What’s on your mind today?

My, son Christopher recently sent me this article by David Burns:

By David B. Burns
“Isidor I. Rabi, the 1944 Nobel Prize winner in physics was once asked, ”Why did you become a 
scientist, rather than a doctor or lawyer, like the other kids in your neighborhood?”
”My mother made me a scientist.  Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child 
after school: ‘So? Did you learn anything today?’ Not my mother. She always asked me a 
different question. ‘Izzy,’ she would say, ‘did you ask a good question today?’ That difference 
made me a scientist.”
Isidor Rabi wasn’t just any scientist.  He was in the top one-percent.  In addition to his Nobel 
Prize, his work contributed to the invention of radar, the atomic bomb, the laser and the atomic 
clock. His excellence stemmed from asking good questions.  And he is not alone in 
understanding that success is driven by asking good questions.”
It’s never too late to ask the right questions? Whoa, when we hold those little ones so close and drive them back and forth to school, church, sports, music or vacation what are we asking? How have their lives answered us?

What’s on my mind today? As we look down the highway what will we see when we turn the curves of life each and everyday? Will I see an Engineer? A Statesman? Or, will I see my questions were in gear just to please me?


20 thoughts on “What’s on your mind today?

  1. Thanks Chris for sharing a very thought-provoking article and Sara for posting and asking really ‘good questions’. It makes me stop and think about how important an appropriate question can be in communication…obviously very powerful.

  2. I don’t think we could think of any business, profession, etc. where we would not need good questions. If results matter than good questions matter. Imagine your Dr. not asking good questions? How many times have we returned to a store for shopping because a sales person asked, “how may I help you today?” And, not returned when they were to busy to even notice or care. I love churches when a greeter opens the door, hands me a bulletin, smiles and asked, “how are you today?”

    I love the Bible story where Jesus asked Peter, “do you love me?” Didn’t Jesus repeat the question a number of times?” And, Jesus had something he wanted Peter to do. If I were to ask my husband; “Gary, do you love me?” He would quickly say, “yes, what do you want?” And, I, like Jesus, would be ready to answer, “a cup of coffee so I don’t have to leave my computer to go and get it.” I do the same with my sons and they know their “Mother” wants something. Well, I learned this valuable lesson from Jesus. Looks like our Jewish Mother in story knew well how to get results.

    As I ponder this story I am reminded good communication produces good results. I would love to hear how it has worked in your life. Or, has it not worked? Maybe we could help one another get their car in the right gear!

    1. Sara, I remember a time when one of my teachers asked me over and over again, how much change I gave her. I repeated to her over and over again…”10 cent”. Each time, she would ask me again, “how much?” I can remember thinking…”is this woman deaf, or what?” Finally she let me know, “Tammy, you have ONE CENT, but you have TEN CENT….S”. I have never forgotten it.

  3. As a teacher I have learned that asking the right question(s) is key in EDUCATION (i.e.drawing or leading out of). But in life of the Spirit, it is of much more importance;especially in applying the Scriptures to one’s life. As I listen to “Paul” in Ephesians, Philippians & Colossians, the directives that he gives by the Holy Spirit make me stop, EVERY TIME, and ask myself if my life reflects in any way whatsoever the precepts he is giving the Body of Christ in general and me in particular .
    I will let you know the answer(s) to that question, later.

    1. Tammy, I love your story. I love your teacher, you know the one with the “good sense”!!!!! She was a master because you are still a very good learner. May take a time or two but when you get it….you got it….and you keep it…
      I have to say that story is a good one!

    2. OK, MG, is this a new daily series? To be continued with your walk? Ephesians 5:2 (NIV) and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

      Paul wants to know in Ephesians: MG, What is the hope of God’s calling (1:18) What are the glorious riches of God’s inheritance in the saints (1:18) What is God’s great power toward those who believe (1:19)

      Didn’t Debi have a dream recently about both you and her and your walk?

      1. I found ‘walk’ 7 times in Ephesians and 2 times in Philippians. How many times can you find the word “walk”? By the way, does asking yourself how good your walk is give you the answer? Or, does others give you the answer by the way they respond to you?

      2. QUESTION? I believe that I have one answer to my perplexing question of whether or not my life is truly reflecting the precepts that the Lord Jesus Christ, Head of the Body of Christ, has laid down in His Book; and conviction by the Holy Spirit concerning my “hits” and “misses” and my spiritual journey or “WALK”.

