Friday, November 4

Vicissitudes of Life

“Often the same thing that makes one person bitter makes another better.” J.C. Ryle

“God often digs the wells of joy with the spades of affliction.” Isaac Watts

“To scale the uppermost heights, we often must come out of the lowermost depths. The way to heavenly joy usually leads through hellish travail.” Herman Melville

“Affliction is often that thing which prepares an ordinary person for some sort of an extraordinary destiny.” C.S. Lewis

“It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds.” Theodore Roosevelt

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” Francis Bacon

“A coward dies a thousand deaths, the valiant dies but once.” William Shakespeare

“A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.” James A Garfield

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength. Industry and determination can do anything that genius and advantage can do and many things that they cannot.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Brethren, standfast.” Paul of Tarsus

2 comments:

covenantpromise said...

I have often puzzled over this truth. That the christian MUST endure difficulties and trials in order to be refined. He must be brought to the threshing floor in order to have the chaff beaten away.
That is precisely why I believe the infallible word of God calls us to "rejoice" and to "think it not strange when the fiery trials come upon you". These are the very tools our gracious God and King has promised to use to conform us into the image of his dear son. Just what I believe the heart of every true believer desires most..........
And yet, we seem to avoid them at all cost, want them over as quickly as possible, and hopelessly chafe against them.
To rejoice in trials? This is a hard saying.

George said...

It is indeed. And yet, it is oh so true.