Thursday - August 21, 2014

Promptness (August 14)


“During a very busy life I have often been asked, ‘How did you manage to do it all?’ The answer is very simple: it is because I did everything PROMPTLY” (Sir Richard Tangye). THERE MAY NOT BE ANY OTHER HABIT YOU COULD ADOPT THAT WOULD PAY BIGGER DIVIDENDS THAN THE SIMPLE HABIT OF PROMPTNESS. Doing things (both the big and ... Read More »

Listening (August 13)


“The older I grow, the more I listen to people who don’t talk much” (Germain G. Glidden). WHOM DO YOU FIND IT EASY TO LISTEN TO? The dynamic public speaker? The fascinating celebrity? The person with plenty of personality and the gift of gab? Well, unfortunately, those who are the easiest to listen to don’t always have anything that’s worth ... Read More »

When Foresight Fails (August 13)


“In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good” (Ecclesiastes 11:6). ALTHOUGH WE CANNOT SEE AFAR, WE CAN JUDGE RIGHTLY WHAT IS NEAR. One of my favorite quotations from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord ... Read More »

Protection (August 12)


Woodman, spare that tree! Touch not a single bough! In youth it sheltered me, And I’ll protect it now. (George Pope Morris) IT’S A FACT: THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT DESERVE TO BE PROTECTED. Some of these things are physical, but others are less tangible. Whatever worthy thing there may be whose safety is jeopardized by forces that would harm ... Read More »

No Little Jobs, Only Little People (August 12)


“He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” (Luke 16:10). EVERY HONORABLE JOB IN THIS WORLD DESERVES TO BE DONE WELL. When we’re asked to do a thing, especially in the Lord’s work, it really doesn’t matter whether the thing is ... Read More »

Resolution (August 12)


“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” (Revelation 22:12-13). EVEN WHEN OUR LIVES ARE AT THEIR BEST, WE ARE STILL PERPLEXED BY UNCERTAINTIES. We look back at many things ... Read More »

Curiosity (August 11)


“I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students” (Carl Sagan). OH, THAT WE COULD KEEP THE CURIOSITY WE HAD WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN! It’s such a shame to lose that sense of wonder, that eagerness to open doors and peak into new worlds. Would that ... Read More »