Some Things I’ve Learned
- Success in the spiritual enterprise is based on commitment.
- Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted.
- You need to know where you want to go.
- Loyalty is productive.
- To be productive, I must be responsible.
- Not all the old is out of date, nor is all the new acceptable.
- Cherish the treasures of the past.
- There is no place where prayer can be eliminated.
- Be secure in yourself.
- Respect is earned not demanded.
- Truth never changes.
- I’ve never been sorry for things I didn’t say.
- Submission is a mandate of God.
- My wife is my best friend; my family is my dearest earthly treasure.
And a few more for the road of life…
I’ve learned failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
Don’t bother to give God instructions, just report for duty.
Life is like an onion, you peel off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep.
Ninety percent of the friction of daily life is caused by the wrong tone of voice.
Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be overcome first.
If you sow roses, you won’t reap thorns.
Before a man can wake up and find himself famous, he has to wake up and find himself.
Bad temper merely shows lack of control and places you temporarily in the ranks of lunatics and fools.
I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.
He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself for every man has the need to be forgiven.
There are two ways of being rich. One is to have all you want and the other is to be satisfied with what you have.
Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.
Follow peace with all men.
There you have it…And above all, “…thou shalt love the Lord they God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength” – and “your neighbor as yourself.”
These are just a few lessons I’ve learned while traveling and meandering down this stream called life, in the boat called Pentecost, on my way to the city called the New Jerusalem. My prayer is that I will continue to learn and some day hear Him say, “Well done…”
by. T.F. Tenney