Musings, Pain, Words

What do I say to you girls — you beautiful girls? You girls who are having the Bad Year — the Bad Year where you cannot remember why you were happy aged 12, and cannot imagine being happy at 21? … That panic and anxiety will lie to you — they are gonzo, malign commentators on the events of your life. Their counsel is wrong. You are as high, wired and badly advised by adrenaline as you would be by cocaine. Panic and anxiety are mad, drugged fools. Do not listen to their grinding-toothed, sweaty bullshit … And the most important thing? To know that you were not born like this. You were not born scared and self-loathing and overwhelmed. Things have been done — which means things can be undone. It is hard work. But you are not scared of hard work, compared with everything else you have dealt with.

Caitlin Moran 

Consecration, Destiny, Purpose

Of Battles and Purpose 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
// Theodore Roosevelt

Let us never, ever be found amongst the cold and timid souls who neither know victory and defeat. Let us not be found amongst the selfish and the cowardly – those who seek only to preserve their own lives and comfort. Let us not be found amongst those who know nothing of surrender and sacrifice. Real purpose and eternal significance is found only when we give of ourselves to One who is greater. Only in the laying down of our lives will we inherit the greatest of rewards. All else is vanity. 

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.” Luke 9:24

Consecration, Purpose, The Church

A Faithful Man, Who Can Find?

“We’re not called to be famous. We’re called to be faithful. This generation does not need another celebrity. The world does not need another man with vain, empty purpose. Wives need faithful husbands. Children need faithful daddies. Churches need faithful servants. Communities need faithful members. History is in desperate need for faithful men, for men who walk in integrity, and for men who take the calling on their lives seriously, and for men who aspire to live like Jesus and love like Jesus.”