No Melody

One frequently meets passersby with music emanating from transistor radios on their persons. Lacking music in our hearts, we carry it in our pockets!

—Vance Havner in
The Vance Havner
Quote Book

Be Patient

Jesus went to Jerusalem one Passover holiday and met a man who had waited thirty-eight years at the Bethesda pool for a healing. Tradition had it that every so often an angel of the Lord would stir the waters and whoever stepped in first would be cured. For thirty-eight years, this man had reached out for a healing only to be muscled aside by someone bigger and faster.

Some folks say this man didn't want to be healed, or else he would have pushed other folks aside and hustled into that pool himself. I say true patience is so scarce, we're apt to confuse it with apathy. There's a load of difference between the two. Apathy curls up into self-pity when times get hard. Patience quietly waits its turn, trusting that God will get around to making things right in his perfect time.

—Philip Gulley in
Home Town Tales

Vain Search

Those who seek happiness too intensely will have little of it.

—Calvin Miller in
The Taste of Joy

The Sin of Self

Christians do not see themselves as wicked; they do not see their righteousness as filthy rags; they do not see themselves as needing to be in a state of ongoing confession and repentance. The result is that the body of Christ is, in large part, suffering from the power-draining effect of a universally unconfessed sin … the vanity of self-righteousness!

—Jim Russell in
Awakening the Giant

It Starts with One

But where was I to start? The world is so vast, I shall start with the country I know best, my own. But my country is so very large. I had better start with my town. But my town, too, is large. I had best start with my street. No: my home. No: my family. Never mind,
I shall start with myself.

—Elie Wiesel in
Souls on Fire

Forget the Past

It is a mistake to be always turning back to recover the past. The law for Christian living is not backward, but forward; not for experiences that lie behind, but for doing the will of God, which is always ahead and beckoning us to follow. Leave the things that are behind, and reach forward to those that are before, for on each new height to which we attain, there are the appropriate joys that befit the new experience. Don't fret because life's joys are fled. There are more in front. Look up, press forward, the best is yet to be!

—F. B. Meyer in
Our Daily Walk

"Junk Food"

Today we often tend to treat the Lord Jesus something like a convenience food—handy to have around in case of unexpected need.

—Margaret Clarkson in
All Nature Sings

Father of Evil

It is so stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil when he
is the only explanation of it.

—Ronald Knox in
Let Dons Delight

Where God Lives

Who has not found
the heaven below
Will fail of it above.
God's residence is next to mine,
His furniture is love.

—Emily Dickinson in

Time's Value

Time is what we want most, but what, alas, we use worst, and for which God will surely most strictly reckon with us when time shall be no more.

—William Penn in
Fruits of Solitude

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