Contributed by David Haun on Dec 27, 2003
We live in a world that glorifies "winning." Whether it’s position, power, recognition or acceptance, our goal is to achieve a position of acceptance and worth.
The problem with "position" is that it tends to be based on what other people think, not what really is true. Eric Hoffer, a social
In college, James Dobson’s goal was to become the school’s tennis champion. He felt proud when his trophy was prominently placed in the school’s trophy cabinet. Years later, someone mailed him that trophy. They had found it in a dustbin when the school was renovated. He said, "Given enough
Contributed by Jason Cole on Feb 18, 2004
A Man approached a little league baseball game one afternoon. He asked a boy in the dugout what the score was. The boy responded, “Eighteen to nothing—we’re behind.” “Boy,” said the spectator, “I’ll be you’re discouraged.”
<ILLUS> While I don’t own a television myself, I remember being in a doctors office once, and a football game was on. One guy ran the ball and was tackled – the ball came loose on the 5 yard-line. A guy for the Jets scooped it up and ran like crazy, 95 yards for the touchdown. He was going crazy
George W. Truett, a well-known Texas preacher, was invited to dinner in the home of a very wealthy oilman. After the meal, the host led him to a place where they could get a good view of the surrounding area.
Pointing to the oil wells and punctuating the landscape, he boasted, "Twenty-five
Contributed by Mary Lewis on Jun 7, 2004
C. S. LEWIS - Weight of Glory: If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition
Contributed by Donnie Martin on Jun 19, 2004
We cannot make possessions the object of our affections.
I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in
Contributed by Brad Bailey on Jul 30, 2004
CEMETERY FULL OF PEOPLE WHO NEVER FINISHED THEIR WORK
A business man, harassed and discouraged from overwork, took his problem to a psychiatrist who promptly told him to do less work. "Furthermore," prescribed the doctor, "I want you to spend an hour each week in the cemetery." "What on earth do
Contributed by Brad Bailey on Aug 9, 2004
In the comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin is at school, and his teacher is attempting to teach the class. She begins, “ If there are no questions, we will move on to the next chapter.
I have a question.
Certainly Calvin, what is it?
What’s the point of human existence?
I meant any questions
Contributed by Joel Santos on Nov 2, 2004
“If you prepare yourself... you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when
Contributed by Chip Monck on Mar 9, 2005
The date, March 28th. The year, 1992. The place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The moment seizer, and dare I say these words in a Kentucky pulpit, Christian Leattner. First ever player to start in four Final Fours. MVP of the East Regional of the NCAA tournament when he scored 31 points against
Contributed by Ken Kersten on Apr 18, 2005
John Ortberg pinpoints this in his article, Taking Care of Busyness. He says, "For most of us, the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a
Contributed by Davon Huss on Apr 25, 2005
From an advertisement in Time Magazine in 1997- My life is hectic! I’m running all day, meetings, phone calls, paperwork, and appointments. I push myself to the limit, fall into bed exhausted, and get up early the next morning to do it all again. My output is tremendous; I’m getting a lot done.
Contributed by Greg Buchner on Apr 26, 2005
“Such knowledge is to wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.” – Psalm 139:6
When my I first read Psalm 139:6, my mind drifted back to the movie entitled, “A Few Good Men” with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Tom’s role as Lt. Kaffee, a hot-shot attorney who comes to the defense of two
Contributed by Richard Burkey on May 19, 2005
The May 2002 issue of Fast Company tells the stories of five people who worked for Enron, the company that in 2001 filed for the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
One person profiled in that article was Phyllis Anzalone. She went to work for the company in 1996 selling energy supply contracts.
Contributed by Bruce Howell on May 27, 2005
Sylvester Stallone of “Rocky” fame, now middle-aged and married with 4 children, is taking stock of his life–and he doesn’t like everything he sees in his past. “Climbing that mountain of ambition. Being so prolific, put the emphasis on the wrong side of my life.
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Jun 30, 2005
Enjoy Them All! (07.04.05--Joy Every Day--Ecclesiastes 11:7-10)
Only a dozen or so years and then, sweet, sweet retirement. Having worked for over 35 years, my time of hope and sweet happiness is now firmly planted on the horizon. In but a decade or so, I could be retired. No more getting up at
Contributed by Mark Brunner on Sep 6, 2005
The Most Toys? (09.08.05--The Temporal Things!--Matthew 16:26)
The world teaches this--You can never have too much of a good thing! We must always have enough or we are being somehow cheated of that which we truly deserve.
If one were to ever wonder why we live in such a greedy world, this
Contributed by Richard Tow on Sep 22, 2005
Did you know that the amount of leisure time enjoyed by the average American has decreased 37% since 1973?
All these gadgets take time to learn and maintain. It is estimated that the average person must learn to operate 20,000 pieces of equipment.
In 1978, there were 11,767 items in the average
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 2, 2005
By the time Rockefeller was fifty-three his life was a wreck. Throughout his business career he said, “I never placed my head upon the pillow at night without reminding myself that my success might only be temporary.” He was the richest man in the world and yet he was miserable in every sense of