734) This and That

“It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”
–Robert Green Ingersoll

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
–Thomas Alva Edison

Proverbs 3:21-23 (New Living Translation)  —  My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.  Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul.  They are like jewels on a necklace.  They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.


“When freedom destroys order, the yearning for order will destroy freedom.”

–Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)


John 8:31-32  —  To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching,you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”


Eric Hoffer was a world-famous author and philosopher.  Injured in a fall, he was blinded at the age of seven.  For some unknown reason, he regained his sight when he was fifteen.  He then began to read everything he could get his hands on, worried that he might lose his sight again.  Hoffer continued to read, and then write, for the rest of his life– when he wasn’t working.  His working career was unique for a world-class intellectual and prize-winning author.  For the first ten years after Hoffer left home he lived on New York’s skid row, going to the public library to read.  He then went west and worked for ten years in Nevada City as a gold-miner and in California as a migrant worker.  Then he worked as a longshoreman in California for 25 years.  In 1983 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Ronald Reagan.

Psalm 103:2  —  Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

Psalm 40:5  —  You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us...
Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.


It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.  –Eric Hoffer

Matthew 22:35-39  —  One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”


The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.  –Eric Hoffer

Philippians 4:11b-12  —  I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

I Thessalonians 4:11-12  —  Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life.  You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.


One Life to Love, a powerful song by the group 33 Miles, a contemporary Christian band with country music influences:



Be Still, My Soul was the favorite hymn of Eric Liddell (1902-1945).  He is perhaps best known for refusing to run on Sunday in the 1924 Olympics, even though he had an excellent chance at winning the gold medal (a story made famous in the film, Chariots of Fire, which won the Academy Award for Best Movie of 1981).  Later in life, Liddell became a missionary to China.  During World War II he was captured and confined to a prisoner of war camp, where he died of a brain tumor.  Liddell taught this hymn to the other prisoners in the camp to provide comfort and hope, and to strengthen their faith.  In the midst of loss, disappointment, grief, and fear, Liddell remembered and taught others that the day was coming when all of that would be gone, and Jesus Christ would remain forever.

This recording of Be Still, My Soul is by Selah: