Our Wonder Room

Our Wonder Room

Reflections on Finding God


To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.

– Colette

When a deep injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive.

– Alan Paton

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

– Edgar Allan Poe

I often wonder if my knowledge about God has not become my greatest stumbling block to my knowledge of God.

– Henri Nouwen

It is not my business to think about myself.  My business is to think about God.  It is for God to think about me.

– Simone Weil

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.

– Abraham Joshua Heschel

What screws us up most in life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to be.

– Anonymous

Success is not a reward to be enjoyed but a trust to be administered.

– Charlie Jones
tags: success

We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.

– Konrad Adenauer

We must strive to place ourselves completely in God’s hands. Then He will cause us to feel the effects of His goodness and protection–which are at times extraordinary.

– John Baptist de la Salle

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

– Leo Buscaglia

People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo.

– Max Eastman

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

– E. M. Forster

An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.

– Henri Matisse

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.

– Steven Furtick

The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do not yet know how to ask and will concern objects we have not yet imagined.

– John N. Bahcall

The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all.

– Pablo Casals

We can all be heroes
in our virtues,
in our homes,
in our lives.

– James Ellis

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.

– Mortimer J. Adler

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.

– John Morley

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.

– Isaac Newton

One filled with joy preaches without preaching.

– Mother Teresa

Whatever happens to you, never give up praying. It would be like giving up breathing.

– Henri Nouwen

The test of generosity is not how much you give, but how much you have left.

– Unknown

We do the praying but not the waiting. Let us not be afraid to be silent before Him thinking it is wasted time.

– John Wright Follett

Life only demands from the strength you possess.  Only one feat is possible-not to have to run away.

– Dag Hammarskjold

If we do not show love to one another, the world has a right to question whether Christianity is true.

– Francis A. Schaeffer

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.

– Roy Disney

When you are hurting, your head says that God is far away, but Jesus says, in fact, that God is closer than ever.

– Angela Thomas

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.

– Norman Vincent Peale

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.

– Albert Einstein

No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.

– Charles de Lint

God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the all of Christmas, which is Christ.

– Wilda English

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

– Margaret Mead

The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.

– Steve Biko

Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things in which smiles and kindness and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.

– Humphrey Davy

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

– Muriel Rukeyser

How can we tell what coming people are aboard the ships that may be sailing to us now from the unknown seas?

– Charles Dickens

If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

– Alexander Solzhenitsyn

One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.

– Chinua Achebe

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.

– Henry Ward Beecher
tags: gift, humor

If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.

– William Penn

Nice guys may appear to finish last, but usually they are running in a different race.

– Ken Blanchard

Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.

– Joni Eareckson Tada

We are designed to function poorly, to feel overwhelmed and alone apart from our relationship with Jesus. We are made to be lost without God.

– Angela Thomas McGuffey

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

– Anne Lamott

You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.

– C. S. Lewis
tags: soul

I believe in the sun even if it isn’t shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent.

– Unknown

The devil is content to let us profess Christianity as long as we do not practice it.

– Unknown

I could open a rosebud, Lord, but I would spoil the flower. I can move the hands of the clock but I can’t change the time.

– Virginia Talmadge

When we ask God to do something for us, He generally wants to do something in us.

– Unknown

The life that is righty related to God is as natural as breathing.

– Oswald Chambers

The man who walks with God always gets to his destination.

– Rick Matthes

We haven’t yet learned how to stay human when assembled in masses.

– Lewis Thomas
tags: actions

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.

– W. T. Purkiser

Where there’s too much, something is missing.

– Yiddish proverb

Fame is a bee.
It has a song
It has a sting
Ah, too, it has a wing.

– Emily Dickinson

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward

– Charlotte Bronte
tags: choice

The question is whether or not you choose to disturb the world around you, or if you choose to let it go on as if you had never arrived.

– Ann Patchett
tags: choices

Wait quietly.
Wait patiently.
Wait attentively.
He makes all things beautiful in His time.

– Roy Lessin

A preacher comes up to a farmer in his field and remarks, “Mighty fine farm you and the Lord have made.” “Yep,” replies the farmer, “but you should have seen it when He had it all to Himself.”

