First United Methodist Church
FROM THE PASTOR
Count Your Blessings
Several years ago, I received a copy of Life’s Little Instruction Book. The author, H. Jackson Brown, originally wrote it as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. However, I’ve personally found that these simple observations contain profound wisdom for everyone on how to really have peace and joy in life. During these times, I think they are most appropriate. Let me share a few of my favorites:
#1 Compliment three people every day.
#14 Plant flowers every spring.
#43 Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.
#55 Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
#59 Live in such a way that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you.
#87 Have your children earn and pay for part of their college tuition.
#88 Have your children earn and pay for all of their automobile insurance.
#123 Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
#156 Strive for excellence, not perfection.
#183 Let people know what you stand for – and what you won’t stand for.
#188 Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
#223 Praise in public.
#224 Criticize in private.
#375 Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
#421 Take care of your reputation. It’s your most valuable asset.
#464. Don’t miss the magic of the moment by focusing on what’s to come.
We tend to make life so much more complicated than God ever intended it to be.