Like candles, Christians must burn themselves in order to give light to others.
Alexander Pope penned some very perceptive words when he wrote, "The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man's own eyes when they look upon his own person.' Whilst we must understand the poverty of our earthly existence it is not easy. We are important but only to God and we therefore must come to acknowledge the true worth of our mortal lives. For us to have the understanding and humility to acknowledge our true worth in this world and the wisdom to understand our true value in God's world is to be truly blessed.
Pride and self regard both mean that we have a desire for the approval of ourselves and others and such feelings are nowhere to be found in God's Kingdom for they are spawned in hell.
The choice made by every lost soul is that it is better to reign in hell than to serve in Heaven.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
We cannot see God in our present state (Exodus 33:20) "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live", and this is not because He hides Himself but because we are not yet such that He can reveal Himself.
To look on the face of God whilst still in our present, earthly state would mean our destruction.
Christians must cheerfully bear the blows of the heavenly Sculpture's mallet.
The church is a place for prayer but it is the world in which we live and work that is our place of divine Service.
When we serve our neighbour we serve God.
Let the Fingers of the Divine Potter mould us as they will.
Hypocrisy is the desire to make ourselves better than we are.
Shame will only shame those who want to 'appear' and not those who want to 'be'.
God gave us the power to thwart His will, that, by means of that same power we might come to do His will but in a righteous way.
Let us not accept the words "Be not conformed to the world" until admitting that the society in which we dwell and bow down to is the world and nothing else.
Let us do right and not trouble ourselves about worthless, contrary opinion.