By Ray Hollenbach on Feb 10, 2015
We are loaded down with so many "shoulds," we find ourselves paralyzed by the inability to apply what we know.
Knowledge can become a terrible burden. The weight of information can bend the back of the strongest man. We are loaded down with so many "shoulds," we find ourselves paralyzed by the inability to apply what we know. We open up our web browser, and ten thousand voices shout for our attention, each one urgent. Through our computers, radios, televisions and even our friends, urgent knowledge reaches out and tries to shake us into action.
Here are a dozen smooth stones with only one aim: to provide rest. These lessons do claim ultimate authority; they are not a call to action, nor do they command obedience. They whisper simply, “Here ...”
One dozen liberating life lessons:
1. I don’t have to know the answer.
2. Just because I know an answer doesn’t mean I have to answer the question.
3. The answer is rarely as interesting as the person asking the question.
4. Knowing the answer sometimes keeps me from asking the right question.
5. Facts are never true. They are merely facts.
6. God’s presence is an observable, objective fact, and we can recognize his presence.
7. Faith, hope, and love are abiding, eternal things, and I can start cultivating them now.
8. Celebrity authenticates no one—but neither does it disqualify anyone from speaking the truth.
9. The wisdom of Yoda was not very deep, but it was interesting because he was small, green and funny-looking.
10. If a picture is worth a thousand words, actually being there is worth a trillion.
11. The end of a matter is better than its beginning; patience is better than pride.
12. Lists convey a false sense of authority.
What about you? Do you have a collection of quiet truths, the kind that give you peace and rest? What gems have you picked up along the way?
Related Preaching Articles
By Duncan Hamilton on Apr 29, 2016
Two years ago I travelled China’s Shandong Provence; specifically to the city that Eric Liddell knew as Weihsien and which is now called Weifang. I walked around the site of the camp where he died of a brain tumour six months before the Second World War ended. The earth that held him during that war holds him still. No one can identify where Liddell was buried. So, instead of a grave, he has a monument – an enormous slab of rose granite shipped from the Isle of Mull in the Hebrides.
By Justin Trapp on Aug 2, 2015
Discover how one of our Lord's faous sayings was actually a vivid, up-to-date illustration.
By Sherman Cox on Nov 24, 2014
If you have never asked yourself this question, you might end up preaching to the mind while steering totally clear of the soul.
By Nathan Aaseng on Apr 17, 2013
"Don't confuse me with the one who saves souls; I'm just a messenger bearing good news."
By Alan Nelson on Feb 1, 2010
Alan Nelson explains the concept of spiritual intelligence and offers pastors and church leaders a chance to assess theirs.