“I am responsible for my life and the lives of the young ones that I’m given charge of in my household.
And the certainty of my faith is this:
If I don’t waste the opportunities that I am given, the talents that I am given, if I dispense one man’s portion of kindness and decency, then all will be all right, because I’m not so solitary. There’s nothing so wonderful and unique and distinct about me. I know that. And so if I just do my part, the world won’t go to hell in the bucket.
What paralyzes you is taking on the responsibility of trying to make the whole world that way. Heavens, I’ll not do that.
But we can keep the flame alive. We can keep stoking the fires. And that’s really all we’re obliged to do.”
Cleophus Thomas Jr., Alabama attorney; from "Fearful Symmetry"(1998) documentary about the making of the film "To Kill a Mockingbird"
"Even if I were utterly selfish and had no care for anything but my own happiness, I would choose, if God allowed, to be a soul-winner, for never did I know perfect, overflowing, unutterable happiness of the purest and most ennobling order till I first heard of one who had sought and found a Savior through my means." –Charles Spurgeon
35"But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
36"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.
38"Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure--pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."
"Teach me that Christ cannot be the way if I am the end, that he cannot be redeemer if I am my own savior, that there can be no true union with him while the creature has my heart, that faith accepts him as Redeemer and Lord or not at all."