“Seeing others’ faults comes easily. It’s more difficult to be the police officer of our own behaviors.”
“Time is a gift from God. Time is a gift that is given to man. We are to use it according to God’s own plan.”
“Study after study in the field of youth development makes it clear that the single most important thing that can make a positive difference in the life of a young person is the presence of a caring adult.”
“Do we offer hospitality to people whose presence may cause us some discomfort?”
Quotations are powerful, summing up vital points in a few short words. Of the many that catch my eye, those listed here are among my favorites and I keep them in places where I can view them often. I am far less than perfect, and thus appreciate having quick reminders available about doing the right thing: not judging others; using time judiciously; making my children my top priority; and welcoming others even when it means leaving my comfort zone.
In fact, as I ponder the words of wisdom above, I’m finding parallels to what Jesus strives to convey in Scripture passages. For instance, the saying about policing others’ behaviors aligns closely with “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone” (John 8:7). And the one about offering hospitality to all connects with “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18, Mark 12:31, Matthew 22:39).
I don’t remember where I first saw these quotations, or who wrote them, or how long I’ve been saving them. What I do know is that I value how they challenge me to raise the bar with my thoughts and actions in ways that are pleasing to God.