Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Brooks: our need of discontent

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    Commemoration of Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, spiritual writer, 1893
    When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
    —Acts 21:12-13 (NIV)
    Sad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life that he is living, with the thoughts that he is thinking, with the deeds that he is doing, when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do because he is a child of God.
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Addresses, Philadelphia: Henry Altemus, 1895, p. 67 (see the book)
    See also Acts 21:12-13; Ps. 42:1-2; Matt. 16:23-25; Luke 10:38-42; Rev. 3:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You constantly lead Your children towards their destiny with You.
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