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. FULL DISCLOSURE “Winston Churchill, caught by a flustered Roosevelt as he emerged from a White House bathtub in the early days of World War II, simply stood erect and said, “I have nothing to hide from the president of the United States.” Suspicions subsided, trust arose, and treaties were signed.”

Excerpt From: Mansfield, Stephen. “Then Darkness Fled.”

  1. GOD’S HELP “God has no limitations in His ability to pull something off, but He’s going to do it in His time and not before.”

Excerpt From: Charles R. Swindoll. “Wisdom for the Way.”

  1. SEEN VS. UNSEEN “The more important things are those which are hidden; the least important are those which can be seen.”

—Booker T. Washington

  1. THINK LONG-TERM “Losers try to escape from their fears and drudgery with activities that are tension-relieving. Winners are motivated by their desires toward activities that are goal-achieving.” For example, coming into work earlier, reading regularly in your field, taking courses to improve your skills, and focusing on high-value tasks in your work will all combine to have an enormous positive impact on your future. On the other hand, coming into work at the last moment, reading the newspaper, drinking coffee, and socializing with your coworkers may seem fun and enjoyable in the short term but inevitably leads to lack of promotion, underachievement, and frustration in the long term.

Excerpt From: Tracy, Brian. “Eat That Frog!.”

  1. THE BIBLE “Isn’t it interesting that the Book of Exodus, which was written nearly 3,600 years ago, is still relevant to our lives today? It is because the biblical text was “God-breathed.” It was written by forty authors over a course of 1,500 years, on three continents and in three languages. There has never been another book like the Bible, yet it has been banned in public schools, in most universities, and in the public square.”

Excerpt From: Dobson, James. “Your Legacy.”

  1. DEFEAT “Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.”
  2. FOUNDERS’ FAITH “Most historians do not limit the “Founding Fathers” to the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, but this core group of men represents the religious roots and thought of those who shaped the political foundations of our nation. As a matter of public record, the delegates included 28 Episcopalians, 8 Presbyterians, 7 Congregationalists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodists, 2 Roman Catholics, 1 unknown, and 3 deists (those who believe in an impersonal God who gave the world its initial impetus but then left it to run its course). A full 93 percent of the convention’s members were members of Christian churches, and all were deeply influenced by a biblical view of mankind and government.

The Declaration of Independence, for instance, identified the source of all authority and rights as “Their Creator” and then clearly stated that individual human rights are God-given, not manmade. Therefore, the argument continues, no king or established religion would ever stand in the way of human liberty or dignity—an assertion uniquely Judeo-Christian and key to the republic we have today.”

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

  1. AMERICAN LEADERS “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

— JOHN JAY, FIRST CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT

  1. OPPORTUNITY “That is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity.” Excerpt From: Hill, Napoleon. “Think and Grow Rich.”

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