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Words of Wisdom

I decided to use this page to publish some of the wonderful words of wisdom I have gathered over the years. Since this is a page dedicated to wisdom, precious few of the words will ever be authored by me.

Nevertheless, my goal is to share with you some of what I have learned and much of what I am still trying to learn.


Arrogance is not a sign of intelligence, it is a sign of ignorance.


Being in God's Will

The most dangerous place to be in the universe is the center of God's will.

That is where we want to be.

I hope we never think we've nailed it.

I hope we never believe that we have arrived.

I hope it is always dangerous.

Always chaotic.

Always flying by the seat of our pants.

Never settled.


I hope the struggles keep us begging God for guidance.

I often hear Christian leaders tell what God has been saying to them in their times of meditation and study and prayer and I'm often amazed. He tells them the most profound, eloquent things.

All I seem to ever hear is: 'Rob, get out of my way.'

Rob Bell, as quoted from 'The Younger Evangelicals'

Giving of Ourselves

We are what we give ---- or, don't give.

Wally Anderson


If you have a dream, DO SOMETHING!

Elmo, from CinderElmo


This quote from Beth Moore was given to me by my wife Julia...

My name is Pride. I am a cheater. I cheat you of your God-given destiny...because you demand your own way.

I cheat you of contentment...because you "deserve better than this"

I cheat you of knowledge...because you already know it all.

I cheat you of healing...because you're too full of me to forgive

I cheat you of holiness....because you refuse to admit when you're wrong

I cheat you of vision...because you'd rather look in the mirror than out a window.

I cheat you of genuine friendship...because nobody's going to know the real you.

I cheat you of love...because real romance demands sacrifice.

I cheat you of greatness in heaven...because you refuse to wash another's feet on earth.

I cheat you of God's glory...because i convince you to seek your own.

My name is Pride. I am a cheater. You like me because you think I'm always looking out for you. Untrue. I'm looking to make a fool of you. God has so much for you, I admit, but don't worry....If you stick with me, you'll never know.

Beth Moore, Praying God's Word

Don't let pride cheat you out of living each day for the glory of our Lord and rejoicing in His blessings!


A razor is defined as a sharp-edged tool. In academia however, a razor refers to a short, precise piece of information that one can use as a guideline or general rule. For example:

Ackham's (even though the correct spelling is actually Occam's) Razor:
The simplest answer is usually the most likely.

Hanlon's Razor:
Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

One of Einstein's Razors was:
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

This brings us to one of my pet theories and consequently one of my razors:

Mike Nelson's Razor:
Don't waste your time, only God can fix STUPID.


Service is the rent we pay for living. It is the very purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.

Marian Wright Edelman


I am often dumbfounded by people who whine about not being successful. It completely blows my mind that nearly 100% of these people simply won't ENGAGE. They seem to be willing to sit around and lament their lack of success and can easily list all the reasons they CAN'T succeed. Many are so busy doing NOTHING, they have no time for success.

Successful people are successful because they are willing to DO the things that unsuccessful people REFUSE TO DO.

Unknown, but whomever was right!


The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.

The character Keyser Soze in the 1995 movie 'The Usual Suspects'.

Waiting on God

Are you waiting on God, or are you just waiting?

Julia Bryant Nelson, my wife.

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