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Do It Anyway

Posted in Christian, Christianity, Philosophy, poem, quote(s), scripture, thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 9, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

I got this poem off my ex-wife’s Facebook of all things! It is something I have to take to heart for sure and just wanted to share it with you all!

Mother Teresa wrote this poem –

People are often unreasonable,
illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,
people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,
you will win some false friends and true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,
people may cheat you;
Be honest anyway.

What you spend years building,
someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,
they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,
people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,
and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis,
it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Read more at Mother Teresa Poem : Do It Anyway

Throwaway People?

Posted in quote(s) with tags , , , , on March 28, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

A really great quote I came across

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

~Audrey Hepburn

Amen!

Christian Atlases

Posted in Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, Philosophy, religion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

A pair of quotes from Brennan Manning I would like to share …

“God’s love is based on nothing, and the fact that it is based on nothing makes us secure. Were it based on anything we do, and that “anything” were to collapse, then God’s love would crumble as well. But with the God of Jesus no such thing can possibly happen. People who realize this can live freely and to the fullest. Remember Atlas, who carries Brennan Manning the whole world? We have Christian Atlases who mistakenly carry the burden of trying to deserve God’s love. Even the mere watching of this lifestyle is depressing. I’d like to say to Atlas: ‘Put that globe down and dance on it. That’s why God made it.’ And to the weary Christian Atlases: “Lay down your load and build your life on God’s love.” We don’t have to earn this love; neither do we have to support it. It is a free gift. Jesus calls out: “Come to me, all you Atlases who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you.”

“The saved sinner is prostrate in adoration, lost in wonder and praise. He knows repentance is not what we do in order to earn forgiveness; it is what we do because we have been forgiven. It serves as an expression of gratitude rather than an effort to earn forgiveness. Thus the sequence of forgiveness and then repentance, rather than repentance and then forgiveness, is crucial for understanding the gospel of grace.”

Amen!


Humility Sucks

Posted in Christian, Christianity, thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on May 18, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

Something I’ve been working on the past couple of days … I’ve always thought humility to be one of the soft, passive virtues. Like being meek, or patient. I always looked to those sweet, quiet girls in church who seemed to never have anything bad to say. They always looked decent, hair neat and calm, nothing outrageous or too loud in their dress. They had a rather large, well worn Bible, and always an uncontroversial, soft spoken answer in Sunday School. Often they were married and had a few kids, who never acted up.

Bleh! Boring! Who wants to be like that? I am NOT quiet, all that soft spoken, nice or well put together. If I’m soft spoken it’s because I haven’t had my coffee yet. If I’m meek it’s because I don’t want my strong opinions to get noticed. If I have nothing negative to say, it’s because my throat hurts.

But the past few days I’ve been thinking about humility. No, really. I have. Humility is a bloody, jagged, painful thing. It is not being a doormat. It is having something to brag about, that others would actually envy. It’s knowing the answer to a dumb question. It’s being able to jump higher, run faster, be more accurate. It’s being further along on a journey.

It’s being above, better, and knowing it. And keeping your big mouth shut!

Humility sucks. It’s not comfortable. It’s not something that should make you feel good. If it makes you feel good, you are probably not being humble. There is such a thing as being arrogant in your show of humility. Hah! I didn’t see that one coming, either…but it’s there. Humility will cut you to pieces on the inside. And guess what? You will heal stronger. You will die to your self-love. You won’t need that praise that you used to crave. You won’t hate yourself as often. The scars of humility will produce peace.

No one needs to learn this more than I do. And I hate it, but there it is. I can’t ignore it…it’s kicking me in the face. Go figure…God wouldn’t let me sit in the exact same spot for years and years and beg him to come closer to me. He’s making me get off my butt and do some digging. We’ll see what I can plant, and what the harvest will yield.

Have a blessed evening everyone!

“We need to forgive one another for not being God!”

Posted in Christian, Christianity, God, Philosophy, quote(s) with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

I found this quote interesting and wondered what you thought. Tim


Forgiveness, the Cement of Community Life


“Community is not possible without the willingness to forgive one another “seventy-seven times” (see Matthew 18:22). Forgiveness is the cement of community life. Forgiveness holds us together through good and bad times, and it allows us to grow in mutual love.


But what is there to forgive or to ask forgiveness for? As people who have hearts that long for perfect love, we have to forgive one another for not being able to give or receive that perfect love in our everyday lives. Our many needs constantly interfere with our desire to be there for the other unconditionally. Our love is always limited by spoken or unspoken conditions. What needs to be forgiven? “We need to forgive one another for not being God!”

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Violet Forgiveness

Posted in odds and ends, quote(s) with tags , on January 17, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

~ Mark Twain

Saturday Evening Prayer

Posted in Christian, Christianity, God, prayer with tags , , , on October 25, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Evening Prayer

If I have wounded any soul today,
If I have caused one foot to go astray,
If I have walked in my own willful way,
Dear Lord, forgive!

If I have uttered idle words or vain,
If I have turned aside from want or pain,
Lest I myself shall suffer through the strain,
Dear Lord, forgive!

If I have been perverse or hard, or cold,
If I have longed for shelter in Thy fold,
When Thou hast given me some fort to hold,
Dear Lord, forgive!

Forgive the sins I have confessed to Thee;
Forgive the secret sins I do not see;
O guide me, love me and my keeper be,
Dear Lord, Amen.

~C. Maude Battersby 1911