When it comes to love languages, gifts and words are where it’s at for me. If you really want to fill my emotional tank to overflowing, find a way to combine the two. Card, note, book, wall hanging, blog comment—it makes no difference. It’s the thought behind the message, not the format, that speaks to my heart.
Given my affinity for words, I suppose it’s not surprising that I also love a good quote. I suspect the same is true for many of you, so today, I want to share a few personal favorites. Consider this post a gift basket of hope-filled thoughts—carefully selected by me, just for you.
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I think of this first quote often when I am not looking forward to something I have to do later. It’s a great reminder to be in the moment and let tomorrow (or this afternoon) take care of itself.
You have a disagreeable duty to do at twelve o’clock. Do not blacken nine and ten and eleven, and all between, with the color of twelve.—George MacDonald
After reading a post I wrote about the saddest form of comparison, an online friend from Australia shared this C.S. Lewis quote in the comments section (thanks, Christine). There’s much to chew on here, as there always is with Mr. Lewis. But what I appreciate the most (besides the remodeling analogy, of course) is the hope that flows freely from the final lines.
Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to?
The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.—C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
My daughter Lilly and I recently finished watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy together for the first time. Of the three movies, the second one is my least favorite. But this conversation between the discouraged hobbit Frodo Baggins and his dear companion Samwise Gamgee is a highlight—one that inspires me every time I watch the film.
Frodo: “I can’t do this, Sam.”
Sam: “I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?
“But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.
“But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.”
Frodo: “What are we holding onto, Sam?”
Sam: “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
When loss or disappointment steals your joy, you can always count on Max Lucado to deliver some much-needed encouragement. Sometimes, taking the long view really does help.
One thing is certain. When the final storm comes and you are safe in your Father’s house, you won’t regret what he didn’t give. You will be stunned at what he did.—Max Lucado, Traveling Light
Finally, it’s hard to put together a gift basket of hope-filled quotes without including at least one scripture. And out of all the passages I could choose, this one seems most fitting today.
Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.—2 Corinthians 4:16-18
P.S. Linking up this week with Kelly Balarie at Purposeful Faith, Jennifer Dukes Lee at #TellHisStory, Lyli Dunbar at #ThoughtProvokingThursday, Holley Gerth at Coffee for Your Heart, Missional Women and Aimee Imbeau at Grace & Truth.