Grace is not a "thing" – a heavenly gas, a pseudo-substance, which can be passed to and fro or pumped down pipelines. The word "grace" is a shorthand way of speaking about God himself, the God who loves totally and unconditionally, whose love overflows in self-giving in creation, in redemption, in rooting out evil and sin and death from his world, in bringing to life that which was dead.
N. T. Wright,
What Saint Paul Really Said, p. 61
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
I have discovered that the people who believe most strongly in the next life do the most good in the present one.
A man of quality is never threatened by a woman of equality. Jill Briscoe I used to think that life was hills and valleys — you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don’t believe that anymore.
Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.
And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.
Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting.
What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars’ worth of pleasure.
Grandmother always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.
Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild.
Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.
Grandchildren don’t stay young forever, which is good because Granddaddies have only so many horsey rides in them.
It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand.
Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it.
George Bernard Shaw
Apart from man, no being wonders at his own existence.
Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.
There is no stigma attached to recognizing a bad decision in time to install a better one.
Laurence J. Peter
When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package.