“Let Go of Whatever Makes You Stop” is the title of a little book by John Mason.
I read it years ago, but I recently came across it again. It’s a neat little book filled with 52 golden nuggets of two pages each. Mason’s goal is to help us rise above mediocrity. Get more out of life. And discover a new momentum for living.
Many of the chapter titles encapsulate simple spiritual truths that are obvious. But often we fail to apply. Here are a few: Continue reading
A number of years ago Harvard University asked its graduating 1100 Seniors “Is success a destination or a journey?”
930 said it was a destination. They thought it was something you could measure when you had enough money, or achieved a certain fame or position.
What is success? How would you define it? Measure it? Quantify it? Continue reading
Yesterday was the 13th anniversary of 911.
It was a day of personal remembrance. Solemn reflection. And national introspection.
We all remember where we were and what we were doing on that day of infamy. Many of us know someone who was directly affected, killed, or either by chance or God’s grace missed being on one of those flights or in the twin towers. And, as Americans we wonder “Are we safer today than we were 13 years ago?” Continue reading
Contemporary author Eugene Peterson once wrote, “Christian faith is not neurotic dependence, but childlike trust. We do not have a God who forever indulges our whims but a God in whom we trust with our destinies.”
Our confidence in God provides peace of mind, purpose in life, and hope for the future. As Corrie Ten Boom put it, “Faith is like a radar that sees through the fog of reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see. Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible.” Continue reading
Darrel Pace was a world champion Archer. He won four consecutive world championships from 1973 through 1976 and Olympic gold medals in 1976 and 1984.
One time Pace put on an archery exhibition in Central Park. TV reporters gathered to watch him shoot steel-tipped hunting arrows with flawless accuracy.
At one point Pace asked for a volunteer. “All you have to do,” Darrel explained, “is hold this apple in your hand, waist-high.” ABC correspondent, Josh Howell, boldly stepped forward to volunteer. Continue reading
Oscar Wilde was an Irish poet, playwright and novelist. He is credited with a quote that has become a part of the public domain.
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
Since Wilde lived in the 19th century, I wonder what he would think today? Continue reading
One night a family’s house caught fire and they were forced to run outside. However, the fire blocked their path to the upstairs bedroom where their son was sleeping. The father yelled for the son to open his bedroom window.
On the ground below the boy’s father he knew his son had to jump to save his life. “Jump!” hollered the frantic father, “Jump, I’ll catch you!”
All the frightened little fellow could see, however, was smoke, flames and the darkness of the night. He was scared to jump. Continue reading