How does a person change? What causes a person to want to change? How much change is possible? Does God require us to change? Will He help us?
There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. It is a serious thing to remember that dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.
C.S. Lewis (1898 -1963)
When a man’s fight begins with himself he is worth something.
Robert Browning (1812-1889)
We much prefer our own idea of ourselves to the stern realization of what we really are. Watch how God has disillusioned you over yourself and see the value of it for the future.
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)
Would you know my name
if I saw you in heaven?
Would you be the same
If I saw you in heaven?
Eric Clapton (b. 1945)
Beloved, now we are the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
1 John 3:2-3
He who shall not be ruled sweetly by God, shall be ruled as punishment by himself. He shall unwillingly suffer the burden of his own self-will.
Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)