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Bravery

June 4, 2018
Bravery
In his book One Crowded Hour, Tim Bowden describes an incident in Borneo in 1964. Nepalese fighters known as Gurkhas were asked if they would be willing to jump from airplanes into combat against the Indonesians. The Gurkhas didn’t clearly understand what was involved, but they bravely said they would do it, asking only that the plane fly slowly over a swampy area and no higher than 100 feet... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill Curry Construction

Dedication is Costly

June 1, 2018
Dedication is Costly
Bertoldo de Giovanni is a name even the most enthusiastic lover of art is unlikely to recognize. He was the pupil of Donatello, the greatest sculptor of his time, and he was the teacher of Michelangelo, the greatest sculptor of all time. Michelangelo was only 14 years old when he came to Bertoldo, but it was already obvious that he was enormously gifted... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction

The Bell Stopped Ringing

May 31, 2018
The Bell Stopped Ringing
Corrie Ten Boom was struggling to forget a wrong that had been done to her. She had forgiven the person, but she kept rehashing the incident and so, couldn’t sleep. Finally, Corrie cried out to God for help… when a pastor explained to her, “Up in the church tower is a bell which is rung by pulling on a rope. After the sexton lets go of the rope, the bell keeps swinging... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction

That's Not Jade

May 30, 2018
That's Not Jade
A young man wanted to learn about jade, so he went to study with a talented old teacher. This kind man put a piece of the precious stone into his hand and told him to hold it tight. Then, he began to talk of philosophy, men, women, the sun and almost everything under it. After an hour, he took back the stone and sent the boy home... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction

So Will I

May 29, 2018
So Will I
A business training exercise shows how people look at the same task in different ways. A line is drawn on the floor, and one person stand on either side of the line. The purpose is to get one person to convince the other, without force, to cross the line. Some players almost never convince one another to cross the line, but others simply say, “If you’ll cross the line, so will I.” They exchange places and they both win. A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

She Reaped as She Sowed

May 28, 2018
She Reaped as She Sowed
Douglas MacArthur, America’s greatest war hero, enrolled in the US Military Academy in 1899. The following year, an incident occurred which threatened to end his dream of a military career. MacArthur was the principle witness in a hazing case, in which, he had been one of the victims. He explained the details, but declined to reveal the names of the cadets involved because his parents had taught him two immutable principles; never lie, and never tattle. A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction

Seeking for Her Greatness

May 25, 2018
Seeking for Her Greatness
French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831, said, "I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests--and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning--and it was not there... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Individualism

May 24, 2018
Individualism
Steven V. Roberts wrote in U.S. News and World Report, April 25, 1994, “Americans are so shaped and stamped by their legacy of individualism that the concepts of community virtue and moral obligation have been discredited. In our popular culture, adulthood is too often defined as doing what you want to do, not what you are supposed to do... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

I Wanna Be Around

May 23, 2018
I Wanna Be Around
One day in 1956, songwriter Johnny Mercer received a letter from Sadie Vimmerstedt, a widowed grandmother who worked behind a cosmetics counter in Youngstown, Ohio. Vimmerstedt suggested Mercer write a song called “I Want to Be Around to Pick Up the Pieces When Somebody Breaks Your Heart.” Five years later, Mercer got in touch to say he’d written the song and that Tony Bennett would record it... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Go On Shining

May 22, 2018
Go On Shining
The story is told of a judge who had been frequently ridiculed by an arrogant lawyer. When asked by a friend why he didn’t rebuke his assailant, he replied, “In our town lives a widow who has a dog. And whenever the moon shines, it goes outside and barks all night.” Having said that, the magistrate shifted the conversation to another subject.... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Following the Easiest Course

May 21, 2018
Following the Easiest Course
Complacency is a blight that saps energy, dulls attitudes, and causes a drain on the brain. The first symptom is satisfaction with things as they are. The second is the rejection of things as they might be. "Good enough" becomes today's watchword and tomorrow's standard. Complacency makes people fear the unknown, mistrust the untried, and abhor the new. Like water, complacent people follow the easiest course -- downhill... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Face to Face

May 18, 2018
Face to Face
Although blinded by an illness at 6 weeks of age, Fanny Crosby never became bitter. A preacher once said to her, “I think it is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when He showered so many other gifts upon you.” She replied, “Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I should be born blind...? A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Reputation and Character

May 17, 2018
Reputation and Character
William Hershey Davis said, “Character is the one thing we make in this world and take with us into the next…. Reputation is what you are supposed to be; Character is what you are. Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; Character is what you have when you go away. Reputation is made in a moment; Character is built in a lifetime. A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Peer Pressure

May 16, 2018
Peer Pressure
Chuck Swindoll tells about the effects of negative peer pressure where a test was conducted by a university… 10 students were placed in a room. Three lines of varying length were drawn on a card. The students were told to raise their hands when the instructor pointed to the longest line. But, 9 of the students had been instructed beforehand to raise their hands when the instructor pointed to the second longest line. A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Good Sportsmanship

May 15, 2018
Good Sportsmanship
It has been said that playing sports doesn’t build character, they reveal it. The coarseness of our culture has also found its way into many professional sports, where it is almost an art form to “trash talk” an opponent. If a referee or official makes a bad call that benefits you or your team, then, it is just good fortune. However, not every opportunity for honesty is lost. A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Small Problem

