Reading from Thomas A Kempis

Picked up a new book the other day with short readings of Classic Christian Authors.  Kempis totally floored me yesterday.  Just thought I’d share what I underlined.

His reading was on Jesus’ challenge, “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.”

“There is no other way to life and to true inward peace than the way of the holy cross and daily mortification.”

“At times you will be forsaken by God, at times troubled by those about you and, what is worse, you will often grow weary of yourself.  You cannot escape, you cannot be relieved by any remedy or comfort but must bear with it as long as God wills.”

“The whole life of Christ was a cross and a martyrdom, and do you seek rest and enjoyment for yourself?  You deceive yourself, you are mistaken if you seek anything but to suffer…for troublesome and miserable life will always be, no matter where you are; and you will find it wherever you may hide.” 

“For all men praise patience, though there are few who wish to practice it.”

I know it sounds gloomy and such, but for some reason, it encouraged me.  Crazy thoughts, but I look forward to the day when Jesus says, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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~ by darthpastor on September 27, 2007.

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