The harder a man tries to be himself without being right with God, the less like himself he becomes and the more like everyone else he is. Man was made to have fellowship with God, and man is never himself until he submits to this divine rule. Not your talent first, or your money, or your time, or your service, but the complete “you” is what God requests and requires—not that he might make you into a slave, but that he might emancipate you.
Richard C. Halverson
The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Revised Standard Version