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Weekend Wisdom: Joan Rivers & Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote from my buddy Ralph describes Joan Rivers’ life:
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you for leaving one heck of a trail, a trail of twists, turns, hills and valleys because no path in life is straight.

RIP Joan.

Weekend Wisdom: Ralph Makes You Think How You See The World

Good Morning,

Today’s wisdom comes from my good buddy Ralph Waldo Emerson.  I stumbled upon this one yesterday and decided to share it. It is quite meaty and will make you think or re-think how you see the world and yourself.

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.”

So what is your opinion of the world?

Does it align with your character?

What will you do to change your character?

Weekend Wisdom: Serve One Another

This is the next to the last weekend for wisdom from Don McMinn’s book “Love one another, 20 practical lessons.” We are on chapter 18 and the Bible verse comes from Galatians 5:13

Serve one another in love. 

Quotes About Serving

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

 Charles Dickens

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.

 
Horace Mann

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Mark 10:45

Weekend Wisdom: Live In Peace With One Another

(Author’s Note: Yes, some of you are seeing this for the second time. It mistakenly got published yesterday along with “Offer Hospitality To One Another.”  Sorry about that. Hope your Sunday is filled with sun.)

The Bible verse for today is:

Live in peace with each other

1 Thessalonians 5:13

Quotes

Today’s quotes come from 2 singers, a nun and an American essayist, lecturer, and poet.  Enjoy and know that if we all lived by the last quote, we would indeed live in peace with each other.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

Jimi Hendrix

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Mother Teresa
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.
Carlos Santana
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Peace begins with a smile.
Mother Teresa

Weekend Wisdom: Wait For One Another

The Bible verse for today is

Wait for each other

1 Corinthians 11:33

Waiting for one another requires patience. So with that in mind, here are some quotes about waiting and patience.

Quotes About Waiting

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

Henry Van Dyke

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.

Robert H. Schuller

A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.

Tom Stoppard

Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is patient.

1 Corinthians 13:4

Be patient with everyone. 

1 Thessalonians 5:14

Bear with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:2

Weekend Wisdom: Encouragement

In our small group at church, we are studying the book “Love one another, 20 practical lessons” by Don McMinn.  We are reading 2 chapters a week.  This week we are studying chapters 5 “Encouragement” and 6 “Comfort.”  So I decided to find quotes for “Weekend Wisdom” that will coincide with our study.

Bible Verse

The Bible verse for today is:

Encourage one another

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Even though the idea for this “Weekend Wisdom” series is coming from a Bible study, not all quotes will be biblical. 

My Philosophy

This Bible verse serves as part of my philosophy behind JoyReturns.

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as in fact you are doing.

 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

Quotes

So here are some quotes about encouragement; hopefully at least one will speak to you.

I will let my BFF (Best Friend Forever) Ralph start.

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body; use yours to lift someone up today. 

Terri Ann Armstrong

It’s just that in the Deep South, women learn at a young age that when the world is falling apart around you, it’s time to take down the drapes and make a new dress.

Karen Marie Moning, Faefever

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Hebrews 3:12-13

(Coming tomorrow: Comfort)

Message In A Grocery Cart

Yesterday I was at the grocery store getting the ingredients for the cherry cheesecake tarts and the pumpkin chiffon pie.

As I put the groceries in my car, I noticed a 4 x 6 index card in the bottom of the shopping cart.  This was the message:

“Merry Christmas! May love, peace and abundance be yours this Christmas and in the New Year.”

What a lovely way to be like Ralph Waldo Emerson and “Scatter Joy” through out the holiday season. Most people would assume it was a grocery list left by the previous shopper. When they pick up the card to throw it away, they find the message.

The cards could be tied to balloons, left on windshields, or left behind on a table in the mall’s food court. There are so many ways this message could be scattered around town.  One never knows the impact a little gesture could have on a person.

Who knows how many people saw that card yesterday.  Hopefully it brought some comfort and joy to them. I know other people saw the card, because I left it in the grocery cart.

I was not about to hog that message all for myself.

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