– Unknown

The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

– John Milton

Not what I have, but what I do, is my kingdom.

– Thomas Carlyle
tags: influence

Because you’re not what I would have you be, I blind myself to who, in truth, you are.

– Madeleine L’Engle
tags: mistakes

Prayer shouldn’t be casual or sporadic, dictated only by the needs of the moment. Prayer should be as much a part of our lives as breathing.

– Billy Graham

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.

– Noam Chomsky

If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine.

– Unknown

If you want to know God as he speaks to you through the Bible, you should study the Bible daily, systematically, comprehensively, devotionally, and prayerfully.

– James Montgomery Boice

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

– Jimi Hendrix
tags: love, power

“Courage is the first virtue that makes all other virtues possible.”

– Aristotle
tags: courage

“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.”

– Plutarch

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

– Plato
tags: fear, light

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

– George Addair

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

– John Lennon

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”

– Helen Keller

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

– Albert Einstein

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

– Dalai Lama

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

– Vincent Van Gogh

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”

– Ayn Rand

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

– Aristotle Onassis
tags: light

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

– Alice Walker
tags: choice, power

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

– Henry Ford

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

– Albert Einstein

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

– Yoda
tags: actions, trust

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt
tags: choice, others

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

– Audrey Hepburn

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

– Jimmy Dean

“Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

– Henry Ford

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou
tags: actions

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.

– Mother Teresa
tags: actions

“The safest road to hell is a gradual one. This safe road has a gentle slope, without turns, without milestones, without signposts, without warnings.”

– C. S. Lewis

“Every person we ever meet is God’s opportunity.”

– Frank Laubach

“If you will not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship him on one day a week.”

– A. W. Tozer

“Inside the will of God there is no failure. Outside the will of God there is no success.”

– Bernard Edinger

“The breathing I did yesterday will not keep me alive today- I must continue to breathe afresh every moment, or my life will cease. In like manner, yesterday’s grace and spiritual strength must be renewed, and the Holy Spirit must continue to breathe on my soul from moment to moment in order that I may continue to enjoy Him and to work the works He has assigned me.”

– Augustus Toplady

“The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realize, is to feel ourselves at home here on earth.”

– Malcolm Muggeridge

“There is no avoiding, and no substitute for, the sometimes long, arduous experience of discovering the will of God in our own lives.”

– Sinclair Ferguson

“Life is what we are alive to. It is not length but breadth…Be alive to…goodness, kindness, purity, love, history, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God, and eternal hope.”

– Maltbie D. Babcock

“Art is partly communication, but only partly. The rest is discovery.”

– William Golding

“Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.”

– Samuel Johnson

“It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”

– William Carlos Williams

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

– Muhammad Ali

“Good books tell the truth, even when they’re about things that never have been and never will be. They’re truthful in a different way.”

– Stanislaw Lem

“Opportunity has power over all things.”

– Sophocles

“The closer we are to God, the closer we are to those who are close to him.”

– Thomas Merton

“The best reason to pray is that God is really there. In praying our unbelief starts to melt. God moves smack into the middle of even an ordinary day.”

– Emily Griffin

“Find out what your temptations are and you will find out largely what you are yourself.”

– Henry Ward Beecher

“If a rabbit defined intelligence the way man does, then the most intelligent animal would be a rabbit, followed by the animal most willing to obey the commands of a rabbit.”

– Robert Brault

“Somehow, somewhere, I know that God loves me, even though I do not feel that love as I can feel a human embrace, even though I do not hear a voice as I hear human words…God is greater than my senses, greater than my thoughts, greater than my heart. I do believe that He touches me in places that are unknown even to myself.”

– Henri J. M. Nouwen

“You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty.”

– Jessica Mitford

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us — that’s where it’s at.”

– Jesse Owens

“I am always content with what happens, for I know that what God chooses is better than what I choose.”

– Epictetus

“God is bigger than all of us, beyond all of us. When I pray, I don’t really pray for anything, I just try to understand God’s will and do the best I can.”

– Harry Connick, Jr.

“If ever you are tempted to say, ‘I wish someone were to die and leave me something in his will,’ allow me to tell you, ‘Someone has!'”

