Don’s Sermon in a Sentence

As a long-time member of the Dighton United Methodist Church, Don has, on occasion, had the opportunity to deliver sermons (see Don’s Speeches and Writings) to a full congregation. As a life-long resident of western Kansas he also knows how to condense those sermons into a sentence or two of “life lessons”.

As Don notes, “…getting the gauge of a person that represents your interests is important, and involves knowing not only what the person has done, but also what that person stands for and believes.” The following collection of Don’s “Sermon in a Sentence” gives that opportunity to gain some insights of Don’s character, and helps understand what Don stands for and believes.

From Don’s 2018 Mailings:

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

From Don’s 2017 Mailings:

“A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men” – Thomas Carlyle

“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

“It is important to remember the past, but not live in it.”

“If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve your problem, then what is the use of worrying?” – Shantideva

“Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.” – Napoleon Hill

“If you hold your tongue, you can’t be misquoted.”

From Don’s 2016 Mailings:

“The second time you make the same mistake it is called a choice.”

“Bad times, hard times – this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and the times shall be good. We are the times; such as we are, such are the times.” – Saint Augustine

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

“One is not old until regret replaces dreams.”

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way and not starting.”

“Never assume the obvious is true.”

“Remember that how you spend your days is how you spend your life.”

“When you bury the hatchet don’t mark the grave.”

Optimists are wrong just as often as pessimists but they have more fun.

Talk is cheap because the supply exceeds the demand.

From Don’s 2015 Mailings:

“Success is built on the ability to do better than good enough.”

“An unusual amount of common sense is sometimes called wisdom.”

“The one who forgives never brings up the past” – Louie Zamperini

“When you judge another you don’t define them, you define yourself.”

“The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.”

“Be kind to unkind people; they need it the most.”

“Correction does much, but encouragement does more.”

“Swallowing your pride seldom leads to indigestion.”

“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intentions.”

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.”

From Don’s 2014 Mailings:

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be enjoyed.”

“Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they’re yours.”

“If you manage to be happy some people will be jealous. Be happy anyway” – Mother Teresa

“More truth is found in digging for facts than jumping to conclusions.”

“The reward of a thing well done is having done it.”

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond.”

“The strongest words are usually used in the weakest arguments.”

“When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.”

“It’s not what we have but what we enjoy that constitutes our abundance.”

“It takes less effort to be happy than to appear so.”

“None are so empty as those who are full of themselves.”

From Don’s 2013 Mailings:

“No one ever choked to death from swallowing his pride.”

“You cannot unsay a cruel word.”

“Learn from the mistakes of others; you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

“It’s wise to under-promise and over-deliver.”

“Cultivate your character and your reputation will take care of itself.”

“Temper gets you in trouble; pride keeps you there.”

“It’s wise to under-promise and over-deliver.”

“Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but hard to take.”

From Don’s 2012 Mailings:

“The first to apologize is the bravest.   The first to forgive is the strongest.  And the first to forget is the happiest.”

“The best way to keep your word is to not give it foolishly.”

“When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.”

“Learn from the mistakes of others; you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

“The real measure of your life is what you’d be worth if you lost all your money.”

“Friends listen to what you say.  Best friends listen to what you don’t say.”

“You cannot be envious and happy at the same time.”

“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.”

From Don’s 2011 Mailings:

“The best remedy for a short temper is a short walk”

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Louis B. Smedes

“Be content with what you have, but never with what you are.”

“Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.”

“The trouble with “have a nice day” is that it puts all the pressure on you.”

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiner