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 a few that especially spoke to me this week:

I mentioned on Saturday’s Laudable Linkage a quote from Insignificant Is Beautiful by Mark Galli (HT to Washing the Feet of the Saints). Here is another one:

When we think of making a difference, we think about making the world a better place for the next generation, not caretaking people who have no future. This is one reason we are quick to push the incontinent into “managed care” staffed with “skilled nurses.” No question that this is indeed a necessary move for many families—I had to do it with my own father, sad to say. But let’s face it. A fair amount of our motive is mixed. How much skill does it take to clean up excrement from an elderly body? Mostly it takes forbearance—and a willingness to give oneself night and day to something that, according to our usual reckoning, is not all that significant.

While the whole article is not about caring for the elderly, it makes the point that quietly taking care of someone’s most personal needs behinds the scenes can be ministry just as much as the more visible and seemingly higher-impact works. I highly recommend that whole article.

Seen at Challies:

When I consider my crosses, tribulations and temptations, I shame myself almost to death thinking of what they are in comparison to the sufferings of my blessed Savior, Jesus Christ. —Martin Luther

That definitely puts things into perspective. Nothing any of us has faced can compare to what He underwent for us.

And from Start Somewhere: Losing What’s Weighing You Down from the Inside Out by Calvin Nowell and Gayla Zoz:

My problem was that I was trying to get God to surrender to me.

That one pulled me up short. When we’re wanting our own way that’s exactly what we’re doing, but I never thought about it in quite that way before.

If you’ve read anything that particularly spoke to you that you’d like to share, please either list it in the comments below or write a post on your blog and then put the link to that post (not your general blog link) in Mr. Linky below. I do ask that only family-friendly quotes be included. I hope you’ll visit some of the other participants as well and glean some great thoughts to ponder.

6 thoughts on “The Week In Words

  1. The quote from Mark Galli really makes me want to read the whole article, so I’ll head over there next. I remember saying the one thing I would NEVER do with my mom was to take care of those kinds of needs. But then one day when I was alone with her and she needed help, what could I do? Say, “Sorry, but I can’t do that”? So I learned that day (again), never say never…

  2. I passed that first quote and article on to my grandparents…who are in the thick of a very difficult care giving situation with two of my great aunts. A word aptly spoken…Thank you!

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  4. To go along with, “My problem was that I was trying to get God to surrender to me,” I like “God is not Santa in the sky.” I don’t know who to give credit to for this one.

  5. That first one offers a lot of food for thought. It seems to ask whether we’re serving for God’s sake or whether we’re serving for our own sake–the good feeling that comes from “making a difference in the world”.

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