Greatness in the kingdom of Jesus is stopping for the needs of others. It is setting aside for the moment our own hurts and concerns, to listen, then to ask, “What do you want me to do for you?”
We may be little in the eyes of other men. But if we follow Christ’s example of servanthood, we will be great in the eyes of God.
Begin each day asking God for an opportunity to serve.
Do all the good you can,
by all the means you can,
in all the places you can,
at all the times you can,
to all the people you can,
and as long as you can.
— John Wesley
— Larry O. Richards, The 365 day Devotional Commentary, Victor Publications, 1990, pg 671
“Faith makes all evil good to us, and all good better;
unbelief makes all good evil, and all evil worse.
Faith laughs at the shaking of the spear;
unbelief trembles at the shaking of a leaf;
unbelief starves the soul;
faith finds food in famine and a table in the wilderness.
In the greatest danger, faith says ‘I have a great God.’
When outward strength is broken, faith rest on the promises.
In the midst of sorrow, faith draws the sting out of every trouble and takes out the bitterness from every affliction.”
(365 Day Daily Devotional, Larry O. Richards, Victor Publications, 1991, pg 255)
“Make random acts of kindness, less random.”
I have always loved this quote:
“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
–George Bernard Shaw
For my 60th birthday.
I do not fear dying, as much as I fear living and not having accomplished the important tasks of love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
— W. Guerrini July 31, 2012
Admittedly, I got this from our daily journey.
Love isn’t guaranteed to bring us happiness, but it is guaranteed to hurt. C. S. Lewis wrote: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.”
Love anyway. It’s worth the hurt.
— Mike Wittmer
Great Thot 4 the day:
“I must commit myself to God in every situation of life with absolutely no assurance that he will perform miracles on my behalf. But then, you and I do have our guarantee, after all. Our God, who has the power to do whatever He wills, is wise enough to do not what I want, but what is best. And this is the best guarantee of all.”
Larry O. Richards — The 365 Day Devotional/Commentary, Victor Publications, 1990, pg 516
Ours is no cookie-cutter religion, turning out production-line Christians. Each believer is a “one of a kind” original. Each of us had different gifts, different personalities, different ways of serving and glorifying God. We need to appreciate each others’ differences, for often it is in the way another Christian differs from us, that we discover a fresh spiritual insight.
(From the 365 day Devotional Commentary, Larry 0. Richards, Victor Publications, 1992 page 67)
“Starting afresh patiently and in good cheer and hope is the mark of the Christian. One of the helpful definitions of the Christianity is this: The Christian life is a series of new beginnings.”
— John B. Coburn
(from the 365 day Daily Devotional Commentary, Larry O. Richards, Victor Publications, 1992, pg 1072)