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