Today as I shuffle through some of my quotations treasury I came across the following:
From the pen of Eugene Peterson.
“How can I lead people into the quiet place beside still waters if I am in perpetual motion? How can I persuade a person to live by faith and not by works If I have to juggle my schedule constantly to make everything fit.”
I truly believe this one is true for the North American church, “The huge irony is that the more the gospel is offered in consumer terms, the more the consumers are disappointed.”
From the pen of Mark Labberton, “Waking up is the dangerous act of worship. It’s dangerous because worship is meant to produce lives fully attentive to reality as God sees it, and that’s more than most of us want to deal with.”
Here a some scripture paraphrases from Eugene Peterson:
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11 — The Message
11-16 Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.
Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Ephesians 5 — The Message
One more quote, this time from the pen of N.T. Wright, “Someone who is determinedly trying to show God how good he or she is — is likely to become an insufferable prig.”
They you have it — some thoughts to ponder for today — prayerfully none of you are becoming insufferable prigs.
Shalom2U — Stay Woke