Archive for December, 2009


I’ve been reading Lloyd Douglas’s books Magnificent Obsession and Dr.Hudson’s Secret Journal again lately. I don’t remember how old I was when I read them the first time – probably in my early twenties. I read someone else’s copies, so I didn’t own them until just recently. I know these are considered old-fashioned, and perhaps getting obscure. But the fact that Magnificent Obsession ended up selling 3 million copies in its day should speak volumes. Incidently, I spent a lot of this past fall reading Matthew 6 – over and over and over again. I remember really being touched by these books, and reading them now that I’m a little older, I have realized how very important the ideals they demonstrate are in living a fulfilled life. That I had spent so much time on Matthew 6 recently only cemented the impression I had gotten from the books. These novels deal with the practical applications of Matthew 6, and while the outcomes of its application may not be as cut-and-dried or as earthly as the novel would indicate, the concept remains one to be seriously pondered and diligently practiced. I’m not going into great detail because I really want you to read both Magnificent Obsession and Matthew 6  (which is a portion of the Sermon on the Mount that is particularly life-changing in its application). Whatever you do, please don’t wimp out and watch the Magnificent Obsession movie – it’s enjoyable enough but lacks all of the purpose of the book.  Read Matthew 6. Read the book. Read Matthew 6 again. Apply.  Presto!


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Been remembering this poem from my childhood…thinking about it quite often…

The wise old owl sat on the oak

The more he heard, the less he spoke.

The less he spoke, the more he heard.

Why can’t we be like that wise old bird?

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Been thinking about heaven a lot these days – truthfully, I’m hoping to be seeing it really soon. I’ve been thinking about how beautiful beyond description it must be. That means that the most beautiful things that I can imagine here on earth pale in comparison to what it’s going to look like there. Here are some of my ideas of beauty here on earth – just think – heaven will be MORE beautiful….I can’t even imagine that much gorgeousness…

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