Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
There are three things that are the most valuable possessions on earth. Gain these and you truly become rich.
Family and friends
The three most esteeming words that one could ever hope to hear are the words “I love you.”
I will never forget the first time I said those words to my parents. I was a sophomore in college and to my recollection had never heard those words expressed from my parents nor had I said them to my parents.
I screwed up my courage one Sunday in October and dared say “I love you.” It was magical. It was wonderful. It was esteeming for all of us, and the ramifications rumbled through the rest of our family and in time the “I love you” expressions became a regular staple in our home.
There is power in love, and healing in the words “I love you.”
Family and Friends
"My friends are my estate."
Emily Dickinson said that, and it is true. And when family also becomes friends, well, that is the cherry on top of the ice cream.
Having a ‘heart’ friend is one of the most esteeming experiences one can imagine. I have that in my wife Carolyn. You should tune in sometimes to our dinner conversations. They flow like honey on a hot biscuit (Oops, my southern roots came out just now). Never have I had a friend like her, and besides that – she is Nanny of the year. I love her and know without a shadow of a doubt that she also loves me.
I’ve been blessed to call a lot of people “friend” down through my years of living. And I am a rich man because of that.
In a harsh and unforgiving world, we seek a bit of kindness. Oh, we see pockets of it here and there, but we need it in huge bucket loads.
Oprah Winfrey, on her last TV show, said the world is craving esteem and validation. What is the art of validating another if it is not kindness?
With my words I can make a cheap joke or I can build you up. Guess which I choose? I like this admonition from the scriptures.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O my God. (Psalm 19:14)
One Word at a Time
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
There are three things that we should never lose.
I’ve been writing steadily for a few years now and have noticed that when I write on the subject of hope my readership increases; I get more clicks. That is a multi-layered fact about our world today, I think. We seek hope and a future that is good and bright.
This quote has been attributed to several sources including Hal Lindsey and John C. Maxwell:
A man can live ...
40 days without food
3 days without water
8 minutes without air
1 second without hope
Someone once observed – when you are out of hope, you are out of options.
Hold onto hope!
Where is your quiet place? When do you find solace and peace?
A quick reminder:
Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
There seems to be two ways of looking at this thought – peace for our world, and peace within ourselves. Isn’t self-understanding the beginning of peace? “Know thyself” is still pretty good advice.
Everyone has a sense of ‘honesty’, at least I want to believe that. The world craves for honesty. We seek it in our political leaders, in our religion, in our work place and in our everyday dealings.
Wouldn’t it be something if we labeled people according to their character traits? Remember “Honest Abe”? Let’s start a movement back to honesty.
One Word at a Time