October 14, 2017
Abraham Lincoln said, “Character is like a tree and reputation is like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Next week, Oct 15-21, is National Character Counts week. The third week of October has been proclaimed by our president and for the last 24 years as the week to emphasize character. I am not advocating or condemn this program in our educational system but, the idea of character has been around a lot longer than this program.
September 29, 2017
Are you listening? This question is usually asked when we can tell that we don’t have someone’s full attention. I’m sure we have all been asked this question, as well. We usually know the basic topic of conversation, but we have either zoned out or are busy trying to do something else while someone is talking to us.
September 23, 2017
It’s officially fall. In my town, it has been in the 90’s all week, so it doesn’t feel like fall. There is not a lot of visual evidence that fall is coming, but I know the seasons will change. Soon, we will enjoy the cooler weather and see all the beauty of the changing leaves. But, if I go on just what I feel and see today then I might believe that we are going to be stuck in this hot, uncomfortable situation forever.
September 15, 2017
I have had to make a couple of trips to the optometrist lately, and I’ve been reminded of the importance of vision. If our vision is as it should be, it is one of those things that we tend to take for granted. But if our vision is blurred it is hard to ignore. I wish it were the same with our spiritual vision.
September 07, 2017
While attending college, a speech class was required as a part of my minor. The subject might not have been my preference, but the teacher certainly was one of my favorites. She was a delightful little lady named Ruby Krider. Mrs. Ruby could have retired years before but was still there simply for the love of teaching. When we would get up to give our speeches, one of her most memorable bits of advice was, “Act enthusiastic and you’ll be enthusiastic.”
September 01, 2017
My daughter just started her second year of college. She explained to me that part of her coursework would be four book reports. These book reports are different than what I remember from my school days. I recall reading the book, summarizing it and giving my views on the book.
August 25, 2017
There are so many lessons packed into the four chapters of the Book of Ruth, and not a verse is wasted. When we talk about Ruth, we often focus on her friendship and sacrificial love for her mother-in-law Naomi. But, there is another character in this jam-packed book that is often overlooked.
August 11, 2017
Do you remember when you got your high school class ring? Way back when I was in high school, it was a big deal. It meant that you were moving up in the ranks. It meant that you had this high school thing figured out and that soon you were graduating and going out to start the rest of your life.
August 05, 2017
Have you tried the latest beauty treatment? There are hundreds of them. There are wrinkle removers, blemish creams, exfoliates, moisturizers and a host of other fix-its for our faces. We use these products because we want to look our best.
July 29, 2017
There is one sight prevalent late in the day at any amusement park that you might choose. I’m sure you have seen this very common sight. It is the vision of tired little children on their daddy’s shoulders or being pushed by their parents in a stroller headed for the exit gate.
July 21, 2017
Do you remember watching the TV show, Little House on the Prairie? I especially remember the episode where the oldest daughter, Mary was losing her eyesight. She was sitting at the table trying to read, and she reached out and pulled the coal oil light closer. At that time, she didn’t realize that the problem was within herself and not in external circumstances and certainly not with the light. The lamp was burning as bright as it ever had. It was her own sight that had dimmed.
July 15, 2017
I have been working on a project with a friend for some time now, and at various intervals, she has given me contributions to the project. Many times when she gives me something it is in a brown envelope. One of the things that she gave me was a package of pictures. After talking about it, she decided that she didn’t want to use those pictures, so she asked for them back.
July 07, 2017
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Philemon is a little book tucked in the New Testament right before Hebrews. If you will remember Paul wrote this book to Philemon, Paul asked Philemon to welcome back without punishment a runaway slave, named Onesimus, who had previously stolen from Philemon. He felt that he knew Philemon well enough to be confident that he would do the right thing.