Don’t assume, because you have experienced poverty or marginalization of some sort, that you are automatically above inflicting the same sort of oppression that you received.
It is not the act of wounding you that qualifies somebody as your friend; rather it is the quality of being your friend that enables someone to wound you in a good way.
In our world, name-calling and labeling is often a shortcut substitute for the hard labor of moral reasoning. You can quickly find yourself on the wrong side of the aisle, regardless of which side you hope to belong to.
As much as we might wish this was not the case, and plead the contrary, we conduct all our relationships within a transactional frame.
When we enlist the pursuit of wisdom to strive for an optimal outcome, what we are seeking is to align our own thinking as much as possible with God’s thinking.
Addiction is a short-term escape from pain that is purchased at a high interest rate of future pain.
The key to understanding and disarming our greed is digging a little bit deeper. Why do you want more money? What is it that you hope to gain as a result of having more resources?
If you want to endure, it really means, for the realist, that you want your words to endure. We want our words to carry meaning, and to continue to shape other people’s lives long after we are gone.
Every time we distort truth, every time we bend our presentations so we come out looking a little better than what we know to be true, we are using unequal weights.
Wisdom does not come from within. Nor will the lifestyle of liberating an “inner child” lead to lasting freedom.
The weird, and sometimes maddening truth about gifts is that some of their inherent value is the inconvenience itself.
You don’t try to “walk alongside” the enraged momma bear, trying to calm her down, redirect her, or help her see reason. You get out of the way.