25 years worth of lessons, failures, and victories

For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, “Be gone!” —Isaiah 30:19-22

All the quotes below are relative to the topic at hand, so I’d love for ya to read them all. Sorry, but choosing to skip over just one hinders your full potential grasp of NOT twenty-five lessons; HOWEVER, if your attention span is not quite as lengthy as I hope scroll pass the blocked quote section and you’ll find my scribbles.

The man who wants to be loved does not desire the enslavement of the beloved….If the beloved is transformed into an automation, the lover finds himself alone” — Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness

It is one thing to love somebody and get a lot of joy out of the relationship. But if that person breaks up with you and you want to kill yourself, it means you have given that person too much glory, too much weight in your life. You may have said in your heart, “If that person loves me, then I know I am somebody.” But if that person then takes the relationship away, you collapse and melt down because you have ascribed more glory and honor to him or her than to God. If anything matters more to you than God you are placing yourself and your heart into something external. Only if you make God matter the most–which means only if you glorify him and give him the glory–will you have the safe life. — Tim Keller

“If God were small enough to be understood, he wouldn’t be big enough to be worshipped.” — Evelyn Underhill

“The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. It hushes their fears and allows them to practice all pleasant forms of iniquity while death draws every day nearer and the command to repent goes unheeded.” — A.W. Tozer

“Trust in God and ye need not fear.” — Jonathan Edwards

“Music is a proud, temperamental mistress. Give her the time and attention she deserves, and she is yours. Slight her and there will come a day when you call and she will not answer. So I began sleeping less to give her the time she needed.” — Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

“We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road” — C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth? — C.S. Lewis

Return oh holy dove return. sweet messenger of rest. I hate the sins that made thee mourn and drove thee from my breast.  The dearest idol i have known what air that idol be. Help me to cast it from thy thrown and follow only thee — A hymn by Willam Cowper

“I see that to be as I am and have been since my arrival has really been more conducive to improvement and progress than any other position would have been, though in many respects it has been painful and far from what I should myself have chosen. Oh, for more implicit reliance on the wisdom and love of God!” — Hudson Taylor

“Have we the spirit of urgency, the deep, inward, convictions that moved those who went before us; have we the same passion of love, personal love for the Lord Jesus Christ? If these are lacking, it is a loss for which nothing can compensate.” — Hudson Taylor

I wish I could share tangible goals or achievements that would display my knowledge and growth to solicit your praise as a voyager into the path of faith, but it ain’t worth it. I humbly realize, I have failed more then I have “succeeded”. I have taken steps forward to only find myself disciplined back graciously three steps. This year God showed my failings and exposed some of my weaknesses to point me to a place where I need to cling deeper to my Lord:

  • “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9)
  • Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17)

“Don’t dare you waste my time railing against everything we already know is wrong neither do I need your optimistic naivety, “Things gonna get better just believe in yourself.” Ill place faith in my own strength is what created this hell in the first place; If we held the cure to our disease we wouldn’t be sick we all need something greater to believe in. Greater than ourselves. Greater than our sin. If we don’t believe in greater than we’re letting death win resurrection, is our only hope.” — Dry Bones, a song by Micah Bournes,

To rest in the comforting words of Paul and have my heart proclaim truthfully is something I hope year 26th, if I’m granted another year of life, demonstrates:

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — 2 Cor. 12: 10



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