Thursday - October 23, 2014

Wit (October 8)


“Wit is a happy and striking way of expressing a thought” (William Penn). WE NORMALLY THINK OF WIT AS NOTHING MORE THAN THE ABILITY TO MAKE A QUICK, CLEVER REMARK. But there’s actually more to it than that, and there’s a sense in which we all need to aspire to a greater quality of wit. The word itself comes from ... Read More »

Questions, Questions, Questions (October 8)


“Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). LIFE IN THIS WORLD PRESENTS US WITH SOME SERIOUS QUESTIONS. Many problems are hard to figure out, and much that happens is hard to explain. Our Father has revealed the answers to all ... Read More »

When to Celebrate (October 7)


“A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one’s birth” (Ecclesiastes 7:1). OUR CELEBRATIONS SAY A LOT ABOUT OUR VALUES AND PRIORITIES. For example, we send congratulatory cards to friends when they have a new baby, but if the same friends had a loved one who died and went to heaven, ... Read More »

Solutions (October 7)


“To spend an hour worrying on our knees is not prayer. Indeed, there are times when it is our duty, having committed a problem to God in prayer, to stop praying and to trust and to do the necessary work to arrive at a solution” (Oliver Barclay). LIFE IS FULL OF PUZZLES AND PROBLEMS THAT NEED SOLUTIONS. Indeed, most of ... Read More »

Kaizen (October 7)


“. . . but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). LIFE IN GENERAL IS ABOUT GROWTH, AND LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST IS ABOUT GROWTH TOWARD THE PERFECTION OF OUR CHARACTER. Much of the happiness and joy that are available to us can only be ours ... Read More »

Why Do We Dread Our Greatest Day? (October 6)


“For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee” (2 Corinthians 5:4-5). IN OUR MORE HONEST MOMENTS, HOW MANY ... Read More »

Establishment (October 6)


“Choose to act — rather than delay. Choose to build — rather than destroy. Choose to persevere — rather than quit” (Anonymous). A SKYSCRAPER MUST BE ABLE TO BEND OR FLEX SLIGHTLY WITH THE WIND, BUT IT CAN’T DO THAT IF IT’S NOT ESTABLISHED ON A SOLID FOUNDATION. In a similar way, we must be established as human beings. To ... Read More »

Open to God (October 6)


“For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13). BEING TRULY OPEN TO GOD MEANS NOT ONLY ... Read More »