The Lord said, “These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else.
“Their religion is nothing but human rules and traditions, which they have simply memorized.
Isaiah 29:13 GNT
“With all my heart I try to serve you; keep me from disobeying your commandments.”
Find beauty in the strength that only God can give you.
“Patient persuasion can break down the strongest resistance and can even convince rulers.”
Proverbs 25:15 GNT
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
– C.S. Lewis
Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.
~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
The greater sorrow carves into a man’s being, the more joy he can contain.
If you cannot operate the machine you are controlling, you will never be able to produce what was meant to be produced. It is necessary to study the mind through psychology, in order to understand how to control it while incarnated on this physical plane of existence.