Completely Unrelated Quotes

May 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm 1 comment

“I learned a powerful lesson: We can admire and worship Jesus without doing what He did.  We can applaud what He preached and stood for without caring for the same things.  We can adore His cross without taking up ours.”  – Shane Claiborne, The Irrisistible Revolution

((ouch.  How often do I look at something Jesus has done or said; admired and worshipped it – but not followed Him in caring, in obeying, in taking up my own cross?))

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“But music was his life, not his livelihood.  It made him feel so happy, and it made him feel so good.  He sang from his heart, and he sang from his soul.  He did not know how well he sang; it just made him whole.”  – Harry Chapin, Mr. Tanner

((so the song is a little depressing, but I love this chorus.  He’s talking about me.  I’ll never be a Broadway star; I’ve had a few years of voice lessons but I’ll never be an incredible singer.  But that’s not what it’s about at all.  It’s about the fact that music, and singing, is for me one of those things that gives my heart wings.  Everyone has something different, or maybe multiple things – but whether that’s singing or sewing or running – don’t let the critics or fear of what other people will think shut you up.  You don’t do it to please them.  You do it to make you whole.  And I hesitate saying that last phrase because it’s not theologically sound and only Jesus makes us whole and yadda yadda – but from a less literal level, I hope you know what I mean.  It’s just a part of you, and when you cut it out, there really is something  missing.))

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“I have been asked to tell you what Christians believe, and I am going to begin by telling you one thing that Christians do not need to believe.  If you are Christian you do not have to believe that all the other religions are simply wrong all through.  If you are an atheist you do have to believe that the main point in all the religions of the whole world is simply one huge mistake.  If you are a Christian, you are free to think that all these religions, even the queerest ones, contain at least some hint of the truth.  When I was an atheist I had to try to persuade myself that most of the human race have always been wrong about the question that mattered to them most; when I became a Christian I was able to take a more liberal view.  But, of course, being a Christian does mean thinking that where Christianity differs from other religions, Christianity is right and they are wrong.  As in arithmetic – there is only one right answer to a sum, and all other answers are wrong: but some of the wrong answers are much nearer being right than others.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

((I realized that I’m always quoting C.S. Lewis, so it seemed wrong to leave him out of this set of random quotes.  And, I’d never thought about this idea before, but it makes perfect sense.  Lots of religions have similarities; Christianity gives us the freedom to affirm the things that they have right but the knowledge that they also have the complete sum wrong))

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“Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.”  – Faith Whittlesey

((no explanation needed))

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  • 1. Joanna  |  May 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    That first quote really struck me. Wow. Such a good reminder!

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