Weekly Thought – November 25, 2014
Fred and Mary Alice greatly appreciated the Thanksgiving time. For years, the entire family would gather at their house to share delicious food and great laughter. Fred sat at the head of the table, thoroughly enjoying the interchange among the family and contributing his thoughts, of course. Mary Alice lived Thanksgiving all year. Whenever the family got together she would smile and say, “Now THIS is Thanksgiving.”
We at BWF are indeed thankful to the Lord for His gracious gift of ministry. We are grateful to you all who express appreciation for the words of Fred. And your generous gifts of love continually strengthen us week by week.
Does Success Trump Saintliness? (Part 2)
I’ve known and seen a good many talented young people who rise rapidly in their business careers. And then, for seemingly no reason at all, they flatten out onto a plateau where they then remain for the rest of their time. After thoughtful observation, I’ve arrived at a hypothesis which satisfies me.
At first, they are alive with the physical energy of youth. They are new on the job and possess a vibrancy and zest for the game that is irresistible – even all-consuming. Competition for promotion spurs them on, and they move ahead – up the ladder of success with what appears to be inexhaustible drive.
Then at around age 40 the sheer physical drive begins to level off. A subtle change is occurring. The juices just don’t flow on command as before. And to continue the climb a second force must take over – a spiritual energy or drive. You see, for most of us life is like a two stage rocket. The first stage is sheer physical energy. It ignites and we take off. Then as physical energy diminishes, the spiritual stage must ignite to boost us on toward the heights. (more…)