There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.

— William Barclay

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Prayer is not a way of making use of God;

prayer is a way of offering ourselves to God in order that He should be able to make use of us.


Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.


The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do not know God;

the tragedy is that, knowing Him, they still insist on going their own way.

William Barclay quote There are two great days in a persons li

There are two great days in a persons life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.


I thank you for my friends, for those who understand me better than I understand myself. For those who know me at my worst, and still like me. For those who have forgiven me when I had no right to expect to be forgiven. Help me to be as true to my friends as I would wish them to be to me.


If we find ourselves becoming critical of other people we should stop examining them, and start examining ourselves.


Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice.

And we do not really love Christ unless we are prepared to face His task and to take up His Cross.


In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.


More people have been brought into the church by the kindness of real Christian love than by all the theological arguments in the world.


Jesus is the yes to every promise of God.


The Christian is a [person] of joy... A gloomy Christian is a contradiction of terms, and nothing in all religious history has done Christianity more harm than its connection with black clothes and long faces.


True worship is when the spirit, the immortal and invisible part of man, speaks to and meets with God, who is immortal and invisible.


A man can be so busy making a living that he forgets to make a life.


About William Barclay

Quotes 74 sayings
Nationality Scottish
Profession Theologian
Birthday October 16

To repent means to realize that the kind of life we are living is wrong and that we must adopt a completely new set of values. To that end, it involves two things. It involves sorrow for what we have been and it involves the resolve that by the grace of God we will be changed.


If a man fights his way through his doubts to the conviction that Jesus Christ is Lord, he has attained to a certainty that the man who unthinkingly accepts things can never reach.


God does not choose a person for ease and comfort and selfish joy but for a task that will take all that head and heart and hand can bring to it. God chooses a man in order to use him.


Christianity does not think of man finally submitting to the power of God, it thinks of Him as finally surrendering to the love of God. It is not that man's will is crushed, but that man's heart is broken.


The greatest thing is a life of obedience in the routine things of everyday life. No amount of fine feeling can take the place of faithful doing.


It is fatally easy to think of Christianity as something to be discussed and not as something to be experienced.


We will often find compensation if we think more of what life has given us and less about what life has taken away.


The word grace emphasizes at one and the same time the helpless poverty of man and the limitless kindness of God.


True prayer is asking God what He wants.


It may well be a sign of the decadence of the Church and the failure of Christianity that gifts have to be coaxed out of people, and that often they will not give at all unless they get something for their money in the way of entertainment or of goods. Giving which is real giving has a certain recklessness in it.


It may be that one of our great faults in prayer is that we talk too much and listen too little. When prayer is at its highest we wait in silence for God's voice to us; we linger in His presence for His peace and His power to flow over us and around us; we lean back in His everlasting arms and feel the serenity of perfect security in Him.


The simple fact is that the World is too busy to give the Holy Spirit a chance to enter in.


There are certain things which are lost by being kept and saved by being used.

Any individual talent is like that. If it is used, it will develop into something still greater. If someone refuses to use it, in the end that talent will be lost. Supremely so, life is like that.


Real repentance means coming not only to be sorry for the consequences of sin but to hate sin itself.


It may well be that the world is denied miracle after miracle and triumph after triumph because we will not bring to Christ what we have and what we are. If, just as we are, we would lay ourselves on the altar of service of Jesus Christ, there is no saying what Christ could do with us and through us.


When we love anyone with our whole hearts, life begins when we are with that person; it is only in their company that we are really and truly alive.


We may not understand how the spirit works;

but the effect of the spirit on the lives of men is there for all to see; and the only unanswerable argument for Christianity is a Christian life. No man can disregard a religion and a faith and a power which is able to make bad men good. . .


God himself took this human flesh upon him.


We have a duty to encourage one another.

Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.


When we believe that God is Father, we also believe that such a father's hand will never cause his child a needless tear. We may not understand life any better, but we will not resent life any longer.


God tested Abraham. Temptation is not meant to make us fail; it is meant to confront us with a situation out of which we emerge stronger than we were. Temptation is not the penalty of manhood; it is the glory of manhood.


Self-defense is a part of the law of nature;

nor can it be denied the community, even against the king himself.


Christian freedom does not mean being free to do as we like; it means being free to do as we ought.


Timothy's great value was that he was always willing to go anywhere;

and in his hands a message was as safe as if Paul had delivered it himself. Others might be consumed with selfish ambition; but Timothy's one desire was to serve Paul and Jesus Christ. He is the patron saint of all those who are quite content with the second place, so long as they can serve.


Religion fails if it cannot speak to men as they are.


If we are to accept the teaching of Jesus at all, then the only test of the reality of a man's religion is his attitude to his fellow men. The only possible proof that a man loves God is the demonstrated fact that he loves his fellow men.


There is no joy in the world like the joy of bringing one soul to Christ.


For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is.

We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be for ever with Him.


But the best definition of it is to say that heaven is that state where we will always be with Jesus, and where nothing will separate us from Him any more.


Faith is not only commitment to the promises of Christ; it is also commitment to his demands.


We reverence God and we hallow God's name when our life is such that it brings honor to God and attracts others to Him.


...for Paul faith is always faith in a person. Faith is not the intellectual acceptance of a body of doctrine; faith is faith in a person.


We are chosen for joy. However hard the Christian way, it is both in the traveling and in the goal, the way of joy.


There is a time when to avoid trouble is to store up trouble, and when to seek for a lazy and a cowardly peace is to court a still greater danger.


Every discouraging sermon is a wicked sermon.

.. There could hardly be a more un-Christian way of living than to go about in such a way as to depress and to discourage other people.


Pride is the ground in which all the other sins grow, and the parent from which all the other sins come.


We are trying not so much to make God listen to us as to make ourselves listen to him; we are trying not to persuade God to do what we want, but to find out what he wants us to do. It so often happens that in prayer we are really saying, 'Thy will be changed,' when we ought to be saying, 'Thy will be done.' The first object of prayer is not so much to speak to God as to listen to him.

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