Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. Albert Camus
Yes, this is the first time I felt guilty for buying a Bible.
I actually bought it for two reasons – the print was a bit larger that I could use for teaching purposes, and the page format was easy to scan.
But after I bought it, I read the cover. I was told that this “reliable, durable, and portable” Bible had other special features, such as special, imported paper, a craft-made Amalfi cover, a ribbon marker and specially commissioned woodblock art. I was also told that now I could experience the Bible anywher from my morning commute on the bus to a late night study-group session (obviously not referring to a special copy for the persecuted church!!!!) And along with the classic design I have the added convenience of a Bible that is not only comfortable to hold but also to read…and stylish, too.
Gee, I feel like I should have bought this Bible at a jewelers. I am not sure I should have any callouses when I use it. And (I am sorry, ladies) but now I wonder what is a man doing with this kind of Bible.
This is a Bible clearly made for the Western church with too much money to spend. Is it too late to repent for buying a Bible?
Like Brer Rabbit we are stuck to someone we can’t communicate with. You’ve probably got a tar baby in your life. Someone you can’t talk to and can’t walk away from. Stuck together but falling apart. Max Lucado
If you put up with yourself, why not put up with everyone else?
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer
While extremely sensitive as to the slightest approach to slander, you must also guard against an extreme into which some people fall who, in their desire to speak evil of no one, actually uphold and speak well of vice. If you have to do with one who is unquestionably a slanderer, do not excuse him by calling him frank and free-spoken; do not call one who is notoriously vain, liberal and elegant; do not call dangerous levities mere simplicity; do not screen disobedience under the name of zeal; or arrogance, of frankness; or evil intimacy, of friendship. No, my friends, we must never, in our wish to shun slander, foster or flatter vice in others: but we must call evil evil, and sin sin, and so doing we shall serve God’s glory. François de Sales
Treat a man as he appears to be, and you make him worse. But treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be. Goethe