Fridays Are For One Question

I have taken to using a sharpie to write quotes on my desk, things that I want to remember almost on a daily basis. Here’s a few examples of what I see as I look over at the desk:

“We try to be too reasonable about what we believe. What I believe is not reasonable at all. In fact, it’s hillariously impossible.” Madeline L’Engle

“The Lord draws straight lines with crooked sticks.” Harry Reeder

“From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, spare us, O Lord.” Teresa of Avila

Quotes like that put great truth into bite-sized chunks that I can come back to over and over again. So that’s the basis for today’s question:

“If you wrote quotes on your desk, what quote would be front and center so you could see if every day?”

**The goal of “One Question Friday” is simple: To show that everyone has something funny, engaging, creative, and worthwhile to say. So comment away! Be real. Be creative. Think hard. And check back to see how others answered the question.

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  • liturgicsjay says:

    Oddly, I did something similar yesterday morning.
    “And what you have heard from me . . . entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” 2 tim 2:2

  • Jeremy says:

    “I would rather have one God idea than 1,000 good ideas.” Mark Batterson

  • Jason H. says:

    “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
    Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  • Jacob Fentress says:

    “Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.”

    – Frederick Buechner

  • Sadie says:

    “Sympathy is no substitute for action” David Livingstone

  • jen clapp says:

    Not exactly the words of a theologian, but I like this:

    “If man does not alter his views about life and art it is because he is devoted to his own vanity rather than to the truth.” -Vissarion Belinsky

  • andy p says:

    From my cube wall:

    “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly – ‘Tis dearness only that gives everything its value.” – Thomas Paine, Common Sense

  • Krissy Brantley says:

    It’s a long one but it’s at the top of my computer:
    ” Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might..” (Ecc. 9:10). “in all labor there is profit, but idle chatter leads only to poverty” (Prov 14:23) Friend, did you really think you would never fail in your job, or in parts of your marriage, or with your kids? You just learned some new ways of not doing it next time. But can you take those failings, own up to them, look adversity in the eye and say, “I will continue to “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus?” (Phil 3:14) Then, re-tie your shoes, get back on the track, and continue running the race, and fighting the fight….. until we see His face, and “know even as we are known.” Kurt Stratton’s Daily Muse
    and another I just recently added……
    “We are contantly reminded that we are loved by a busy God. He’s a God constantly working and moving in ways we cannot understand and fathom, working for the good of all who love Him. He does right. He does what is best” – Michael Kelly Forward Progress

  • Vicki says:

    “Life is a dance toward God. And the dance is not so graceful as we might want. While we glide and sway our practiced sway, God crowds our feet, bumps our toes, and scuffs our shoes. So we learn to dance with the One who made us.”
    Donald Miller

  • Megs says:

    This one hangs up next to my desk:

    “In fact, I guess in the right context, any sort of repentance should be Christ-focused; we turn from something to something. That’s why it’s not anger in the voice of God taht says ‘Repent’.
    It’s love.
    It’s a voice that says, ‘You are settling. Don’t you want something better?'”
    -Michael Kelley

    Also this one:

    “The Alpha and Omega knows who you are and what you care about. That’s as famous as you’re ever going to be.”
    -Jon Acuff

  • Michael K. says:

    Also on my desk; great quote regarding leadership.

  • Michael K. says:

    Batterson is very quotable.

  • Michael K. says:

    Livingstone oughtta know.

  • Michael K. says:

    Wow, Krissy – honored to quoted in any forum. Thanks.

  • Michael K. says:

    Megs – That’s very humbling. Thanks for reading.

  • Becky says:

    THE bridge between heaven and earth is a word.
    Jimmy Evans

  • Heather Thomson says:

    I got this off a fortune cookie, but I really like it – “The saints are the sinners who keep on trying”

  • Jana Kelley says:

    These are my two favorites:

    “Community arises where the sharing of pain takes place, not as a stifling form of self-complaint, but as a recognition of God’s saving promises.” Henri Nouwen

    “Nothing that we despise in the other man is entirely absent from ourselves. We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or don’t do, and more in light of what they suffer.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • Renee Teate says:

    “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him” – John Piper

    Seek first the Kingdom of heaven and all these things will be added to you. Matt 6:33

  • Dan says:

    “The difference between where you are and where you want to be is the pain you’re willing to endure.”

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