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
- WHOSE SIDE? “The guidelines of what we ought to do are furnished in the moral law of God. It is no longer enough that we pray that God may be with us on our side. We must learn to pray that we may be on God’s side.”
–Wernher van Braun (1912-1977) Director of NASA
- DIVIDED ATTENTION “If you chase two rabbits, you will catch neither.”
- YOUR CALLING “A “little c” calling ends when you do. A “Big C” Calling continues for eternity.” — Bob Shank
- BE YOUR BEST “Only the mediocre are always at their best. If your standards are low, it is easy to meet those standards every single day, every single year. But if your standard is to be the best, there will be days when you fall short of that goal. It is okay to not win every game. The only problem would be if you allow a loss or a failure to change your standards. Keep your standards intact, keep the bar set high, and continue to try your very best every day to meet those standards. If you do that, you can always be proud of the work that you do.” Excerpt From: “Coach K’s Key Words for Success”
- BURIAL Bob Hope’s wife asked him where he wanted to be buried when he died. His response: “Surprise me.”
- PREPARE “Spectacular achievements are always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” — Roger Staubach
- RUSSIAN TEXTBOOK “If we could effectively kill the national pride and patriotism of just one generation we will have won that country. Therefore there must be continued propaganda abroad to undermine the loyalty of the citizen in general and the teenagers in particular.”Excerpt From: Reagan, Ronald. “The Notes.”
- AMERICA TODAY? “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
— Written in anguish over the ravages of civil war by President Abraham Lincoln on March 31, 1863 while declaring a National Day of Fasting.
- DEATH FOR ALL “The business section of the paper highlights only those who are successful in their vocational endeavors. The social section contains pictures and stories only related to the social elite. The sports section is filled with articles about those teams and individuals who excel in their athletic fields. Then we come to the obituary section. There, listed side by side in alphabetical order, are the rich and the poor, the known and the unknown, the prominent and the not so prominent. We are all equal in death. It is our common denominator.
A lot of voices and volumes today tell us how to live. Motivational and self-help books flood the marketplace. But there is only one book that tells us how to die.”
Excerpt From: O. S. Hawkins. “The Joshua Code.”
- PC JESUS? “Jesus was not open-minded when it came to truth. He stated that He was THE truth, which flies in the face of political correctness. Much of what He taught and stood for clearly clashes with the popular notions that want to redefine and reinterpret the person and teachings of Jesus, and ultimately the Christian faith, so that neither step on anyone’s sensitivities.
Ultimately, political correctness boldly asks us to commit intellectual suicide by assenting to what we actually do not believe. It asks us to buy into the fashionable definition of Jesus to make Him and His teachings more palatable, in an expedient way to “relate” to a wider world.
Jesus, however, calls us to be salt and light, not chameleons.”
Excerpt From: Battaglia, Joe. “The Politically Incorrect Jesus.”