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“Prayer of Yielding”

“I am no longer my own, but thine.

Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,

exalted for thee or brought low for thee.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.

Amen.”

“Wesley Covenant Service”, John Wesley, Founder of the Methodist Church

Also, did you know that Martha’s Vinyard is the site of the first Methodist Summer Campground in the United States?

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You’ve Become a Pharisee

“Imagine yourself moving into a house with a huge picture window overlooking a grand view across a wise expanse of water enclosed by a range of snow-capped mountains. You have a ringside seat before wild storms and cloud formations, the entire spectrum of sun-illuminated colors in the rocks and trees and wildflowers and water. You are captivated by the view. Several times a day you interrupt your work and stand before this window to take in the majesty and the beauty, thrilled with the botanical and meteorological fireworks.

One afternoon you notice some bird droppings on the window glass, get a bucket of water and a towel, and clean it. A couple of days later a rain storm leaves the window streaked, and the bucket comes out again. Another day visitors come with a thrive of small dirty-fingered children. The moment they leave you see all the smudge marks on the glass. They are hardly out the door before you have the bucket out. You are so proud of that window, and it’s such a large window. But it’s incredible how many different ways foreign objects can attach themselves to that window, obscuring the vision, distracting from the contemplative beauty.

Keeping that window clean develops into an obsessive-compulsive neurosis. You accumulate ladders and buckets and squeegees. You construct a scaffolding inside and out to make it possible to get to the all the difficult corners and heights. You have the cleanest window in North America — but it’s now been years since you looked through it.

You’ve become a Pharisee.”

Eugene Peterson, ‘The Jesus Way

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Real Questions from Fr. Nouwen

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.”

 Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Tozer on the church vs other institutions.

According to the Scriptures the church is the habitation of God through the Spirit, and as such is the most important organism beneath the sun. She is not one more good institution along with home, the state, and the school; she is the most vital of all institutions- the only one that can claim a heavenly origin.

Source: “God Tells the Man Who Cares: God Speaks to Those Who Take the Time to Listen” by A.W. Tozer

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“To be interesting, be interested.” -Dale Carnegie

To be interesting, be interested.

Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

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Tozer on where to find The Church

The church is found wherever the Holy Spirit has drawn together a few persons who trust Christ for their salvation, worship God in spirit and have no dealings with the world and the flesh. The members may by necessity be scattered over the surface of the earth and separated by distance and circumstances, but in every true member of the church is the homing instinct and the longing of the sheep for the fold and the shepherd.

Source: “God Tells the Man Who Cares: God Speaks to Those Who Take the Time to Listen”

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“By fighting you never get enough, but by yielding you get more than you expected.”

Source: Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

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.@Jonacuff on chasing your dream, selfishness and humility.

People are mistaken when they think chasing your dream is a selfish thing to do. As if perhaps being average is an act of humility. As if perhaps wasting the talents you were given is proof that you’re a considerate individual.

It’s not.

Source: “Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters” by Jon Acuff

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“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.” -Dale Carnegie

Source: Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

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Tozer on the highest expression of the will of God

The highest expression of the will of God in this age is the church which He purchased with His own blood. To be scripturally valid any religious activity must be part of the church.

Source: “God Tells the Man Who Cares: God Speaks to Those Who Take the Time to Listen” by A.W. Tozer

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“Don’t be afraid of enemies who attack you. Be afraid of the friends who flatter you.” -Dale Carnegie

Source: Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

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Steven Pressfeld on the danger or implications of NOT doing what your were created to do.

If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself; you hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet. Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.

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Dale Carnegie on what really makes us happy

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.

Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

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Dale Carnegie on being interested in others

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

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The difference between appreciation and flattery…

The difference between appreciation and flattery? That is simple. One is sincere and the other insincere. One comes from the heart out; the other from the teeth out. One is unselfish; the other selfish. One is universally admired; the other universally condemned.

Source: Dale Carnegie, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”