Life

Life is a one-way street. We are not going back or coming back. — Ray Cross

God created us. God knows how we best work. If we live life God’s way we’ll get more living out of life. — Ray Cross

God has a plan for your life.|
God is revealing that plan.
Use sanctified common sense.
Exercise faith and go ahead.

Far too many people spend their entire lifetime making a living. Making a living is the small, time-serving, dwarfed and paralyzed man’s object. Making a life is the kingly, righteous and holy man’s object. The one lives in the narrow, prison-limited circle of self, and the other in a world which is bounded only when infinity and eternity have limits. — Smith Wigglesworth

How each day will look to you all starts with Who you’re looking to. — Ray Cross

If you can help somebody with a word or song…then your living shall not be in vain.

I had to live somewhere forever…Since I’ve got to live, I had better learn how to live. — Bob Jones Sr.

A Christian is a heart through which Christ loves and a hand through which Christ helps. — Ray Cross

You can always tell when you are on the road of righteousness–it’s uphill.

If you want your neighbor, or the heathen, to know what Christ can do for them, let them see what Christ has done for you.

Life must have content. — Hermon Hesse, Beneath the Wheel

Christian living grows out of who I am more that what I want.

Every healthy person must have a goal in life. — Hermon Hesse, Beneath the Wheel

You can achieve anything if you desire passionately enough. (Proverbs 23:7)

Many people who will not read a Bible will read a Christian. — Ray Cross

It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do that makes life blessed. — Goethe

Men may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do. — Lewis Cass

Life is easier than you think–all you have to do is accept the impossible, do without the indispensible, bear the intolerable, and be able to smile at anything.

Remember the weekday to keep it holy.

Take care of your life; the Lord will take care of your death. — F. Whitfield

No man gets more out of life than I do. I get more out of a minute than folks get out of a month. — Smith Wigglesworth

You’re either inclining or declining. — Ray Cross

Some people can talk Christianity by the yard, but they cannot walk it by the inch. — Blaisdel

The devil is willing for a person to profess Christianity, as long as he does not practice Christianity.

A Christian should be:
A mind through which Christ thinks.
A voice through which Christ speaks.
A heart through which Christ loves.
A hand through which Christ helps.

You’re never meant to know what might have been. — C.S. Lewis

I felt instinctively that as long as I could be stirred to emotion by the sea breeze, by the brilliance of the stars, and by poetry, I will still be alive. –Eugenie Ginzburg re. 20 years in a communist concentration camp, in Open Windows by Philip Yancey

God does not give us overcoming life: He gives us life as we overcome.

Ever notice how the straight and narrow path gets the most wear along the edges? — Ray Cross

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

God votes for you. Satan votes against you. You break the tie.

Keep your lamp burning, and let God place it where He will.

Keep the light of your life on so people will know someone is home. — Ray Cross

There is so much spectating going on that a lot of us never get around to living. Life is always walking up to us and saying, “Come on in, the living is fine.” And what do we do? Back off and take its picture — Russsll Baker

Three things make life worth living: a self worth living with, a faith worth living for and a purpose worth living for.

Born yesterday. Died today.

Life would not be life if a sorrow were sad, and a joy merry, from beginning to end. — Germaine Guevrement

Some Chrisitians are orthodox Christians in creed but heterodox in life. — Ray Cross

He who runs from problem runs to problems. — Ray Cross

In the late 1800’s, archaelolgists found Roman tombstones with the inscription…

NF — F — NS — NC, short for
non fui — fui — non sum — non curo,
I was not, I was, I am not, I don’t care

Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. — William Carey

You cannot change the quality of life without changing your standards for life. — Ray Cross

When the government building in Oklahoma City was blown up by terrorists, one man was trapped in his car under the cement, but his cell phone worked. He was able to talk with his wife for six and one half hours, telling her all the things he should have said during 25 years of marriage. In case you don’t get that chance, tell her and your loved ones now, while you have the opportunity. — Ray Cross

