“A little girl approached me. She asked, ‘Have you ever wished you were someone else?’ I answered, ‘I used to sometimes when I was younger, but now I know that I am who God intended me to be. Have you ever wanted to be someone else?’ She looked away and said, ‘I don’t know.’ She was 10 years old, and at that age, ‘I don’t know’ means ‘yes.’ So I reassured her: ‘You are exactly who God wants you to be. Don’t wish to be someone you are not. Find out who you are.'”
At a recent Heritage Foundation event, she said when she was 8 years old her mother, who was also her Sunday school teacher, gave her a plaque that said: “What you are is God’s gift to you and what you make of yourself is your gift to God.”
“Church is not a noun. It’s a verb. It can be friends gathering around a meal, talking about the things that matter most, building each other up. That’s a lot bigger than 11 a.m. on Sunday.”
— Rob Bell, spiritual leader, in O, the Oprah Magazine.
“Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
…Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
— Wendell Berry
Sent to me by a a man in prison.
I never heard of Wendell Berry before, but I think he’s wonderful. Check out his website: Wendell Berry Books.
“Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”
“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive the week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world. If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are more blessed than 3 billion people in the world. If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them, or even touch them on a shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer God’s healing touch and word.”
This was sent to me by Brother Curtis, a man I wrote in prison for many years. Instead of encouraging him, Brother Curtis encouraged me with this wonderful quote. I hope it encourages you, too.