Posts Tagged ‘quotes’

Filling the Void

The imagination is continually at work filling up all the fissures through which grace might pass. … We must continually suspend the work of the imagination filling the void within ourselves.

—Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

I am struggling to live in the presence of the void, to not despair in the midst of disappointments, to not shrink from the silent spaces that surround me and to not keep asking in the absence of answers.

To be a prophet is to be a pariah.



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“The mortification of indwelling sin remaining in our mortal bodies, that it may not have life and power to bring forth the works or deeds of the flesh is the constant duty of believers.” (John Owen)


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Surgeon of Souls

“To dwell on the past simply causes failure in the present. While you are sitting down and bemoaning the past and regretting all the things you have not done, you are crippling yourself and preventing yourself from working in the present. Is that Christianity? Of course it is not.”

“If we only spent more of our time in looking at Him we should soon forget ourselves.”

“Prayer, in many ways, is the supreme expression of our faith in God.”

– D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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No Compromise



“I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.”

– Charles Spurgeon

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Complacency and Self-Sufficiency

“The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people.”

“If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.”

– A. W. Tozer

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Comic Truth


There’s something about courting the darkness that makes some people see the truth in raw, twisted ways, as though they were shining a black light on life to illuminate the absurdity of it all. Comics tell a truth you can see only from the underside of the psyche. At its best, comedy is prophecy and societal dream interpretation.

Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint (Jericho Books, 2013; p. 4; emphasis mine)

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Don’t Settle

This is from Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford University which I’ve watched a few times. However, in light of my current situation, it’s worth quoting from again:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

(emphasis mine)

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