Refrigerator notes


Theirs is one of the happiest families I know. They are a joy to be around. The first time I was in their home they invited me into the kitchen for cocoa and cookies. A sign on their refrigerator door caught my eye. It read: “Are you fun to live with?”

Talking about it, I learned that this was something that had been going on in their home for years. All the family stays on the lookout for catchy little sayings, mottoes and proverbs. The best ones find a place on the refrigerator door for the enjoyment and inspiration of all who happen by.

A great idea, don’t you think? Such little one-liners pose all kinds of possibilities. When I was in school our English teacher put little items up in the left hand corner or the blackboard. Every day we looked forward to them, copied them down, saved them. One of them I have remembered over all the years read: “Science can add years to your life. Christ can add life to your years.”

Such sayings are to be found everywhere. I ran across this one in a hospital waiting room: “When the outlook is dark, try looking up.” Not bad! One of my very favorites I saw on the outside bulletin board of a church. A real soul-searching question: “Are you becoming what you want to be?”

One New Year’s Day I happened on this one that seemed to be for any and all who long for a chance to wipe the slate clean and begin all over again. It is one with which all of us are familiar. “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” The Bible is a good source for helpful sayings. They have been touching hearts and changing lives for hundreds of years. One of my favorites: “Greater is he who conquers his own soul than he who takes a city.”

Will H. Evans was a realtor for whom I worked as a college student. He was an outstanding Christian businessman, respected and loved by all who knew him. He told me once of running across such a saying that changed his life.

As a young man of nineteen years, he had gone to Boston in search of a job. It was late in the afternoon, a cold east wind blowing in his face as he walked along the waterfront discouraged and homesick. As he walked along he noticed a little piece of paper being turned over and over by the wind.

He watched it for a while as it danced along in front of him. Finally, he reached down and picked it up. On it were these words: “Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed; for the Lord thy God is with you wherever you go.”

Jesus gave us lots of sayings that would fit well on your refrigerator door. Here is one you might like to start with:

“All things are possible to him who believes.”

Rev. Nichols is Minister Emeritus of
First Christian Church, Temple, where he
was senior minister for 23 years before
retiring. He writes a religious column for
several newspapers.

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