“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves — say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
When we talked about God’s love, my dad always pointed to the figure of the Bishop in Les Miserables. He had difficulty connecting the notion of a loving father to his own flesh-and-blood dad; for him, reading about the grace that saturated the Bishop’s dealings with the crook-turned-hero, Jean Valjean, was his closest encounter to the sort of love that God the Father might offer.
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” — Anne Lamott
From traffic lights to lines in grocery stores, so much of life seems to consist of waiting. The minutes in between our daily activities consume a surprising chunk of our time. And this waiting frustrates us, because we never scheduled it.
“Small men command the letter of the law. Great men serve its spirit.” — J.C. Marino
For a Judge, God sure had an interesting way of handling rules.
“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.
I love to ask young people revealing questions, like: “Who among you is the laziest and the hardest working?” This one always sets off a rousing debate.
Ponder the thought. When it comes to work, am I a lightweight or a heavy lifter? Having formerly employed lots of varying individuals, I would choose one hard-working heavy lifter over 10 whimpish, constantly complaining lightweights any day of the week.
One of our primary desires is our desire to be right. If others don’t believe us, we’ll try to prove them wrong, hopelessly.
Few desires trump this one, this need to prove what we believe to be true. We must have others believe us. And the closer they are to our heart, the more dire the need.