i recently read (again) john ortberg’s book the life you’ve always wanted. i love this book and think that this is one of the best books on spiritual disciplines. here are a few quotes that stuck with me:(Ortberg, 2001)
-God’s purpose in guidance is not to get us to perform the right actions. His purpose is to help us become the right kind of people.
-Every human being who has ever lived has suffered from a messiah complex-except one.
-the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith, but settle for a mediocre version of it.
-if my problem is that i am doing something i ought not to do, i need to practice a discipline that strengthens my not-doing muscles.
-(Sleep) is an act of trust: i am reminded when i go to sleep that the world is in God’s hands, not mine. The world will get along very well even though iam not awake to try to control things .
-i lie down and sleep; i wake again, for the Lord sustains me. (Psalm 3:5)
-spiritual transformation cannot be orchestrated or controlled, but neither is it a random venture… we need a plan.