Personal Responsibility

You've probably come across the idea in your life that "everything happens for a reason." People usually make this point known when they are suffering an ill of some unknown origin or counseling another who is moving through a difficult situation. Some say of the god they claim to worship, "God gave me this because …

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Receiving Blessings

The longing for blessings is a universal human desire. It transcends religious boundaries and cosmological viewpoints and is one of the few things in common between Ned Flanders and Charles Darwin. We all long to receive blessings from life, God, the universe or whatever you might call it as you peer through the lattice of …

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The Courage to Face Ingratitude XIII

"We must ever tower high above dependence on human gratitude or we can do nothing really great, nothing truly noble. The expectation of gratitude is the alloy of an otherwise virtuous act. It ever dulls the edge of even our best actions. Most persons look at gratitude as a protective tariff on virtues. The man …

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Hasty Judgment

"A hasty judgment is a first step to recantation." ~ Publius Syrus I have an acquaintance who is one of the most outstanding examples of someone who is hasty in judgment, but slow to recant. Both are curses to her and I wish there was some way that she could be free of one or …

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Be Ye Therefore Perfect. Seriously? Seriously.

My youngest son (4 years old) passed the weight test to climb the 24 foot rock wall at the Atlanta Zoo (40 lb. minimum) the day before yesterday and he made a bee line for the top, rang the bell and belayed down. He never hesitated, he remained focused on the goal and he never …

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As above, so below.

You may have heard someone offer the encouraging words: "You need to do what you love to be happy" on occasion and while that may work for a precious few, we would be hard-pressed to construct a world where everyone simply did what they loved to do. It just isn't practical. That said, there is …

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