Volume 12, # 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May, 1997
Love of Creation . . . . . . . . Fedor Dostoevski
"Love all God's creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it.
Love every leaf, every ray of God's light.
Love the animals, love the plants, love everything.
If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things.
Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better everyday.
And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.
Morning Prayer . . . . . . . . Charles Kingsley
"Thank God--every morning when you get up--
that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you a hundred virtues which the idle never know."
You Change the World . . . . . . . . Christophers News Notes, 1-85
"You don't have to move mountains to make a difference. But when you accept responsibility to improve life in your own family, congregation, office, factory, school you change the world by that much."
Romance of Achievement . . . . . . . . Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
"I was brought up on the romance of American achievement. No matter where you start, if you work hard and if you think positively and if you dream dreams and if you have good character, you can lift the status of yourself, your family, your friends and everyone around you. This doesn't mean that your object in life is to become rich or famous. Just do the best you can with yourself.
I think that Almighty God has put that into us and I'm going to do the best I can with myself. That's what I call the romance of achievement. Achievement means to be what, by the grace of God, you can be."
The Primary Aim . . . . . . . . Michael Gerber, Think & Grow Rich, Vol. 2, #3
"The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is the difference between living fully and just existing."
Solitude and Silence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Paula Ripple, Growing Strong In Broken Places
"Because we live in a world that values activity and noise more than solitude and silence, we may not understand the life sounds deep inside us which could give direction to our lives if we would invest in the disciplined process of discovering and then listening to these messages."
On Happiness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us on a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it."
We Are More . . . . . . . . William Arthur Ward
"We are more than what we do . . .
much more than what we accomplish . . .
far more than what we possess."
A Great Theme . . . . . . . . Harry Huxhold, Emphasis, Vol. 22, #3
"A great writer once said, that a great book requires a great theme. So does a great life. An endless stream of books are meaningless and will not last as great literature, because they do not have a great theme.
So it is with people. All too much in human history is wasted and meaningless because there is no great theme, no great purpose in life.
Men and women have a deep hunger in life for meaning and purpose, but so often they are afraid to let go of a self-centered ego. To have a great theme in life involves taking a risk of moving beyond the narrow limitations of myself and discovering our true self where Jesus is at the center: nurturing, healing and empowering us to be men and women for others. Here is our great theme, our meaning and purpose."
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