All cruelty springs from weakness. Seneca
This quote really make me think. Are those who are cruel using their dominance to assure themselves of their strength? They are looking for strength in themselves. The place we need to look for strength is our God. God is always there ready to hold us up. We are not weak when God is with us. My aunt always said “God hates ugly.” By that she meant those who are unkind or cruel. We don’t need to be cruel to find strength.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. Epictetus
We definitely spend too much time thinking and worrying about the future. The future is not in our control. Today…NOW is the only thing that we have. God’s in his heaven. Embrace today!
Every man is a consumer and ought to be a producer. Ralph Waldo Emerson
This is so true that it is even hard to add more to it. Somehow we can too easily forget that everyone in the world needs to help or we will all fail. God did not expect us to sit on our hands. Go! Do!
Esdras is in The Apocrapha a section of writings not always included in protestant Bibles but usually found in Catholic texts.
For our sins have risen higher than our heads, and our mistakes have mounted up to heaven
There is no one who hasn’t made mistakes. If anyone claims that they haven’t they are mistaken. Some mistakes are minor and some of monumental proportions. Some don’t matter and some cause profound hurt. When we think about mistakes we also need to consider forgiveness. Forgiveness can be hard but we are called to forgive no matter what. We may have to work at it and it may take time.
but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
1 Peter 5:8
8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.
I don’t know if you have ever read the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis but everyone should. It is such a good portrayal of the devil. The devil is wily and tricky. He will trick us if he can by making something seem good when it isn’t. He doesn’t appear evil. This is deliberate. Watch out!
Without duty, life is soft and boneless; it cannot hold itself together. Joseph Joubert
So many people today want to move through life without having any duty to perform or any thought of having to work. Work fulfills us. The joy of creating something worthwhile feeds our soul. Just being idle leaves us feeling vapid and wasted. God calls us to find our work/vocation and fulfill our task on this earth.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters,
A while back I wrote about how we can view something as a coincidence or a miracle. I told about one of my friends who says that the “arangels” are the organizers of wonderful happenings. These things are God moments.
My husband and I have some repairs to our house planned and have set aside money for this but you know how plans go. Another major repair came up and we didn’t plan for it. However, the arangels planned for my son and friends of his to take on the repair and we will only have to pay for parts. This is a God moment. It is a big job and my son scarcely has time with his own work schedule to take on anything else but he did.
Sometimes things happen that we can just call coincidence…things just falling into place…but I prefer to call them miracles.
If you can’t believe in God the chances are your God is too small. J.B. Phillips
We keep trying to make God understandable. We want a God who thinks like us and behaves like us. However, God is much bigger than that. So big that we can’t even begin to understand him/her. God’s ways are beyond our ability to grasp. Stop trying to make God so small.
God give us work til our life shall end and life til our work is done. New Zealand Prayer Book
We need to recognize the work that God calls us to do and then we need to do it. The thing is we frequently don’t want to do the thing that is needed. We want to do something simpler, more noticeable, more fun or more appreciated. God may be calling us to do something we don’t want to do. This is not the time to duck and run. See the task and do it.
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. Charles A. Beard
This quote reminds me of one from my journal of saved quotes.
Now that my house has burned down I can see the moon more clearly. From the movie Hiroshima
Both of these quotes remind us that light penetrates darkness. In the worst of times there is hope.