Reminders: Be Slow to Anger

Everyone gets angry, even God, “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger and of great mercy.” Psalm 145:9   Oh, that we should all be more gracious and compassionate and like God, “slow to anger”.  Counting to ten (a favorite way to slow ourselves down) does not always work, but it is always…

Reminders: What is Compassion?

There is an oft’ repeated story of unknown origin about a problem that confronts Sunday school leaders every year when they get ready to cast the Christmas play––what to do with that awkward little girl or boy who cannot handle a very complicated role.  What to do with little “Petunia” or “Pan”?  His teacher wanted…

Food for Thought: Change

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way.  If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Reader’s Digest, April 2015, p.152 We all resist some types of change, but change is usually a necessary step toward progress.  Thankfully, transportation has changed since May 20, 1899.  That’s the day taxi driver Jacob German…

Food for Thought: Conquering Resentment

“Your body would not get sick if you held no thought of resentment.  It is neither good nor bad of itself.  If we hold anything against anyone, we will suffer ourselves.” ― Donna Goddard, Waldmeer  Resentment can fester into bitterness, which can change the very chemistry of one’s mind and body.  It is a real stretch to say…

Reminders: Be Careful How You Pray

A young pastor consulted an experienced pastor, asking what to do about the people in his congregation who have addictions.  The older pastor advised him to pray for them and give a rousing sermon about the evil that is controlling their lives.  The young pastor prayed, and prepared a sermon saying, “Rid yourselves of the…

Reminders: A Language Lesson

A high school math teacher’s daughter started kindergarten.  Each day during the evening meal she would ask her daughter what she had learned that day.  One day her daughter said, “Today we learned the slide rule”.  The mother was extremely puzzled.  The use of slide rules went out in the 1950s.  She knew that the…