Trials and tribulations tend to squeeze the artificiality out of us, leaving the essence of what we really are and clarifying what we really yearn for.
We should not assume; however, that just because something is unexplainable by us, it is unexplainable.
The submission of one's will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God's altar. The many other things we 'give' are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us.
No love is ever wasted. Its worth does not lie in reciprocity.
We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.
The more seriously we work on our own imperfections, the less we are judgemental of the imperfections of others.
The soul is like a violin string: it makes music only when it is stretched.
Time is clearly not our natural dimension. Thus it is that we are never really at home in time. Alternately, we find ourselves wishing to hasten the passage of time or to hold back the dawn. We can do neither, of course, but whereas the fish is at home in water, we are clearly not at home in time--because we belong to eternity.
How can you and I really expect to glide naively through life, as if to say, 'Lord, give me experience, but not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken. Keep from me, Lord, all those experiences which made Thee what Thou art! Then, let me come and dwell with Thee and fully share Thy joy!'
God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capability.
Last Update: 20 June 2021
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