Wonderful Wisdom From Wooden

November 14, 2014

We need this; our children need this:

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

“Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.”

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”

“Consider the rights of other before your own feelings and the feelings of others before your own rights.”

“Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life. — John Wooden


Where Is All This Going?

September 26, 2014

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The Impact of Truth

March 29, 2014

I heard this story many, many years ago. I have no idea where I read it. Today, Ray Ortlund repeated it.

“What is the indelible mark of the Shorter Catechism?  We have the following bit of personal experience from a general officer of the United States army.  He was in a great western city at a time of intense excitement and violent rioting.  The streets were overrun daily by a dangerous crowd.  One day he observed approaching him a man of singularly combined calmness and firmness of mien, whose very demeanor inspired confidence.  So impressed was he with his bearing amid the surrounding uproar that, when he had passed, he turned to look back at him, only to find that the stranger had done the same.  On observing his turning, the stranger at once came back to him and, touching his chest with his forefinger, demanded without preface, ‘What is the chief end of man?’  On receiving the countersign, ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever’ — ‘Ah!’ said he, ‘I knew you were a Shorter Catechism boy by your looks!’  ‘Why, that was just what I was thinking of you’ was the rejoinder.

It is worthwhile to be a Shorter Catechism boy. They grow up to be men. And better than that, they are exceedingly apt to grow to be men of God.”

John E. Meeter, editor, Selected Shorter Writings of Benjamin B. Warfield (Phillipsburg, 1970), I:383-384.


November 30, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_I appreciated this piece by Barnabas Piper about giving our best effort.

The importance of free speech:

We all know that obedience in the area of thanksgiving can be quite a challenge. This  couple is a wonderful example and encouragement in the face of trial:


April 13, 2013

B003D0TAM8.01._SX490_SCLZZZZZZZ_V190274968_Here are a severals stops worth making today.

First, Ray Ortlund’s Dad, Ray Sr., who died in 2007, wrote a statement reflecting on what he would do differently in 2004. It is short but helpful given his vantage point at the end of his life.

Second, “Letters From a Calloused Christian” is free for Kindle. It is subtitled, “A Practical Study of Jonah With Questions.” The title sounds intriguing.

Finally, here is a hymn for your Saturday.

Rudyard Kipling’s Wisdom

August 11, 2012

Here’s Kipling’s poem “If.” It beautifully reminds us of what wisdom and maturity look like.

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!


June 15, 2012

Feeling overwhelmed today? I am. Anyway, here Ann Voscamp reminds her readers of what we can learn from the sparrows that God is caring for.

As some of you know, I’ve personally questioned George Barna’s numbers. I’m not saying he’s dishonest; I rather believe that he has a bias when shaping his questions and interpreting the data. All this to say, Mike Leake feels the same way. Things aren’t as bad as George wants us to believe.

Here is a post advising reflection before sending an angry email. This is wisdom I need to heed. It is very easy to email in way that is more forceful than is necessary.

The Power Of Words

March 29, 2012

This is something I ponder from time to time. I know what it is to hear something valuable that is worded in a harsh way. I also know what it is to use a big stick when a gentle touch would have been far more effective.

(HT: Transformed)