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, Jim Whiddon

231. GOD’S ECONOMY “In the world’s economy people are defined by what they have accomplished. In God’s economy, they are defined by who they have become as a result of God’s transformation of their hearts. God values what we bring to heaven, not the material wealth and possessions we leave on earth.”

Excerpt From: Harris, Raymond. “The Heart of Business.”

232. GLOBAL POVERTY “There’s an ugly secret of global poverty, one rarely acknowledged by aid groups or U.N. reports. It’s a blunt truth that is politically incorrect, heartbreaking, frustrating and ubiquitous: It’s that if the poorest families spent as much money educating their children as they do on wine, cigarettes and prostitutes, their children’s prospects would be transformed.”

Excerpt From: Peter Greer, Chris Horst & Anna Haggard. “Mission Drift.”

233. BIBLE NOT AUTHENTIC? Assertion: “You can’t take the Bible too seriously because it was only written by men, and men make mistakes. Response: Do you have any books in your library? Were those books written by humans? Do you find any truth in them? Is there a reason you think the Bible is less truthful or reliable than other books you own? Do people always make mistakes in what they write? Do you think that if God did exist, he would be capable of using humans to write down exactly what he wants?”

Excerpt From: Koukl, Gregory. “Tactics.”

234. DEATH BY MINNOWS “Getting eaten by a whale or nibbled to death by minnows results in the same thing, although one demise is typically more difficult to diagnose.”

–Steve Haas

235. SOCIAL MEDIA “Defined as linking all human life on the planet into one gigantic brainstem throbbing with unintelligible thought.”

— Stanley Bing

236. PARENTING “Good parenting, from my perspective, is like building a three-foot retaining wall against a four-foot wave. The kids have to make up that extra foot. That wave wants to drag them into an undertow where sound judgment is suspended, where the valueless, uncaring, and ultimately nihilistic cool reigns. In other words, where the Kardashians are royalty.”

Excerpt From: Gutfeld, Greg. “Not Cool.”

237. GOVT HANDOUTS “[A] misguided view of charity has replaced real charity. As our government pretends to offer handouts, it’s really just spreading the wealth around, without wondering where that wealth has come from. In the end, redistribution kills ambition, saps the energy that fuels the American dream, and makes all of us poorer each passing day. Our consciousness may be raised, but our options for wealth and success dwindle.”

Excerpt From: Gutfeld, Greg. “Not Cool.”

238. DEATH AND TAXES “It might be comforting to think that when the Earth that nourish’d thee…claim[s] thy growth, thy tax dollars will have gone toward planting the tree thou fertilize’th.”

— 17th century American poet William Cullen Bryant

239. RULES Rules without relationship = rebellion.

— Josh McDowell

240. SEX EDUCATION “We should not be ashamed to discuss that which God was not ashamed to create.”

— Howard Hendricks


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