Words of wisdom

“Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language–Numbered Edition

“A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, The Message Proverbs

“Pliny the Elder once said that the Romans, when they couldn’t make a building beautiful, made it big. The practice continues to be popular: If we can’t do it well, we make it larger. We add dollars to our income, rooms to our houses, activities to our schedules, appointments to our calendars. And the quality of life diminishes with each addition. On the other hand, every time that we retrieve a part of our life from the crowd and respond to God’s call to us, we are that much more ourselves, more human. Every time we reject the habits of the crowd and practice the disciplines of faith, we become a little more alive.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, Run with the Horses: The Quest for Life at Its Best

“God at his best (and he always is)does not have favorite children”
― Eugene H. Peterson

“Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.”
― Eugene H. Peterson, The Message Catholic/Ecumenical Edition

Pr. Paddick van Zyl

LDMI

 

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