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Finding shiny things in the Christian tradition since 2016

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Friedman on fixing people

If you want your child, spouse, client, or boss to shape up, stay connected with them while changing yourself rather than trying to fix them. Ed Friedman, A Failure of Nerve

Lewis on love

Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.  C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock

Sanderson on Wisdom

Those who truly seek wisdom are those who will acknowledge the virtue in their adversaries and who will learn from those who correct their error. Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

Hippocrates on Healing

Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick Hippocrates

de Mello on Changing Others

Each time you seek to change another, ask yourself this: What will be served by this change - my pride, my pleasure or my profit? Anthony de Mello, Awakening

Forsyth on Teaching on Prayer

No one ought to undertake teaching about prayer who has not spent more toil in the practice of prayer than on its principle. P.T. Forsyth, The Soul of Prayer

Maclaren on anxiety

Your anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; but it empties today of its strength. - Alexander Maclaren, Sermon "Anxious Care"

Chambers on Criticism

When we discern that other people are not growing spiritually and allow that discernment to turn to criticism, we block our fellowship with God. God never gives us discernment so that we may criticize, but that we may intercede. Oswald... Continue Reading →

Dyson on the importance of idleness

I am fooling around not doing anything, which probably means that this is a creative period, although of course you don’t know until afterward. I think that it is very important to be idle…. People who keep themselves busy all... Continue Reading →

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