Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/30/2020

 Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past
or the present are certain to miss the future.
~ John F. Kennedy 

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
and put on the new self, which in the
likeness of God has been created in
righteousness and holiness of the Truth.
~ Ephesians 4:23-24

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/29/2020

 Love cures people -
both the ones who give it
and the ones who receive it.
~ Karl A. Menninger 

Beloved, let us love one another, for
love is from God; and everyone who
loves is born of God and knows God.
~ 1 John 4:7

Monday, September 28, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/28/2020

 Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
~ Buddha 

Take therefore no thought for the morrow:
for the morrow will take thought
for things of itself.
Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.
~ Matthew 6:34

Friday, September 25, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/25/2020

 Friday Tale - Just One Minute 

He almost killed somebody, but one minute changed his life. The beautiful story comes from Sherman Rogers' old book, FOREMEN: LEADERS OR DRIVERS? In his true-life story, Rogers illustrates the importance of effective relationships.

 During his college years, Rogers spent a summer in an Idaho logging camp. When the superintendent had to leave for a few days, he put Rogers in charge.

 "What if the men refuse to follow my orders?" Rogers asked. He thought of Tony, an immigrant worker who grumbled and growled all day, giving the other men a hard time.

 "Fire them," the superintendent said. Then, as if reading Rogers' mind, he added, "I suppose you think you are going to fire Tony if you get the chance. I'd feel badly about that. I have been logging for 40 years. Tony is the most reliable worker I've ever had. I know he is a grouch and that he hates everybody and everything. But he comes in first and leaves last. There has not been an accident for eight years on the hill where he works."

 Rogers took over the next day. He went to Tony and spoke to him. "Tony, do you know I'm in charge here today?" Tony grunted. "I was going to fire you the first time we tangled, but I want you to know I'm not," he told Tony, adding what the superintendent had said.

 When he finished, Tony dropped the shovelful of sand he had held and tears streamed down his face. "Why he no tell me dat eight years ago?"

 That day Tony worked harder than ever before -- and he smiled! He later said to Rogers, "I told Maria you first foreman in deese country who ever say, 'Good work, Tony,' and it make Maria feel like Christmas."

 Rogers went back to school after that summer. Twelve years later he met Tony again. He was superintendent for railroad construction for one of the largest logging companies in the West. Rogers asked him how he came to California and happened to have such success.

 Tony replied, "If it not be for the one minute you talk to me back in Idaho, I keel somebody someday. One minute, she change my whole life."

 One minute. Have you got one minute to thank someone? A minute to tell someone what you sincerely like or appreciate about her? A minute to elaborate on some-thing he did well? One minute. It can make a difference for a lifetime.

~ Steve Goodier

 Encourage the exhausted, and
strengthen the feeble.
~ Isaiah 35:3

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/24/2020

 A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step.
~ Lao Tzu

walk in the way of righteousness,
in the midst of the paths of justice.
~ Proverbs 8:20

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/23/2020

 Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it
feels more painful than the wound we
suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it.
Yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
~ Marianne Williamson 

Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity
and passes over the rebellious act? He does
not retain His anger forever, because He
delights in unchanging love.
He will again have compassion on us.
~ Micah 7:18-19

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/22/2020

 Our lives are defined not by the
challenges we encounter, BUT
by how we respond to those challenges.
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie 

Remember how the LORD your God led you on
this long journey through the desert these past
forty years, sending hardships to test you,
so that He might know what you intended to
do and whether you would obey His commands.
~ Deuteronomy 8:2

Monday, September 21, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/21/2020

 Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts,
cause your mind to dwell on peace and joy.
~ Ernest Holmes 

The steadfast of mind You will keep in
perfect peace because he trusts in You.
~ Isaiah 26:3

Friday, September 18, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/18/2020

 Friday Tale - Paradoxical Commands

eople are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway. 

