Dehoff’s Rules For Living

  • Every day, I greet every person with a smile and make a special effort to do so if the person is poor or in unfortunate circumstances (Proverbs 15:15Luke 14:13–14).
  • The first thing in the morning, I plan my duty for the day and try to go beyond it (Ecclesiastes 9:1012:13).
  • Every day, I read from the Bible and other good books; feeding the mind and soul is more important than feeding the body (Proverbs 15:281 Timothy 4:132 Timothy 2:15).
  • I try to pay every debt I owe on time and always save something from every paycheck, however small (Romans 13:8Ephesians 4:28).
  • I like people and never harbor malice toward any person. I like various places and have yet to be anywhere that I do not like. I go there with the intention of liking the place (Matthew 7:12Luke 6:31Hebrews 13:5).
  • I am a confirmed optimist, believing that even in this life, evil men will be punished by their own unhappiness, and good men will be rewarded. “It’s better farther on” (Luke 6:22–23Galatians 6:9–10).
  • I try to close each day as if it were the last day I’d be on earth, closing the books on all regrets, worries, and annoyances (Psalm 55:22Matthew 6:25–31Philippians 4:61 Peter 5:7).
  • The last thing I do at night is count the day’s blessings. This makes me so thankful that I soon drift into pleasant sleep. In this spirit, I hope to close life’s journey and drift into eternity (Ecclesiastes 5:12Ephesians 6:181 Timothy 2:14:4–5Revelation 2:10). —George DeHoff, deceased

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