        Sara has been challenging us over a long period of time, to examine our hearts and to “be holy as He is holy.” I am learning that it is not just a pristine demeanor that God is looking for. It’s isn’t just NOT GOING to “R” rated movies. It isn’t just a bunch of ” NOTS”. I think I heard a preacher once say that “sometimes Christians get all tied up in “Nots”. But it is having a perfect heart before the Lord. That’s part of “holiness”.

        This morning I read in David Wilkerson’s newsletter that being holy and having a perfect heart is not only what I have just written above. It is all of that AND more: being fully broken-hearted about my sins of commission and omission. But even more, it is basically to be moved to ‘do SOMETHING about it’.
        David Wilkerson writes that when he saw the devastation and the gang killings and wars in New York City he wept and wept in prayer and could not shake off the sorrow. After he returned home to Texas he kept on weeping in prayer till the Lord finally spoke to him and told him, “David, go and do something about the ruin.” David writes that he was not fully broken over the horrors that were happening to young people in NYC until, “I was moved with hope to begin rebuilding the wall.” The results were amazing. His book, THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE tells much of that story.

        SO…“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, [love that moves me to do something] I am just sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.” [1Cor. 13:1] So unless the repentance is met with concomitant action for good, I can expound and proclaim; I can quote and explain. But if I am not DOING anything about it, Wilkerson says…If you haven’t begun viewing the ruins about you with compassion and help, when you see Christ in all His glory the sight of Him will shatter you.”

        How will we know WHAT to do? Ask the Lord! Paul writes, “Pray without ceasing.” Sara says, ‘sing your prayers…see those who need God’s light and truth, see them at Calvary’s cross; see them kneeling at Mt Golgotha; pray for deliverance; pray for nations; pray for our nation for truth, for light, for revival.

        Maybe if keep our lips and mind ensconced in prayer then when we see Father God at the end of our lives and He
        asks us the QUESTION: “What have you done with & for My Son ?”
        We will be able to answer in Spirit and in Truth. Father God, we have a perfect heart toward You. This is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.”

  4. Here are a few scriptures with ‘walk’:
    For we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Cor 5:7
    “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin”. 1 John 1:7
    “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31
    I found 14 more in my concordance.

  5. What’s on my mind today, all the spiritual surprises strewed on my walking path like the crocus’ springing forth showing me Spring is once again on the way. Hooray!

  6. So nice to read and think on the crocus’, Sara. Some early tomato plants were poking their noses up through the soil in the greenhouse today reminding me it won’t be long until outdoor planting time.

    1. We have cause to rejoice when we see the “crocus”. In Isaiah 35:1 the Bible says,
      “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus,”
      I also read that the “Rose” mentioned in Song of Solomon 2:1 is really a crocus. Some scholars say that the crocus is hearty and can flourish in difficult places and times….like the Body of Christ, in difficult times. Hallelujah!

  7. For some information on tomatoes, there are Daily Lily blogs on growing and and canning, etc. tomatoes. Just go to the ‘About’ column at the right top of this Daily Lily page, find ‘Search’, and type in ‘tomatoes’. It will take you right to them.

      1. If you are ready to start planting Sara, I have heard it said for many years that peas and potatoes are planted on St Patrick’s day. That is just a few days away!

      2. Also, with regard to planting, Easter is just around the corner. We will soon see beautiful, potted white Easter lilies gracing churches and homes, a symbol of our Lord’s resurrection. They also symbolize death, resurrection and eternity because you can remove the plants from their pots after they finish blooming and plant them in a sunny garden bed. Eventually, the foliage will die back but the bulbs buried in the soil will quietly survive the winter and come bursting forth next spring with more blooms. Year after year they will continue this cycle, multiplying themselves and continuing for years in your garden.

    1. Thanks Debi,

      Is tums mentioned or using egg shells? Are there updates to that article? Now I have a balcony, Is there a way to grow them that doesn’t only give me glorious foliage? Love the fruit!!!!

  8. Tums and egg shells is not mentioned in the article Rena. No updates yet but I have heard it suggested to add tums or egg shells to the planting soil. Probably the reason for this is that calcium deficiency, at a certain stage in a tomato’s development, is suspected by some as causing blossom end rot. Tums contains calcium carbonate and egg shells contain some calcium. I read, however, that some believe that tums must be crushed and dissolved in water first or the calcium is not released. Others say calcium may not be a factor and that other environmental, etc conditions may be the cause such as uneven or irregular watering.
    Lush foliage and no fruit may mean too much nitrogen. Try restricting the fertilizer until fruit begins to develop…then fertilize according to label directions. Have you tried ‘Patio’ tomatoes in containers? They are supposed to be adapted for growing on patios and balconies with sun.

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