Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Something to Think About

As I read various books, I like to collect my favorite quotes from them. Then I can go back later and reread them, think about them further, and remember to apply them once again. I thought I’d share some of my recent favorites with you today. 


 From John Maxwell: 

“It’s not over until you’ve learned from it.” 


“Failure is inevitable; learning is optional.” 


“Our perspective is not determined by what we see. It’s determined by how we see, and that comes from who we are.” 


“Who we are inside is much more important than how others see us.” 



From Amy Carmichael:

“He who begins, finishes. He who leads us on, follows behind to deal in love with our poor attempts…He gathers up the things that we have dropped—our fallen resolutions, our mistakes…He makes His blessed pardon to flow over our sins till they are utterly washed away. And He turns to fight the Enemy, who would pursue after us, to destroy us from behind.” 


“All the day long there is the pressure of life, and perhaps some inner strain to the spirit known only to God. But all the day long, too, there is the lovingkindness of God. And so all the day long the peace that passes all understanding…The peace of Jesus stood every sort of test, every strain, and it never broke. It is this, His very own peace, which He says, ‘I give’.” 


From Holley Gerth:

“We’re not supposed to have enough. We’re supposed to bring what we have, our clearly not enough, to Jesus and ask Him to meet us where we are.” 


“You’re not called to pursue goals. You’re called to pursue a Person. That’s what dreams are really all about—going with God.” 


“Every dream or desire you have that comes from God is an invitation for more intimacy with him.” 


“And there’s nothing ordinary about us or our lives because we have an extraordinary God inhabiting our hearts.” 



From George MacDonald:

“Thy will be done. I yield up everything.

‘The life is more than meat’—then more than health;

‘The body more than raiment’—then than wealth;

The hairs I made not, thou art numbering.

Thou art my life—I the brook, thou the spring.

Because thine eyes are open, I can see;

Because thou art thyself, ‘tis therefore I am me.” 



From Jay & Katherine Wolf:

“Celebration can be an act of worship and an act of hope and perhaps, in a way, an act of joyful rebellion against fear.”


“As much as we recoil from suffering, it has the potential to show us who we are and who God is in ways that dramatically alter the way we live our lives. We can gain precious wisdom and deeper appreciation for the lives we’ve been given as we learn to suffer well—not as victims, but as overcomers…each of us has the opportunity to thrive in situations we never dreamed we’d have to experience.” 



These are good words to ponder. I hope they are thought-provoking, encouraging, and a blessing to you today.


“…the tongue of the wise brings healing…Walk with the wise and become wise…” –Proverbs 12:18, 13:20