The Evangelical Universalist Forum

Quote for today

“For what prevents us from saying that the happy life is to have a mind that is free, lofty, fearless and steadfast - a mind that is placed beyond the reach of fear, beyond the reach of desire, that counts virtue the only good, baseness the only evil, and all else but a worthless mass of things, which come and go without increasing or diminishing the highest good, and neither subtract any part from the happy life nor add any part to it?
A man thus grounded must, whether he wills or not, necessarily be attended by constant cheerfulness and a joy that is deep and issues from deep within, since he finds delight in his own resources, and desires no joys greater than his inner joys.”
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca, The Stoic Philosophy of Seneca: Essays and Letters

“Instead of focusing so much on a To Do list, I’m starting a To Be list. Things I want to be: Happy, Calm, Loving, Health, Awesome.”-- Author Unknown

“It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.” - A.W. Tozer-

“If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.”

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“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.”-- Mick Jagger

Love never imprisons the one you love. Love is to release the bird from the cage and to see how it flies in its own freedom. The moment you put your conditions and expectations to secure love from your loved one, love is stained. Love that is worldly is not love, its ownership. Love demands nothing. It happens only when we can say ‘I love you without any demand upon you. You may reject me, leave me if you wish; yet my natural love is and shall remain unstained irrespective of everything external.’ Love is not object related. A happy relationship is built without any demand placed on each other. It thrives and grows in independence. Love is the ultimate freedom and independence. No bindings, no bondage, no conditions, no coercion. Pure freedom.
~~Bodhi Shuddhaanandaa

Clive Staples Lewis, AMEN!

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“Ask yourself: Is there joy, ease, and lightness in what I am doing? If there isn’t, then time is covering up the present moment, and life is perceived as a burden or a struggle.”-- Eckhart Tolle

“Trust in God, but keep your gunpowder dry!” - Oliver Cromwell

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.”-- Pete Seeger

“The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water; if a forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin, not resources; or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity – then we will treat each other with greater respect. Thus is the challenge, to look at the world from a different perspective.”

– David Suzuki

“Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.” -Vladimir Nobokov -

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in a manner so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.” -Native American Proverb-

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“Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead.”-- Mac McCleary

My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life."-- Miles Davis

“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.”-- Bryant H. McGill

“The popular view is familiar, and most men do not realize its true bearing, or the light in which it really presents the character of God. But consider how this dogma of endless evil must strike an inquirer after God, one outside the pale of Christianity, but sincerely desirous of learning the truth. There are such men -there are many such.

You tell this inquirer that God is not Almighty only, but all good; that God is indeed love; that God is his Father. But these terms are words without any justification at all, if they have not their common ordinary sense when applied to God.” -Thomas Allin (Christ Triumphant)-

“Trust him. And when you have done that, you are living the life of grace. No matter what happens to you in the course of that trusting - no matter how many waverings you may have, no matter how many suspicions that you have bought a poke with no pig in it, no matter how much heaviness and sadness your lapses, vices, indispositions, and bratty whining may cause you - you believe simply that Somebody Else, by his death and resurrection, has made it all right, and you just say thank you and shut up. The whole slop-closet full of mildewed performances (which is all you have to offer) is simply your death; it is Jesus who is your life. If he refused to condemn you because your works were rotten, he certainly isn’t going to flunk you because your faith isn’t so hot. You can fail utterly, therefore, and still live the life of grace. You can fold up spiritually, morally, or intellectually and still be safe. Because at the very worst, all you can be is dead - and for him who is the Resurrection and the Life, that just makes you his cup of tea.” - Robert Farrar Capon-

“It’s a new day! Let go of old issues, relationships, or apprehensions that are holding you back. Decide to move forward using the knowledge you’ve gained, from your failures and triumphs, while making room for new accomplishments. Cleaning isn’t just good for your house, it’s healthy for your mind. Adopt the attitude that you can and will achieve your dreams, because it’s true. You have greatness within you!”

– Les Brown

“Kind hearts are the gardens, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the flowers, kind deeds are the fruits. Take care of your garden and keep out the weeds, fill it with sunshine, kind words, and kind deeds.”-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“It’s not about us inviting Jesus into our hearts. It’s about us coming to see that He’s already included us in His.”

God’s mercy doesn’t expire when you do!

“Work hard, don’t quit, be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful, also to never whine ever, never complain, and, always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.”-- Michael Keaton

One may, moreover, find this same conflict in us, for man is set before competitors as the prize of their contest. He makes the one with whom he sides the victor over the other. 21 The fight of the Egyptian against the Hebrew is like the fight of idolatry against true religion, of licentiousness against self‐ control, of injustice against righteousness, of arrogance against humility, and of everything against what is perceived by its opposite. 22 15. Moses teaches us by his own example to take our stand with virtue as with a kinsman and to kill virtue’s adversary. The victory of true religion is the death and destruction of idolatry. So also injustice is killed by righteousness and arrogance is slain by humility. St. Gregory

Utter extravagance is the theme of our Father’s mighty Plan for the mass of sinners broken and bruised by sin.

“This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the Father be completed - not a single detail missed - and at the wrap-up of time I have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole. This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole at the completion of time.” -Jesus, the Christ-

Every mouth in confession, every knee bowing IN the Name of Jesus…"You are Lord!"

“Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day: civility, respect, kindness, character.”-- Aaron Sorkin

Simone Weil said in The Need for Roots , “to be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul . . . Every human being needs to have multiple roots. It is necessary for him to draw well nigh the whole of his moral, intellectual, and spiritual life by way of the environment of which he forms a natural part.” I see rootedness as something due to every human being, as part of their human dignity. Without it, man is cut off from the very elements that make him who he is.

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”-- Native American Proverb