"Listen to your elders' advice, not because they are always right, but because they have more experiences of being wrong." Anonymous
“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obedient in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person's seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.” Elisabeth Elliot (1926 - ) is a former missionary to the Auca Indians of Ecuador who killed her first husband, Jim Elliot. She is presently a Christian author and speaker.
“We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.” Ben Sweetland is a self-improvement author of such books as I CAN and GROW RICH WHILE YOU SLEEP).
“Don't ask for directions if you're not going to start the car.” Rob Liano is a Best Selling Author, a Certified Life Coach and a Sales/Business Strategist.
“The Christopher Columbus Award: This award goes to those who, like good old Chris, when they set out to do something, don't know where they are going; neither do they know how to get there. When they arrive, they don't know where they are, and when they return, they don't know where they've been.” Jim Berg, as quoted in his book Changed Into His Image: God's Plan for Transforming Your Life.
“Knowledge unlocks the door to the mysteries of our mistakes; wisdom guides us away from repeating them.” Evinda Lepins is the president of is the President of Chicklit Power Ministries, Inc.
“The last thing Scripture should do is make you blind in the world. Instead, you hear everything, see everything, and feel everything because everything just so happens to point right back to it.” Criss Jami is an American poet, essayist, and existentialist philosopher.
“To dispense knowledge without moral guidance would be grossly irresponsible.” Wayne Gerard Trotman (1964 - ) is a British independent filmmaker, writer, photographer, composer and producer of electronic music.
“Intuition is the GPS of Life.” Donald L. Hicks is a spiritualist, naturalist, and author of "The Divinity Factor” and "Look into the Stillness.”
“You never require a teacher to lead you into the wrong path, but you do require a kindly word to conduct you aright.” Charles H. Spurgeon (1834 – 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher and author known as the "Prince of Preachers.”
“No matter how talented or skilled you are, you will never reach your full potential without expert guidance.” Author unknown.
“There is as much guidance in what does not and cannot happen in my life as there is in what can and does -- maybe more.” Parker J. Palmer, founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change.
“If you listen to the beginning of the whispers you will not have to hear the shouts.” Miranda J. Barrett is a modern American teacher and poet who focuses on women’s issues.
“It is not kindness to tell patients that need strong medicine that nothing serious is wrong with them.” Cornelius Van Til (1895 – 1987) was a Christian philosopher, Reformed theologian, and presuppositional apologist.
“Jesus doesn’t lead you out of your day, He leads you into it.” Todd Stocker is an American pastor and personal development coach.
“In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory.” Douglas MacArthur (1880 –1964) was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II.
“Men give advice; God gives guidance.” Leonard Ravenhill (1907–1994) was an English Christian evangelist and author who focused on the subjects of prayer and revival.
“The next message you need is always right where you are.” Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert; 1931 - ) is an American spiritual teacher and the author of Be Here Now.
“Tradition is meant to be a guide and not a jailer.” W. Somerset Maugham (1874 – 1965) was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer.
“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” St. Francis of Assisi 1181/1182 – 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher, beloved by both Catholics and Protestants alike.
Many of the above quotes provide their own points of application.
Slicing Onions, Opening Wounds
Why Do Onions Make You Cry?
According to Prevention Magazine: “When you cut into an onion, you rupture its cells, releasing enzymes that produce a gas called propanethial sulfoxide. Once that gas reaches your eyes, it reacts with tears to produce a mild sulfuric acid. And that hurts. The brain then signals the eyes' tear glands to produce more liquid to flush the stuff out. The more you chop, the more irritating gas you produce and the more tears you shed.
“Keep the stinging and crying to a minimum by chilling an onion in the freezer before cutting it; cold temperatures slow release of the enzymes. The highest concentration of enzymes is at the bottom of the onion, so cut it last to postpone the weeping (and the irritation) for as long as possible.”
Confrontation is an unpleasant, though often times a very necessary part of life. Like cutting into an onion, we rupture cells when we speak hard truths into someone else's life. The deeper we cut, the stronger the reaction. All the negative emotion and baggage of past hurts come flowing out like a noxious gas.
When such a reaction reaches our own point of sensitivity, once it mingles with our tears, a sulfuric reaction is produced that causes us acute pain. That's when our brain kicks in, signaling our tear glands to let loose until the irritant has been completely washed away.
So, next time you’re on the cutting end, proceed gently. “Chill” out. Be patient and allow for the other person's “slow release” of their enzymes. And take your time getting "to the bottom" of the onion. Work up to the deeper core issues.
This process will always be a painful one, but hopefully, with a bit of wisdom and tact, there can be a lot less irritation!
“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18).