On An Even Keel

Listen to “On An Even Keel” by Fred Smith   A friend asked me, “What do you think your best contribution will be? And for what would you like to be remembered?” I did not need [...]

Is It Too Much to Ask?

Listen to “Is It Too Much To Ask?”   It’s not just me but a growing number of people have made comments about a theme running through commencement speeches for the last several [...]

More

Listen to “More” by Fred Smith   Periodically, I think about full retirement and what that might mean. I asked one friend about it, and his response was, “Retire from what? You [...]

Paper Dolls

Listen to “Paper Dolls” by Fred Smith   There is no topic more widely discussed and fretted about in family philanthropy than that of donor intent. Horror stories (both true and [...]

End Of The Line

Listen to “End of the Line” by Fred Smith The story of Abram’s calling begins at the end of the line. If you trace the descendants of Adam through Noah and then to Terah, the [...]

The Work Of Our Hands

Listen to “The Work of our Hands” by Fred Smith   For two summers as a student I took a job in a canning factory. For nine hours every day I stood on a hard concrete floor beside [...]

A Gift Too Big

Listen to “A Gift Too Big” by Fred Smith   Instead of destroying a weakened Israel, the Midianites chose constant humiliation by periodically crossing into Israel and reducing [...]

Farewell

Listen to “Farewell” by Fred Smith   Several of my friends are beginning to say “farewell” to their careers. It’s hard to believe. I know for many complete retirement is not an [...]

No Other Way

Listen to “No Other Way” by Fred Smith   Most of us are familiar with William Wilberforce for his long but ultimately successful struggle to abolish the slave trade in England. [...]