“All this she must possess,” added Darcy, “and to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”
(“Pride and prejudice”, Chapter 8)
With all that is currently happening around the world, I was struck by the applicability of this quote: “To be called to a life of extraordinary quality, to live up to it, and yet to be unconscious of it is indeed a narrow way. To confess and testify to the truth as it is in Jesus, and at the same time to love the enemies of that truth, his enemies and ours, and to love them with the infinite love of Jesus Christ, is indeed a narrow way. To believe the promise of Jesus that his followers shall possess the earth, and at the same time to face our enemies unarmed and defenceless, preferring to incur injustice rather than to do wrong ourselves, is indeed a narrow way. To see the weakness and wrong in others, and at the same time refrain from judging them; to deliver the gospel message without casting pearls before swine, is indeed a narrow way. The way is unutterably hard, and at every moment we are in danger of straying from it. If we regard this way as one we follow in obedience to an external command, if we are afraid of ourselves all the time, it is indeed an impossible way. But if we behold Jesus Christ going on before step by step, we shall not go astray.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Can you say culture shock? Three days ago I arrived home from a summer in Slovenia and today I’m sitting at a Round Table with former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, and House Republican Conference Chair, Cathy McMorris Rodgers. God must have a funny sense of humor. #culturewhiplash
Edelweiss is a little unassuming white flower that lives far up in the mountains, where few ever find it. It grows on the edge of cliffs, courageously facing the mountain’s fierce storms while remaining grounded because of its deep roots. I love this flower not only for its beauty, but for its character.
Rest in Piece Robin Williams. Your stories and laughter touched the lives of millions and you will be dearly missed. You will always be a familiar face/voice from my childhood.“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”