Enjoying the Journey

We live each day between two extremes. On one hand we fight the danger of idleness; on the other, the danger of busyness. Someone once said, “It is not so much how busy you are, but why you are so busy. The bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted!” And so we daily try to find the balance between pace and purpose. It is interesting that in both the life that is too busy and the life that is too idle there is a common thread: boredom. Idle people are bored because they do not have enough to do. Busy people are bored because they are weary with what they are doing. In fact, busy people are sometimes the most…

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When I was thirteen years old an elderly preacher in the mountains of West Virginia gave me a book.  It was old and dusty.  There were no pictures and at the time it seemed like a good book just to put on the shelf.  Several years passed before I actually read its yellowed pages, but after reading them I would never forget them. Russell Conwell was a preacher and educator.  He started what is now known as Temple University in Philadelphia.  Conwell traveled the world giving a very famous lecture over 5,000 times.  Any honorarium that was given to him was in turn given to some young person to help them through college.  But the value of his lecture was…

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