Monday, October 24, 2016
"There are three kinds of giving: grudge giving, duty giving, and thanksgiving. Grudge giving says, "I hate to," duty giving says,
"I ought to," thanksgiving says, "I want to." The first comes from constraint, the second comes from a sense of obligation, the third comes from a full heart. Nothing much is conveyed in grudge giving since, "The gift without the giver is bare."
Something more happens in duty giving but there is no song in it.
Thanksgiving is an open gate into the love of God." Robert N. Rodenmayer.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
"It's true, man is vile, but more in capability than in actions;
His sinfulness is deep, but his transgressions may be few, if only for lack of temptation:
Remember, he is hanging in a gulf midway, but even so, the air is breathable about him:
Thrust him not from that slight hold, to perish in the vapors underneath,
For, God pleads with the deaf, as having ears to hear,
Christ speaks to the dead, as to those that are capable of living;
And it is an evil teacher and a tempter to much sin,
Who looks on his hearers with distrust, and has no confidence in his brothers.
All may mend; and your sympathies may be healing; and reason has its influence, even with the worst;
And in the worst there is ample hope, if you will only have love, and faith." Martin Tupper
"Showing faith and confidence in men, even to the worst and meanest,
Has power to overcome his ill nature, by charitable good.
Fling your un-reserving trust, even on the conscience of a culprit,
Soon you will shame him by your faith in him, and he will melt and mend:
The nest of thieves will not harm you, if you will bear yourself boldly towards them:
Boldly, yes and kindly, as relying on their honor:
For the hand so stout against aggression, is quite disarmed by charity;
And that warm sun will thaw the heart case-hardened by long frost.
Treat men gently, trust them strongly, if you wish their well being;
For cautious doubts and bitter thoughts will tempt the best of them to thwart you:
Believe the best in confident hope, and you shalt reap the better;
But if you deal with men expecting evil, your dealings make them worse.
Doubt not there are some gleams of good still lingering in the darkest,
And among veterans in crime, plead to them as with their children:
So astounded at your humanities, the bad heart, even though long estranged,
Shall even weep to feel himself so unworthy your love;
In wholesome sorrow will he bless you; yes, and in that spirit may repent;
Thus, you will gain a soul, by showing mercy in faith.
Friday, October 07, 2016
"More and greater sins are committed when men are alone than when they keep themselves in fellowship. When Eve in paradise walked alone, then came the evil one and deceived her. Whoever is among honest men and in honest company, is ashamed to sin; or, at least, he has no place or opportunity to do so. When King David was alone and idle and went not out into the wars, he fell into adultery and murder; and I have myself found, that I have never fallen into more sin than when I was alone. Solitariness invites melancholy; and a person alone has often some heavy and evil thoughts; so has he strange thoughts, and construes everything in the worst sense. Melancholy is an instrument of the devil, by which he accomplishes his wicked purposes. The deeper a person is plunged into that state, the more power the devil has over him. To live in an open, public state, is the safest. Openly, and among other persons, a man must live civilly and honestly -- must appear to fear God, and do his duty towards men." Luther.
"The character loses its tenderness when it has nothing to love, its firmness when it has none to strengthen it,
its sweetness when it has nothing to soothe it, its patience when it meets no contradiction, its humility when it is surrounded by dependents, and its delicacy in the conversations of the uninformed." Hannah More