Perhaps you haven’t yet truly lived …

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ; February 19, 2009:

If you haven’t felt the bitter pain of betrayal, perhaps you haven’t trusted enough. If you haven’t fallen flat on your face, perhaps you haven’t ever tried to soar. If you haven’t had your heart truly broken, perhaps you haven’t fully experienced love’s true wonder. If you haven’t ached at the core of your being or felt agony in your existence, perhaps you haven’t yet truly lived.

A Prayer of Abandonment

Thomas Merton:

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and that I think I am following your will does not mean I am actually doing so.

But I believe the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all I am doing. I hope I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Knowing what I can’t do

“The way of human beings is not in their control, mortals as they walk cannot direct their steps.”

(Jeremiah 10:23)

That’s something God is continuing to show me: that as much as I can do, there is still much that I can’t. So I’ll do what I can and entrust the rest to him. It really is my only option. And it isn’t a bad one at that.

More than just a trust fall

Frank Laubach:

For do you not see that God is trying experiments with human lives? That is why there are so many of them. He has [six billion] experiments going around the world at this moment. And his question is “how far will this man and that woman allow me to carry this hour? … For I who pushed life up through the protozoan and the tiny grass, and the fish and the bird and the dog and the gorilla and the man. … I have not become satisfied yet. I am not only willing to make this hour marvelous. I am in travail to set you akindle with the Christ-thing which has no name. How fully can you surrender and not be afraid?

quoted in John Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, 207.