The Week In Words

Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week  inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read. More information is here.

Here are some interesting quotes I saw this week:

From ivman:

“Nobody sins because they want to be miserable. We somehow think we’re better off to sin than to obey.” – Drew Conley

That reminds me about the verse that there is pleasure in sin for a season — but just a season. The misery from it will come soonser or later, but people forget that.

This one is a quote within a quote within a quote. 🙂 Girltalk quotes C. J. Mahaney quoting John Piper about reading:

Is reading worth the time investment when so much is forgotten? John Piper says yes.

In a message long ago (July 12, 1981) he said this:

What I have learned from about twenty-years of serious reading is this: It is sentences that change my life, not books. What changes my life is some new glimpse of truth, some powerful challenge, some resolution to a long-standing dilemma, and these usually come concentrated in a sentence or two. I do not remember 99% of what I read, but if the 1% of each book or article I do remember is a life-changing insight, then I don’t begrudge the 99%.

Read, but not to remember everything. Read because that 1% that you remember has to potential to change your life.

That is such a comfort to me, because I have gotten so frustrated with myself because I do tend to remember just a few sentences or principles rather than feeling as if I have a grasp of the whole book.

This is from p. 59 of Hoping for Something Better: Refusing to Settle for Life as Usual, a Bible study by Nancy Guthrie. It is an expansion on a similar quote from C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity about Christ being able to sympathize and help us in temptation because He faced temptation and resisted:

Jesus doesn’t roll his eyes and wonder how we could even consider taking a step in the direction we’re being tempted in. He doesn’t take lightly our struggles with sin, because he knows what it is like to be tempted. Jesus was tempted in all the ways we are — yet he never gave in to sin.

We might think that if Jesus never sinned, he really doesn’t know what temptation is like, But if you think about it, only the person who tries to resist temptation knows how strong it is. The one who gives in after a few minutes doesn’t know what it would be like after a few hours. Who has experienced greater temptation: the one who is tempted and quickly gives in to the temptation or the one who holds on and holds out and doesn’t give in? Christ, in never yielding to temptation, knows more about the strength of temptation and the suffering involved in temptation than we will ever know. He’s our advocate who understands.

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10 thoughts on “The Week In Words

  1. Don’t know why I’ve never linked up with you before. Well, actually…I’m a little afraid of Meme commitments. HA! Smiles…and comment linky love to you today!

  2. Often, I’ll read something and think: I need to do a post with this for The Week In Words, but then when it is time to post, I’ve forgotten all about it.

  3. Often we make the easy choice, rather than the right choice. Only later do we realize that the easy choice was a lot harder than doing the right thing would have been.

  4. Love these quotes. The one about sin is something I have often thought about! The one on reading is very helpful, because like you, I forget so much! BUT I agree that sometimes it IS just a sentence that effects change in me. The last one is good too. Thanks.

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  6. I like that last quote about Jesus and temptation. It’s good to think about how Jesus truly knows the strength of temptation, having resisted to the end.

    Thank you, Lord, for a high priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses!

  7. This is wonderful Barbara: “It is sentences that change my life, not books.” (I’m going to post this on FB, with credit to you.)

    I do think good “sound bites” engage us and stick with us. I’m thinking of how short most of Jesus’ parables were. And the NT message really isn’t very long. Fortunately, I also remember concepts and the ideas found in whole books. So I’m glad to have both!

    I keep hoping to join you for this meme… just not organized yet. Summer fun is getting in the way!


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