“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.”
I am only one.
But I am still one.
I cannot do everything.
But still I can do something:
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Born to be original
Abraham Lincoln said that ‘Everyone is born an original, but sadly most die copies.’
Will you show that you were born unique? That you, like every soul on this earth, have divinity within you, access to untold possibilities. But you must claim them. Don’t let the world
tell you who you are. Don’t accept your existence as it is. Rise.
My grandfather once compared breathing to God’s desire to be present in my life. He told me that I was not ‘taking a breath,’ but rather that as I expand my lungs, the air instantly flows in. It’s the same with God’s presence; I create a space in my life for His love and His wisdom to pour in without hesitation.
- Bronwen Henry
Measure of a leader
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
God’s call is mysterious; it comes in the darkness of faith. It is so fine, so subtle, that it is only with the deepest silence within us that we can hear it.
- Carlo Carretto
Letters from the Desert
Instead of telling our vulnerable stories, we seek safety in abstractions, speaking to each other about our opinions, ideas and beliefs rather than about our lives. Academic culture blesses this practice by insisting that the more abstract our speech, the more likely we are to touch the universal truths that unite us. But what happens is exactly the reverse: as our discourse becomes more abstract, the less connected we feel. There is less sense of community among intellectuals than in the most “primitive” society of storytellers.
A hidden wholeness
Bible is a true story
The Bible is a true story but not always factual. The truth of the Bible doesn’t come from the facts of the stories, but rather from the spiritual meaning of those stories. The true ideas the Bible teaches have little to do with history, geology, or any matters of the natural world, but have everything to do with the spiritual world and the things that really matter in our lives.
Confidence in leadership
I have no idea what’s going to happen, or if my specific plans are going to come out the way I envision them, but I am completely confident that if we get people together and keep service to the Lord and to our neighbors at the center of our thinking, that He will make something wonderful come out of our efforts, one way or another. My personal ego has some very specific ideas of what the Lord ought to do with our efforts, but I know my God is wiser than me, and thinks bigger than I ever could, and sees the long-term big picture, and so I’m ready to find out what it is He will make of all our plans and efforts.
My attitude is entirely my choice. I cannot base it on my current environment or past experience. This is a simple thought but it’s been on my little mind!
Abundance or scarcity?
People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality, the more we are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people. We believe their success adds to rather than detracts from our lives.
Who do we intend to be?
Management has a lot to do with answers. Leadership is a function of questions. And the first question for a leader always is: ‘Who do we intend to be?’ Not ‘What are we going to do?’ but ‘Who do we intend to be?’
Max DePree, Hermann Miller
If the size of your vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you, there’s a good chance it’s insulting to God.
Evolving relationship with God
Better to have a flexible, dynamic and evolving relationship with God than a rigid and static one defined by a rigid and static organization. Rigidity is indicative of human ego, not God’s plan.