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Quote Me, Please!

A year ago, I began keeping a journal of interesting quotes. Most of them are humorous sayings of my family, friends and teachers:

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Others are inspring quotes from my favorite authors, such as this one by Lemony Snickett: “The worst surroundings in the world can be tolerated if the people in them are interesting and kind.”

The quotes I find most valuable, though, come from scripture, such as Psalm 23, which reminds me that God is always with me.

—Alice Wagner, 19

 

Cross with Sun FTR TS100548287In The Summer Tree, after one character sacrifices herself for another, Guy Gavriel Kay, the author, writes: “There are kinds of actions, for good or ill, that lie so far outside the boundaries of normal behavior that they force us, in acknowledging that they have occurred to restructure our own understanding of reality. We have to make room for them.”

Christ’s death on the cross is so far outside anything I deserve that it transforms my life. Reality is forever changed because of Jesus’ love for me.

—Rachel Starr Thomson

 

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” —C. S. Lewis

No matter how much time I spend worrying about the future, I cannot pull it closer or push it farther away. So I try to remember that God is in charge of my future, that God has good plans for me, and that God is still God—today, tomorrow, and forever.

—Rachel Spoelman, 18

 

devozine 200166564-001“Laugh your heart out. Be proud of who you are. Dance in the rain. Cherish the memories . . . And ignore the pain. Love and learn. Remember, you only have one life to live.” —Anonymous

I learned the hard way that this quote should be my motto for life. Now I try to make every moment count. I don’t want to miss a single opportunity to show Christ’s love to others.

—Alyssa Barnick, 18

 

“‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'” —Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

For weeks I’d had nightmares about going on my first mission trip. Then one night, God woke me up with the words “Jeremiah 29:11.” As a new Christian, I didn’t know the Book of Jeremiah even existed, but this verse was literally a God-send! I can’t say it gave me an instant surge of peace, but clinging to these words helped me to overcome my anxieties about the mission trip and about my life in general.

—Michaela Davila

 

devozine Retreat2 TS 126426597“The only thing that Christianity cannot be is moderately important.” —C. S. Lewis

“Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.” —Colossians 3:2 (The Message)

These quotes offer a challenge: If you’re serious about following Christ, act like it!

—Greta Zefo

 

“The only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.”

This is one of many lines from the movie Contact that speaks to my heart, encourages my belief in the interconnectedness of the universe, and leaves me desiring more contact with God.

—Robin Bradley Hansel

 

“Only villains try to change the whole world. The rest of us take it one person at a time.” —Karolina Dean in the comic Runaways (Series 2, Issue 19)

The world needs to change, but so does the human heart. Jesus didn’t overthrow Caesar in one earth-changing moment. Jesus went quietly about his work, telling people the good news of salvation. One at a time—it’s a gradual process, but it works!

Wesley Overhults

 

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“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
—C. S. Lewis

How would our culture change if we viewed the soul as the gift and stopped caring so much about the packaging?

—Heather Tekavec

 


“What if the Hokey Pokey really is what’s its all about?”

This bumper sticker made me laugh, but it also made me think, it reminded me that God wants me to laugh, and enjoy people, to “put my whole self in” this gift of life God has given me.

—Kristin Camiolo

 

“We are God’s workmanship.” —Ephesians 2:10a (NIV)

This has been my favorite verse since I first read it on the insert from Michael Card’s CD Poiema. The word workmanship comes from the Greek poiema, meaning “work of art.” We get the word poem from it. so each of us is God’s work of art, God’s poem!

—Carolyn Caines

 

DIG DEEPER

A magnet on my refrigerator reminds me of John Wesley’s Rules of Conduct:

       Do all the good you can
       In all the ways you can
       In all the places you can
       At all the times you can
       To all the people you can
       As long as ever you can.

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No matter who you are, good quotes and scripture verses can help to shape the person you become. Copy your favorite quotation or scripture verse, and display it on your refrigerator, mirror, or locker door. Better yet, create a quote book, starting with your favorite quotes from these “Quote du Jour” pages. Add new quotes regularly read them often, and allow these wise words to shape your life.

—Gloria M. Whitford

—from devozine (March/April 2009). Copyright © 2009 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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