Man was created by God in order to give a visible valid image of an invisible God. Therefore a man in normality should present God alone at all times. We are therefore sub-normal. Man does not have what it takes to present the image of God. The image, however, to be produced is not to be an image of imitation, but rather of derivation. God is to be the origin of that image. — Ray Cross

The measure that you think you can be like God in your own being is the measure of your self-righteousness. — Ray Cross

We give light only by reflecting the light of the Son. — Ray Cross

Apart from God we are nothing, we have nothing and we can do nothing. — Ray Cross

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
— Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

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Do not seek to have everything that happens happen as you wish, but wish for everything to happen as it actually does happen, and your life will be serene.
— Epictetus, Greek Stoic philosopher (ca 55 – ca 135)

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Life’s Dash
By Ray Cross
The dates on a tombstone,
From beginning to end
Are separated by a dash
That is most important, friend.

Your dash represents all the time
You will spend on earth.
And only those you love
Will know what your line’s worth.

It matters not, how much we own,
In possessions or cash.
But the people we live and love
Measure how we spend our dash.

As you think of this
Are there things you’d change?
In the time you’ve left, are there things
That you should rearrange.

Why not slow down enough
To consider values that are real
And try to understand
How other people feel.

Be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
And love people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

We should treat others with respect
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering that our dash
Might only last a while.

So, when they read your eulogy,
And your actions they rehashed…
Would you be proud of what they say
Of how you lived YOUR dash?

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The true secret of happiness is to live in the NOW–not to be forever regretting the past, or anticipating the future–but to get the most you can out of this very instant.

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Poem of Life
Life is but a stopping place,
A pause in what’s to be,
A resting place along the road,
to sweet eternity.
We all have different journeys,
Different paths along the way,
We all were meant to learn some things,
but never meant to stay…
Our destination is a place,
Far greater than we know.
For some the journey’s quicker,
For some the journey’s slow.
And when the journey finally ends,
We’ll claim a great reward,
And find an everlasting peace,
Together with the Lord.
Anonymous

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Life
At every motion of our breath
Life trembles on the brink of death,
A taper’s flame that upward turns,
While downward to the dust it burns.

A moment ushered us to birth,
Heirs of the commonwealth of earth;
Moment by moment years are past,
And one ere long will be our last.

‘Twixt that, long fled, which gave us light,
And that which soon shall end in night,
There is a point no eye can see,
Yet on it hangs eternity.
Then I met Jesus,
And His perfect love cast out fear.
Because I rest in His arms and loving care,
I no longer fear those who can kill the body.
With His promise to provide for all my needs
When I put Him first in my life,
I drift off to pleasant sleep at night.
Since He took the punishment I deserved for my sins on the cross,
And released me from hell to live with him forever,
My dreams are of heaven,
My questions are answered,
My life is filled with peace.

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Five Minutes After I Die
Loved ones will weep o’er my silent face,
Dear ones will clasp me in sad embrace,
Shadows and darkness will fill the place,
Five minutes after I die.

Faces that sorrow I will not see,
Voices that murmur will not reach me.
But where, oh, where will my spirit be
Five minutes after I die.

Quickly the years of my life have flown,
Gathering treasures I thought my own,
There I must reap from the seed I have sown
Five minutes after I die.

Naught to repair the good I lack,
Fixed to the goal of my chosen track,
No room to repent; no turning back,
Five minutes after I die.

Now I can stifle convictions stirred,
Now I can silence the Voice oft heard,
Then the fulfillment of God’s sure Word,
Five minutes after I die.

Mated for eye with my chosen throng,
Long its eternity, O so long,
Then woe is me if my soul be wrong.
Five minutes after I die.

Oh, what a fool–hard the word, but true
Passing the Saviour with death in view,
Doing a deed I can ne’er undo
Five minutes after I die.

If I am flinging a fortune away,
If I am wasting salvation’s day,
“Just is my sentence,” my soul shall say,
Five minutes after I die.