David Brainerd quote – utterly disproportionate

I saw this short prayer on Pete Wilson’s ‘withoutwax.tv‘ blog and thought is was profound.

As he explains:

“There’s a simple prayer I’ve been reciting a lot lately.  It’s a prayer that reportedly David Brainerd (1718-1747) often prayed.  Brainerd was an American missionary to the Native Americans.  Even though he died at the early age of 29 God used his life in amazing ways.  His prayer appropriately was…

God let me make a difference for you that is utterly disproportionate to who I am.

So that’s my prayer today.”

Henri Nouwen Quote – Small steps of love

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I’m not sure which Nouwen book this is from – but I think it is brilliant:

“…How can we choose love when we have experienced so little of it? We choose love by taking small steps of love every time there is an opportunity. A smile, a handshake, a word of encouragement, a phone call, a card, an embrace, a kind greeting, a gesture of support, a moment of attention, a helping hand, a present, a financial contribution, a visit … all these are little steps toward love.
Each step is like a candle burning in the night. It does not take the darkness away, but it guides us through the darkness. When we look back after many small steps of love, we will discover that we have made a long and beautiful journey…”

 

CS Lewis Quote – Democracy

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Here is a brilliant quote from CS Lewis – talking about why he believes in democracy:

I am a democrat [proponent of democracy] because I believe in the Fall of Man.

I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason. A great deal of democratic enthusiasm descends from the ideas of people like Rousseau, who believed in democracy because they thought mankind so wise and good that every one deserved a share in the government.

The danger of defending democracy on those grounds is that they’re not true. . . . I find that they’re not true without looking further than myself. I don’t deserve a share in governing a hen-roost. Much less a nation. . . .

The real reason for democracy is just the reverse. Mankind is so fallen that no man can be trusted with unchecked power over his fellows. Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.

Taken from his book ‘Present Concerns’ (reprint: Mariner Books, 2002, p. 17).

HT: Justin Taylor

Henri Nouwen Quote

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This quote is brilliant:

“By the honest recognition and confession of our human sameness we can participate in the care of God who came, not to the powerful but powerless, not to be different but the same, not to take our pain away but to share it. Through this participation we can open our hearts to each other and form a new community.”
Henri Nouwen, from his book ‘Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life’

Mother Teresa – Do it anyway!

Written on the wall of Mother Teresa’s office in Calcutta was the following:
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centred
LOVE THEM ANYWAY

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
DO GOOD ANYWAY

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies,
SUCCEED ANYWAY

The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
DO GOOD ANYWAY

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY

What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,
BUILD ANYWAY

People really need help but may attack you if you help them,
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth,
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY.”

Wow.  I have never heard that particular quote from Mother Teresa until today.

What do you think?