Speaking of giving up target practice

February 24, 2016 — 1 Comment

“If you cannot make yourself what you would wish to be, how can you bend others to your will? We want them to be perfect, yet we do not correct our own faults. We wish them to be severely corrected, yet we will not correct ourselves. Their great liberty displeases us, yet we would not be denied what we ask. We would have them bound by laws, yet we will allow ourselves to be restrained in nothing. Hence, it is clear how seldom we think of others as we do of ourselves.

We may learn to bear with one another’s burdens, for there is no person without fault, no person without burden, no person sufficient to himself nor wise enough. Hence we must support one another, console one another, mutually help, counsel, and advise.”
Thomas à Kempis in The Imitation of Christ

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Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own?
No one—for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself.
Who then will condemn us?
No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us,
and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

Romans 8:33-34

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“The church is not made up of spiritual giants;
only broken people can lead others to the cross.”
David J. Bosch

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“Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.
I have come to call not those who think they are righteous,
but those who know they are sinners.”

Mark 2:17

One response to Speaking of giving up target practice

  1. 

    Thomas a Kempis’ s writings are some of my favorites. His followers, amongst whom some lived very close-by where we are at present have had a great influence in this region. Not even 500 meters away from us is a meditation garden devoted to him and his “brothers of communal life” (my translation) It is connected to a meditation cycling track. Thanks for sharing what you did and inspiring us….Herman.

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