INFLUENCEPrior to my wife’s death, she spent about three weeks in the hospital. I stayed with her every night and most of the day during that period. One evening, I was watching the TV and heard a politician give a political speech. I thought it was worth remembering, so I wrote it down. He made […]
The other day, I was sitting in our living room and my little dog, Gidget, found my wife’s little switch. She brought it out to me, and after chasing her around the house to get it from her, I finally was successful. I had forgotten about the little switch; however, as soon as I saw […]
OPPORTUNITY Believe it or not, this is a good day for all types of opportunities. In a matter of weeks, we will have the privilege of going to the polls to vote. How you choose to vote is your privilege. As Americans, all of us need to pray and ask God to show us His […]
Not long ago, I was looking at some of our picture albums. As I turned the pages, I could not believe my eyes. I saw pictures of the home I was raised in. During that time, there were only six houses in our neighborhood, and the rest of the surrounding property constituted woods, pasture, and […]
When we are healthy and everything seems to be going well, it’s easy to forget just how blessed we are. But when times are hard, we realize we’re surrounded by God’s angels in the form of friends.
Columnist says goodbye to his wife of 53 years.
Do you know someone who has become a hero to you? If so, why is that person a hero to you? What makes a hero? As a young boy, I remember some of my heroes. They were all very special people. Let me share a few of them with you. One of my greatest heroes […]
A few weeks ago, the children of our church had their summer vacation Bible school. Keri, the director of the Bible school, challenged the children to bring in food for the church food pantry ministry. The children accepted the challenge, and brought in 161 food items. They were thrilled and very excited they had a […]
When I was a young man, I often heard my father say, “Work never hurt anyone.” I guess the reason he reminded me of those words is because there were times growing up that I was not always excited about the word “work” or the word “labor.” However, I always felt good after a hard […]
Recently, my wife, Myrna, spent some time in the Akron City Hospital in Akron, Ohio. We did not plan to go there. However, we never know when our health will break and we end up in the hospital. In just a few weeks, Myrna and I will celebrate our 53rd wedding anniversary. I often kid […]
THE COUNTY FAIR It’s fair time once again. It just seems like we just completed fair time 2011, and here we are, once again, in the middle of fair time 2012. Fair time is an exciting time when people young and old alike enjoy going to their favorite county fair. Our family usually attends the […]
BE CONTENT I well remember when I was in my youth my father telling me that I needed to learn to be content. As time passed by and I became a father I found myself reminding my children of the same lesson, “be content.” I have noticed that people who do not have an abundance […]
There is no doubt about it. We all enjoy times of peace in our lives. In today’s world it seems more and more difficult to enjoy those times of peace though. Just about the time we think we can enjoy some peace, we pick up the daily newspaper or turn on the evening news and […]
BE OF GOOD CHEER “Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee” Matt. 9:2. Have you ever paused to think about the fact that you only have one life to live on this earth? The older I get the more I realize that time is going fast and that I need to slow […]
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks find; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened,” Matt. 7:7-8. Prayer does not come easily. That is why the disciples of Jesus […]
How easy it is to forget the Golden Rule. Recently, I have been writing often about subjects that I believe could change our world and make it better; today I am writing about the Golden Rule.
“Abraham said unto Lot: Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, for we be brethren” Genesis 13:8.” Just think how different life would be if we the people of this earth would live in harmony one with another. Abraham said to Lot “Let there be no strife between us” Genesis […]
“Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ sake hath forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:32. Sometimes I think our world has lost contact with the word kindness. Do you know someone who is an especially kind person? When you hear the word kindness does some one particular immediately […]
My father used to say to me, “George you are never too old to learn something new.” The older I get the more I realize that’s very true. I enjoy learning something new every day. Take a few moments, sit down and relax and just think about some of the new things you have learned […]
SENIOR ADULTS We hear much today about senior citizens. Senior citizens are people who have reached an age in their lives that are now looked upon as older adults or as elderly people. “Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father I Tim 5:1.” I remember when I was a teenager I used […]