Quick Takes – 12/13/2008

Quote of the Day from the Dave Ramsey site: “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” (Jim Rohn)

Nicole at 168 Hours wrote a very nice original poem called Jerusalem Widow, based on the story of Anna in Luke 2. Here is the opening stanza. “Married seven short years / Jerusalem widow / alone and childless, / makes the temple her home.” (Read more.)

Tullian Tchividjian quotes Jerry Bridges on God’s grace. “Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” (from Chapter 1 of The Discipline of Grace)

Scot McKnight asks, Can you top this one? “Lukas and Annika recently gave birth to a son — Aksel — and this is the medical bill’s explanation of benefits that Luke and Annika received after they submitted the hospital receipts: ‘We have reviewed your claim and have deemed the birth of Aksel a necessary medical procedure.'”

Chuck Colson comments on the recent arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. “If anyone knows how Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich feels right now, I do … In the wake of Blagojevich’s arrest, many Americans are left wondering once again how intelligent people can do such stupid things — especially when they’ve achieved the pinnacle of power. The answer comes down to pride.”

Mark Driscoll writes about the discipline of silence. “Since God convicted me of my addiction to noise, I have sought to conform my life more to the pattern of Jesus’, which has proven quite helpful. I try to spend at least five minutes an hour in silence, at least thirty minutes in uninterrupted silence each day, and a full day in silence once a month. During those times I find myself going for silent prayer walks to listen to God, writing in my journal, and sometimes doing nothing at all, which for me has become an act of faith that God is at work even when I am not.”

Mark Roberts shares his greatest Advent discovery . “Then, all of a sudden, it dawned on me … As I stood in that slow-moving line at Costco, I was waiting. Waiting! In a way, I was experiencing exactly what Advent is all about … So I decided, right then and there in the line at Costco, that I was going to use the experience of waiting in line while Christmas shopping as an Advent reminder. In that moment, and in similar moments yet to come, I was going to remember what Advent is all about. I was going to put myself back into the shoes of the Jews who were waiting for the Messiah. And I was going to remember that I too am waiting for Christ to return.”

1 Comment

  1. John Ayan says:

    Mark Driscoll’s discipline of silence is excellent. As I read it I wondered if I could do it, the silence, I mean. Could I take 5 minutes every hour, 1/2 hour in a day and 1 day in a month and keep silent. It kind of goes hand in hand with Mark Roberts’ Advent discovery of waiting. How many times have I read it in scripture to wait on the Lord and never attempted it. What can God say to me in 5 minutes? I don’t know but I’m willing to find out!

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