STOP AND THINK – The human heart set on sin is impervious to reason, never mind appeals to fairness. (Eric Metaxas, biographer, author, Christian apologist)
Whatever your definition of sin, Metaxas notes a common reaction when someone is confronted with his errors: defensiveness and resistance. No matter the arguments about right and wrong or the effects on others of one’s poor behavior, the offender seems impervious to criticism or logic. The result of constant misbehavior is the blinding of a sinner to truth.
Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully. (Proverbs 28:5)
STOP AND THINK – Have a critical eye rather than a critical spirit – It’s an attitude issue. (Tom Roy, former baseball player, coach, and author)
It’s important to view things critically, to spot error, notice inaccuracies, and find ways to bring change. It should be done, as Roy says, with a critical eye but without a critical spirit. The purpose of criticism is to make corrections and to seek improvement by encouragement and a gentle spirit. Otherwise, we will become cynical and foster poor attitudes and behavior.
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)
STOP AND THINK – I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up. (Mark Twain, 19th & 20th century American author and humorist)
For some of us it seems that it takes forever to make up our mind. Which outfit should I wear today? Where should we have lunch? Should we go south for the winter or north for the summer? Procrastination in decision-making is a common malady, isn’t it? Yet, the longer we take to make up our minds, the less time there is to enjoy the decision.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
STOP AND THINK – Christians do not hope for something; they hope in someone. (John Stonestreet, Christian apologist)
In the western world today is Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a fundamental Christian doctrine. The Bible teaches that if Jesus was not raised from the dead, Christian faith is in vain, worthless. But the evidence of His resurrection is overwhelming, and the believer’s faith in Jesus is a certainty, not mere wishful thinking.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. … Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:1, 6)
STOP AND THINK – The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot! (Inspiration Line)
The older we get, the more time seems to race by. Yet it moves at the same speed all the time. It’s our conception of time that determines how we feel about it. And, for the most part, we’re in charge. Yes, we may have to punch a time clock, and we often have to comply with authorities who affect our schedules. But, ultimately, how we spend our time is our choice.
Since you call on [God] who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. (1 Peter 1:17)
STOP AND THINK – Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct. (Thomas Carlyle, 19th century Scottish philosopher and essayist
We’ve all known someone who loudly proclaimed his or her beliefs but whose behavior sometimes made us wonder about those strong ideas. We sometimes say, as Carlyle might have, “What you do speaks so loud I can’t hear what you say.” We call that hypocrisy, and that is not a strong recommendation for one’s integrity. The Bible puts it in reverse:
Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. … Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. (James 2:17, 18)
STOP AND THINK – What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. (A. W. Tozer, 20th century pastor and author)
In our highly secular world many people may claim that they never think about God. But, in reality, it’s probably true that everyone does at some time or another. Tozer claims that at that time, what you think is critically important. You may believe He exists or you can deny His existence, but whatever you think will largely determine how you live your life.
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)
STOP AND THINK – If you don’t give when you don’t have enough, you won’t give when you have more than enough because it’s a heart issue no matter how much you have. (Mike Lee, American pastor)
Sometimes we don’t give to a worthy project because our income has dwindled and we don’t think we can afford to give anything away—especially cash. But, as Lee suggests, if we don’t develop the habit of giving when we don’t have a whole lot, we’ll probably never learn to give or be generous when we have more. We must develop a heart for giving early.
But since you excel in everything [else]—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7)
STOP AND THINK -Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. (C. S. Lewis, 20th century Christian apologist).
We don’t see much display of humility today, do we? Athletes and entertainers, for the most part, seem to be pretty wrapped up in themselves. “I’m the greatest” is often heard in a sports interview. Perhaps it’s the adulation of the people that feeds such egotism. But we would all profit from applauding the work of others and thinking more of them and their best.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. (Philippians 2:3-4)
STOP AND THINK – The challenge is to be yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. (Author unknown)
If you pay attention to television commercials and magazine advertisements, you might be led to think that everyone should use the same toothpaste and wear the same brand of jeans. Although we value individualism, it seems that we’re being encouraged to follow the crowd and be like everyone else. Is that really a worthy goal?
Set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
(1 Timothy 4:12)