"It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).
From Sermons of M’Cheyne (as cited by Tim Keller in Generous Justice)
"Now, dear Christians, some of you pray night and day to the branches of the true Vine; you pray to be made all over in the image of Christ. If so, you must be like him in giving … "Though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor" … Objection 1. "My money is my own." Answer: Christ might have said "My blood is my own, my life is my own" … then where should we have been? Objection 2. "The poor are undeserving." Answer: Christ might have said, "They are wicked rebels … shall I lay down my life for these? I will give to the good angels." But no, he left the ninety-nine, and came after the lost. He gave his blood for the undeserving. Objection 3. "The poor may abuse it." Answer: Christ might have said the same; yea, with far greater truth. Christ knew that thousands would trample his blood under their feet; that most would despise it; that many would make it an excuse for sinning more; yet he gave his own blood. Oh, my dear Christians! If you would be like Christ, give much, give often, give freely, to the vile and poor, the thankless and the undeserving. Christ is glorious and happy and so will you be. It is not your money I want, but your happiness. Remember his own word, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
“Humble people are without pretense, free from any sense of spiritual superiority, and liberated from the need to be associated with persons of importance. The awareness of their spiritual emptiness does not disconcert them. Neither overly sensitive to criticism nor inflated by praise, they recognize their brokenness, acknowledge their gifts, and refuse to take themselves seriously.”—
Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust
They recognize their brokenness, acknowledge their gifts, and refuse to take themselves seriously.
Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century and is regarded, along with Liszt, as Hungary’s greatest composer. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of ethnomusicology.
Tears on my face for the last 45 minutes, like a blubbering fool. No shame.
I would go so far as to say that this is the most wonderful, beautiful story I have ever known. Yes, and I would say that confidently.
"End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass…and then you see it. White shores, and beyond. A far green country under a swift sunrise. "Well, that isn’t so bad." "No…no, it isn’t."
“The phenomenon of UFOs does exist, and it must be treated seriously.” - Mikhail Gorbachev, Former Russian President
“I don’t laugh at people any more when they say they’ve seen UFOs. I’ve seen one myself.” - Jimmy Carter, Former US President
“I know other astronauts share my feelings… And we know the government is sitting on hard evidence of UFOs.” - Colonel Gordon Cooper, Former Astronaut
“The U.S. Government hasn’t maintained secrecy regarding UFOs. It’s been leaking out all over the place. But the way it’s been handled is by denial, by denying the truth of the documents that have leaked. By attempting to show them as fraudulent, as bogus of some sort. There has been a very large disinformation and misinformation effort around this whole area. And one must wonder, how better to hide something out in the open than just to say, ‘It isn’t there. You’re deceiving yourself if you think this is true.’ And yet, there it is right in front of you. So it’s a disinformation effort that’s concerning here, not the fact that they have kept the secret. They haven’t kept it. It’s been getting out into the public for fifty years or more.” - Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Former Astronaut
“We have an unidentified flying object.” - Catherine Coleman, Astronaut, During Shuttle Mission STS-73
“Christmas was coming. One morning in mid-December, Hogwarts woke to find itself covered in several feet of snow. The lake froze solid and the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs so that they followed Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban.” - SS/PS, CH. 12