Sermon quotes on perseverance
If a man have Christ in his heart, heaven before his eyes, and only as much of temporal blessing as is just needful to carry him safely through life, then pain and sorrow have little to shoot at.
I believe in Christ and confess him not like some child; my hosanna has passed through an enormous furnace of doubt.
Quoted in Kenneth Lantz, The Dostoevsky Encyclopedia (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 204), 21.
Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks)
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”
A League of Their Own
There is only one road to true human greatness: the road through suffering.
The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
Viktor E. Frankl
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.
Ronald A. Heifetz
You cannot expect people to seriously consider your idea without accepting the possibility that they will challenge it. Accepting that process of engagement as the terrain of leadership liberates you personally.
John of the Cross
Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you remember Christ crucified and be silent.
Life can often feel like a bully, throwing punches at us we didn’t see coming. We get taken out, for a moment. But how we jump back in becomes our decision.
Flooded: The 5 Best Decisions to Make When Life Is Hard and Doubt Is Rising, Bethany House Publishers, 2021.
Don’t get sucked into short-term thinking. Your struggles will not last forever, but you will.
Much of the war against the devil is about whether you’ll quit. Or whether you’ll get sloppy. Or whether you’ll hang on to what drove you in the beginning:
When we are crushed like grapes, we cannot think of the wine we will become.
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.
By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
Mildred Witte Struven
A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go through the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.
Bits and Pieces, September 19, 1991, p. 6.
There are three stages to every great work of God: first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.
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