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Life Lessons

January 24, 2013

Is your purpose in life fulfilling and His will?

LAKE OCONEE — Donald McCullough reminds us in his article, "The Pitfalls of Positive Thinking", that Alexander the Great conquered Persia, but broke down and wept because his troops were too exhausted to push on to India.

Hugo Grotius, the father of modern international law, said at the last, "I have accomplished nothing worthwhile in my life."

John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the U.S., wrote in his diary: "My life has been spent in vain and idle aspirations, and in ceaseless rejected prayers that something would be the result of my existence beneficial to my species."

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote words that continue to delight and enrich our lives, and yet what did he write for his epitaph? "Here lies one who meant well, who tried a little, and failed much."

Cecil Rhodes opened up Africa and established an empire, but what were his dying words? "So little done, so much to do."

Are you feeling that way? Ask God to help you find your purpose in life. More importantly His purpose for you in this life. Wishing you much love and much light.

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Life Lessons
  • Are you considerate of others?

     

    British statesman and financier Cecil Rhodes was a stickler for correct dress — but apparently not at the expense of someone else's feelings.

    June 26, 2014

  • Be empathic, remember to seek it if you need it

    Jess Lair has defined empathy as  "Your pain in my heart."

    June 19, 2014

  • Think humbly, remain focused

    Oliver Cromwell, who took the British throne away from Charles I and established the Commonwealth, said to a friend, "Do not trust to the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you and I were going to be hanged." 

    June 12, 2014

  • Remember the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

     

    In the midst of our grief, remember the second half of the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, "Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.

    May 22, 2014

  • Wishing love and light even in the darkest moments

    In light of the Dermond family tragedy, let us all commit ourselves to the first half of the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

    May 15, 2014

  • Show your passion

    Walter Hansenin wrote in Christianity Today that "I am spellbound by the intensity of Jesus' emotions: Not a twinge of pity, but heartbroken compassion; not a passing irritation, but terrifying anger; not a silent tear, but groans of anguish; not a weak smile, but ecstatic celebration.

    May 8, 2014

  • Learn to go with the flow

    At a ballet performance in Cape Town, South Africa, the music began and the curtain rose to reveal a workman on his knees, nailing down part of the set

    April 28, 2014

  • Memory isn’t what it used to be

    Sir Thomas Beecham, the British conductor, once saw a distinguished-looking woman in a hotel foyer.

    April 21, 2014

  • Overcome your embarrassing moments

    Author Leo F. Buscaglia, told the following story.

    April 12, 2014

  • Have you been talking about your neighbors?

    Kent Eikenberry once told the story about when his wife, Diana, and he met a new couple at church one Sunday, they stopped to introduce themselves and to exchange pleasantries.

    April 7, 2014