THE JOY OF DISCIPLESHIP

I find that discipleship means, first, truly living. It does not mean a joy ride to heaven; it does not mean that there are no trials and no burdens. But it does mean peace in your soul and joy in your heart, and a sense, a supreme sense, of the smile of the Lord upon you. It is living. And discipleship means that you are using your time on earth to the best possible advantage. The Lord Jesus says so.

"FOOL ME TWICE, SHAME ON ME"

Learning from experience is a faculty almost never practiced.

THE REAL BOTTOM LINE

Nobody on his deathbed ever said: "I wish I'd spent more time at the office."

TO PLAN IS TO GO

At the spiritual level, planning means taking the initiative. It's not about sitting around until you are absolutely certain God is calling you to a particular task, direction, country, or ministry. Nor is it waiting for the doors to open so you can go there easily. Planning is an act of faith. Jesus never told his disciples to wait for an invitation. He told them to go.

THE INHUMANITY OF EVIL

Evil is not human; it is the defect and opposite of the human; but the suffering that follows it is human, belonging of necessity to the human that has sinned: while it is by cause of sin, suffering is for the sinner, that he may be delivered from his sin. For that they were indeed created.

HOLINESS: DOWN AND DIRTY

The real mark of spiritual triumph--the possession of that more lovely, more abundant life which we discern in moments of deep prayer--is not an abstraction from this world, but a return to it; a willing use of its condition as material for the expression of love. There is nothing high-minded about Christian holiness. It is most at home in the slum, the street, the hospital ward.

SMALL HURTS, SMALL DOGS

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