Devo's Blog

Friday, March 10, 2006

Wise words from RLP

One of my favorite blogs to read is Real Live Preacher. I was browsing The Quotations Page and came across some quotes gleaned from RLP. Some I remembered, some I'd never heard, but they're all real and true.

God

When someone is giving you their theology, their God words, you should listen hard and be very gentle. The time to deliver your God words is when you are asked.

Doubting God's existence is okay and perfectly acceptable within Christianity as long as the person doubting remains obedient and committed to the Christian path.


Faith

We think having faith means being convinced God exists in the same way we are convinced a chair exists. People who cannot be completely convinced of God’s existence think faith is impossible for them. Not so. People who doubt can have great faith because faith is something you do, not something you think. In fact, the greater your doubt the more heroic your faith.

God, I don’t have great faith, but I can be faithful. My belief in you may be seasonal, but my faithfulness will not. I will follow in the way of Christ. I will act as though my life and the lives of others matter. I will love. I have no greater gift to offer than my life. Take it.


Sight

It's not foresight or hindsight we need. We need sight, plain and simple. We need to see what is right in front of us.


Friendship

When life seems chaotic, you don't need people giving you easy answers or cheap promises. There might not be any answers to your problems. What you need is a safe place where you can bounce with people who have taken some bad hops of their own.

When someone allows you to bear his burdens, you have found deep friendship.

Fidelity to commitment in the face of doubts and fears is a very spiritual thing.


Love

You can't love anyone until you understand that you can't love everyone.

Love the ones you can. Touch the ones you can reach. Let the others go.


Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the healing of wounds caused by another. You choose to let go of a past wrong and no longer be hurt by it. Forgiveness is a strong move to make, like turning your shoulders sideways to walk quickly on a crowded sidewalk. It's your move.

It really doesn't matter if the person who hurt you deserves to be forgiven. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. You have things to do and you want to move on.

Forgiveness does not always lead to a healed relationship. Some people are not capable of love, and it might be wise to let them go along with your anger. Wish them well, and let them go their way.

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