Late last year we asked our readers to respond to this question: What’s the best advice you’ve received from a friend, a parent, a teacher, a pastor, a verse of the Bible, or a book? What was the advice, and how did it influence you?
These are some of the responses we received.—Editors.
From a Catholic priest who cares about the pain of others: “This is not a burden you have to carry on your own shoulders. He who gave His Son will bear these and all other troubles that concern you.” This reminds me where to place my concerns.
Edward Heppenstall used to tell our class at seminary: “Being saved is not like charging your battery once a week. It’s like a trolley car being constantly connected to power from above.”
From a Baptist pastor in one of his sermons in the 1980s while I served as church organist: “Worry is paid on trouble before it’s due.” A deep understanding of that sentence has relieved me of unnecessary stress over the years.
From the book of Ecclesiastes: “Do not be overrighteous . . . why destroy yourself?” (Eccl. 7:16) and “God is in heaven . . . , so let your words be few” (Eccl. 5:2). Gotta love that book!
Ken, New York.
Keep learning.” That sentiment (if different words) was the motto of my college, and it has never failed me.
Keisha, New York.
When in doubt, pray the Serenity Prayer.” I received that advice from a 12-step sponsor.
Just do it!” They made me not want to give up.
From a friend who is a runner: “The only good hill is a downhill.” His words remind me of the promise that comes from reaching the top.
Jesus’ words “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21) are a warning and a reminder that actions speak louder than words.