False Assumptions

“All generalizations are false, including this one,” yet we keep making them. We create images—graven ones that can’t be changed; we dismiss or accept people, products, programs, and propaganda according to the labels they come under; we know a little about something, and we treat it as though we know everything.

—Elisabeth Elliot in All That Was Ever Ours

Right turn

The Infinite Goodness has such wide arms that it takes whatever turns to it.

—Dante in Purgatorio

The peril of compromise

The question is, do you compromise yourself slightly to gain more exposure for the gospel message? But, in doing so, have you then watered down the truth and made it half-truth—which makes it into a lie? That’s a real concern. Jesus asked his followers to choose the narrow way, but he added, “If you follow me, don’t be surprised if the world hates you.”

—Steve Camp, quoted by Bob Darden in Billboard (April 20, 1991)

Practice makes perfect

What was Christ doing in the carpenter’s shop? Practicing. Though perfect, we read that he learned obedience and grew in wisdom and in favor with God. Do not quarrel therefore with your lot in life. Do not complain of its never-ceasing cares, its petty environment, the vexations you have to stand, the small and sordid souls you have to live and work with. Above all, do not resent temptation; do not be perplexed because it seems to thicken around you more and more, and ceases neither for effort nor for agony nor prayer. That is your practice. That is the practice which God appoints you; and it is having its work in making you patient and humble and generous and unselfish and kind and courteous.

—Henry Drummond, quoted in Riches for the Mind and Spirit

Better than tennis

In rearing their children, the ...

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