Archive for the ‘sincerity’ Category

The Law is Powerless to Change us

September 4, 2009

Benjamin Franklin made 13 virtues for himself, including: Silence (‘speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation’), frugality, industry (‘lose not time; be always employed in something useful’) and tranquility (‘be not disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable’).

He set up a book with a page for each virtue, lining a column in which to record “defects.” Choosing a different virtue to work on each week, he daily noted every mistake, starting over every 13 weeks in order to cycle through the list four times a year.

For many decades Franklin carried his little book with him, striving for a clean thirteen-week cycle. As he made progress, he found himself struggling with yet another defect. “There is perhaps no one of natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it. Struggle with it. Stifle it. Mortify it as much as one pleases. It is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself….even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.

Phillip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace, Zondervan, 1997, p. 35

…These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. Col.2.23

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It is easier to change the nature of Plutonium

August 26, 2009

The real problem is in the hearts and minds of men. It is easier to change the nature of Plutonium than to change the nature of man.”

Einstein, in The DRAMA of ALBERT EINSTEIN by Antonina Vallentin, TRANSLATED BY MOURA BUDBERG

The problem of the human heart

August 26, 2009

The problem of the human heart is the heart of the human problem.

Rico Tice

The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?

Jeremiah 17.9