A concerned husband visited a doctor to discuss a problem he believed his wife was experiencing.
“Doc, I think my wife is going deaf. She never hears me the first time I say something.
Well,” said the doctor, “go home and tonight about 15 from her and say something. If she doesn’t reply, move about 5 feet close and say it again. Keep doing this, so we can determine the severity of her hearing loss.”
That night, he stands bout 15 feet away while she’s in the kitchen chopping up some vegetables, and asks, “Honey, what’s for supper” Continue reading
“A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears,” once observed the 16th century French statesman and author Michel de Montaigne.
Actually this would apply, not just to suffering but anything we fear.
I once read that Louis Pasteur had such an irrational fear of dirt and infection he refused to shake hands. Continue reading
Last week about 30 minutes before the verdict was announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin the former Minneapolis police officer, who was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, another tragic event occurred in Columbus, Ohio.
Police responded to a frantic 911 call that a female was trying to stab them. When officer Nicholas Reardon arrived he found a 16-year old girl, Ma’Khia Bryant, wielding a knife, missing at an attempt to stab one girl, then turning to stab another girl pinned against a car. Continue reading
Following my freshman year at Florida College, I worked a summer job in a factory in Indianapolis at Bryant Heating and Cooling.
I worked on a conversion assembly line. These large air conditioning units would be rolled into my station. I would remove a side panel. Insert a heating coil. Connect the red and green wires to the corresponding color. Then replace the panel.
Without saying a word, or preaching a sermon, in just a few minutes I had converted an air conditioner! Continue reading
One of my favorite stories, although it’s probably apocryphal, is about a group of tourists visiting a picturesque village in Europe.
As they toured, admiring the beauty, the cathedral and the architecture of this quaint 13th century village, one tourist spotted an old man sitting on a bench. In a rather patronizing way, he asked, “Were any great men born in this village?” Continue reading
In his book, I Almost Missed The Sunset Gospel singer and songwriter Bill Gaither tells a great story that illustrates the impact of our reputation.
Shortly after he and Gloria were married and living in Alexandria, Indiana, they began looking for some land to build a house. Soon they found a nice parcel south of town where cattle were grazing and learned it belonged to a retired 92-year old banker named Mr. Yule.
Yule owned a lot of land and was not interested in selling any of it. Furthermore, wanted it to remain used for agriculture. However, the Gaither’s visited Mr. Yule and inquired about buying it. Continue reading
Ten-year-old Ange Shephard, who grew up in a small Nova Scotia town, became enamored with Southern California, and especially Los Angeles.
In his book Forward, David Jeremiah relates Ange’s story and how she would dial the 323 area code plus 7 random numbers, and when someone answered she’d say, “Hi, is this LA?”
Then she’d hang up, just thrilled to talk to someone from Los Angeles, dreaming one day of living there. Her calls, however, came to an abrupt end when her father saw the phone bill. But her dreams didn’t. Continue reading
The power of belief has been well documented in physical and material pursuits in life. From sports to business, to our personal goals and dreams belief in a necessary ingredient for success.
Napoleon Hill, known for his books on self-help and positive thinking, in his classic bestseller Think and Grow Rich, wrote, “Whatever your mind can conceive, and believe, it can achieve.”
As we continue to explore the theme Reaching Forward, and discuss the 10 concepts in Dr. David Jeremiah’s book, Forward, that are encapsulated in a single word, we come to the word, “believe.” Continue reading
In his book Forward, David Jeremiah tells the story of swimmer Joseph Schooling, Singapore’s first-ever gold medal winner in the 2016 Olympics.
When Schooling was asked what it was like to be one of the best swimmers in the world and win a gold medal, his reply was surprising. Continue reading
Dr. David Jeremiah. in his book Forward, suggests one of the reasons why we flounder in moving forward is a failure to diminish our distractions. And our distractions are often created by a failure to choose what is best.
“Understanding that not all things are equally important is an essential part of the forward life,” Jeremiah writes. This, of course, calls for us to set our priorities in order to stay focused and “accomplish what really matters.”
As we continue considering our theme for 2021, Reaching Forward, our word of the week reminds us that our dreams and prayers are not enough. We must make the right choices. Continue reading