When I started this blog five months ago I indicated a lot of my posts would be inspired or prompted by the writing of others in articles and books. Over the past couple of weeks I have jotted down several ideas for blog posts from my reading. But instead of choosing one and expanding on it, in this post I want to share a few selections from a variety of places that grabbed my attention and caused me to think. Hopefully they will do the same for you.
From a her.meneutics article in a christianitytoday daily newsletter by Kim Gaines Eckert entitled “A Psychologist Faces Her Own Anxiety”:
“Our always connected, hyper-productive culture creates a perfect breeding ground for anxiety as a way of life, so it can be hard and humbling for us to simply take the time to pause.”
I don’t know how humbling it is to take time to pause but I do know how hard it is when we are so caught up in everything we have to do. Perhaps reading these quotes will give you the occasion to pause and think.
From an article by John Acuff at ChurchLeaders.com:
“Sometimes the frequency of divorce makes us forget the heartache of it. It’s such an ordinary thing these days that we tend to rush right by the extraordinary pain it causes.”
If you have gone through a divorce you know how painful it is. If you haven’t maybe this observation will remind you of the pain of those around you in the midst of divorce.
From How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart:
“We must be careful that we do not make any part of Scripture say what we would like it to say.”
Perhaps preachers may need to hear this more than others, but I think all of us could use the reminder.
From The Holy Spirit by Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon:
“To be a holy people does not mean the church is without sin.”
Have you been too hard on some of the people who attend and/or are a part of your church? Are your expectations unrealistic?
From The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson:
“Possibly one of the least helpful things a parent can tell his or her child is ‘We only expect you to do your best.’ No one can do his or her best at everything, for no one has that much time or energy.”
Being a parent isn’t easy but it is a great blessing. We may put pressure on our children without even knowing it.
From My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers:
“We should be so one with God that we don’t need to ask continually for guidance.”
We already know a lot about what we should do as well as what we shouldn’t do. Don’t we?
From Jesus is the Christ by Leon Morris:
“Believers [Christians] are not meant to live out the life of Christian service in their own strength, thus the gift of the Spirit if very important.”
I remember one day in a class years ago when Dr. Lewis Foster suggested “I don’t think we make enough of the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit.” I think he was right.
Take a few minutes to read these quotes again and give them an opportunity to challenge and encourage your thinking. Let us know in the comments below which one you most appreciate. (Or if you thought this was a dumb idea!)
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