Reflections

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"Righteousness is the fulfillment of God's creative purpose in a man's whole life. It begins with the soul, the real eternal self, that is instinct with life of the God from whom it came. It is the response of the highest in man to the claim of God."

Percy C. Ainsworth

 

"Never be afraid of giving your best, and God will give you His better."

James Hinton

 

"No man can be without his god. If he have not the true God to bless and sustain him, he will have some false god to delude him and betray him."

Richard Chenevix Trench

 

"God brings no man into the conflicts of life to desert him. Every man has a Friend in Heaven whose resources are unlimited; and on Him may we call at any hour and find sympathy and assistance."

Robert Hugh Morris

 

"I believe in today. It is all that I possess. The past is of value only as it can make the life today fuller and freer. There is no assurance of tomorrow. I must make good today!"

Charles Stelzle

 

"Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence."

Henry Ford Beecher

 

"How immense appear to us the sins that we have not committed."

Madame Necker

 

 

God has a purpose for my life. No other person can take my place. It isn't a big place to be sure, but for years I have been molded in a peculiar way to fill a peculiar niche in the world's work."

Charles Stelzle

 

"What I spent I lost; what I possessed is left to others; what I gave away remains with me."

Joseph Addison

 

"Nothing we can say to the Lord, no calling Him great names, can take the place of the plain doing of His will. We may cry out about the beauty of eating bread with Him in His kingdom, but it is wasted breath and rootless hope, unless we plow and plant in His kingdom here and now. To remember Him at His table and to forget Him at ours, is to have invested in bad securities. There is no substitute for plain, everyday goodness."

Maltbie Davenport Babcock

 

"There is no happiness which hope cannot promise, no difficulty which it cannot surmount, no grief which it cannot mitigate. It is the wealth of the indigent, the health of the sick, the freedom of the captive, the rest for the toiler."

Theodore Cuyler

 

"Banish the future: live only for the hour. Think not of the amount to be accomplished, the difficulties to be overcome, but set earnestly at the little task at your elbow, letting that be sufficient for the day; for surely our plain duty is 'not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.'"

William Osler

 

 

"I leave God’s secrets to Himself. It is happy for me that God made me of His court, and not of His council."

Joseph Hall

 

 

"To reach the port of Heaven we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must sail, and not drift or lie at anchor."

Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

 

 

"A string of opinions no more constitutes faith, than a string of beads constitutes holiness"

John Wesley

 

 

 

 

"In medieval times people approached their work with prayer. Whether it was ultimately viewed by the many or the few, it was all, no matter how it might be hidden, seen by God; and it was done primarily for God."

Boston Herald

 

"I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans."

George Macdonald

 

"First among the things to be thankful for is a thankful spirit. Some people would grumble at the accommodations in Heaven if they ever got there. They take their blessings here so much as a matter of course, that even a day of general thanksgiving once a year is more than they feel any need of."

Golden Rule

 

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” ― John Wesley

 

“What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar

 

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him” ― John Piper

 

“Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.” ― Bernard Branson

 

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.” ― Elisabeth Elliot

 

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy... It's not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.” ― David Platt

 

Faith is not an intellectual assent, nor a sympathetic sentiment. It is the absolute surrender of self to the will of a being who has the right to command this surrender. It is this which places men in a personal relation to God, which justifies them before God."

Lightfoot

 

"Do right, and God's recompense to you will be the power to do more right. Give, and God's reward to you will be the spirit of giving more; a blessed spirit, for it is the Spirit of God Himself, whose life is the blessedness of giving. Love, and God will pay you with the capacity of more love; for love is HeavenOLove is God within you."

Fredrick William Robertson

 

"Ye have enemies; for who can live on this earth without them? In no way can thy enemy hurt thee by his violence as thou dost hurt thyself if thou love him not. And let it not seem to you impossible to love him. Believe at first that it can be done, and pray that the will of God will be done in you. For what good can thy neighbors ill do to thee? If he had no ill, then he would not be thine enemy. Wish him well, then, that he may end his ill, and he will be your enemy no longer."

St. Augustine

 

"A dear old friend of mine used to say with the truest Christian charity, when he heard anyone being loudly condemned for some fault: 'Ah! Well, yes, it seems very bad to me, because that's not my way of sinning.'"

