“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.” — J.K. Rowling
People are impressed with strength, wisdom and riches (not to mention beauty, wit and talent). God is not, unless of course, it is used by Him. The things God delights in are much less visible, much less recognizable, much more difficult to attain, and most importantly, given very little attention in this life.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” — Matthew 5:11-12
We bear inherent risks when we seek to please our Heavenly Father. First of all, pleasing Him will inevitably run us amok with those whom we would rather please--our human colleagues on earth. How many times has God called us to things that look strange to worldly observers?
“We do not create our destiny; we participate in its unfolding.” -- David Richo
“He could not do any miracles there, except lay His hands on a few sick people and heal them. And He was amazed at their lack of faith.” (Mark 6:5-6)
Where there was no faith, Jesus could not operate.
““A man who loves others based solely on how they make him feel, or what they do for him, is really not loving others at all - but loving only himself.” — Criss Jami
Looking at their track records, Jesus really didn’t do such a great job of picking his followers . . . or did He?
“You possess a potent force that you either use, or misuse, hundreds of times every day.” - J. Martin Kohe
Inventors create products with a purpose in mind. Alexander Graham Bell created the telephone for long-distance communication. Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane for advanced transportation. The makers of Sudafed developed pseudoephedrine to relieve cold and flu symptoms. And Philo Farnsworth invented the television to allow people around the world to learn about each other, in the hopes of settling differences around a conference table instead of the battlefields of world wars.
““The tribute to learning is teaching. ” — Wise Saying from the Orientis Teaching
“Arrested development”. This prison contains our spiritual lives and stifles our usefulness to God. Most of us squander our lives in this stagnant condition, rather than facing the uncomfortable thought of growth and challenge. Our laziness hurts the mission.