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Serendipity Day

According to the calendar of weird, wacky, and unusual holidays, today is Serendipity Day.

I like the word “serendipity.” By definition, serendipity is “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.”

According to multiple sources, the word was first coined by English author Horace Walpole in 1754. After reading a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip, aka Sri Lanka, Walpole mentioned this in a letter to a friend explaining the journey of the princes and how they made unexpected and unplanned discoveries, which he called serendipitous moments. Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 9:11-12

Have you ever encountered some setback, problem, challenge, or even tragedy, and some well-meaning person says to you, “Everything happens for a reason.”

Other versions of this philosophy are expressed this way.

“God doesn’t make mistakes .”

“God must be up to something.”

“You must be very special for God to trust you with this.” Continue reading

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We Cannot Postpone Living

“We may be able to postpone some decisions but we cannot postpone living,” observed Warren Wiersbe in Looking Up When Life Gets You Down.

This statement jumped out at me as I thumbed through his book looking for something to read.

Wiersbe further reminds us that “Life is a gift from God, and we must treasure it, protect it and invest in it.” Continue reading

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Show Me How Fleeting My Life Is

Have you heard about the two golfers who really loved golf? While watching the Masters on TV, one said to the other, “Do you think there will be golf in heaven?”

Suddenly an angel appeared to them and said, “I’ve got good news and bad news for you both.”

“What’s the good news? They asked.

“There is golf in heaven…on the most glorious courses you could imagine!” The angel announced. Continue reading

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A Serious Thought on A Light-Hearted Day

On occasion, we reference an obscure holiday or a historical event that happened on this day in history. Accordingly, here are four unusual events that reportedly happened on this day.

In 1957 the BBC reported that Swiss farmers were experiencing a record spaghetti crop and showed footage of people harvesting noodles from trees.

In 1985, Sports Illustrated reported about a rookie pitcher named Sidd Finch who could throw a fastball over 168 miles per hour. Continue reading

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“Teach Us To Number Our Days”

Our six-year-old grandsons, Roy and Miles, are studying math in their Kindergarten classes this year. And they’re excited about their new found skills.

They’re learning to count everything. Puppets. Toys. Bears. Cars. People. And money. They’re doing addition and subtraction.

One day we picked up Miles from school and he proudly announced he knew the answer to 100-90. We, then, offered him some other “difficult” math problems which he enjoyed solving. Continue reading

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The Bottom Line of Life

My wife, Norma Jean, likes to watch Hallmark movies. I suppose I’ve developed a bit of fondness for them as well. Currently, we’re watching their annual Christmas series.

When the movie begins with friction between the two lead male and female characters, I always turn to Norma and say, “Well, we know how this is going to end.” Even if one of them has a current boyfriend or girlfriend, something will happen to reveal this person was wrong for them. And the newfound love or in some cases, a rekindled relationship from High School is their true love. Continue reading

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Lord, Give Me Wisdom

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

These familiar words, often seen on plaques, were written by the American theologian, Richard Niebuhr, and is commonly known as “The Serenity Prayer.” They speak to challenges we all face in life. But the ability to properly deal with our ever changing and often unexpected circumstances hinges on wisdom. Continue reading

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Challenging Quotes From Teddy Roosevelt

In the past week Norma Jean and I have traveled from the Smoky Mountains to North Dakota. We’re on the way to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. And then to Glacier National Park. There we will wait to see if and when the US-Canadian border opens.

We spent last night in Medora, just outside Theodore Roosevelt National Park. And plan to tour it today. Continue reading

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Making Plans

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans,” is an old aphorism often attributed to Woody Allen. But’s it probably older than Allen. Its origins may be from an old Yiddish proverb.

This morning as we’re preparing to check-out of the house we’re renting in Temple Terrace, I recalled when we arrived we were going to attend the Florida College Lectures. Then a student contracting the measles forced the school to cancel lectures. Something unheard of. Plans altered. Continue reading

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