Recently I’ve been learning that life comes down to this: God is in everything. Regardless of what difficulties I am experiencing at the moment, or what things aren’t as I would like them to be, I look at the circumstances and say, “Lord, what are you trying to teach me?”
The call to unceasing prayer is not an invitation to divided consciousness; it does not imply that we pay any less attention to daily realities or retreat from life’s responsibilities. It means being consciously constantly conscious of the presence of God amidst the changing complexion of everyday life.
Life is not built for negative achievement, it is made for positive contribution, for outgoing love. He who loves not, lives not; and he who loves most, lives most.
E. Stanley Jones
“A cup of cold water” -a little thing! But life is made up of little things, and he who would rise to higher usefulness is wise if he cherishes the loving yet seeming trifles of living.
Floyd W. Tomkins
Little self-denials, little honesties, little passing words of sympathy, little nameless acts of kindness, little silent victories over favorite temptations; these are the silent threads of gold which, when woven together, gleam out so brightly in the pattern of life that God approves.
Frederick W. Farrar
Live near to God and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities.
Robert M. McCheyne
Life is given to us in the same way as a child is given to a nanny, so that it can be raised to maturity.
When founding father John Jay was asked how he planned to spend his retirement years, he replied with a warm smile, “I have a long life to look back on and an eternity to look forward to.”
Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look at the stars.
Henry Van Dyke
Everyday happiness means getting up in the morning, and you can’t wait to finish your breakfast. You can’t wait to do your exercises. You can’t wait to put on your clothes. You can’t wait to get out- and you can’t wait to come home, because the soup is hot.
Life is what we are alive to. It is not length but breadth…Be alive to…goodness, kindness, purity, love, history, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God, and eternal hope.
Maltbie D. Babcock
Life passes, riches fly away, popularity is fickle, the senses decay, the world changes. One alone is true to us; One alone can be all things to us; One alone can supply our need.
John Henry Newman
The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.
The higher goal of spiritual living is not to amass a wealth of information, but to face sacred moments.
Abraham Joshua Heschel
We spend most of our time and energy in a kind of horizontal thinking. We move along the surface of things going from one quick base to another, often with a frenzy that wears us out. We collect data, things, people, ideas, “profound experiences,” never penetrating any of them…But there are other times. There are times when we stop. We sit still. We lose ourselves in a pile of leaves or its memory. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper. Then we begin our “going down.”
I live the perfect imperfect life.
Your life is to be lived in such a way as to reflect Him, to show the world the character of God- His love, His peace, His mercy, His gentleness. You are to live for Him, to accomplish His will. To miss this purpose is to miss fulfillment. It is to have existed rather than to have lived.
Life is short and we have not too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark way with us. Oh, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.
Henry Frederick Amiel
Live simply that others may simply live.
It’s impossible to overestimate the unimportance of most things.
He who has the Holy Spirit in his heart and the Scripture in his hands has all he needs.
Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.
Life begins when a person first realizes how soon it will end.
Every thought a person dwells upon, whether he expresses it or not, either damages or improves his life.
It’s terribly amusing how many different climates of feeling one can go through in a day.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Think of this- we may live together with Him here and now, a daily walking with Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.
A monk was asked, “What do you do there in the monastery?” He replied, “We fall and get up, we fall and get up, fall and get up again.”
Esther de Waal
Always full of promise.
The mornings of our lives,
Each is a personal daily miracle.
Life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live.
George Lancaster Spalding