Memorable and Sobering Quotes

I came across this quote several years ago, and it’s truly a memorable & sobering one.

For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph, a tumultuous parade.  In the procession came trumpeters, musicians, and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments.

The conqueror rode in a triumphant chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him.  Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses.

A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning that all glory is fleeting.  — The movie Patton

More great quotes follow here:

Mother Teresa was once asked, “How did you receive your call to serve the poor?”  She answered, “My call is not to serve the poor.  My call is to follow Jesus.  I have followed Him to the poor.”

We are to be long-tempered in contrast to short-tempered, to suffer long instead of being hasty to anger and vengeance…so to maintain unity, we set aside “self,” set aside our own needs and be willing to suffer last place instead of first place, even to look like we’re wrong if it will maintain unity.  We’re not talking doctrinal issues here — but rather things of personality and human interaction…When we’re impatient and short-tempered with people, it’s really because we’re impatient with God.  We are at that moment not trusting in and leaning upon Him to give us strength.  — from Word for the Day, 5/9/12

Your testimonies are my  heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.  — Psalm 119:111 [ESV]

Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!  Be their shepherd and carry them forever.  — Psalm 28:9 [ESV]

The Lord knows the days of the blameless and their heritage will remain forever.  — Psalm 37:18 [ESV]

God often gives in one brief moment that which He has for a long time denied — Thomas à Kempis



Small Things

More great quotes from my journals.  All the small things mentioned below seem small, but end up being very big and powerful–wisdom, sleep, prayer, love, worship.  Mountains look tiny until you get up close enough to climb them.  It all depends upon your perspective.

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.  She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.  Proverbs 3:13-15 (ESV)

Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God…I conclude that God made sleep as a continual reminder that we should not be anxious but should rest in Him.  — John Piper

The restraint of God’s discipline (Eph. 6:4), the demonstration of God’s love (Col. 3:21), and the power of prayer (Job 1:5), God has ordained, regularly and normally, to work through these means for the salvation of the children of believers.  For this Chris died.  Christian parents honor the blood of Jesus when they follow His ways for the sake of their children.  — John Piper

We can do no great things, only small things with great love.  — Mother Teresa

Worship is the act of magnifying God.  Enlarging our vision of Him.  Stepping into the cockpit to see where He sits and observe how He works.  Of course, His size doesn’t change, but our perception of Him does.  As we draw nearer, He seems larger.  Isn’t that what we need?  A big view of God?  — Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment




The Greatest Poverty

The is the second excerpt from the book Hope Lives, by Amber Van Schooneveld.

I, too, am embroiled in a battle.  All of us are.  For while there is a poverty of too little, there is also a poverty of too much.  Satan can squash souls by making them believe they are insignificant and alone.  But Satan can also entwine and imprison my soul in the poverty of too much.

I don’t always feel rich, but I am.  And riches are an equally potent, if not more potent, weapon to ensnare a soul.  The poverty of too much can freeze my heart.  It can deaden compassion.  It can paralyze hands.  Mother Teresa saw an awful lot of poverty–horrible poverty–and still decided this was the greatest poverty:  “to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

I am in the greatest poverty, a poverty of my soul, when I eat my fill and lounge on my couch, while thinking only fleetingly of others not as materially blessed as I have been.  My poverty is real when my love is deadened, medicated, frozen by too much.  And my soul is maybe in even more danger than those in the poverty of too little.  Hope Lives, pg. 109

Great Quotes — Eleven

It’s time to share some of the best quotes I’ve come across lately.

I truly believe that when the poor meet the rich, riches will have no meaning.  And when the rich meet the poor, we will see poverty come to an end.  –Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution, pg. 114

I had come to see that the great tragedy in the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor.  –Ibid, pg. 113

It is such a strange joy to feel myself getting smaller, weaker and more insignificant, and then realize that it is the weak that the Father almost always uses to conquer the darkness and spread His glory.  –Dustin, West Africa; Voices of the Faithful (Beth Moore), pg. 303

Ezekiel showed them.  He showed them that God was and would be at work in the wreckage and rubble, sovereignly using the disaster to create a new people of God.  –Eugene H. Peterson, The Invitation, pg. 117

If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.  –Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mosaic Bible, pg. 256

Calcuttas are everywhere if only we have eyes to see.  Find your Calcutta. –Mother Teresa; Shane Claiborne, Irresistible Revolution, pg. 89

Namaste=I honor the Holy One who lives in you.  –Shane Claiborne, Irresistible Revolution, pg. 80

Humility is about knowing and acknowledging and revelling in your place under God…Does my approach with people match Christ’s or would others say I’m in it for myself?  –Mark Hanlon, Senior Vice President, Compassion International

No one man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true. –Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosaic Bible, pg. 247

Then He said to me, “This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel:  ‘It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD of Heaven’s armies.  Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him!  …  Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”  — Zechariah 4:6-10 (NLT)

Something’s Missing

What’s missing in this pic?


Did you guess? Ok, what about this pic? What’s missing at this skate park?


What’s missing? Children!

28,000 children die every day from preventable causes!


That’s equivalent to 180 plane crashes per day!  Can you imagine hearing this on the evening news every single day?  It’s true.  

I can’t sit by and do nothing about this.  Mother Teresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”  That’s what I’m able to do through a company I trust — Compassion International.  Please sponsor a child if you feel led to do so, or ask me any questions you might have.