– David Shepherd

“Tears are part of existence on this earth. They have flowed from Eden right down through history to the present day.”

– Wayne Detzler
tags: living, tears

“Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.”

– John Locke

“Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots.”

– HP Lovecraft

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

– AA Milne

“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”

– Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
tags: passion

“The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.”

– Frederick Buechner

“No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.”

– Barbara Ehrenreich
tags: duty

“We are all healers who can reach out and offer health, and we are all patients in constant need of help.”

– Henri Nouwen

“It is one thing for sin to live in us; it is another for us to live in sin.”

– John Murray
tags: sin

“For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard, not an aria heard.”

– Rita Dove
tags: words

“Prayer is striking the winning blow at the concealed enemy. Service is gathering up the results of that blow among the men we see and touch.”

– Samuel Gordon

“Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God, in answering it, will not wish that you had made it larger.”

– Phillips Brooks

“Most people think that shadows follow, precede, or surround beings or objects. The truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.”

– Elie Wiesel
tags: power, words

“But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.”

– John Piper

“Too many times we miss so much because we live on the low level of the natural, the ordinary, the explainable.”

– Vance Havner

“It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry.”

– Thomas Paine

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

– Madeleine L'Engle

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

– Charles Dickens

“Jesus, please teach me to appreciate what I have before time forces me to appreciate what I had.”

– Susan L. Lenzkes

“I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.”

– Kahlil Gibran, poet, and artist (1883-1931)

“Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.”

– Konrad von Gesner

“Every little blessing is far too precious to ever forget to say ‘thank you!'”

– Laura Regis

“The cruelest lies are often told in silence.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

“I was always complaining about the ruts in the road until I realized the ruts are the road.”

– Unknown
tags: living

“If you are a stranger to prayer, you are a stranger to the greatest source of power known to human beings.”

– Billy Sunday
tags: power, prayer

“There are wounds of the spirit which never close and are intended in God’s mercy to bring us nearer to Him, and to prevent us leaving Him by their very perpetuity. Such wounds then may almost be taken as a pledge, or at least as a ground for a humble trust, that God will give us the great gift of perseverance to the end. This is how I comfort myself in my own great bereavements.”

– John Henry Newman

“I suddenly saw that all the time it was not I who had been seeking God, but God who had been seeking me. I had made myself the centre of my own existence and had my back turned to God. All the beauty and truth which I had discovered had come to me as a reflection of his beauty, but I had kept my eyes fixed on the reflection and was always looking at myself. But God had brought me to the point at which I was compelled to turn away from the reflection, both of myself and of the world which could only mirror my own image. During that night the mirror had been broken, and I had felt abandoned because I could no longer gaze upon the image of my own reason and the finite world which it knew. God had brought me to my knees and made me acknowledge my own nothingness, and out of that knowledge I had been reborn. I was no longer the centre of my life and therefore I could see God in everything.”

– Bede Griffiths

“If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful after all.”

– Michelangelo Buonarroti

“What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.”

– H. W. Beecher
tags: gift, power

“Most people plot and plan themselves into mediocrity, while now and again somebody forgets himself into greatness.”

– E. Stanley Jones

“Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars.”

– Thomas à Kempis

“That best portion of a good man’s life,
His little nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.”

– William Wordsworth

“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.”

– Samuel Johnson

“Our salvation includes more than pardon from sin, deliverance from hell and a ticket to heaven. It includes all that we shall need on our journey.”

– Vance Havner

“God always gave us light in our doubts, when we had no other design but to please Him.”

– Brother Lawrence

“It is kindness immediately to refuse what you intend to deny.”

– Publilius Syrus

“If your church cannot accept the wreckage of broken homes and shattered dreams, it is not the place where Jesus lives. Your church should be the greatest garbage dump in town—a place where the broken, oppressed, misplaced, abandoned, and unloved peoples can come and find a ‘family’ where they are accepted and loved… as is.”

– Joseph C. Aldrich

“When we understand that He is Lord of our time, we realize that interruptions are of His planning. They become opportunities to serve rather than plagues to keep us from functioning.”

– Karen Mains

“Courage comes and goes. Hold on for the next supply.”

