At the beginning of every act of faith, there is often a seed of fear. For great acts of faith are seldom born out of calm calculation.
Go to the effort. Invest the time. Write the letter. Make the apology. Take the trip. Purchase the gift. Do it. The seized opportunity renders joy. The neglected brings regret.
Topics: Regret, Letters
Changing directions in life is not tragic; losing passion in life is.
A friend of Oliver Wendell Holmes asked him why he had take up the study of Greek at the age of ninety-four. Holmes replied, “Well, my good sir, it’s now or never.”
You change your life by changing your heart.
There is a canyon of difference between doing your best to glorify God and doing whatever it takes to glorify yourself. The quest for excellence is a mark of maturity. The quest for power is childish.
You weren’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 the Earth by the Master Craftsman.
Topics: Earth, Master
Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts.
Faithful servants have a way of knowing answered prayer when they see it, and a way of not giving up when they don’t.
God grants us an uncommon life to the degree we surrender our common one.
Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.
Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him—and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.
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