“Joe, when you really start trusting those other boys, you will feel a power at work within you that is far beyond anything you’ve ever imagined. Sometimes, you will feel as if you have rowed right of the planet and are rowing among the stars.” The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, p. 235
George Pocock, an emotionally intelligent boat maker, said this to Joe, a stoic young man who was strong and determined, but who had also been taught that trusting other people was dangerous. It was a turning point in the story.
“God’s curiosity is his most underexplored attribute.” The Rest of God: Restoring your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan, p. 190
What is God curious about? Why does he ask questions? I can’t imagine that God is curious about anything, but it is interesting to think about.
“Human love is directed to the other person for his own sake, spiritual love loves him for Christ’s sake…This is why human love becomes personal hatred when it encounters genuine spiritual love, which does not desire but serves. Human love makes itself an end in itself…Spiritual love, however, comes from Jesus Christ, it serves him alone; it knows that it has no immediate access to other persons.” Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, p. 34-35
“Human love becomes personal hatred when it encounters spiritual love…” That will have me pondering for a while.
“…if you do your work so well that by God’s grace it helps others who can never thank you, or it helps those who come after you to do it better, then you know you are “serving the work,” and truly loving your neighbor.” Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller, p. 111
May it be so.
Any interesting/new thoughts from the books you are reading? I’d love to hear them.