When This Life is Over (Letter 25)

End_of_Life_GraphicDear Y.B.M.:

I am writing to you today about the end of your life.

I read a book recently titled, “7 Habits of Highly Successful People.” In that book, the author used the phrase: “Begin with the end in mind.” When you think about it, that is a very powerful principle for all of us to take to heart. When you are lying in that grave, what would your life have meant? What worthwhile things would you have accomplished? What worthwhile things would you have left behind? May I encourage you, as that book encouraged me, to “begin with the end in mind”. Here are some things that you can do each day so that you can have a good ending as well as a good beginning:

First, live each day with God in mind. A good way to do this is to pray every day, read your Bible every day, and meditate upon the Lord every day. I can honestly say that ever since I met the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour on December 19, 1979, the Lord has been on my mind. Continue reading

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Proverbs for Young Men to Live By (Letter 24)

bible-proverbsDear Y.B.M.:

Over the years, the Book of Proverbs in the Bible, has helped me with many practical things in this life. May I encourage you to read this book at least twice a year. The Book of Proverbs has thirty-one chapters. Why not get into the habit of reading one chapter a day? The truths contained therein will help you greatly in your life. Here are just some of the key verses that have been a great help to me over the years:

Proverbs 1:5: “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning, and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.”

Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Proverbs 3:9-10: “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

Proverbs 4:23: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Proverbs 5:16: “Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.”

Proverbs 6:6: “Go to the ant thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.”

Proverbs 6:27: “Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?”

Proverbs 12:22: “Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight.”

Proverbs 18:22: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.”

Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

Proverbs 16:7: “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Proverbs 15:16: “Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.”

Proverbs 16:16: “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!”

Dear brother, just read the book of Proverbs, and be blessed. There are hundreds of other Proverbs that can help make you a grand success in life.

Yours from Proverbsville,

Daniel

P.T. (Power Thoughts):

Lord Tennyson said, “Bible reading is an education in itself.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart!”

Someone said, “Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing.”

On Becoming Color-blind (Letter 23)

Dear Y.B.M.:

I trust that you are winning over racism.

In this short note, I would like to say a word to you about becoming color-blind.

America is a multicultural society. America is not just made up of white and black, but of many colors, races, nationalities, and languages. If you are going to be a leader in this country, you had better shed your “black thing” mentality and become color-blind in your dealings with all people. To help you with this concept, here are some suggestions:

1. I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world, and believe it or not, all people are basically the same. No matter where they come from, or what language they speak, all people desire the same things, for the most part.

2. Learn how to speak the universal language of love. You must develop a loving heart for all people. Smile and shake hands. They are just as afraid of you as you are of them.

3. Show an interest in other people’s culture and ways. Ask them questions. Learn a few words of their language. Eat their food. (By the way, I would strongly encourage you to learn how to speak Spanish and Chinese fluently, in light of the new, global economy.)

4. When you get the opportunity, please travel as much as you can. You will get a perspective on life that you can’t get any other way. From traveling, you will understand what I mean when I say, “all people are basically the same.”

5. If you can’t travel, please take the time to read about other people and their way of life. There are many good videos available that will help you become more cosmopolitan.

I hope you will quickly learn this valuable lesson: people are really just people.

Yours for being Color-blind and at the Same Time Keeping it Real,

Daniel

P.T. (Power Thoughts):

Henry David Thoreau said, “It is never too late to give up our prejudices.”

Someone said, “Prejudice is opinion without judgement.”

Lyndon B. Johnson said, “Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.”