– Thomas Merton

“Between here and heaven, every minute that the Christian lives will be a minute of grace.”

– C. H. Spurgeon

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

– Francis Bacon
tags: more, words

“When a man sees that his neighbour hates him, then he must love him more than he did before to fill up the gap.”

– Rabbi Rafael
tags: love

“My worth to God in public is what I am in private.”

– Oswald Chambers

“If you believe what you like in the gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”

– St. Augustine of Hippo

“What I like in a good author isn’t what he says, but what he whispers.”

– Logan Pearsall Smith

“Every saint has a past and every sinner a future.”

– Oscar Wilde

“The life of prayer is just love to God and the custom of being ever with Him.”

– Teresa of Avila

“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

“The better part of one’s life consists of one’s friendships.”

– Abraham Lincoln
tags: friend

“He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life.”

– William Law
tags: prayer

“The Lord’s goodness surrounds us at every moment. I walk through it almost with difficulty, as through thick grass and flowers.”

– R. W. Barbour

“It was when I was happiest that I longed most. The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to find the place where all the beauty came from.”

– C. S. Lewis
tags: living

“We can talk about love all we want, but loving those who are unlovely is how we learn about love.”

– Mike Yaconelli
tags: love

“Each day the first day:
Each day a life.”

– Dag Hammarskjold

“The offering of ourselves can only be the offering of our lived experience, because this alone is who we are. And who we are—not who we want to be—is the only offering we have to give.”

– Richard J. Foster

“No, no, you’re not thinking, you’re just being logical.”

– Niels Bohr

When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always.”

– Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.”

– Albert Schweitzer

“If Christ lives in us, controlling our personalities, we will leave glorious marks on the lives we touch. Not because of our lovely characters, but because of his.”

– Eugenia Price

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

– John Shedd

“If you are seized with anger towards someone, try to imagine that both you and he must die; how insignificant his fault will then appear, and how unjust your anger, even if formally justified.”

– Alexander Yelchaninov

“God usually answers our prayers according rather to the measure of His own magnificence, than to that of our asking; so that we often do not know His [benefits] to be those for which we besought Him.”

– Coventry Patmore

“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.”

– Margaret Shepard
tags: actions, faith

“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.

– Harper Lee

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

– Jim Elliot

Life provides losses and heartbreak. But the greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning. I am determined not to miss that meaning.

– Robin Roberts

Who has not for the sake of his reputation sacrificed himself?

– Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

– Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

– Hans Hofmann

It’s impossible to be loyal to your family, your friends, your country, and your principles, all at the same time.

– Mignon McLaughlin
tags: choices, love

“He has great tranquility of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men. He will easily be content and pacified, whose conscience is pure. You are not holier if you are praised, nor the more worthless if you are found fault with.”

– Thomas Kempis

“How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward.”

– Spanish proverb
tags: small

“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things- I am tempted to think- there are no little things.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“God’s Heart is especially tender toward the downtrodden and the defeated. He knows your name and He has seen every tear you have shed.”

– James Dobson

“The fingers of your thoughts are molding your face ceaselessly.”

– Charles Reznikoff

“Language can easily be a barrier rather than a bridge, whereas in every language the smile, the gentle touch, the embrace are the same – and in every century, too.”

– Philip Pare
tags: actions

“No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.”

– Henry Ward Beecher

“As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to live it more and more.”

– Jules Renard
tags: live, more

“We must not be frightened nor cajoled into accepting evil as deliverance from evil. We must go on struggling to be human, though monsters of abstractions police and threaten us.”

– Robert Hayden

“When we stopped going to church and started being the church, something wonderful happened.”

– Twelve Tribes

“You aren’t an accident. You weren’t mass-produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth by the Master Craftsman.”

– Max Lucado

“A friend is a gift you give yourself.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

“Forgiveness is the precondition of love.”

– Catherine Marshall

“When you see a man led to prison say in your heart, ‘Mayhap he is escaping from a narrower prison.’ And when you see a man drunken say in your heart, ‘Mayhap he sought escape from something still more unbeautiful.'”

– Kahlil Gibran

“It has come to pass that man’s knowledge has surpassed his wisdom. He is afraid of what he knows.”

