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

321. VERBAL DISCIPLINE “The best way to save face is to keep the lower half shut.”
— C. Seidman
322. REALITY “Christians have a powerful ally in the war of ideas: reality. Whenever someone tries to deny the truth, reality ultimately betrays him. As Francis Schaeffer points out, “Regardless of a man’s system, he has to live in God’s world. The fact is, mankind is made in the image of God and must live in the world God created. Although culture shifts, human nature remains the same. Ideas change, but ultimate reality does not.”
Excerpt From: Koukl, Gregory. “Tactics.”
323. HATE SPEECH  “The Truth is hate speech to those who hate the Truth.”
— Unknown
324. POWER OF SEX “The late James L. Johnson, on the flyleaf of his book What Every Woman Should Know About a Man, called sex “the strange and mysterious drive of the God-given chemistry that has shaped nations, destroyed kingdoms, and brought ruin or ecstasy to millions from the beginning of time.”
Excerpt From: Jerry B. Jenkins. “Hedges.”
325. “THINKING is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it.”
—Henry Ford
326. LIBERTY “The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. When we resist the concentration of power, we are resisting the powers of death. Concentration of power precedes the destruction of human liberties.”
— Woodrow Wilson
327. ABUSING GOD “I now pray to God that he will bless in the years to come our work, our deeds, our foresight, our resolve; that the Almighty may protect us from both arrogance and cowardly servility, that he may help us find the right way, which he has laid down for [our] people and that he may always give us courage to do the right thing and never to falter or weaken before any power or any danger.”
Inspiring words if spoken by a man or woman who respects his or her brothers and sisters. Kind of scary when you realize they were spoken in 1938 by Adolf Hitler and helped influence a nation to genocide.
Excerpt From: Simmons, Annette. “The Story Factor.”
328. INDEPENDENCE DAY “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets “iffy,” and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
— Erma Bombeck
329. DIETING “Calories you eat standing up don’t count.”
— Unknown
330. SEEKING WISDOM “A person should be so deep in study that he forgets to eat, so full of joy in learning he ignores all practical worries, and so busy acquiring knowledge he does not notice old age coming on.”
–Confusius

 

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