Quotes

Memories #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday

Once we have finished out our days here in this life our possessions will quickly be dispersed, assets liquidated, what will be left? Memories. 
The memories of the time we spent and things we did – our real legacy – is the only lasting thing we will leave behind.
  

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” ~ Billy Graham

How will you be remembered? Do you care or have you thought about it? Today is the day to begin improving on anything you feel could be better. Why today? Because tomorrow may not come. 

This post is linked to both the BeWoW and Writers Quote Wednesday communities. 

No, I’m Not Very Good at Scheduling 

Welcome to Wednesday! Yes, the day many of us post related content for Writers Quote Wednesday and BeWoW. But I’m a goof and fouled up my scheduled post for this week; it published yesterday instead of today. (Can you hear that Homer Simpson “Doh!” in the background?

If you missed it, today’s post can be found HERE

Selflessness #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday

It seems to me that we live in an age that is more self-centered than ever before. Don’t  believe me? Look at the popularity one of the newest gadgets on the market the Selfie Stick, the most popular Christmas gift of 2014. Of course the Selfie Stick fad will likely fade away but it is a fair assessment of our narcissistic society in my opinion (on which I;m the leading expert).

Thinking about an experience I had a couple of years ago with a man at a Christian gather brought to mind a quote of one of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis: “Selfishness has never been admired.”- C.S. Lewis

Being anything but fleet of foot, I am usually near the end of most lines; sometimes this is by choice, given my balance issues, but mostly is is because I can’t move very fast. As I made my way to the lunch line with a Brother I was discussing some of the issues we were voting on, the man, a minister from another state, made sure to let us in front of him. At first I thought he was being cordial and I appreciated that. But then I heard him paraphrase a verse of Scripture saying, “he who would be first will be last and he who is last shall be first”. And then he allowed another person to get in front of him, repeating his paraphrase; I witnessed this no less than three times. I later told my friend that by his actions, saying what he did aloud time again, he was being proud not humble as the Scripture intends to teach us; he agreed.

In my experience it is much more gratifying to be selfless than to be selfish. And I find that what Lewis said is true, as is the opposite; a selfless person garners respect and admiration if it is sincere selflessness. It takes less effort, too, to be selfless than to be selfish in my experience; you have only to think of others needs before acting. I will admit sometimes it does require more effort and perhaps a little sacrifice to be selfless but not always usually.

I challenge you this week to be a blessing to someone by being selfless toward someone in some way; make it easy and do something for a friend or loved one. Better yet, make it a a little more of an effort and be selfless to a complete stranger.

(This post is linked to both the BeWoW and Writers Quote Wednesday communities.)

Shades of Gray: a # haiku 

This week Ronovan gives us the words black and white as our haiku writing prompts. There are plenty of ways to go with these words but only one comes to my mind immediately – shades of gray.

either black or white
we see what we want to see
mainly shades of gray

In our society today it is all about the shades of gray – everything rides in these shadows. But the truth is not all relative as many insist. Almost everything, if we were to be honest to our heritage, comes back to black or white, dark or light, good or evil, of God or of the devil. Yeah. It really is that simple: there’s no fence to straddle, you have to choose a side.

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Thanksgiving #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday

 Being Thanksgiving Eve I thought that a quote about being thankful would be most appropriate for this week’s BeWoW and Writers Quote Wednesday post. I think that this one pretty well sums up my idea of what thanksgiving ought to be.  

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Thanksgiving shouldn’t be just a day of feasting and football. Thanksgiving should be a way of life that we choose daily. 

Life Given: a #haiku

This week Ronovan brings us a new challenge, as he does weekly, with two new prompt words that work well for my style of writing. 

life in a shambles
far away from the Father
Son gives His for me

Each of our lives, no matter how together they seem on the outside, are far from perfect; many times we find ourselves in a complete mess if we are honest. Any Christian will know what I mean when I say we go through seasons when we feel so far from God, though we really aren’t. 

Unbelievers are completely separated from God. They are in a spiritual shambles until they accept that and seek Him and His grace through His Son, Jesus. 

Jesus’ life was never in a shambles; he led the perfect, unblemished life no one else ever could. I’m not implying that He was in a mess the way we are in this haiku; I want to be clear about that. Rather, on the cross He was separated from His Father to take on our mess – our sins – and pay our penalty, a debt we could never pay. 

Hanging on the cross, suspected between the heavens and earth, Christ called out:

Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

All alone He bore the sins of all mankind for all time so that we might be able to be reconciled to God. As the old hymn says, “Oh, what a Savior!”.

Salt: a #tanka

what happens when the
salt loses its saltiness
which can’t be restored

without curative power
it is merely insipid

Inspired by Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

Linked to Haiku Horizons weekly prompt. 

Generosity #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday #Quotes

I ran across a quote this weekend that struck me because it was so simple and yet so profound.   

“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
Khalil Gibran

I’ll be honest: I didn’t recognize the name when I read it. It wasn’t until I read about him (click his name for more) that I realized he was such a well known writer and poet; he is the third best selling poet in history in fact. 

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It Could Be Worse #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday

The title of this post pretty well sums it all up: no matter what your situation, there’s someone that is worse off than you are.

 

“No cases of eye strain have been developed by looking on the bright side of things.” – Unknown

 
(Despite looking, I could find no attribution for this quote. I did find it in multiple place and variations but no idea of who it came from.)

Be thankful for what you have, where you are, and where you’re not.

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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,Character #BeWoW #WritersQuoteWednesday

This is the final day of the Three Day Quote Challenge I was invited to participate in by Meredith.

Today’s quote comes from one of my favorite authors and preachers Charles H. Spurgeon and it deals with character:

  

“May your character not be a writing on the sand, but an inscription upon the rock!” C. H. Spurgeon 

Known today as the prince of preachers, Spurgeon inspired many in his day with his sermons and writings, as he continues to do today.

In my lifetime I have witnessed, in my opinion (on which I am the leading expert), a change in folks’ character in general. When I was young we were raised that a man’s word was his bond and a handshake meant something almost sacred: it meant that two individuals were in agreement on a given issue and they staked something more precious than money as the collateral, their character. Our society places a very high value on many things; I don’t think that character – honesty, integrity, righteousness – is anywhere in the top 25 of their list, probably it’s much lower. I know this is not a universal truth, thankfully, but I fear it is solidly a general fact. Until the collective we once again place value in that which is truly valuable, esteem others higher than ourselves, hold fast to our convictions, we will keep seeing a persistent skewing of our moral compass, a continuation of the epidemic of addictions plaguing our nation, the further crumbling of the family unit, and an apathetic nation of takers walking over anyone between them and their “wants” believing this is normal.

I remember a time when our country was esteemed in the world community, unlike the persona that is and has been attached to us for some time now. I also remember a time when our country was referred to as The United States or The United States of America, not simply as America. I’m not sure exactly when this transition began but I’m fairly certain if one were to research it the timing will correspond with when we started to shift our values from those of our forefathers, the ones they fought so hard and passionately for that a nation was born.

When we begin to value character again, when we begin to love our brothers and sisters again, when we decide to put our houses rightly in order again, then we will begin to be united again. And until we are once again The United States of America we aren’t the country or people that scores of men and women have bled and died for; we are someone/something they wouldn’t recognize. 

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