What I've Learned

Over the past 29 years at the Congregational Church, I have learned a lot about people, but more importantly about myself. Though I wish that I had mastered what I learned, nevertheless here are a few important nuggets. 

 

 

I've learned that:
- You should write “thank you” notes.
- You should acknowledge that you need others.
- You should show love, not merely say it.
- You should accept the responsibilities for your failures.
- You should be quick to hear and slow to speak.
- You should not get defensive when others criticize you.
- You should be good to people, and generally they will be good to you.
- You must care enough to confront.
- You should be a servant, and always notice those who serve.
- You should never be first in line (in case they run out of food).
- You should kneel down when you are speaking with children.
- You should respect your elders.
- You should not conform to this world, but be transformed by God’s Word.
- You should understand that your words will either heal or hurt.
- You can be a well educated person and still be a fool.
- You should not turn your spiritual freedom into an opportunity for the flesh. 
- You must earn the respect and trust of others.
- You should guard the time you have with others.
- You should not merely look out for your own personal interests, but for the interests of others. 
- You should pray for someone when you don’t have the strength to help them. 
- You should realize that sometimes a person needs a shoulder to lean on or a hug. 
- You should be glad that God doesn’t give you everything you ask for. 
- You don’t have to explain something that you didn’t say. 
- Having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most wonderful and peaceful feelings in the world.
- The small daily happenings make life so spectacular.
- Under everyone’s hard shell is a person who wants to be loved.
- When you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
- The best way to grow is to surround yourself with people wiser than you.
- He who angers you controls you.
- You should tell those special people in your life that you love them before it is too late. 
- Happiness is a choice.
- Kindness is the best medicine for treating your enemies.
- The golden rule is really golden.
- Morality, like art, consists in drawing a line somewhere. 
- Character is not given to us, but must be built each day.
- God did not give the scriptures to increase your knowledge, but to change your life.
- Spiritual privileges do not guarantee spiritual success.
- Just because you tie two tom-cats together doesn’t mean you have unity.
- Bad company corrupts good morals.
- If you don’t have something good to say, then don’t speak.
- Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
- Wisdom is not a matter of acquiring truth, but applying truth.
- Your life may be the only Bible someone might ever read. 
- Part-time faith, like a part-time job, cannot fully support you. 
- Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.
- Actions speak louder than words. 
- Following the path of least resistance makes rivers and people crooked. 
- God is more interested in our availability than our ability. 
- Faith is a journey, not a destination. 
- The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is either the most foolish or most significant event of history…it is the most significant event in history!

The list is not complete, because my journey is not complete, and I hope, by the grace of God, that I never stop learning, growing, and changing. By the way, what’s on your list that you would add? I would love to hear yours, so send them to me at mkotrla@bak.rr.com.                  

-Pastor Mike Kotrla