 Williams

"Those who run from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day."

John Bunyan

 

"There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill becomes any of us to find fault with the rest of us."

Unknown

 

"He who cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself."

George Herbert

 

"A string of opinions no more constitutes faith, than a string of beads constitutes holiness."

John Wesley

 

"Pray Him to give you what Scripture calls 'an honest and good heart,' or 'a perfect heart;' and, without waiting, begin at once to obey Him with the best heart you have. Any obedience is better than none. You have to seek His face; obedience is the only way of seeing Him. All your duties are obediences. To do what He bids is to obey Him, and to obey Him is to approach Him."

John Henry Newman

 

 "Our prayer and God's mercy are like two buckets in a well; while one ascends, the other descends."

Arthur Hopkins

 

"If you would lift me, you must be on higher ground."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true calling of a Christian is not to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.

Dean Stanley

 

We sometimes fear bringing our troubles to God, because they must seem so small to Him who sitteth on the circle of the earth. But if they are large enough to vex and endanger our welfare, they are large enough to touch His heart with love.

Reuben Archer Torrey

 

The out-and-out Christian is a joyful Christian. The half and half Christian that a great many of you areO little acquainted with the Lord. Why should we live halfway up the hill and swathed in the mists, when we might have an unclouded sky and a radiant sun over our heads if we would climb higher and walk in the light of His face?

Alexander MacLaren

 

Man may be too little for your great matters: God is not too great for your small ones. Only give yourself to prayer, whatever be the occasion that calls for it.

Winslow

 

It is obeying God willingly that is acceptable; the Lord hates that which is forced, it is rather like a tax than an offering. Cain served God grudgingly, he brought his sacrifice, not his heart. Good duties must not be pressed and beaten out of us, as the waters came out of the rock when Moses smote it with a rod; but must freely drop from us, as myrrh from a tree, or honey from the comb.

T. Watson

 

Though no friend, no man, be with thee, fear nothing! Thy God is here.

J. E. Dinger

 

 

 

"None but God can satisfy the longing of the immortal soul; as the heart was made for Him, He only can fill it."

Richard Chenevix Trench

 

"Many morbid, gloomy Christians look for God's hand only in the lightning and never think of seeing it in the sunlight. They only enjoy themselves when they are miserable."

Unknown

 

"A child, desirous of presenting his father with a bouquet, goes into the garden and gathers a lapful of flowers and weeds, all mixed together. His mother selects, arranges, and binds the flowers, and makes the gift acceptable. So Christ makes ever our poor services acceptable to God as a sweet-smelling savor. "

Saint Ambrose

 

"Every morning compose your soul for a tranquil day, and all through it be careful often to recall your resolution, and bring yourself back to it. If something discomposes you, do not be upset, or troubled, but having discovered the fact, humble yourself gently before God, and try to bring your mind into a quiet attitude."

St. Francois de Sales

 

"If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I feel that I have worked with God."

George Macdonald

 

"No affliction would trouble a child of God, if he knew God's reasons for sending it."

James Henry Morgan

 

 

"One thing, and only one, in this world has eternity stamped on it. Feelings pass, resolves and thoughts pass, opinions change. What you have done lasts...lasts in you. Through ages, through eternity, what you have done for Christ, that, and only that, you are."

Frederick William Robertson

 

"The highest life and glory of man is to be alive unto God."

George Barrell Cheever

 

"We do not have to go to the universe to prove the existence of God from design. We do not have to dig down into the bowels of the earth, nor go up to the stars for proofs of divine existence. He is not far from every one of us. As Paul says, "In Him we move and have our being;" and Tennyson says, "Closer is He than breathing; and nearer than hands and feet." God is here. There is no escaping Him."

Charles Henry Parkhurst

 

"Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He that obeys God trusts God; and he that trusts God obeys God."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

 

"We talk about God's remembering us, as if it were a special effort. But if we could only know how truly we belong to God, it would be different. God's remembering of us is the natural claiming of our life by Him as a true part of His own."

Phillips Brooks

 

"If it wasn't for the optimist, the pessimist would never know how happy he wasn't."

Unknown

 


 

 

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