Here was a man eighty-five years old! And he is asking for a mountain!
– The Bumps Are What You Climb On: Encouragement for Difficult Days, Warren W. Wiersbe, Kindle Edition, page 148
Call of God
It is easier to serve or work for God without a vision and without a call, because then you are not bothered by what He requires. Common sense, covered with a layer of Christian emotion, becomes your guide. You may be more prosperous and successful from the world’s perspective, and you will have more leisure time, if you never acknowledge the call of God. But once you receive a commission from Jesus Christ, the memory of what God asks of you will always be there to prod you on to do His will. You will no longer be able to work for Him on the basis of common sense. (Editor’s Note: Scripture context – Acts 20:24, Paul’s call to share the Gospel)
– My Utmost for His Highest- Updated Edition, Oswald Chambers, March 4
…the very ability to change is a golden treasure, a gift from God of such fabulous worth as to call for constant thanksgiving. For human beings the whole possibility of redemption lies in their ability to change.
– Knowledge Of The Holy, A.W. Tozer, Page 36
Character implies that the inside (the real us) and the outside (how we act and appear) agree.
– The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity, Alex McFarland, page 53
It is relatively easy to do the right thing, the demanding thing, when all is going well, but the real measure of a person’s character is his behavior when things are going badly.
– Overcoming Life’s Disappointments, Harold S. Kushner, page 22
The strength of a man is in proportion to the feelings which he curbs and subdues, and not which subdue him. The man who receives a flagrant insult, and answers quietly; the man who bears a hopeless daily trial, and remains silent; the man who with strong passions remains chaste, or with a quick sense of injustice can refrain himself and remain calm—these are strong men…
– John The Baptist, F. B. Meyer, page 21
“Ah,” the Master seems to say, “Heaven judges, not by a passing mood, but by the general tenor and trend of a man’s life; not by the expression of a doubt, caused by accidents which may be explained, but by the soul of man within him, which is as much deeper than the emotions as the heart of the ocean is deeper than the cloud-shadows which hurry across its surface.”
– John the Baptist, F. B. Meyer, page 93
A checklist is useful for three reasons:
First, it helps people take action. With a list, there’s a plan, and a plan focuses people on doing, not deciding to do.
Second, the existence of a checklist shows that you respect people’s time and communicates that you know how to get things done. In short, it means you’ve got your act together. In a world of incompetent time wasters, people who have their act together are enchanting.
Finally, a checklist motivates people because it enables them to see the progress they are making and feel a sense of accomplishment. The sense of accomplishment encourages the, to do even more.
–Enchantment, Guy Kawasaki, Pages 52-53
People may think that as long as they haven’t made a choice, they haven’t made a mistake. Once they make a choice, they’re either right or wrong. The fear of finding out can make people reluctant to make a choice – although not making a choice is a choice by itself.
–Enchantment, Guy Kawasaki, Pages 71-72
The tragedy of many lives is that we make the most fateful decisions with little or no awareness that our choice will change the shape and direction of our existence.
–The Art of Living Consciously, Nathaniel Branden, Page 79
Given the thin line between success and failure, knowing that what works in one circumstance might be disastrous in another, what do such operations have to teach us? It’s certainly not that daring military action is or isn’t the better course; it’s that daring thinking about one’s options is always the better course.
History hinges on successes and failures. But reaching for the former to avoid the latter does not depend on our capacity to hope. It depends on our capacity to think clearly, but to choose wisely, and ultimately to make the moral choice—even in the face of danger.
–No Room for Small Dreams, Shimon Peres, Pages 143-144
Christianity is about the way we behave, not just the way we think.
–If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis, Alister McGrath, Page 97
Men are mirrors, or ‘carriers’ of Christ to other men.
–Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis, Page 190
How the church sees itself will determine what the church does and the way it does it. If we see the church only as an army, then our ministry will become aggressively militant. If we see only the image of the body, then we might become “ingrown” as we seek to discover our gifts and minster to each other. An overemphasis on the image of the bride could make us mystical and so wrapped in devotion that we forget duty. If we are only priests, then worship becomes the most important thing. If we are only witnesses, then proclamation takes the forefront.
As we minister the Word of God, we must maintain a balanced view of the church.
–Preaching and Teaching with Imagination, Warren W. Wiersbe, Page 192
The true Church is left here, not to perfume the dung heap of a fallen humanity, but to save as many individuals out of the wreck as is possible before the final destructive crash comes.
–The Invisible War, Donald Grey Barnhouse, Page 228
Trust me, churches to keep you always busy are predisposed to erosion. Join this program…enroll in this study…go on this trip…come to this concert…teach this class…serve here…meet there…be hardworking… stay productive…count those heads…keep busy! Sadly, many of those same churches fail to encourage personal reflection, growth, and analysis. Their focus? The bottom line. Busyness equates to success.
–The Church Awakening, Charles R. Swindoll, Page 229
Contentment with simple things in a world obsessed with materialism is a condition that is achieved only by giving diligent attention to scriptural teachings and prayer. Nor is it a permanent condition once it is realized. Continuing cultivation is necessary. Not unlike a vegetable garden.
–Devotions for Gardeners, Jean Shaw, Page 63