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Yield The Right Of Way

By Don Loftis | 09.26.18

We are familiar with the triangular-shaped road signs that state “YIELD” in all capital letters.  The message is for drivers to allow other approaching traffic to have the right of way and to go first.   Early September 1986, a Russian ocean liner with over 1200 people on board was moving through the Black Sea.  A freighter transporting oats was crossing the same water.  For 45 minutes the two captains were aware that they were on a collision course.  Despite some communications, neither captain ordered a change of course until it was too late.  The freighter broadsided the ocean liner leading to the sinking of the ship and the loss of 398 lives.  Both captains were arrested for their stubborn refusal to yield.   The same mentality leads husbands and wives to experience chronic conflict.  [...]

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Don’t Sell Other People’s Stuff

By Don Loftis | 09.19.18

Matthew and Maria Colonna-Emmanual discovered a rusted metal box in their shrubbery.  Thinking it was an old cable box, they simply opened it out of curiosity.  However, they discovered that it contained $52,000 in cash, as well as several pieces of jewelry.  Since the box contained the name of the original owner, they tracked them down and returned the lost box.  The original owners were quite thankful but equally amazed that the couple returned it.  When asked why they didn’t keep it, Maria quickly responded, “It wasn’t ours.”   There are at least two ways we can take and use what doesn’t belong to us.  Many people steal items and sell them to a pawn shop or list them on e-Bay.  The process may not even be as scandalous as breaking and entering a home.   [...]

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Do You Know Your Score?

By Don Loftis | 09.12.18

I don’t know if any one else uses it, but I subscribe (free) to Credit Karma to help me keep tabs on my finances.  Every month it lists all my accounts, so I can easily see if anyone has stolen my identity.  It also posts my credit score as reported by two of the three major reporting bureaus.  This index gives me a regular evaluation of my financial health.   Credit scores are useful, if a person is buying a house or car.  The better the score, the lower the interest rate that will be charged, because you are viewed as less of a risk.  However, there is a much more important “score” — the one that reflects our spiritual health and offers a glimpse into our relationship with God.   I don’t know how [...]

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