Thursday, July 27, 2006

Words of Wisdom

Harry Emerson Fosdick once wrote: "Some Christians carry their religion on their backs. It is a packet of beliefs and practices which they must bear. At times it grows heavy and they would willingly lay it down, but that would mean a break in old traditions, so they shoulder it again. But real Christians do not carry their religion, their religion carries them. It is not weight; it is wings. It lifts them up, it sees them over hard places, it makes the universe seem friendly, life purposeful, hope real, sacrafice worthwhile. It sets them free from fear, futility, discouragment, and sin-the great enslavers of men's souls. You can know a real Chrisitian when you see him, by his buoyancy."
(Twelve Test of Character [1923], 87-88)

"...Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answers..."
Rainer Marie Rilke (Letters to a Young Poet, Letter 4)

2 comments:

Ju Ju Bee said...

You are definetly one of the most buoyant people I know!

Mooney said...

Hey, thanks for being awesome. Seriously, you're really great. Have I mentioned I think you're wonderful?