Eugene Cho

anger and courage

This quote from St. Augustine inspired and convicted me recently:

Hope has two beautiful daughters.
Their names are Anger and Courage.
Anger at the way things are,
and the Courage to see they do not remain as they are.

Are there any quotes, Scripture verses, stories, or videos that have inspired you recently?

Share them here. I need me a little inspiration.

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23 Responses

  1. Sara says:

    I’ve been examining why I go to church, after I saw this quote I remembered, it’s not all about me!

    “The perfect church service,would be one we were almost unaware of.
Our attention would have been on God.”C.S. Lewis

  2. Leah says:

    “Dear Lord, I do not ask to see the path. In darkness, in anguish, and in fear, I will hand on tightly to your hand, and I will close my eyes, so that you know how much trust I place in you, Spouse of my soul.” Blessed Mary Elizabeth Hesselblad

    I found this one in an article on another blog I read this past summer while I was REALLY struggling w/ trust concerning my job situation. As soon as I was done crying too hard to do anything else because it hit home so much, I copied it into the front cover of my journal so I could read it again whenever I needed to.

  3. Aaron says:

    No, the one who in love forgets himself, forgets his suffering, in order to think of someone else’s, forgets all his misery in order to think of someone else’s, forgets what he himself loses in order lovingly to bear in mind someone else’s loss, forgets his advantage in order lovingly to think of someone else’s – truly, such a person is not forgotten. There is one who is thinking about him: God in heaven. Or love is thinking about him. God is Love, and when a person out of love forgets himself, how then would God forget him! No, while the one who loves forgets himself and thinks of the other person, God is thinking of the one who loves. The self-lover is busy; he shouts and makes a big noise and stands on his rights in order to make sure he is not forgotten- and yet he is forgotten. But the one who loves, who forgets himself, is recollected by love. There is One who is thinking of him…

    Soren Kierkegaard, Works of Love

  4. pert says:

    You said something at Josh and Amanda’s wedding today that i really liked. You mentioned that God had a purpose for them getting married that was more than just living a cushy life. That he brought them together so that they could do great, amazing, and powerful things in His name, not just to strive for the white picket, flat screen TV, and other comforts of the “American dream.” It reminded me of this quote from Jack London:

    “I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”

  5. Daniel Imburgia says:

    Authentic Protest and the Church:
    “A precondition for authentic protest is that there be a committed community; our word for that is “church,” but of course that is another word which most people use with other meanings. That body must not be the same as the entire society or nation. There must be a critical mass of like-minded people, sustaining one another in the world view they have given themselves to and celebrated. The church is the seed bed where valid dissent can sprout, where the alternative world view can be rehearsed.
    The existence of the church therefore answers first of all the question asked by the sociology of knowledge; how is a construction of reality nurtured that can be at the same time holistic and critical? Only by letting one’s life overlap with those of others on the same pilgrimage. Only by teaching one’s children, even in Babylon, the songs of Zion which the Babylonians cannot understand.”
    ~ John Howard Yoder, “Christianity and Protest in America,” Unpublished lecture, 1991. Obliged.

  6. Jim says:

    “The tumult and the shouting dies,
    The captains and the kings depart;
    Still stands thine ancient sacrifice,
    A humble and a contrite heart.
    Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet
    Lest we forget — lest we forget”
    -Rudyard Kipling

  7. Janet says:

    “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change those things I can, and the wisdom to the know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

  8. Erick says:

    When you are confident you are loved, you have no need to show God or anyone else why you should be loved. You have no need to justify yourself. -Thomas Merton

  9. Erick says:

    -A video title “A Thousand Questions”…our pastor used this with his sermon on Job.

    -Street performers around the world playing/singing stand by me…unreal.

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  11. pjchris says:

    I’m tired, Lord, but I’ll lift one foot if you’ll lift the other for me. -Saidie Patterson

  12. lukedaniel says:

    An old man said: I never wanted work that was useful to me but loss to my brother. For I have this expectation, that what helps my brother is fruitful for me.

    (Excerpt from “Desert Wisdom; Sayings from the desert Fathers” by Yushi Nomura)

  13. Travis McKee says:

    “The trouble with some of us is that we have been inoculated with small doses of Christianity which keep us from catching the real thing.” – Leslie D Weatherhead

  14. a reluctant blogger says:

    lyrics:

    I know that you’re tired of this
    Cause you’re a robot
    They designed your life
    But true souls said you know what’s right
    And you can join us on the other side

    From Tiny Little Robots by Cage the Elephant

    It’s more of a comment on modern living, but it revs me up. I’ve been singing it under my breath day in and day out for a few weeks now. Gives me a sense of what I’m struggling towards.

    See you on the other side.

  15. Tony Lin says:

    Check out his website at:
    http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/ He is doing what you and many of us are trying to do… without limbs.

  16. Kacie says:

    I just read this on Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter’s blog and can’t get it out of my head:

    “It is the sincerity of your resolution that makes you ‘called.’ It is of no use your body being here if your thoughts and heart are elsewhere.” – Cyril of Jerusalem

  17. JP says:

    My husband just pointed out this verse and it seemed so appropriate in our lives right now:

    “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.” -Proverbs 22:29

  18. Abby says:

    May God bless you with anger
    at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people
    so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

    May God bless you with tears
    to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war
    so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
    and turn their pain into joy.

    And may God bless you with enough foolishness
    to believe that you can make a difference in the world
    so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

    – Franciscan Benediction

  19. Andy M says:

    I apologize for the length, but here are a few quotes that I’ve run across lately that have either made me think, or laugh, or both.

    “Between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference – so wide, that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt and wicked…I can see no reason, but the most deceitful one, for calling the religion of this land Christianity.”
    – Frederick Douglas

    “I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.”
    – Jack Handey

    “It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can stop him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty important.”
    – Martin Luther King Jr.

    “God was executed by people painfully like us, in a society very similar to our own…by a corrupt church, a timid politician, and a fickle proletariat led by professional agitators.”
    – Dorothy L. Sayers, The Man Born to Be King (1943)

    “I thoroughly disapprove of duels. I consider them unwise and I know they are dangerous. Also, sinful. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet retired spot and kill him.”
    – Mark Twain

  20. Edwin Kang says:

    “The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community even if their intentions are ever so earnest, but the person who loves those around them will create community.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  21. crazekp says:

    The measure of a man isn’t determined by who he is on Sunday, but rather who he is Monday through Saturday.

  22. Jeremiah says:

    “Our deepest fear, is not that we are in adequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that’s within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others the permission to do the same.”-Author Unknown

    “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “O, my lord, what shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’And Elisha prayed, ‘O, Lord, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked up and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”-2 Kings 6:15-17

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