Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Some Things I've Learned Since College

There is much to be said for formal education, but there is much to be learned after the classroom days are over. As I approach the conclusion of my sixth decade on this planet, here are some random thoughts on some of the things I've learned since college:

I don't know it all.

(in fact, I don't even know half of it)

Things are not always what they seem to be.

Logic and faith are two different things. Faith is superior.

No political party has an exclusive claim to God. Almighty God does not ride on the backs of donkeys or elephants.

Faith sees the invisible... grasps the abstract... moves mountains. Faith does not enslave. It leads to the greatest freedom of all. Faith is not blind. In fact, it brings an invisible God into perfect focus.

Communism looks good on paper, but has never yet been successful in practice.

Socialism kills the spirit of individuality, smothers the entrepreneur, and stifles the dreams of the visionary.

If unchecked, Capitalism can lead to opression and slavery.

Some unconscionable things have been done in the name of religion.

Labor unions have done some wonderful things for the working person.

Labor unions have spawned some terrible corruption.

Not everyone who claims to be a Christian - really is.

God's Grace is not only amazing - it's unfathomable!

Ice Cream may be Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry - but it's still Ice Cream.

Ronald Reagan was correct when he said, "A government that is big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have".

Every child needs a mother and father. Sadly, some mothers and fathers miss the mark.

Nearly every politician claims, "I'll fight for you!"

(against what?)

We're all pink on the inside.

War is hell. Yet there are some things ... like freedom ... that must be defended.

The family is the first and greatest institution on earth.

Children are wonderful ... Grandchildren are precious!

Grandchildren give us a chance to do it over again... this time the right way!

My mother and father are two of the wisest people I have ever known. They have taught me the greatest lessons in life.

True Christianity is not a religion... it is a relationship.

Freedom isn't free.

My wife is the best human being I have ever known. I wish I were more like her.

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts, absolutely!

I wish I could find a way to combine the energy and idealism of youth with the experience that only comes with age.

The Hokey Pokey is not really "what it's all about".

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