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Because in the end, it's GOD that matters, anyway.
~ Kent M. Keith (amended)
Let love be without hypocrisy.
Abhor which is evil;
cling to what is good.
~ Romans 12:9

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/17/2020

Judging a person does not define who
they are. It defines who you are.
~ Anonymous 

For in the way you judge, you will be
judged; and by your standard of
measure, it will be measured to you.
~ Matthew 7:2

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/16/2020

 A man should never be ashamed to
own that he has been in the wrong,
which is but saying that he is wiser
today than he was yesterday.
~ Alexander Pope

earn diligently, and listen to
words of knowledge.
~ Proverbs 23:21

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/15/2020

I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand.
~ Confucius 

Therefore, prepare your minds for
action keep sober in spirit, fix your hope
completely on the grace to be brought
to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
~ 1 Peter 1:13

Monday, September 14, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/14/2020

 Don't say you don't have enough time. 
You have exactly the same number of hours
per day that were given to Helen Keller,
Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci,
Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
~H. Jackson Brown. Jr.

There is a season for everything, and a
time for every event under heaven.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Friday, September 11, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/11/2020

Friday Tale - If You Can

IF you If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise; 

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools; 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so, hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on"; 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man my son!
~ Rudyard Kipling

Jesus said to him, " 'If you can' !
All things are possible for one who believes.
~ Mark 9:23

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/10/2020

 People don't care how much you know
until they know how much you care.
~ Michael S. Miller 

God Himself knows how much I want to
see you. He knows that I care for you in
the same way that Christ Jesus does.
~ Philippians 1:8 (CEV)

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/9/2020

Make this true for you:
"I am not a product of my circumstances.
I am a product of my decisions."
~ Steven Covey 

I have chosen the way of truth:
Your judgments have i laid before me.
~ Psalms 119:30

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/8/2020

 Courage is what it takes to
stand up and speak.
Courage is also what it takes
to sit down and listen.
~ Unknown

Be silent and listen, every island in the sea.
Have courage and come near, every one of you.
They helped everyone his neighbor, and
everyone said to his brother,
"Be of good courage."
~ Isaiah 41:1, 6

Monday, September 07, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/7/2020

 Never regret a day in your life.
Good days give you happiness,
and bad days give you experience.

There is nothing better for a man, than
that he should eat and drink, and that he
should make his soul enjoy good in his labor.
This I saw that it was from the hand of God.
~ Ecclesiastes 2:24

Friday, September 04, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/4/2020

Friday Tale - Eat a Frog

it is your job to eat a frog, it's best
to do it first thing in the morning.
And if it's your job to eat two frogs,
it's best to eat the biggest one first." 

I heard this quote when I was 18 and
it has stuck with me every since.

I do all the hard stuff that I don't want to do
first thing in the morning. I wake up, work out,
have difficult conversations and do tasks that
are my least-liked. By 10 a.m., I have nothing
to worry about and can think clearly. 

When I put something off that I don't want to do,
I dread it all day. Get it over with first thing in the
morning and have a clear mind the rest of the day!

What do your mornings look like?
~ Unknown

So then be all the more eager to make your
calling and election certain, for if you keep
on doing this you will never fail.
~ 2 Peter 1:10 (ISV)

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/3/2020

 Life leaps like a geyser for those willing
to drill through the rock of inertia.
~ Alexis Carrel

And we desire that each one of you show
the same diligence so as to realize the full
assurance of hope until the end, so that you
will not be sluggish, BUT imitators of those
who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
~ Hebrews 6:11-12

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/2/2020

 It does not matter how slow you go,
so long as you do not stop.
~ Confucius

I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go
to the house of the LORD. Come let us go up
to the mountain of the LORD and to the
house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach
us about His ways and that we may walk in His paths."
~ Psalm 122:1 and Micah 4:2

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Thought for the Day 9/1/2020

The value of life lies not in the length of days,
BUT in the use we make of them.
~ Michel de Montaigne

So teach us to number our days, so that
we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
~ Psalm 90:12

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