetings and assignments and very little free time. Such a schedule demands asking what is most important and what could be delayed or postponed? Covey suggests that’s looking at activity the wrong way. Determine what is most important first and then arrange your schedule.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (Matthew 6:33).

May 17, 2016

Love is measured by what we do, not in the results we see. (Philippe Viguier, French pastor and author)

Americans are pretty results-oriented. If we don’t see results from our efforts, we think we have failed. Can we reach out in a spirit of love (such as in the Golden Rule), attempting to help others and feel successful when our efforts are thwarted and our goals unreached? Love must be measured by our effort and intent not by the end results.

Love . . . does not boast, it is not proud. It . . . is not self-seeking. . . . [It] always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8).

May 16, 2016

There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner. (G. K. Chesterton, 18th-19th century English writer, philosopher)

Life has its ups and downs for all of us. There are times when we feel really low, thinking that nothing will ever be right again. But Chesterton reminds us that there is always tomorrow, always another day for things to improve, for our circumstances to change for the better. Wait expectantly with hope that tomorrow will bring a good new beginning.

Anyone who is among the living has hope (Ecclesiastes 9:4). There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18).