7.13.2018

A 200-year-old mentor and FRIEND.

If someone questioned whether I am getting my nourishment from books instead of food these days, I wouldn't disagree!
There are just too many books and not enough free hours in which to consume them.
And when it comes to writings that contain the details of men and women who loved God most so they could love others best, men and women who obeyed God faithfully so they could serve others consistently, men and women who were passionate about their faith so they could exhibit endless compassion to others ... I want to consume every one of those details!
I find myself talking about them as though they are intimate friends. Referencing them as if everyone has consumed their biographies and is familiar with their life work. Thinking about them when I have a decision to make or feel discouraged by the critiques of men instead of keeping my eyes, thoughts, and actions on the calling placed on me by the Lord.
I have always enjoyed biographies, but now I appreciate them. Relish them. Revel in them. Savor them. Adore them. Pick a synonym and it will work!
I don't know why the Lord has plunged me into this season of devouring biographies of godly men and women at such a frenzied pace, but I am thankful! It's like being surrounded with my own cheerleading squad. Constant encouragement, enthusiasm, energy - all directed at making a difference for eternity.
It is fanTAStic!

I have long appreciated William Wilberforce for his unwavering passion to end the slave trade and slavery in Britain, but now, after learning about the inner-workings of his heart and crying while reading the detailed description of his response when the slave trade and slavery were officially ended by the declaration of Parliament, I admire him. And I am awed by him. He responded to God pricking his conscience and his heart to end slavery when he was a young man, and he spent every day of the next twenty years fighting to win that battle. And he was rewarded for his faithfulness. Not only did he win the battle to abolish the slave trade, he was told he won the war - the abolition of slavery - just three days before the Lord called him home ... to GLORY.

William Wilberforce spent his entire adult life fighting to set men, women, and children FREE, and I am confident that when he bowed before his Lord in the throne room of heaven, he was not only delighted to hear that the fighting was finally over, but to also hear the much-desired words, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!’ (Matthew 25:21)

As always, I will share quotes about the subject of the biography with the goal of enticing and encouraging those who don't know him/her to make a personal introduction. Enjoy!

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We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible... So we will do them anyway.

If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.

It makes no sense to take the name of Christian and not cling to Christ. Jesus is not some magic charm to wear like a piece of jewelry we think will give us good luck. He is the Lord. His name is to be written on our hearts in such a powerful way that it creates within us a profound experience of His peace and a heart that is filled with His praise.

In the calmness of the morning before the mind is heated and weary by the turmoil of the day, you have a season of unusual importance for communing with God and with yourself.

If you love someone who is ruining his or her life because of faulty thinking, and you don't do anything about it because you are afraid of what others might think, it would seem that rather than being loving, you are in fact being heartless.

Surely the principles of Christianity lead to action as well as meditation.

Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.

Selfishness is one of the principal fruits of the corruption of human nature; and it is obvious that selfishness disposes us to over-rate our good qualities, and to overlook or extenuate our defects.


You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know. 

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