“When my daughter was a toddler, I used to take her to a park not far from our apartment. One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-cream salesman approached us. I purchased her a treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw her mouth was full of sand. Where I had intended to put a delicacy, she had put dirt.
Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less of my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.
God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain. “Spit out the dirt, honey,” our Father urges. “I’ve got something better for you.” And so he cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don’t enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice cream. “I can eat dirt if I want to!” we pout and proclaim. Which is true—we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer.”
MAX LUCADO QUOTE
(Excerpt from Max Lucado’s Book: ‘Just Like Jesus’)
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
Author: C.S. Lewis
“There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. I have heard people admit that they are bad-tempered, or that they cannot keep their heads about girls or drink, or even that they are cowards. I do not think I have ever heard anyone who was not a Christian accuse himself of this vice. And at the same time I have very seldom met anyone, who was not a Christian, who showed the slightest mercy to it in others. There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others.
The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now, we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”
“Greatness is not about power, status, or salary. Greatness is all about character. To be great, you must learn how to be a servant. God never forgets our service. God teach us how to be servants for You.”
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. -Colossians 3:12
Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.
“There is no greater thing you can do better with your life than humbling yourself. A humble life is the blessed life because God Himself sets the humble on high ground.”
Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder & President, Thread Of Hope, Inc.
“If we are only kind to people who we like, then it’s not kindness. Kindness is when it is shown to people we think don’t deserve the time of day. Friends, let’s rise up! Don’t go low!”
“The Word of God breaks through ALL barriers. It travels across ethnic, racial, national, and religious institutions. Divisions are not of God. God is not a respecter of man. Reach out to all people, all nations, all races, showing the love of God. We, who know the truth, need to walk the walk!”
Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.