It may say something about my personality that I love quotes. Possibly, it says that my weak mind can only process things in brief, sound-bite-sized fragments. But rather than fragmented, I’d like to consider myself broad minded enough to only need a narrow glimpse at the thoughts of others. That’s a joke of course but not a fat joke. In reality, I like quotes because they allow the luxury of taking a great thought from another person and putting it in my own context. With a quote, I’m not limited exclusively to the context in which is was written or spoken. I can also take its wisdom into my current situation or mind frame. And the type of quotes I like can give you good insight into my mind and help you qualify what’s important to me.
Also, this would be a great place for you to post your favorite quote in a comment. So look up your favorite quote, then cut and paste it into a comment for this blog. I’d love to see what speaks to you. And don’t think you’ll pick a quote that’s not worth sharing. We’ll read all quotes that will hold still long enough to be read: concise, witty, clever, sometimes pithy. I love them all.
Now that I have my all-too-verbose intro finished, I’ll finally move on to the laconic statements that I brought you here to read…
“Of this you can be certain: Jehovah, King of kings, and Lord of lords, is not pacing the corridors of heaven in confusion over the problems in your life. He hung the worlds in space. He can handle the burdens that have weighed you down, and He cares about you deeply.”
–James Dobson from When God Doesn’t Make Sense
“A child kicks its legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding energy, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough… It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again,” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again,” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike: it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. ”
“The Church has no mission of its own. All we can have by ourselves is a club or a debating society; and our only hope, left to ourselves, is to win as many members for our own club and away from other clubs as we can. And whatever this is, it is not Mission. Mission belongs to God. The Mission was His from the beginning; it is His; it will always be His. He has His purposes from the foundation of the world, and the means to fulfill them; and the only part the Church has in this is obedience -a share in the eternal and life-giving obedience of the Son of God… And the most terrible judgment on the Church comes when God leaves us to our own devices because He is tired of waiting for our obedience — leaves us to be the domestic chaplains to a comfortable secular world — and goes Himself into the wilderness of human need and injustice and pain. This judgment does come on churches and nations, when they forget that God is in command, that He does the choosing.”
–Stephen F. Bayne, Jr. (1908-1974) from An Anglican Turning Point
“Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”
“Sometimes we don’t need another chance to express how we feel or to ask someone to understand our situation. Sometimes we just need a firm kick in the pants. An unsmiling expectation that if we mean all these wonderful things we talk about and sing about, then lets see something to prove it.”
“Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”
–C. T. Studd (1860-1931)
“The kingdom of heaven is not come even when God’s will is our law; it is fully come when God’s will is our will.”
All this flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I’ve never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am mercenary and self-seeking
through and through:
I want God, you, all my friends,
merely to serve my turn.
Peace, re-assurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin:
I talk of love–a scholar’s parrot may talk Greek–
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.
–C. S. Lewis, Collected Poems
“This Man (Jesus) suddenly remarks one day, ‘No one need fast while I am here.’ Who is this Man who remarks that His mere presence suspends all normal rules?”
“God continually introduces us to people for whom we have no affinity, and unless we are worshipping God, the most natural thing to do is to treat them heartlessly, to give them a text like the jab of a spear, or leave them with a rapped-out counsel of God and go. A heartless Christian must be a terrible grief to Our Lord.”
–Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest