From time to time, I like to share with you quotes I’ve found in my research that have sincerely challenged me. In most cases, these timely quotes point me to the relevant scriptures they are based on. I hope you enjoy these, and more importantly, that they challenge you also.
“No man has a right to be idle . . . Where is it that in such a world as this, health and leisure, and affluence may not find some ignorance to instruct, some wrong to redress, some want to supply, some misery to alleviate?”
Have you ever acknowledge how boring and vain life can be? Have you ever concluded life can’t just be about seeing the next movie, playing the next video game, or going to the next thrill whatever it is? And then, have you ever wondered what is your cause to fight for?
William Wilberforce, the 18th-19th Century British politician and reformer who steadfastly worked twenty-six years for the abolition of slavery in England, is your medicine for finding that encouraging word. I love to read and learn from trendsetters, who although they may face persecution, lead others to where we need and should be as a people.
That is what Wilberforce demonstrated, and that’s why I love this quote from him. He chastises those who would think we are here merely to consume entertainment, and he reminds all of us that part of the reason we’re here is to make a difference. As Wilberforce says, certainly there is:
- Some ignorance to instruct;
- Some wrong to redress;
- Some want to supply;
- Some misery to alleviate.
So go, and make a difference, even if it takes twenty-six years! (see Galatians 6:9)
“I had always thought that a lost soul referred to the soul’s destination, not its condition . . . We are not lost because we are going to wind up in the wrong place. We are going to wind up in the wrong place because we are lost.”
This profound quote is from Ortberg’s Soul Keeper, which came out last year. When I first read it many months ago, this statement just lingered with me, forcing me to ask a series of questions:
- What does it really mean when we say someone is “lost”?
- Can the lost know they are lost?
- How can we best help the lost?
- Is the worse part about being lost where you’ll end up, or how your life is now?
After much prayer and study, I came to realize the best and most effective way to help the lost is to stop trying to “get them to heaven” but focus more on helping them to realize how lost they are right now without Jesus!
That seems to be a better strategy, and I believe one that began with Jesus. (see Luke 19:10)
“Nearly all that we call human history . . . [is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
I was reminded of this somber yet candid quote from Nancy Pearcey’s new book Finding Truth. In her book, which I’m still reading, she presents the claims of the Christian worldview and delineates a five-fold criterion in which to measure and evaluate competing worldviews.
Lewis’ quote should be a stark reminder of how much we actually have in common with each other. All of us are simply searching for a purpose and happiness – or better, true joy. We just don’t know how to find it!
And then . . . “For God so loved the world, that he sent his only Son . . .”
Were there ever any more beautiful words said or written?