Insights into the Quaker Way

A Quaker Book of Wisdom: Life Lessons In Simplicity, Service, And Common SenseA Quaker Book of Wisdom: Life Lessons In Simplicity, Service, And Common Sense by Robert Lawrence Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading Philip Gulley’s Harmony series I was interested in knowing more about the Quaker approach to life and God. I found this entirely refreshing and enjoyable. The subjects are interesting and offer insight into a people in world who are committed to peace and spreading the joy of being good neighbors to all.

If for nothing else, I think the simple philosophy of this book provides a good outline for Christian living, even if one doesn’t agree with all of the particulars. The writing style is warm and leaves one thinking that spending an hour with Robert Lawrence Smith would be like spending an hour with an old friend.

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What Did You Just Say?

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. (1)

“Of all the weapons of destruction that man could invent, the most terrible-and the most powerful-was the word. Daggers and spears left traces of blood; arrows could be seen at a distance. Poisons were detected in the end and avoided. But the word managed to destroy without leaving clues.” ~ Paulo Coelho

We all must guard our lips. The sins that impact and hurt the most often have a mere origination of breath passing over our vocal chords to formulate words. Many of us were taught as children that ‘words can never hurt me’. I think that was a coping mechanism to deal with the harsh things that other children might say to us. But didn’t we all know it was a lie? Words can carve deep wounds that we spend a lifetime forgetting.

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

Still, they keep coming. Words of accusation. Words of judgment. Words of gossip. Words of evaluating others. Words of self-condemnation. Words of criticism. Words of destruction.

Another lie I’ve heard is that our words cannot be gossip if they happen to be true. Gossip is not determined by the truth of a matter (often gossip is untrue, exaggerated with each new telling, but not always).

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. (2)

Some things are necessary for us to really pay attention to the destructive power of our own words:

*Before you say it, ask yourself if it meets the standard of the Golden Rule. Would you be OK if someone said the same about you?

*Before you say it, ask yourself if it is a loving thing to do to say these words. Sometimes someone needs to be confronted about a sin in their life. Even in that difficult circumstance, it is the loving thing to do to express your concern to them. It is not the loving thing to do to express your concern to everyone else except them.

*Before you say it, ask yourself if your motives are godly. You may sometimes have to say something to defend someone who cannot defend themselves. You may sometimes have to speak in order to correct a lie that’s being told. But in speaking, make sure that you’re not falling into the same trap of gossip that others are.

*Before you say it, ask yourself if you are seeking good for the one you are talking about… or if you are seeking evil.

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. (3)

I do not know many people who aren’t struggling with this … so we should all prayerfully consider whether we are blessing or cursing one another with our words.

Thanks for reading, JD.

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Excellent Resource About Grief

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One of the things we do when someone suffers a loss is offer them books. I think that’s because we all struggle with what to say and it seems like that is at least something that might be helpful.

After John Robert died our friend Tim McCarter sent me a book called Walking With Those That Weep. I had actually met one of the authors in the past. This book is well researched and offers practical suggestions both for those who are grieving and for those who would like to reach out to the bereaved.

I suggest you get it.  It’s not a lot of money but it’s a goldmine of information.

And some other books on grief that I think are excellent. Thanks for reading. JD

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Thanks for reading and sharing!

JD

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Thanks for reading and sharing!
JD

Top Posts in 2015…So Far!

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Below are the most visited posts on this blog this year! Thanks for reading, sharing, and commenting. I appreciate you joining me on this journey. Thanks also to those who buy Kindle books or use my Amazon portal at the bottom of the site to search and order! JD

1. Seven – a reflection on the seven years since we said goodbye to our son.

2. I’m Old School About Church resonated with many of you.

3. Fifty Shades of Shame … maybe still relevant since the movie has hit the pay per view sites and a sequel is under way.

4. 12 Things I Know About Weight Loss – things I need to remind myself of frequently.

5. Link Party! Wherein I invited readers to submit links to their blogs!

~Most Popular Posts of All Time~

Hey Paula!

(With 22,100 hits, Hey Paula! may never be displaced!)

The Offense of Phil Robertson

I Yelled At A Homeless Guy In A Hole Because That’s How I Roll

Honey Bun Cake

Why I Pray for the Robertsons

Again, Thanks for reading my little corner of the interwebs!

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