November 10, 2006

Disciples in a Complex World

2006 1532 page29 capow we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives.”—Annie Dillard
“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.”Vernon Howard
“In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”—Jesus Christ (Matt. 7:12)
“The great thing is to be found at one’s post as a child of God, living each day as though it were our last, but planning as though our world might last a hundred years.”—C. S. Lewis
“We seldom realize fully that we are sent to fulfill God-given tasks. We act as if we were simply dropped down in creation and have to decide to entertain ourselves until we die. But we were sent into the world by God, just as Jesus was. Once we start living our lives with that conviction, we will soon know what we were sent to do.”—Henri J. M. Nouwen
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. . . . And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”—Apostle Paul (1 Cor. 13:1-3, 13)
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”—Apostle Paul (Rom. 12:18)
“The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life.”—Robert Louis Stevenson
“We do not segment our lives, giving some time to God, some to our business or schooling, while keeping parts to ourselves. The idea is to live all of our lives in the presence of God, under the authority of God, and for the honor and glory of God. That is what the Christian life is all about.”—R. C. Sproul
“The Christian faith is meant to be lived moment by moment. It isn’t some broad, general outline—it’s a long walk with a real Person. Details count: passing thoughts, small sacrifices, a few encouraging words, little acts of kindness, brief victories over nagging sins.”—Joni Eareckson Tada
“Oh, let us live wholly for the Lord, and show by a well-ordered life and godly conversation that we have been with Jesus, and are His meek and lowly followers.”—Ellen G. White (Christian Experience and Teachings, p. 105)