Lessons Learned on the Journey

Faith Maintenance

The opening paragraph in my car’s service booklet says the following: …

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Taxi Cab Wisdom

One day I hopped in a taxi to discover that my cab driver was from Kosovo. We talked about the history of turmoil in that region and I said, “Isn’t it sad that there is so much difficulty…

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Murmuring

As I was driving, the radio talk show host was encouraging his listeners to call in words not commonly used. A word that came to my mind was “murmur”– a mumbled expression of…

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Maturing Seeds

As a teenager, sitting on a tractor day in and day out, I learned to appreciate the difficulty of a planted seed maturing to harvested fruit. There were many challenges in the maturation…

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Not What is Next, but What is Now

"What is important is not what is next but what is now." My friend continued by saying that many times she thinks so far ahead and worries about what might happen in the future that she…

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Looking for God

Sometimes I fail to see God when circumstances don't live up to my expectations. Instead of looking for God, I have been known to whine and complain. …

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Be a Blessing

Often as I leave for work my wife will say to me, “Be a blessing”. Her words indicate her great expectations for me that day. I leave with the opportunity to bestow gifts of mercy, love…

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A Suggestion or A Command?

Early in my life I learned a valuable lesson – to distinguish between a suggestion and a command. Initially I did not understand. I learned quickly when my parents disciplined me for…

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The Battle for Self-Discipline

It was the morning of my flight from Vienna to Philadelphia. When I fly west, I try to eat only a small breakfast since food is served on the airplane throughout the day. I intended to eat just a…

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The First Translation of the Bible

The first translation of the Bible was not into Chinese, Russian or English. Rather the first rendering of the Word of God was Jesus. How creative! I would expect nothing less from God. …

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