I had given books on Christian living a wide berth-especially those written by contemporary writers. The chief reason for doing so was not a crisis in faith but a weakness in literary finesse which I found inherent in most of them. Nonetheless, a few weeks ago, a friend lent me a book written by Steve Farrar going by the aforementioned title. I decided to hide my scepticism and give it a go. It wasn’t bad. Written simply, no flamboyance and speaking to a prospective modern family man. Best of all, it removed the veil of pride over mine eyes.
Here are a few gems of truth that I found worth my while.
Truth is heavy so few men carry it-Jewish Proverb
9/10 of men who give themselves to God’s service in their early twenties will fall out by their mid sixties. Will I be the 1/10 who will still be standing strong?
Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us-C.H Spurgeon
In my endeavour to finish strong, I will encounter at least 3 major ambushes namely
- The ambush of another woman
- The ambush of money
- The ambush of a neglected family
Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets-George S. Patton Jr.
It is crucial to anticipate and avoid ambushes. This requires a simple plan.
Stay in the scriptures
Stay close to a friend
Stay away from the other woman
Stay alert to the tactics of the enemy
Kings ought to shear, not skin, their sheep-Robert Herrick
Shipwrecks (read sin) can take you farther than you wanted to go
Shipwrecks (read sin) can keep you longer than you wanted to stay
Shipwrecks (read sin) can cost you more than you wanted to pay
The greatest fault is to be conscious of none-Thomas Carlyle
When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package-John Ruskin
Pride is like a degenerative disease that gradually blinds you. However, its progress is so slow that you don’t even realise it-until it’s too late.
If three people say you are an ass, put on a bridle- Spanish Proverb
Genuine repentance unlocks the door of God’s mercy
My past does not exclude me from serving presently
He who has never failed cannot be great. Failure is the true test of greatness-Herman Melville (you might remember him for ‘Moby Dick’ that great epic on whales and whaling)
When you look behind the scenes at some of the most successful people in all of history, you will find than they were acquainted with failure and it was this that became the bedrock which enabled them to handle the triumphs that came later.
And this was my favourite…
A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd-James Crook
The story of how the legendary explorer John Colter escaped from Blackfeet (Native Americans) is hilarious and equally inspiring. I will not spoil the fun by narrating it here.
Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible-Frank Gaines
Only those with vision will finish strong.