Ponderings: Fred Rogers

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by: Denise Robinson

01/07/2022

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This morning I was looking at the books on a shelf. I do that occasionally to see if there's one, or two, I can part with; most often, the answer is no! Anyway, I happen to have a book written by Fred Rogers (you know Mr. Rogers) and I opened it. Here are some of his quotes:


As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has- or ever will have- something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.

There's a world of difference between insisting on someone's doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it.

The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.

The kingdom of God is for the broken hearted.

The media shows the tiniest percentage of what people do. There are millions and millions of people doing wonderful things all over the world, and they're generally not the ones being touted in the news.

The only thing evil can't stand is forgiveness.

While Fred Rogers never served a church as a pastor, he was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in 1963 to work with children. The love of God and teachings of Jesus didn't often appear literally in his vocabulary, but they are evident in much of what he said and how he lived his life. We all have a ministry. Fred's ministry may have been to countless kids while yours may be to just one or two or a handful. But yours is no less important. Just a pondering for the morning ... stay warm and God bless you.
This morning I was looking at the books on a shelf. I do that occasionally to see if there's one, or two, I can part with; most often, the answer is no! Anyway, I happen to have a book written by Fred Rogers (you know Mr. Rogers) and I opened it. Here are some of his quotes:


As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has- or ever will have- something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.

There's a world of difference between insisting on someone's doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it.

The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.

The kingdom of God is for the broken hearted.

The media shows the tiniest percentage of what people do. There are millions and millions of people doing wonderful things all over the world, and they're generally not the ones being touted in the news.

The only thing evil can't stand is forgiveness.

While Fred Rogers never served a church as a pastor, he was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in 1963 to work with children. The love of God and teachings of Jesus didn't often appear literally in his vocabulary, but they are evident in much of what he said and how he lived his life. We all have a ministry. Fred's ministry may have been to countless kids while yours may be to just one or two or a handful. But yours is no less important. Just a pondering for the morning ... stay warm and God bless you.
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