Along the same lines

Here are some quotes that seem to be along the same lines as the last post topic, and in concert with Brendan’s insightful comment.

“Our age has been sadly deficient in what may be termed spiritual greatness. At the root of this is the modern disease of shallowness. We are all too impatient to meditate on the faith we profess. . . . It is not the busy skimming over religious books or the careless hastening through religious duties which makes for a strong Christian faith. Rather, it is unhurried meditation on gospel truths and the exposing of our minds to these truths that yields the fruit of sanctified character.”
— Maurice Roberts

“Busyness is the enemy of spirituality. It is essentially laziness. It is doing the easy thing instead of the hard thing. It is filling our time with our own actions instead of paying attention to God’s actions. It is taking charge.” – Eugene Peterson

“Everything in the Christian life is easier than prayer.” – Martin Lloyd Jones

“American religion is conspicuous for its messianically pretentious energy, its embarrasingly banal prose, and its impatiently hustling ambition.” Eugene Peterson, The Contemplative Pastor

(The first three quotes I inherited from Ed Dunnington and his reading, and so I don’t have the book references for those).

The idea that keeps bugging me is that we completely miss the point in the use the time we have been entrusted with. As the above would suggest, we run after all sorts of things, none of which have anything to do with God’s glory, the health of His bride, nor of our souls.

That’s all for now.


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