– Guy D. Newman

“We do not content ourselves with the life we have in ourselves; we desire to live an imaginary life in the minds of others, and for this purpose we endeavor to shine.”

– Blaise Pascal

“Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.”

– James Dobson
tags: love

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry on as if nothing happened.”

– Winston Churchill
tags: truth

“Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.”

– Robert King Merton
tags: faith

“There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.”

– Henry van Dyke

“Christianity proposes not to extinguish our natural desires. It promises to bring the desires under just control and direct them to their true object.”

– William Wilberforce
tags: desires

“Grace means more, far more than we can put into words, because it means nothing less than the infinite character of God Himself. It includes mercy for the undeserving and unmerciful, help for the helpless and hopeless, redemption for the renegade and repulsive, love for the unloving and unlovely, kindness for the unkind and unthankful. And all this in full measure and overflowing abundance, because of nothing in the object, and because of everything in the Giver, God Himself.”

– W. H. Griffith Thomas

“All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.”

– John Calvin
tags: trust

“It is perilous to separate thinking rightly from acting [rightly]. He is already half false who speculates on truth, and does not do it. Truth is given, not to be contemplated, but to be done. Life is an action, not a thought. And the penalty paid by him who speculates on truth, is that by degrees the very truth he holds becomes to him a falsehood.”

– Frederick W. Robertson

“The power of goodness is found in the tiny. Since the beginning, God has chosen the tiny over the large: David over Goliath, Gideon and his three hundred soldiers over thousands of Midianites, Elijah over the prophets of Baal, one sheep over ninety-nine sheep. Spirituality is about doing the tiny work of God, little acts, small responses to God’s presence in our lives.”

– Mike Yaconelli

“We should all like life to be free from suffering, and our love to be free from pain. But there is no true love without suffering. So the highest love of all, the love of Christ for men, showed unforgettably how deeply he must suffer in order to bring men to himself.”

– J. B. Phillips
tags: love

An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.

– Don Marquis

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

– Harriet Beecher Stowe

Never dwell on the tomorrow; remember, that it’s God’s and not ours.

– E. B. Pusey
tags: living

It’s not what you did, but what you could have done if you allowed the Lord to work His will in your life.

– A. W. Tozer

Here is a paradox, that no one can seek the Lord who has not already found Him. It is Thy will, O God, to be found that Thou mayest be sought, to be sought that Thou mayest the more truly be found.

– Bernard of Clairvaux

To endure the cross is not a tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ. When it comes, it is not an accident, but a necessity. It is not the sort of suffering which is inseparable from this mortal life, but the suffering which is an essential part of the specifically Christian life.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Thanksgiving is the language of heaven, and we had better start to learn it if we are not to be mere dumb aliens there.

– A. J. Gossip

Never be afraid of the world’s censure; it’s praise is much more to be dreaded.

– C. H. Spurgeon

We are all fallen creatures and all very hard to live with.

– C. S. Lewis
tags: fallen

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves all of us not to talk about the rest of us.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy.

– Corrie Ten Boom

Nowhere in the New Testament are we told to “build the Kingdom.” It is already built “from the foundation of the world,” built into the nature of reality. You “see,” “enter,” “proclaim,” “suffer for” the Kingdom, but never “build” it. For the Kingdom is not a relativism to be built, but an absolute to be accepted, submitted to, obeyed.

– E. Stanley Jones

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

– Henry David Thoreau

A sneer is the weapon of the weak.

tags: weakness

We are all fallen creatures and all very hard to live with.

tags: fallen

Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony.

tags: testimony

It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.

tags: money, things

Beware in your prayer, above everything, of limiting God – not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what he can do.

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.


I am convinced that the first step towards attaining a higher standard of holiness is to realize more fully the amazing sinfulness of sin.


A man stopped every morning to set his watch by the clock on the local bank. One day the banker stepped outside to ask him why. “Well,” said the man, “I am the man who sounds the noon siren and I want to be sure it is the correct time.” “That’s strange,” said the banker, “I set this clock by that siren each day.”


There is no place for faith if we expect God to fulfill immediately what he promises.

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