June 29, 2016

One person can go faster, but two people can go further. (Jim Brown, minister)

It’s often a temptation when we’re in a hurry to go it alone, knowing that working with someone else will always slow us down a bit. That’s a pretty selfish attitude, when you realize that having someone with you is a learning opportunity for them and a help to lessen your load, too. We should look for ways to increase our effectiveness by working as a team.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

June 28, 2016

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor. (English proverb)

We’re always looking for calm seas and smooth sailing; they make the ride so much more pleasant than choppy waves and strong wind. Anyone with only a little training can sail under the easy conditions. But in times of strong winds and storms, you want a sailor who is experienced, having developed his skills in the difficult seas.

Men of Sidon and Arvad were your oarsmen; your skilled men, Tyre, were aboard as your sailors (Ezekiel 27:8).

June 27, 2016

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. (William Bruce Cameron, American humor columnist)

Cameron may be a humorist, but his comment here can carry a significant message. So much of what people count on (money, jobs, emotional fulfillment) can be taken away with devastating consequences. The more secure and trustworthy foundations are often things that can’t be measured or counted: love, faith, hope. These you can count on.

Now these three remain: faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13).

June 26, 2016

If we are willing to settle for less than the best, we can be sure that less is exactly what we will get. (Cal Thomas, columnist)

A lot of organizations include “excellence” in their list of values. They claim to strive for distinction in their work, and we commend such efforts. Many find, however, that the pursuit of quality achievement is difficult and requires dedicated time and hard work. Some give up in that pursuit. The result is often a disappointment that could have been avoided.

Finally, brothers and sisters . . . whatever is noble . . . admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8).

June 25, 2016

We become leaders of integrity when we learn to serve without concern for recognition. (Scott Morton, fund-raiser, author)

Entrepreneurs who want to be leaders can be energized by a number of incentives. Some try to create a profit-making enterprise by introducing a new means of production or a unique strategy. Others may be motivated by ambition and self promotion. Respected leaders, as Morton suggests, however, are more concerned about their contribution to society’s benefit.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves (Philippians 2:3).

June 24, 2016

Setbacks are just temporary timeouts that let you catch your breath and regroup so you can bring your A game to life. (Shonn Scott, motivational speaker)

Many would probably like to live a life of ease, one filled with happy experiences and no hindrances or obstacles. But as we mature, we learn that life is not like that. When difficulties arise, you have to take the time to evaluate the situation and determine a strategy to overcome the setback. That regrouping time is invaluable for future success.

God: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore . . .  I delight in weaknesses . . . in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).

June 23, 2016

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here. (Marianne Williamson, author and lecturer)

Children raised in a loving home learn very early what it is to be loved. They are constantly shown love in word and action. Children learn quickly to respond in loving words, too. As to fear, our experience might be different from Williamson’s. Little children express fear quite naturally, it seems, but the loving care of good parents will help to lessen that fear.

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe (Proverbs 29:25).

June 22, 2016

Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real. (Iris Murdoch, 20th century Irish author and philosopher)

Parents come to realize very quickly that their young children are very self-aware but seem almost completely unaware that anyone else really exists—except as a resource to provide for their needs and wants. It takes a measure of maturity to realize that others are important, and that realization may not be fully appreciated until you discover love.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8).

June 21, 2016

Delayed obedience is disobedience.

When he heard this axiom, a father said that he knew he had found a principle to use with his children. It’s a  notion that we all would do well to remember and pay attention to. Too often we think, “I’ll do it later”; but too often “later” never becomes the right time. Prompt obedience will please those we are responsible to, and it will give us a great sense of peace.

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands (Psalm 119:60).

June 20, 2016

The more you practice, the luckier you get. (Ray Floyd, professional golfer)

Like any athlete, no doubt, Floyd has discovered the importance of practice. Is practice really related to luck? Some people think that “practice makes perfect.” In reality, of course, poor practice does not help a lot. In fact, in that case, too often  practice makes permanent. Be sure to practice but practice carefully and don’t trust in luck.

Be prepared in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).