The Wisdom Chronicle

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The Wisdom Chronicle is designed to bring nuggets of wisdom from the dozens of books I read every year. I endeavor to share the best of what I have gleaned. The determination of relevance lies with you. Blessings, J. Whiddon

  1. EAT MORE CHICKEN “If you’re a patron of these popular restaurants, you know that come Sunday, you won’t be eating chicken at his place. On the first day of the week all fifteen hundred Chick-fil-As in thirty-eight states are shut tight, a practice Forbes estimates costs the business $500 million a year. If you were to ask Mr. Cathy why, he would tell you that it has to do with loyalty. “Closing our business on the Lord’s Day is our way of honoring God and showing loyalty to Him,” he has said. “My brother Ben and I closed our first restaurant on the first Sunday after we opened in 1946, and my children have committed to closing our restaurants on Sundays long after I’m gone.”

Excerpt From: DeMoss, Mark. “The Little Red Book of Wisdom.”

  1. LOOKING OUTWARD “Psalm 111:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

That’s where it starts.

Political correctness would have us look inward to discover truth. Jesus tells us to look outward to truth, which is embodied in Him. Truth and the wisdom of God does not exist within us; it only comes from God, who is outside of us.

Common sense is only common when our moral compasses are working. Strip away the moral compass, and you lose access to common sense. They work hand in hand. Because we’ve looked inwardly to determine our own moral compass, our society has paid a high price.

Excerpt From: Battaglia, Joe. “The Politically Incorrect Jesus.”

  1. COLGATE “A philanthropist later in life, Samuel Colgate (1822–1897) was the American manufacturer whose industriousness resulted in the Colgate-Palmolive Company. Clearly, he recognized Jesus as God’s Son and the value of the written Word:

“The condition of those nations without Christ, contrasted with those where Christ is accepted, reveals so marked a difference that no arguments are needed. It is an object lesson so plain that it can be seen and understood by all. May “the earth be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”

Excerpt From: Lee, Richard. “In God We Still Trust: A 365-Day Devotional.”

  1. WINNING “Winners make plays and losers make excuses.” —

Football Coach Sam Ratigliano

  1. CONTROL YOUR MIND “Mind control is the result of self-discipline and habit. You either control your mind or it controls you. There is no half-way compromise. The most practical of all methods for controlling the mind is the habit of keeping it busy with a definite purpose, backed by a definite plan. Study the record of any man who achieves noteworthy success, and you will observe that he has control over his own mind.”

Excerpt From: Hill, Napoleon. “Think and Grow Rich.”

  1. IDEAS “If your company, whether it sells underwear or software, doesn’t realize that ideas are the core of its business, then you’re in big trouble.”

Excerpt From: Reiman, Joey. “Thinking for a Living.”

  1. LET GO “Don’t hold onto anything so tightly that Jesus can’t take it from you.”

–Corrie ten Boom

  1. GENIUS DEFINED “Genius is simply the ability to edit.”

–Comic genius Charlie Chaplin

  1. DEAD IDEAS “The greatest repository of ideas are graveyards. Here ideas remain buried with the people who had them but did nothing with them.”

Excerpt From: Reiman, Joey. “Thinking for a Living.”

  1. ONE DECADE “Ten years is, as Shakespeare knew, the normal horizon of human activities, the time we take to educate a child, to launch a career, to establish a business…. Ten years is also the outer limit of political predictability. In ten years, governments change, political leaders rise and fall, empires collapse, wars and revolutions turn the world upside down.”

From: Dyson, Freeman. “Imagined Worlds”

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