Thursday, June 5, 2014

Things I Wish I Had Said *

* {but I'm glad someone did!}

"Something to do, someone to love, something to hope for... 
these are the grand essentials to happiness in this life." 
Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)
English essayist, poet, playwright and politician

Jesus is our Someone to love, our Someone to hope for, 
and the One whom we are privileged to serve!

"Without them, your travels would be no better
 than a flight of birds through the air, leaving no trace."
John Adams (1735 - 1826)
American statesman, diplomat 
and second President of the United States, 
on encouraging his sons to keep diaries.

Just as the Israelites built memorials made of stones (Joshua 4), 
we need reminders of what God has done in our lives.  
You will forget, and your children need to know!

"Gentlemen, this is a football."
Vince Lombardi (1913 - 1970)
American football player, coach and executive
After a particularly humiliating loss, 
Lombardi ordered an extra practice immediately following the game.  
Standing before his team, the coach held up the pigskin, 
and made this statement.

At some point (or many points) in our lives, we will all look up to find ourselves very far from where we should be, spiritually.  At that moment, we need to get back to the basics.  Get your hands on the nearest Bible, and open to a gospel.  Then read, humbly and ferociously.

"Let me live with the musket in one hand, 
and the Bible in the other."
Anonymous black soldier of the 1st South Carolina regiment, 
during the American Civil War

'Nuff said.  But if you want more, read Nehemiah. 

"It is only possible to live happily ever after 
on a day-to-day basis."
Margaret Bonnano (1950- )
American author

His mercies are new every morning.  
And, "Give us this day our daily bread."

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life, 
and patience for the small ones.  
And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, 
go to sleep in peace.  
God is awake."
Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885)
French poet and novelist


~ "To know wisdom and instruction,
    To perceive the words of understanding" ~
Proverbs 1:2

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