Two lives, two goals
Nearly 200 years ago there were two Scottish brothers named John and David Livingstone. John had set his mind on making money and becoming wealthy, and he did. But under his name in an old edition of the "Encyclopaedia Britannica" John Livingstone is listed simply as "the brother of David Livingstone."
And who was David Livingstone? While John had dedicated himself to making money, David had knelt and prayed. Surrendering himself to Christ, he resolved, "I will place no value on anything I have or possess unless it is in relationship to the Kingdom of God." The inscription over his burial place in Westminster Abbey reads, "For thirty years his life was spent in an unwearied effort to evangelize."
On his 59th birthday David Livingstone wrote, "My Jesus, my King, my Life, my All; I again dedicate my whole self to Thee."
—Billy Graham in
Breakfast with Billy Graham
Sun alone creates a desert
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
—Helen Keller, quoted in
The Miracle of Change
All is for God
God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission . …
Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain.
—John Henry Newman in
Prayers, Verses and Devotions
Wrong kind of repair
It is much easier to fix blame than to fix problems.
—Kathleen Parker in the Orlando ...1