It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. – By Theodore Roosevelt
“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.”
Proverbs 3:3–4 (NASB95)
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.”
Psalm 1:1–2 (NASB95)
“Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish. How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever;”
Psalm 146:3–6 (NASB95)
“There is a kind who is pure in his own eyes, Yet is not washed from his filthiness. There is a kind—oh how lofty are his eyes! And his eyelids are raised in arrogance. There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords And his jaw teeth like knives, To devour the afflicted from the earth And the needy from among men.”
Proverbs 30:12–14 (NASB95)
…one must avoid the opposite mistake of saying that because God has communicated truly concerning science, all scientific study is wasted. This is a false deduction. To say that God communicates truly does not mean that God communicates exhaustively.
—Francis A. Schaeffer, The God Who Is There
In nature, some seeds need fire in order to germinate. The intense heat melts away their outer coating allowing the seeds to come out and take root. My spiritual walk has often been much the same way. Rather than hearing the things wiser men told me and applying them, my ears simply couldn’t hear for so very long.
But the Lord sought to finish the work He had begun in me (Philippians 1:6). He is very patient and generous with me for sure. Here is a story on the subject, to illuminate my meaning. Read more
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
– Matthew 5:37
When Jesus spoke these words I believe He intended them to be in force for all time. When a man puts his name to the paper, saying that he will fulfill his end of a bargain to the best of his ability, that is binding. I believe it to be binding not only here on Earth, but should I willfully violate my word, then I will be held to account for my actions.
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15
For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel. – Ezra 7:10
I was told a quote that was attributed to Beth Haub Works, “bloom where ever you are planted.”
I really like this saying. Regardless of circumstances I will not stop serving my God to the best of my ability. Nothing shall get in my way. If I must labor in the day to meet the needs of my family and work for Him in the night to seek and save the lost then so be it.
Lest I forget my familial duties, I will of course be sure to be really with my wife and kids when I am with them, not checked out, tuned out, and plugged in. I will rather unplug, check in, and tune in. Learning to listen fully and completely to them and others will go a long way in this work.