Jun 8, 2012 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Food for Thought: Part 1

Some of the most meaningful things we hear are the sentences or phrases that hold some truth.  They provide us something to think about.  Here are several that I’ve collected to think on. I hope they are helpful and thought-provoking to you as well.  This will be a 2 week series, so if you’re still hungry check back next week for more Food for Thought.

  • No door closes without another one opening.
  • It’s not the load, but the worry that makes you tired.
  • The man who simply knows it all has stopped thinking.
  • A mistake is evidence that someone has tried.
  • Always be teachable.
  • God gives every bird its food, but he doesn’t throw it into the nest.
  • If what you did yesterday still looks big, you have not done much today.
  • Charity begins anywhere and should have no end.
  • A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns, they only shine.
  • Man’s life on earth is very short at its longest.
  • We can be firm without being rude.
  • Let the main sermon of your life be your conduct. — C. Spurgeon
  • Storms make oaks take deeper root.
  • Kindness is the language the deaf can hear and the mute can understand.
  • Remorse never follows kindness.
  • As long as we keep our face to the light, the shadows will fall behind us.
  • Check and see if you have lost the things which money cannot buy.
  • Do not pray for an easy life, but pray for greater strength.

How much do I have left?

I passed a mother and son at the end of the checkout line. She was showing her son (who I guess is no more than 5 or 6 years old) the receipt of his recent purchase and very delicately trying to explain to him how much money he had left. I couldn’t help but smile when I walked by. I can remember when I was very young and how important a dollar was. Each penny found on the street was like winning the lottery. A few penny’s sometimes made the difference between a regular size or a king size candy bar.

It reminded me of a time with my mother. She started teaching me at a very young age how to manage my money. I started around the age of 6 or 7 the 30, 30, 30, 10 system. It’s broken down like this.

Anytime your children receive money (deposit) whether it’s for mowing the yard or for their birthday. It goes towards this budget.

    • 30% of each deposit goes into a “Long Term” savings account.
      This is a savings account that you never touch. (I bought my first car with this account when I was 16.)


    • 30% of each deposit goes into a “Short Term” savings account.
      This is a savings account that is set for small term goals. (Christmas gifts, Special Toy, etc.)


    • 30% of each deposit is for “Quick Cash” or spending money.
      This is cash that you can keep at home or in your pocket. (Gum or Candy, Movies with friends, hobbies)


    • 10% is for the charity.


This is a great system and really works to help teach kids how to budget at an early age. If you haven’t already worked out a system with your kids give this one a try. Get 4 different jars and put them in their room with labels “Long Term”, “Short Term”, Quick Cash”, and “Church” and see how well they stick to it. When their old enough to apply for a savings account I recommend moving the “Long Term” savings to a bank. This is just so you don’t have a crazy amount of cash sitting around the house.

I hope this helps and encourages you to start a budget with your kids if you haven’t already done so. Have fun!


May 25, 2012 - Uncategorized    4 Comments


If this site were to have some kind of mission statement this would be it.

“Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.” ~Max Ehrmann