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Martin Luther said once, 'If I were God, I'd kick the world to pieces.' But Martin Luther wasn't God. God is God, and God has never kicked the world to pieces. He keeps re-entering the world. He keeps offering himself to the world by grace, keeps somehow blessing the world, making possible a kind of life which we all, in our deepest being, hunger for.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Source: From discussion with reporter Kim Lawton on Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly

To journey for the sake of saving our own lives is little by little to cease to live in any sense that really matters, even to ourselves, because it is only by journeying for the world's sake - even when the world bores and sickens and scares you half to death - that little by little we start to come alive.

    Author: Frederick Buechner

You can survive on your own; you can grow strong on your own; you can prevail on your own; but you cannot become human on your own.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Source: The Sacred Journey

Your life and my life flow into each other as wave flows into wave, and unless there is peace and joy and freedom for you, there can be no real peace or joy or freedom for me. To see reality--not as we expect it to be but as it is--is to see that unless we live for each other and in and through each other, we do not really live very satisfactorily; that there can really be life only where there really is, in just this sense, love.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Source: The Magnificent Defeat

Whatever man may stand, whatever he may do, to whatever he may apply his hand - in agriculture, in commerce, and in industry, or his mind, in the world of art, and science - he is, in whatsoever it may be, constantly standing before the face of God. He is employed in the service of his God. He has strictly to obey his God. And above all, he has to aim at the glory of his God.

    Author: Abraham Kuyper

There is nothing more impotent than words which lie dormant in our brains and have no influence on our lives.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren

Ah! If our likeness to God does not show itself in trifles, what is there left for it to show itself in? For our lives are all made up of trifles. The great things come three or four of them in the seventy years; the little ones every time the clock ticks.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren

Every life has dark tracks and long stretches of somber tint, and no representation is true to fact which dips its pencil only in light, and flings no shadows on the canvas.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren

Are we not all immortal till our work is done?

    Author: Robert Murray McCheyne
    Source: Comfort in Sorrow

The doctrines of the gospel are meant to mould us so that our lives begin to 'set' in the likeness of Christ. We have made little or no impression upon the world, for the very reason that the gospel doctrine has made a correspondingly slight impression upon us. It cannot be overemphasized that men and women who have accomplished anything in God's strength have always done so on the basis of their grasp of truth.

    Author: Sinclair B. Ferguson

Let God have your life; He can do more with it than you can.

    Author: D.L. Moody

I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God's thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.

    Author: George Macdonald
    Source: Quoted by J. R. Miller, Finding One's Mission, Peiner Publications, n.d., p. 2.

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