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Thomas Merton, A. W. Tozer, Emmet Fox, Iyanla Vanzant, Hugh Prather
We are born with particular temperaments. As we live our lives,
they are further shaped by our reactions to life's fires. If we can
believe that our personality is really a set of tools given to us by
God, then we approach life proactively. We needn't cower before
our faults or emotional traits. We can give them back to the one
true Personality and let Him show us how to use what we've
so graciously been given.
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Temperament does not predestine one man to
sanctity and another to reprobation. All temperaments
can serve as the material for ruin or salvation. We must
learn to see that our temperament is a gift of God, a
talent with which we must trade until He comes...
It would be absurd to suppose that because emotion
sometimes interferes with reason, that it therefore has
no place in the spiritual life. Christianity is not stoicism.
The Cross does not sanctify us by destroying human feeling.
If we are without human feelings we cannot love God
in the way in which we are meant to love Him -- as men.
From "Thoughts in Solitude," by Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
Trappist monk and author
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999
All social intercourse between human beings is a response of
personality to personality, grading upward from the most casual
brush between man and man to the fullest, most intimate com-
munion of which the human soul is capable. Religion, so far as it
is genuine, is in essence the response of created personalities
to the Creating Personality, God...
... In making Himself known to us He stays by the familiar pattern of
personality. He communicates with us through the avenues of
our minds, our wills and our emotions. The continuous and
unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between
God and the soul of the redeemed man is the
throbbing heart of New Testament religion.
Christian pastor, author, speaker
Shallow thinkers sometimes say doggedly and pessimistically,
"Human nature never changes," or, "You can't change human
nature." The truth is that there is no need for human
nature to change. The nature of man is such that he
can bring an unlimited quantity of good into his
life. That is his nature, and no better arrange-
ment could be imagined...
From "Around the Year with Emmet Fox,"
Emotions, or feelings, as we call them, are the
energies that move us in response to our thoughts
and experiences. All emotions are neutral. They
have no meaning other than the meanings we
assign to them ... What goes on in our lives and
the experiences that we have at any given moment
is rarely the issue. We are responding to meanings
and judgments that create imbalances in our mental
and emotional energy ... Do not deny what you feel.
Just keep in the back of your mind that it will pass ...
Trust yourself enough to know that you can feel
and recover from it.
From "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon and Schuster, 1998
The Last Word:
The paradox of progress is that I grow
each time I realize that I can only
be where I am.
Hugh Prather (1938 - )
American author and minister
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
When God made time,
He made enough of it.
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