Growing up with a unique choice in literature, I read a lot of books that don’t get much attention from other people. My bookshelves are filled with outdated literature, a few classics, and historical fiction. I would like to share 3 of my favorite quotes from some of these books that have really made me stop and think. I hope that you like them!
“Sorrow looks back,
Worry looks around,
But FAITH looks up.”
~Kristiana Gregory, PRAIRIE RIVER SERIES
When I first read that, I remember stopping and reading it over again. I remember saying it a lot to myself after that. It just makes me think. A Bible passage it reminds me of is Philippians 3:13, 14 where it says, “…forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
“What use will it be…to serve God five minutes and the devil an hour?”
~James Fenimore Cooper, THE PRAIRIE.
This is one of the most profound statements that Christians in America need to hear.
Because we do this more than we realize. We think we are okay because we spent 20 or 30 minutes with God in the morning, but then throughout the day, we maybe spend an hour watching TV, another hour on the internet amusing ourselves, and so forth. We serve God for a bit of time, but then go serve the devil longer.
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
“Let not thine heart envy sinners:but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long.” Proverbs 23:17
How can we watch and pray, how can we be in the fear of the Lord all the day long, if we are idling away? Time is our most misused resource. I am praying that God will help me to use it much more wisely.
“It is TRUTH we must strive for, not VICTORY.”
~Mary Pope Osborne, STANDING IN THE LIGHT, Dear America Series
All of our lives we want to be RIGHT. We want to be the one on top. We want other people to listen to us. We want to have it our way. But how many of us stop, and putting our selfishness aside, look for what is right. Seek after wisdom. Honestly decide that no matter what the consequences might be to us personally, we want TRUTH. Not victory. Not personal gain. Truth.
Jesus, praying for his disciples, said these words, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17)
Let’s be Christians who aren’t looking to be right.
Let’s be Christians who aren’t looking for victory over each other.
Let’s be Christians who are looking for truth.
Some bible verses about truth:
“O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me;…” Psalm 43:3
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“[Charity] Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;” 1 Corinthians 13:6
I hope you enjoyed these! Do you have favorite quote? Please comment below 👍