Another five quotes, including an excerpt from one of my favorite poems. It doesn't hurt the poet was Welsh!
"Spiritual growth thrives in the midst of our problems, not in their absence. Spiritual growth occurs in the trenches of life, not in the classroom. We don't grow while studying the definition of consistency; we grow when we try to be consistent in an inconsistent world." (Mike Yaconelli)
"The greatest enemy of Christianity may be people who say they believe in Jesus but who are no longer astonished and amazed. Jesus Christ came to rescue us from listlessness as well as lostness. He came to rescue us from flat souls as well as corrupted souls." (Mike Yaconelli)
"It should not surprise us that a sovereign God uses bad things as the raw material for fashioning good. The symbol of our faith is a Roman execution device." (Philip Yancey)
"Risk, as we have seen, is indispensable to any human life, nowhere more clearly than in the life of the spirit. The goal of faith is not to create a set of immutable, rationalized, precisely defined and defendable beliefs to preserve forever. It is to recover a relationship with God." (Dan Taylor)
"My orders are to fight, then if I bleed or fail
Or strongly win, what matters it? God only doth prevail.
The servant craveth naught, except to stand with might.
I was not told to win or lose. My orders are to fight."