“He doesn’t want our dreams. He wants his dreams.
He doesn’t want us swimming in a kiddie pool of faith, a faith that’s only ankle deep. That a faith with no risk involved, a faith where we can still touch the bottom. God doesn’t want an easy road for us. No shortcuts.
Instead, God wants to take us on an adventure far out into the widest part of the ocean. He leads us into deep water where there’s no way our feet can touch bottom anymore.
That’s when we lean on God and constantly seek his face and heart and thoughts, because there’s no way we can even swim in the deepest part of the ocean unless we know the one who holds the seas in the palm of his hand.”
– Louie Giglio, The Comeback
“If you had gone to Buddha and asked him: ‘Are you the son of Brahma?’ he would have said, ‘My son, you are still in the vale of illusion.’ If you had gone to Socrates and asked, ‘Are you Zeus?’ he would have laughed at you. If you had gone to Mohammed and asked, ‘Are you Allah?’ he would first have rent his clothes and then cut your head off. If you had asked Confucius, ‘Are you Heaven?’ I think he would have probably replied, ‘Remarks which are not in accordance with nature are in bad taste.’ The idea of a great moral teacher saying what Christ said is out of the question. In my opinion, the only person who can say that sort of thing is either God or a complete lunatic…“
– C.S. Lewis
Three of my favourite pastors shared something powerful, and I can’t help but share it.
As a white Canadian of European descent, I am guilty of the sins of my forefathers. And I join these men in saying, ‘I am sorry, First Nations people of Canada, for all the terrible and horrendous things we have done to you and your people. Please forgive me.’
“Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking, of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else. Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought: so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.”
– C.S. Lewis