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Weekend Encounter

Editor: Richard (Dick) Innes          
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Vol. 17 – No. 0415   January 24, 2015

Thought for the week: "The United States of America did not create religious liberty; religious liberty created the United States of America." – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
1.   Words of Wisdom
2.   On the Lighter Side
3.   As You Think
4.   Tips for Better Living
5.   Divine Love
6.   Good Ethics Make Better Relationships
7.   Protesting too Much
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1. Words of Wisdom

"People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to." – George Allen, football coach

"You become what you think about all day long." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

"As he man thinks in his heart, so is he." – Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)

"'What the mind dwells on the body acts on.' If you don't agree with this, just think how temptation works." – Dick Innes

"You are not what you think you are, but what you think—you are." – Unknown

"The beginning is the most important part of the work." – Plato


2. On the Lighter Side

Golfer 1: "Why are you so late?"

Golfer 2: "I had to toss a coin between going to church or playing golf, and it took 25 tosses to get it right!"

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3. As You Think

Golfer Arnold Palmer has won hundreds of trophies but he never flaunts these. In his office is only one trophy on display. It is a small cup he received at his first professional win at the Canadian Open in 1955.

On his office wall is this lone framed plaque that reads:

       If you think you are beaten, you are.
       If you think you dare not, you don't.
       If you'd like to win but think you can't,
       it's almost certain you won't.
       Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man,
       But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.

Life's battles, challenges, successes and/or failures are all fought, won or lost in the mind.

"Keep your heart with all diligence," said Solomon, "for out of it are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23).

The heart in the Bible refers to the total mind: the intellect, the will, and the emotions. And that's the "mind" we need to guard with all diligence, and daily commit and trust to God.


4. Tips for Better Living

When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there.

People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.

Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on the front door forever.

We're called to be witnesses, not lawyers or Judges.

God Himself doesn't propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should we?

Peace starts with a smile.

Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

Don't put a question mark where God put a period.

Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called.

God grades on the cross, not the curve.

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

He who angers you, controls you!

If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!

Prayer: Don't give God instructions, just report for duty!

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power [of God] behind us.

The Will of God never takes you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.

We don't change the message; the message changes us.

You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him/her.

The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.

There is no greater treasure than a good friend!

                                                                    – Author unknown


5. Divine Love

While many friendships,
like footprints on the sea shore,
come and all too soon are gone,
God's love is like the timeless sea,
though ever changing
it still remains the same.
Like the pulse beat of eternal time,
with infinite patience
and untiring regularity,
it gives itself unendingly.

– Dick Innes


6. Good Ethics Make Better Relationships

      By Michael Josephson of Character Counts (892.2)

While I believe that good things tend to happen to people who consistently choose the high road, the correlation between ethics and success is a loose one at best. Thus, it's pretty hard to sincerely promote ethics by appeals to self-interest.

What's more, when self-interest is the controlling justification for moral behavior, moral reasoning is replaced by a pragmatic cost-benefit analysis that invites rationalizations and condones selfishness. When people are kind, honest, or respectful only when there's a pay-off, or obey rules only when they think the risk of punishment is too great, ethical behavior is just an investment.

Judging by the amount of lying, cheating, and other dishonorable conduct out there, it's not generally regarded as a good investment. Too often honesty and other virtues impede rather than improve chances for success. For those who are unwilling to pay dues for their integrity, ethics simply costs more than they're willing to pay.

But there is an undervalued benefit of good character, a benefit we can promote in good faith to our kids, students, and employees: people who struggle to be good and decent have better relationships. Traits like honesty, responsibility, compassion, and respectfulness may seem like expensive luxuries, but they're priceless assets when it comes to building enduring and rewarding relationships with our spouses, children, friends, and co-workers. For most people, good relationships marked by love, respect, and kindness are the best road to happiness.

When you think of it, that's really quite a pay-off.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

© 2015 Josephson Institute of Ethics; reprinted with permission. Michael Josephson, one of the nation's leading ethicists, is the founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and the premier youth character education program, CHARACTER COUNTS! For further information visit


7. Protesting too Much

A sample of Daily Encounter by Dick Innes

"He who hides his hatred has lying lips."1

As Robert Edwards said, "Don't place too much confidence in the man who boasts of being honest as the day is long. Wait until you meet him at night."

I recently heard a man trying to convince his acquaintances how honest he was, which reminded me of the time I heard another man arguing about how humble he was.

When I hear statements like this, I can't help but think, "If I have to convince you I'm a gentleman, you can be pretty sure that I'm not. If I have to tell you how humble I am, already I've lost it. And if I have to repeatedly tell you I'm being honest, it's probably a good sign that I'm not. As William Shakespeare so eloquently put it: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

I don't have to talk to lie. I can do it through my body language and facial expressions. I can lie by smiling or being saccharine sweet when I'm angry, by laughing when I'm hurting or sad, by being aggressive when I'm afraid, and so on. I can lie just through my tone of voice, or by pretending that I'm feeling or thinking something that I'm not.

Friends who don't speak the truth cannot be trusted. You can't feel safe or comfortable in their company. You'll never know where they stand or where you stand with them.

As the Apostle Paul encouraged us: "We will lovingly follow the truth at all times-speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly—and so become more and more in every way like Christ who is the head of the body."2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to be open-faced, genuine, authentic, and real—always—and be like Jesus in all my relationships. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus's name. Amen."

1. Proverbs 10:18.
2. Ephesians 4:15 (TLB).

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