Foundations for Living

Principled, right, moral living is the foundation to a life of significance. There are many sources of wisdom seeking to delineate such principles.  Each week we will place brief sayings either from or based on the wisdom of the Bible on our Facebook Page and then all of them will be repeated here cumulatively  for reference.

11-19-19 

“For God wants you to silence the ignorant talk of foolish people by the good things you do.” (1 Peter 2:15 Good News Translation)

11-12-19

The kindest word ever said is the unkind word that was never said.

10-22-19

“Obey the Lord, be humble, and you will get riches, honor, and a long life.” (Proverbs 22:4 Good News Translation)

10-1-19

 “Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.”                   (1 Peter 3:3-4)

9-24-19

Use what talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.                                                   (Henry Van Dyke)

9-4-19

Sometimes you need to go out on a limb to reach the fruit.

8-13-19

Just as it is not good to eat too much honey, it is not good for people to think about all the honors they deserve.                (Proverbs 25:27 New Living Translation)

8-6-19

Never underestimate yourself – God often uses small matches to light great torches.

7-30-19

Do what you can, where you are, with what you’ve got.    (Theodore Roosevelt)

6-4-19

If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way. Don’t wait for great opportunities. Seize common, everyday ones and make them great.                                                                     (Napoleon Hill)

5-28-19

Do not wait for extraordinary situations to do good; try to use ordinary situations.                                                                              (Jean Paul Richter)

5-21-19

You will become as small as your controlling desire; or as great as your dominant aspiration.                                                             (James Allen)

5-14-19

Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves nothing unsaid

4-23-19

Consequences of sin are the same no matter how fancy we wrap the package.

4-16-19

Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation.                                                                                                            (Proverbs 3:3-4 New Living Translation)

4-9-19

The way to become wise is to honor the Lord;
he gives sound judgment to all who obey his commands.             (
Psalm 111:10 Good News Translation)

4-2-19

A good reputation is better than much wealth;
high esteem is better than silver and gold.                                       (Proverbs 22:1 Common English Bible)

3-26-19

Avoiding a fight is a badge of honor; only fools insist on quarreling. (Proverbs 20:3 New Living Translation)

3-19-19

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” (Thomas a Kempis in ‘The Imitation of Christ’)

3-5-19

The trouble with self-made persons is they worship their creator.

2-26-19

It’s not your position but your disposition that reveals who you really are.

2-19-19

Be careful with half-truths – you may be telling the wrong half.

2-12-19

You cannot take charge of the present if you are busy reliving the setbacks of the past.

2-5-19

You cannot control the length of your life, but you can control its breadth, depth, and height.

1-29-19

Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.          (Proverbs 13:10 New Living Translation)

1-22-19

Books are  like people – if you judge them by their cover you may never know their story.

1-1-19

Too low they build who build beneath the stars.

12-18-18

When rejecting the ideas of another, make sure you reject only the idea and not the person.

12-11-18

Paying attention to a yapping dog is not only time wasted – it also encourages him to bark louder.

12-4-18

It is not enough to change laws. We have to change hearts. (From I, Francis by Carlo Carretto)

11-27-18

Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips. (Proverbs  27:2)

11-20-18

“The greater the power, the more self-restraint it requires to use it aright. Great temptations keep company with great powers.”    (Harry Emerson Fosdick)

11-13-18

Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. (Proverbs 13:3)

11-6-18

The trouble with self made persons is they worship their creator.

10-30-18

People who fly off in a rage usually make bad landings.

10-16-18

Too much time spent in complaining leaves too little time for doing.

10-9-18

A good way to save face is to keep the lower half of it closed. 

10-2-18

“When we follow the desires of our own hearts we begin to think that life and blessings are ours by right. Life becomes a matter of preferences and choices, rights and demands, rather than submitting to a standard of right and wrong.” (From ‘A Nation Under God: Reflections from Jeremiah’)

9-25-18

The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)

9-19-18

Sometimes God calms the raging storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.

9-12-18

If you plant thorns do not be surprised when you get pricked.

9-4-18

Do you really want your children to grow up to be just like you?

8-28-18

You cannot win respect by demanding it.

8-7-18

Live so that the preacher can tell the truth at your funeral.

7-31-18

For   as the churning of milk produces butter and as punching the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife. (Proverbs 30:33 – New English Translation)

7-24-18

Instead of pointing a critical finger, try holding out a helping hand.

7-17-18

If you cannot win, make the one ahead of you break the record.

7-11-18

Instead of putting others in their place, we should put ourselves in their place.

7-4-18

Freedom does not give us the right to do as we please, but the liberty to do as we ought. (Lord Action)

6-26-18

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but rather a manner of traveling.

2-13-18

A faith-filled person can see more from the bottom of a well than a others can can from a mountaintop.

12-5-17

The important thing is not the weight of the load you carry but how you carry it.

11-28-17

The easiest decision to make is what you’d do in someone else’s shoes.

11-21-17

Those who shoot from the hip often hit themselves in the foot. 

10-31-17

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

10-24-17

Do not let yesterday use up today.

10-17-17

There is more power in the open hand than in the clenched fist.

10-10-17

To belittle is to be little.

10-3-17

If you don’t get all you deserve, be thankful.

9-26-17

When you throw dirt you lose ground.

9-19-17

Blowing out another person’s candle will not make yours shine any brighter.

9-12-17

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.

8-29-17

Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you have to say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.

8-22-17

The grass is always greener where you water it.

8-15-17

The bubbling brook would lose its song if you removed the rocks.

8-8-17

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

8-1-17

Sharing what you have is more important than what you have.

7-25-17

Don’t tell God how big your storm is – tell the storm how big your God is.

7-18-17

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going

7-11-17

We can never profit from our mistakes as long as we blame others for them.

7-4-17

As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. (Proverbs 26:21)

6-13-17

If you’e not afraid to face the music, you may some day lead the band.

4-25-17

You don’t have attend every argument you’re invited to.

4-19-17

When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems He has faith in your abilities.

4-4-17

Life is like a piano – what you get out of it depends on what you play

3-14-17

If you don’t start, it’s certain you won’t arrive.

3-7-17

Give evil an inch and it will soon be your ruler.

2-28-17

When you’re green with envy you’re ripe for trouble

2-21-17

“For as churning cream produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.” (Proverbs 30:33)

2-14-17

Forbidden fruits create many jams.

2-7-17

No one can ruin your day without your permission.

2-1-17

The bubbling brook would lose its song if you removed the rocks.

1-25-17

The person who angers you controls you.

1-18-17

A good exercise for the heart is to bend down and help another up.

12-28-16

The best vitamin for developing friends is B1.

12-21-16

Stones in the pathway of life cause some people to stumble and some to step higher. Thew choice is yours. Choose wisely.

12-14-16

You cannot win by trying to even the score

12-7-16

Swallowing angry words is always easier than eating them.

11-30-16                                                                                                                          

Our hope for peace begins not at a mid East table but at a mid East stable.

11-23-16

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never fires, and a touch that never hurts

11-16-16

One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:24-25, The Message)

11-9-16

Do not think you are on the right road just because the path is well beaten

10-19-16                                                                                                                                  We stand tallest when we stoop to help another. 

10-12-16                                                                                                                            Life is not judged by duration but by donation.

 10-5-16                                                                                                                                    It does not matter where you are coming from; all that matters is where you’re going.

9-28-16                                                                                                                                    We make a living by what we get – a life by what we give.    

9-21 -16                                                                                                                                     No matter what your lot in life may be build something on it.              

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

… to make the word of God fully known (Col. 1:25)

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