Sunday, July 08, 2018

meddling, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, and unsociable

"Marcus Aurelius started each day telling himself: ‘I shall meet with meddling, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, and unsociable people.'"

their view of things

"People are disturbed not by things but by their view of things." - Epictetus

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


The capacity to believe in something or someone so unshakably has never been more clear to me than it is in healthcare. The militant allegiance that some people have towards their doctors is mystifying to me. I don't wholeheartedly trust doctors, but many, many people do. The depth of their confidence is one I envy -- an almost spiritual faith. My own relationship with God is riddled with inconsistent affections, distrust, confusion, and frustration. I cry out, "I believe, Lord; help my unbelief!" (In short, a real relationship, right?) What I would give to have the unshakable faith that people put in their doctors -- yet towards God. We humans have the capacity to believe in something so strongly that no wind can shake it. Oh, to have that kind of faith in Jesus!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

rather give alms of such things that are within

"Do you think it is enough to wash your hands before eating? There is a surer means. Let some poor man partake of your meats and wines." - Godot

"But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you." - Luke 11:41

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

nonchalant toward sin

Have you become nonchalant toward sin in your life because you say, “God is love”? God DOES love you, and that is why he will not support you in living apart from him.

[Tim Keller]

Sorry for all the Keller quotes.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

to be ready for suffering

"The mark of wisdom is to be ready for suffering. If you aren’t, you aren’t competent with regard to the realities of life. But suffering is also a discipline for growth in wisdom. It can drive you toward God into greater love and strength or away from him into hardness of heart."

[Tim Keller]

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Soul Saving Station on Dodds Avenue in Chattanooga, Tennessee

God, you need not send
Me to hell cause here on earth
For the short lives of thousands upon thousands
Gravitate towards my hearth
Each one single file
Skipping to its home sweet home
Backwards down the aisle
Of my throat where the Church of Rome
Sends its grave petitions
To the wake in my lungs
Pleading with the clowns and the magicians
To stop the dance on my tongue
That keeps the millions from being embraced
‘Cause they should be bathing in tomato soup
Outside the camp, heads shaved with shame
But instead they're napping on my spleen
Unaware of the day when my body will fold
Still I'll befriend them in their dreams
And ignore the doubts I never told