Monday, August 29, 2011

Visionary Monday: Perfect Self-Forgetfulness

I miss blogging more regularly, as well as keep up with my favorite blogs. But alas! Some things just have to take the backseat when life becomes chaotic and full. I have lots of random blog post ideas, various reflections that have been on my mind as of late. Not to mention, I've been reading more lately and feel quite strongly that I should share some of the treasures that I have come across. I hope to write them out soon, but for now I must share some pleasant quotations on family. Here is a lesson and value that is ever placed before us. If we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, who is Christ, then Calvary Love must be our daily pursuit (Eph 4:15).

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. ~ Eva Burrows

"Love is always ready to deny itself, to give, sacrifice, just in the measure of its sincerity and intensity. Perfect love is perfect self-forgetfulness. Hence where there is love in a home, unselfishness is the law. Each forgets self and lives for others.
But where there is selfishness it mars joy. One selfish soul will destroy the sweetness of life in any home. It is like an ugly bush in the midst of a garden of flowers. It was selfishness that destroyed the first home and blighted all the loveliness of Paradise; and it has been blighting lovely things in earth's home ever since. We need to guard against this spirit." ~ J.R. Miller

"We speak much of the duty of making others happy. No day should pass, we say, on which we do not put a little cheer into some discouraged heart, make the path a little smoother for someone’s tired feet, or help some fainting robin unto its nest again. This is right. We cannot put too great emphasis upon the duty of giving happiness and cheer to others. But it is no less a duty that we should be happy and cheerful ourselves." ~ J.R. Miller