When confronted with a new opportunity or tough situation, I usually ask myself, “Do I have a pure heart and a right spirit?” The prayer of Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV) is “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there be any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

The weapon of the brave resides in his heart.  Horace Rutledge said, “When you look at the world in a narrow way, how mean it is!  When you look at it selfishly, how selfish it is! But when you look at it in a broad, generous, friendly-spirit, how wonderful you find it!”

The Bible counsels us to prove all thing, holding fast to those that are good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

Margaret Mitchell spoke this truth: “There ain’t nothing from the outside that can lick any of us.” James Allen added, “You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” Remember this:  “When you don’t have strength within, you won’t have respect without.”

If a person’s aim in this world is right, he will miss fire in the next.  Too many children are afraid of the dark, while too may adults are afraid of the light.  William Hazlitt remarked, “If mankind would wish for what is right, they might have had it long ago.” Roger Babson added, “If things are not going well with you, begin your effort at correcting the situation by carefully examining the service you are rendering and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it.”

To know what is right and not do it – this is as bad as doing wrong.  Invite trouble and it will show up early.  Save yourself a lot of problems by not borrowing any.  Here’s more insight about trouble:  You don’t have to get rid of old agonies to make room for new ones.  Nothing costs more than doing the wrong thing.

The man who borrows trouble is always in debt.  The best way to escape evil is to pursue good.  The person who persists in courting trouble will soon be married to it.  God straight – every crooked turn delays your arrival to success.

Joel Budd said, “A hungry heart is like a parachute.  When you pull on it, it opens up and saves you.” Keep your head and heart going in the right direction, and you won’t have to worry about your feet.


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