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3 weeks ago
Always go to the funeral' means that I have to do the right thing when I really, really don't feel like it. I have to remind myself of it when I could make some small gesture, but I don't really have to and I definitely don't want to. I'm talking about those things that represent only inconvenience to me, but the world to the other guy. You know, the painfully underattended birthday party. The hospital visit during happy hour. ... In my humdrum life, the daily battle hasn't been good versus evil. It's hardly so epic. Most days, my real battle is doing good versus doing nothing.
For what do I have if I don't have you, Jesus? What in this life could mean any more? You are my rock. You are my glory. You are the lifter of my head. --Starfield
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. Give thanks to the God of Gods. Give thanks to the Lord of Lords, to Him who alone does great wonders, who by His understanding made the heavens, who spread out the earth upon the waters, who made the Great Light, to the One who remembered us in our lowest state and freed us from our enemies and gives food to every creature. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever. --Chris Tomlin's Forever, paraphrase from Psalms
Risk-taking, trust and serendipity are key ingredients of joy. Without risk, nothing new ever happens. Without trust, fear creeps in. Without serendipity, there are no surprises. --Rita Golden Gelman, author of Tales of a Female Nomad