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A Genius Speaks

By Don Loftis | 11.01.17

Albert Einstein was a German born physicist who pioneered work in mathematics and relativity.  After immigrating to the United States, he taught at Princeton and helped develop the atomic bomb.  Estimates of this genius’ IQ range between 160 and 190.  Outside of science, he left a quote that is representative of its own wisdom.

 

As the story is told, he was on speaking tour in Japan in 1922, when a courier brought a message to his room.  Realizing that he had no money for a tip, he scribbled some life advice on a piece of hotel stationary and gave it to the young courier.  The note (which nearly a century later sold for over a million dollars) said:  “A quiet modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.”

 

This nugget of wisdom is highlighted frequently in the Scriptures.  Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 4:6, “One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.”  Jesus warned about excessive worry in the sixth chapter of Matthew in the midst of the Sermon on the Mount.  Paul told the Philippians, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.”

 

We often make life far more complicated than we need to.  Let’s learn to listen to one voice (God’s), seek after one goal (heaven), and live one day at a time to God’s glory.

 


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