A lot has been happening lately. It seems like every time I turn around, I am getting another email from someone asking for prayer – for a loved one with cancer, a lady reported missing, etc., etc.
One tragedy after another! I felt like running to my house, and shutting out the world. I couldn’t take any more bad news…
And, then I remembered what C.S. Lewis said in Chapter 3 of The Problem of Pain – God is good…
These are simple words. But words that impacted me when a pastor used them in an email to me years ago. I always come back to them. No matter what my situation or what is happening around me. I know that God IS good. It is truth. It is profound. And, it is so simple that even I can memorize it.
When I passed by the newspaper ‘box’ on my way to work I learned that Nelson Mandela had died. He was 95.
There was something about his death that didn’t cause sadness. I do not mean to be disrespectful of the mourning South Africans are feeling for their beloved former President. But, the man was amazing! His love, his forgiveness… He had such a big impact on not only South Africa, but the world. Pretty good for a man imprisoned for 27 years.
So, in honor and celebration of his life, I have found a few quotes from Mr. Mandela – Enjoy!
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
When people are determined they can overcome anything.