A Bakers Dozen // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

Whenever I find a great quote, I promptly rope it and corral into in my journal. For nearly thirty years,

I’ve been collecting such thoughts, musings, ideas and reflections in small spiral bound notebooks.

If my house ever caught on fire, the first thing I would carry to safety (after my family) would be my

box of journals! They really are inner maps of my personal history.

Browsing through a few old journals the other day, I came across some treasures to pass along to

you. Of course, one person’s treasure is another person’s trash, so if these little tidbits don’t do

anything for you, then feel free to go out and dig up your own nuggets!

1. Self discipline is measured by beginnings and finishings. Most great successes are waylaid

because of not getting around to starting or failing to finish the job.

2. Walking in the valley, the shadows appear, making the darker situations darker and more ominous

than they really are.

3. When making a decision, ask: “Is this the right course of action, or merely the most convenient?”

4. The original sin (disobedience) can be summed up in two words: disbelief and discontent.

5. “God loves you too much to waste your painful experiences”

6. A newspaper article on the conflict in Israel was entitled “Coming Apart at the Seams.” The Hebrew

word for ‘seam” literally means “the coming together place.” Often, we tear apart at the very places

where we ought to be coming together.

7. On Leanness of Soul: A person can die of mental and spiritual starvation.

8. On the Significance of Solitude: All great works in literature, art, leadership, and science were

birthed in the solace of quietness.

9.. On Truth: “The misfortune of the truth in all periods has been, not so much the loss of truth, but the

corruption of truth; not the extinction of the sparks and embers, but the covering them with error and

superstition.” Asbury Lowrey in Possibilities of Grace

10. “It is a very sad and small purpose of life to collect green pieces of paper with dead presidents on

them” Andy Stanley

11. Your heart is no place for junk to dwell. It’s a temple, not a garbage heap.

12. “Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering, but the substitute itself ultimately

becomes more painful than the legitimate suffering it was designed to avoid — when we avoid the

legitimate suffering that results from dealing with problems, we also avoid the growth that problems

demand from us.” Carl Jung

13. “Believing, resting, abiding, obeying — these are my part. God does all the rest.” Hannah

Whitehall Smith

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