We preach too much about Christ, instead of preaching Christ Himself. The only religion which is worth anything is that which shows Christ in your life and mine. The most ignorant one, who knows nothing of theology, may illustrate it truly. The soundest theologian, intellectually, may miss the spirit of it. Each must win it by striving, with divine help, for himself.
From a report on a sermon by George MacDonald. The reporter, an American, concluded with: “I risk nothing in ranking the sermon, alike in substance and in spirit, above every other which I have heard on this side the ocean.”
“There is always some peace in having submitted to the right. Don’t spoil it by worrying about the results, if you can help it. It is not your business to succeed (no one can be sure of that) but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God. . .”
Yet I know that good is coming to me – the good is always coming; though few have at all times the simplicity and the courage to believe it. What we call evil, is the only and best shape, which, for the person and his condition at the time, could be assumed by the best good. And so, farewell.
“LIFE is not void or stuff for scorners:
We have laughed loud and kept our love,
We have heard singers in tavern corners
And not forgotten the birds above:
We have known smiters and sons of thunder
And not unworthily walked with them,
We have grown wiser and lost not wonder;
And we have seen Jerusalem.”
~G.K. Chesterton: Collected in ‘The Ballad of St. Barbara and Other Verses.’ (1922)