Be pleased, O God, to grant unto me that great freedom of mind that will enable me to... manage the common affairs of life in such wise as not to misemploy or neglect the improvement of my talents; to be industrious without covetousness; diligent without anxiety; as exact in each punctilio of action as if success were dependent upon it, and yet so resigned as to leave all events to thee and still attributing to thee the praise of every good work.
Susanna Wesley (1669-1742)
“It is not my ability, but my response to God's ability, that counts.” -- Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)
1st Peter 4:11 “If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (NIV)
"I suppose when we wake on January 1 the world will look the same. But there is a reminder of the Resurrection at the start of each new year, each new decade. That's why I also like sunrises, Mondays, and new seasons. God seems to be saying, "With me you can always start afresh." -- Ada Lum
(Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World)
3 John 1:2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. (NIV)
"The meaning of earthly existence lies, not as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul." --
"Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense." -- Robert Frost (1874-1963)
"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
"All heaven is waiting to help those who will discover the will of God and do it." -- J. Robert Ashcroft (1878-1958)
"Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not."Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
[Jesus said:] "I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy." John 16:20 (NIV)
"Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully, prepare prayerfully, proceed positively, pursue persistently." -- William Arthur Ward (1812-1882)
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people." Colossians 3:23 (TEV)
“I remember two things: that I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior.” John Newton (1725-1807)
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)
Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (NIV)
“For one who has made thanksgiving the habit of his life, the morning prayer will be, ‘Lord, what will you give me today to offer back to you?’” —Elisabeth Elliot, Love Has a Price Tag. Christianity Today, Vol. 42, No. 1.
Today's Best Illustrations - Volume 5. Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997. WORDsearch CROSS e-book.