Trust

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

(Anonymous)

Worry

Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.

(Anonymous)

The Measure of a Life

The measure of a life is not its duration, but its donation.

(Anonymous)

Rewarding Goof-offs

Any business or industry that pays equal rewards to its goof-offs and its eager beavers, sooner or later will find itself with more goof-offs than eager beavers.  What you reward, good or bad, in yourself and in others, you’ll keep getting more of.

(Mike Delaney)

Bullets or Seeds

You can offer your ideas to people as bullets or seeds.  You can shoot them or sow them.  Ideas used as bullets kill inspiration and motivation.  Ideas used as seeds take root, grow, and bear fruit in the life in which they are planted.  But there’s a risk:  Once it becomes part of those in whom it’s planted, you’ll probably get no credit for originating the idea.  But if you’re willing to do without the credit…you’ll reap a rich harvest.

(U.S. Senate Chaplain Richard Halverson)

Opportunity

Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.

(Thomas Edison)

Don’t Be A Sluggard

The sluggard would rather make an excuse than make a living.  So he word for you today is:  Don’t be a sluggard!

(The Word for You Today, Dec-2017 – Feb-2018, p. 49)

Resentment

Resentment is one of the most expensive luxuries you can indulge in.  A deep-seated grudge eats away at your peace of mind like a deadly cancer destroying a vital organ.

(The Word for You Today, Dec-2017 – Feb-2018, p. 48)

Warning!

Be careful:  When you’ve been in church for a while and forgotten what it’s like to be on the outside, you can become hardhearted and fail to show the love of God to those who need it.

(Word for You Today, Dec-2017 – Feb-2018, p. 48)

Take Up Your Cross

We tend to want to go immediately from “denying ourselves” to “following Jesus.”  But you can never follow Jesus unless you have first taken up your cross.  There are aspects of God’s redemptive work that can be accomplished only through suffering.  Just as Christ had to suffer in order to bring salvation, there will be hardships you may have to endure in order for God to bring salvation to those around you.  Jesus did not talk with His disciples about the cross until they had come to know He was the Christ.  You will never be able to endure the suffering of the cross unless you have first been convinced Jesus is the Christ.

(Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God Day by Day, p. 49)