Enjoying the Journey

Integrity

By Scott Pauley | January 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

“Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.”  Job 31:6 Integrity is not a product of environment or natural ability.  Imagine an orphan boy who struggled academically.  He was socially awkward and uncoordinated.  When he spoke it was in a high-pitched voice.  Yet he became a man renowned for his integrity.  It is reported that once in the middle of the night he went to a student that he had offended to ask for forgiveness.  He is known as Stonewall Jackson. What would you expect of a young man whose mother became an adulteress and his father died insane?  He was small for his age, sickly.  All of his life he was accident-prone and…

Read More

A Good Name

By Scott Pauley | January 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”  Proverbs 22:1 I have always been grateful for our family name.  My dad and mom have lived lives of integrity and have given my sister and me a wonderful heritage.  The longer I live the more I understand the words of Proverbs 20:7, “The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”  Young people often enjoy blessings not because of their own choices but because of the integrity of those who have gone before them. Increase is a poor substitute for integrity.  John D. Rockefeller said, “I have made many millions but they have brought me no…

Read More

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

By Scott Pauley | January 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

As a boy I remember people saying that in school there were three indispensable subjects: reading, writing, and arithmetic. I am sure that the history and science teachers took issue with this, but it is true that these three subjects form the foundation upon which all other learning builds. Again and again we return to first principles. Recently I have been reminded of the attention that must be given to each of these subjects throughout life. There is never a place to stop growing. First, we must work diligently at reading. Books are vehicles for thought. Working with students for so many years I am convinced that the life verse of most young people is Ecclesiastes 12:12, “…of making many…

Read More

Women God Has Used In My Life

By Scott Pauley | January 15, 2012 | 1 Comment

In a family of preachers perhaps it is inevitable that the men of the family receive much of the attention.  The older I get the more I realize how little those preachers could have accomplished without the women God placed into their lives. I am very grateful for the ladies that have influenced me. It was a very kind lady named Miss McKinney who led me to Jesus as a five year old boy.  She was a single woman, a kindergarten teacher, and the one God used to give me the gospel on the day of my salvation.  How often I have thought of what a few minutes of her time have meant to me for time and eternity. The…

Read More