This week's "thoughts" are from various sources and various authors - some simply scribbled in the side column of my Bible. "Sometimes," as one preacher said to another, comparing preaching to shooting, "you need to shoot with a .22 caliber rifle, one point driven home with singular focus, and at other times you must shoot with buckshot, hoping that something you say will in some way hit someone who's listening."
In the past I've "shot" with a .22 -- one author, one point. Today I'm shooting with buckshot! Hopefully, if one of these bits of wisdom does not strike home with you another will. Read and enjoy. (Those of you from the men's retreat will recognize four of them.) Enjoy!
"If you were to die soon, and had only one phone call to make, who would you call and what would you say? So why are you waiting?"
"Live your life as if you were someone else's only role model... Live your life so that all you want your children to be, they see in you."
From "Southern Wisdom."
"The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that the warrior takes everything as a challange, while an ordinary man sees everything as either a blessing or a curse."
"Strength and struggle go together. The supreme reward of struggle is strength. Life is a battle and the greatest joy is to overcome. The puruit of easy things make men weak. It is following the paths of least resistance that make rivers and men crooked."
"God never calls us to be successful (by the world's standards), He calls us to be faithful. It is the temptation to attain 'success at any cost' that has led many a once earnest soul down the road to shameful compromise and regret.
God calls us to strive and work and persevere. To be wise and alert and plow and weather difficulties. To trust, hope, believe and obey Him to the very end (even in the darkest of times). And when we do that, we are successful in God's eyes, regardless of whether or not we see the 'results' to prove it."
In the Bonds of Christan Charity, Pastor Jeff
Dr. Jeffrey F. Evans