Richard Foster — Because we lack a divine Center…

Because we lack a divine Center our need for security has led us into an insane attachment to things. We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy…We are made to feel ashamed to wear clothes or drive cars until they are worn out. The mass media have convinced us that to be out of step with fashion is to be out of step with reality. It is time we awaken to the fact that conformity to a sick society is to be sick.
Richard Foster

Amy Grant — I remember a friend of mine…

I remember a friend of mine telling a story about one of his first paying jobs. When he was in seminary, he and his wife pastored a small church in a rough part of Houston. They lived in the parsonage and received a salary of one hundred dollars a week. One day a college friend of his passed through town and stopped by for a visit. The friend’s career was in sales, and at the time, 1972, he was doing quite well, with a six-figure salary. He said to the young pastor, “You were pretty sharp in school. You know, you could be doing a lot better financially if you had chosen a different profession. For instance, if you were with my company, you could be making a hundred thousand dollars a year.” My friend eyed his buddy and said, “ Well, I don’t know if I could live on that.” “What do you mean, you don’t know if you could live on that? You don’t look like you’re making half that much now.” My friend said, “Well, I don’t right now, but I work for someone who promised to pay me whatever I need. This last year I didn’t need much, but what if next year I needed more? I sure would be in a mess if all I had was a hundred thousand dollars.”
Amy Grant

Unknown — A lad who heard his father prayer for missions…

A lad who heard his father pray for missions, and especially for the needs of missionaries, that they might be supplied, and that their institutions might be amply sustained, said to him, “Father, I wish I had your money.”  “Why, my son, what would you do with it?” asked the father.  “I would answer your prayers,” was the reply.
Unknown

Russell T. Loesch — In Tolstoy’s “Man and Dame Fortune”…

In Tolstoy’s “Man and Dame Fortune,” the hero is told he can have the right to all the land around which he can plow a furrow in a single day.  The man started off with great vigor, and was going to encompass only that which he could easily care for.  But as the day progressed, he desired more and more rights.  He plowed and plowed, until at the end of the day he could in no possible way return to his original point of departure, but struggling to do so, he fell, the victim of a heart attack.  The only right he secured was the right to 18 square feet of land in which to be buried.
Russell T. Loesch