Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Great Quote

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My dear friend, Meg, recently shared the following quote on her blog, Every Scrap Countz:

     “The plain fact is that the world does not need more successful people, but it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. 
      It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight, to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as our culture has defined it.” 
– David Orr
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Last night, I had the privilege of getting together with my dad to discuss his upcoming graduation speech for my youngest brother's high school graduation.  This quote now comes to mind as I reflect on our time together.  I find this to be sound advice... not only for all the graduates out there, but also for each one of us as we inhabit our spaces, slices of life, stations of service, and spheres of influence.

I attended an event Monday night to support a wonderful ministry at the University of Virginia, Theological Horizons.  Co-director Karen Marsh read a quote by Lauren Winner, which reminded me once again that our worth comes from being enveloped by a faith that is both big enough to contain our thoughts, dreams, questions, and hopes and also big enough to make our lives count.  That through faith in Jesus, we get to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.  Our story is enveloped in THE Story.  Our story is directed by and participates in the Story of truth, beauty and redemption.  

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In keeping with the first quote I shared, let's seek this week not to be successful or to leave our personal imprint.  Instead, let's seek to be people marked by a bigger story, people who tell the story of redemption... imparting healing, imbuing peace.

Your heavenly Father commends you as you live well in your places.  He is delighted you are partnering with Him in the world's greatest story, the Story that is truth and life.