May 14, 2018
Small Problem
Earle Dickson, an employee of Johnson & Johnson, married a young woman who was accident-prone. The company sold large surgical dressings in individual packages, but these were not practical for small cuts and burns. Dickson put a small wad of sterile cotton and gauze in the center of an adhesive strip to hold it in place. A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction

Reinforced Foundation

May 11, 2018
Reinforced Foundation
According to a CNN report, in 2005, when Hurricane Rita swept through southern Texas, it destroyed the home of the Adams family in Gilchrist, TX. When they rebuilt their home, they reinforced the foundation and 14 support beams were installed to lift the house 22 feet above normal sea level... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction

Inspiration

May 10, 2018
Inspiration
Great composers do not set down to work because they are inspired, but become inspired because they are working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job at hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day in his figures. They didn’t waste time waiting for inspiration. There is a false mystique that inspiration hits some people out of nowhere, and they are the fortunate ones.... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

For the Common Good

May 9, 2018
For the Common Good
One of America’s founding fathers, John Adams, said, “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.” A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Criticize Constructively

May 8, 2018
Criticize Constructively
One of the rarest interpersonal skills and most difficult to learn, is how to criticize constructively. Constructive criticism shows consideration for other people’s feelings and invites their suggestions and cooperation. If there is nothing constructive to say, the wisest course is to keep your mouth shut. Criticism that starts by attacking people puts them on the defensive, and often turns small problems into big ones... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Courage of Convictions

May 7, 2018
Courage of Convictions
We hear often about men with the “courage of their convictions.” Nero, Caligula, Attila, and Hitler had the courage of their convictions—but not one had the courage to examine his convictions, or to change them, which is the true test of character. What would you do if you learned that something you considered to be right, was wrong? A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Jubilation

May 4, 2018
Jubilation
Herman Lange, a German Christian was to be executed by the Nazis during WWII. In his cell on the night before he was to be killed, Lange wrote a note to his parents. He said two feelings occupied his mind: “I am, first, in a joyous mood, and second filled with great anticipation....” A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction

Always Ready

May 3, 2018
Always Ready
The courage of Civil War General Stonewall Jackson in the midst of conflict can be a lesson for everyone. Historian Mark Brinsley wrote, “A battlefield is a deadly place, even for generals; and it would be naive to suppose Jackson never felt the fear of all beings exposed to wounds and death. But invariably he displayed extraordinary calm under fire... A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction

Dont Find Fault

May 2, 2018
Dont Find Fault
A young musician’s concert was poorly received by the critics. The famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius consoled him by patting him on the shoulder and saying, ‘Remember, son, there is no city in the world where they have a statue to a critic. It is easier to find fault, than to have compassion… A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

General John Pershing

May 1, 2018
General John Pershing
John Joseph Pershing was born into a family of modest means in Missouri in 1860. He graduated from the Military Academy at West Point in 1886 as president of his class. His first military service was in the last series of Indian Wars in the West. When the Spanish American War broke out in 1898 Pershing went to Cuba and eventually won a Silver Star. A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Would You Hire Yourself?

April 30, 2018
Would You Hire Yourself?
If you were an employer trying to hire an efficient, honest, and competent employee, would you hire yourself? At your salary? If you had to live with someone just like you for the rest of your life, would you look forward to it as a wonderful opportunity and privilege? These are probing questions…but they get to the heart of the matter. A Moment in Time brought to you by Springhill-Curry Construction.

Trust

April 27, 2018
Trust
Before studying theology and medicine, John Paton served for ten years as a Glasgow City Missionary. After graduation, he was ordained and set sail for the New Hebrides as a missionary. Three months after arriving on the island of Tanna, Paton’s young wife died, followed by their five-week-old son. For three more years, Paton labored, ignoring their threats, seeking to make Christ known to them... A Moment in Time brought to you by the D.C. Curry Lumber Company.

Trifles

April 26, 2018
Trifles
Alexander Maclaren said, “Ah! If our likeness to God does not show itself in trifles, what is there left for it to show itself in? For our lives are all made up of trifles. The great things come three or four of them in the seventy years; the little ones every time the clock ticks.” A Moment in Time brought to you by the D.C. Curry Lumber Company

Uncorrected Errors Multiply

April 25, 2018
Uncorrected Errors Multiply
Don Shula, head coach of the Miami Dolphins, was talking to a reporter about a player’s mistake in practice. He said, “We never let an error go unchallenged. Uncorrected errors multiply.” The reporter said, “Isn’t there benefit in overlooking one small flaw?” Shula said, “What is a small flaw?” I think about that all day long... A Moment in Time brought to you by the D.C. Curry Lumber Company.

Unanimous Disagreement

April 24, 2018
Unanimous Disagreement
Charles Swindoll tells the story in Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, about a man he met who served on one of Walt Disney’s original advisory boards. What amazing stories he told! Those early days were tough; but that remarkable, creative visionary refused to give up. I especially appreciated the man’s sharing with me how Disney responded to disagreement... A Moment in Time brought to you by the D.C. Curry Lumber Company

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