The Way Life Is

Here are some observations from various people about the way life is, or could be.

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
Abraham Lincoln

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
Lena Horne (singer)

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, ou really haven’t learned anything.
Muhammad Ali (boxing champion, peace ambassador)

If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.
Marie Osmond (singer)

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having poblems is a problem.
Theodore Rubin (author)

There is a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
Maya Angelou (poet)

Being a parent is tough. If you just want a little creature to love, you can get a puppy.
Barbara Walters (broadcast journalist)

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it knows and loves the One who is leading.
Oswald Chambers (evangelical mystic and holiness teacher)

In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
Henry Ward Beecher (pastor and social reformer)

What are your assumptions and guiding principles about life?

3 Responses

  1. When reading “Tuesdays w/Morrie,” I came across the quote, “The truth is, Mitch, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live . . . if you really listen to that bird on your shoulder, if you accept that you can die at any time — then you might not be as ambitious as you are” (pp.82-3).

    Yes, one can die any time, but I rejoice in the gift of living “one more day” (hour, minute, second) as a little Christ by the grace of God through the Word and Spirit as part of the people of God (spanning time/geography/space). As I’ve wrestled with being compelled to be a little Christ which follows his Father in a fallen, broken world, I’ve found a number of Dave Bailey’s songs, see, helpful in setting direction as I step out of bed in the morning. Here’s a quote from “Another Holy Morning”

    To learn about the future, watch a child play
    To learn about the past, hear what the old man has to say
    To learn about the moment, stop and look around
    Every single second has its own amazing sound . . .

    As we each work through our demons and try to get on track
    Everybody’s had their doubts, from the peasant to the Pope
    But the sun came up this morning so I believe there’s hope
    Call me crazy, call me stupid, call me foolish or naive
    But it’s another holy morning and as for me, I believe.

  2. Hi Pastor John! Just found your blog address and have been enjoying perusing some of your previous entries. I’m praying for JoLene & you, and enjoyed your Christmas note. I don’t comment on blogs too often, but wanted to let you know that I’ll enjoy reading your posts.

    Love, Fiffer

    • Fiffer,
      Thanks for much for your comment. A blogger loves it when someone “out there” sends in a comment. I approved yours for posting on the blog, as you can see for yourself.
      Pastor John
      AKA London John

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