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
- BABEL SYNDROME “When civilizations strip away the knowledge of a personal God involved in the affairs of man, they eventually implode. The temptation to be our own god begins to erode the opportunities of forgiveness that allow a nation or an individual to heal and be healed. It’s the Tower of Babel syndrome for the twenty-first century—building a bigger platform to get closer to gods we create…ourselves.
You can always tell if a nation is following Jesus because at the center of their national persona is forgiveness and eschewing the temptation of self-interest. Conversely, nations that do not understand the power of forgiveness will always foster hate and mistrust or so focus on man as the center of the universe.”
Excerpt From: Battaglia, Joe. “The Politically Incorrect Jesus.”
- EMAIL “I am convinced that the majority of men and women pull into their parking spaces every weekday morning fully intending to turn out a good day’s work, only to leave eight or nine hours later with no achievement beyond answered e-mail. It is possible to pass a career and a life planted before a computer screen like Pavlov’s dog, answering e-mail and hitting Send, answering e-mail and hitting Send, answering e-mail and hitting Send, answering e-mail and hitting Send.”
Excerpt From: DeMoss, Mark. “The Little Red Book of Wisdom.”
- INFORMATION OVERLOAD “The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” –nineteenth-century philosopher William James
- THE DECLARATION “The document was drawn, and on June 28, the original draft was read before the Congress. For several days it was discussed, altered, and made ready. On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson stood before the Assembly, and fearlessly read the most momentous DECISION ever placed upon paper.
“When in the course of human events it is necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of Nature, and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. . . .”
When Jefferson finished, the document was voted upon, accepted, and signed by the fifty-six men, every one staking his own life upon his DECISION to write his name. By that DECISION came into existence a nation destined to bring to mankind forever, the privilege of making DECISIONS.”
Excerpt From: Hill, Napoleon. “Think and Grow Rich.”
- HONESTY “Even when it comes at a high cost, honesty is always a bargain.”
— Mark DeMoss
- JOB SATISFACTION “Statistically, only half of working Americans are satisfied with their jobs. Among the satisfied 50 percent, only 14 percent are “very satisfied.” Dig a little further and see that 40 percent of all America’s workers feel disconnected from their employers; two-thirds come to work with scant motivation to help achieve their employers’ business goals or objectives; 25 percent admit to showing up just to collect a paycheck.”
Excerpt From: DeMoss, Mark. “The Little Red Book of Wisdom.”
- HEAVEN St. Augustine warned: “A man may lose the good things of this life against his will; but if he loses the eternal blessings, he does so with his own consent.”
- BEAR FRUIT “The worship of God is a duty; the hearing and reading of sermons may be useful; but, if men rest in hearing and praying, as too many do, it is as if a tree should value itself on being watered and putting forth leaves, though it never produce any fruit.” — B. FRANKLIN
- LETTER FROM GOD
To My Dear Child, (Insert Your Name) You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Ps 139:1) I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-30) For you were made in my image. (Genesis1:27) In me you live and move and have your being. For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28) I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. (John 8:41-44) I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. (I John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. (I John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (I John 3:7) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11) For I am the perfect Father. (Matthew 5:48) Every good gift you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalm 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5) I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41) And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3) For if you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29) So, Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. And I will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4) I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23) For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26) And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5;18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. (I John 4:10) I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. (Romans 8:31-32) If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. (I John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. (Romans 8:38-29) When it’s time for you to Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7) I have always been your Father, and will always be your Father. (Ephesians 3:14-15) My question is….Will you be my child? (John1:12-13) I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32) With Love, Your Father, Almighty God
- FAITH? “Most [“Christians”] believe Jesus was raised because they were raised to believe.” — C. Seidman
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