“Whatever weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God or takes away your relish for spiritual things… if anything increases the authority or power of the flesh over the spirit, that becomes sin, however good to you it may seem to you.” 

Suzanna Wesley

“When we stop caring what people think we lose our capacity for connection; when we become defined by what people think, we lose our capacity to be vulnerable.”

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Brene Brown, Ph.D.

The humble suffers no disturbance of mind but receives the reproaches and affronts of men without any great impression. For he considers that God, not the world, is his hope; and if his favor be but secured, the rest cannot be of any great importance. In short, this virtue is so necessary, so fundamental a one, that no man ought to esteem himself a proficient in goodness who has not yet arrived to that pitch of it which teaches him to think himself the least of all saints, and last of all men.

The Imitation of Christ, Thomas A. Kempis

The life of a Christian who hath dedicated himself to the service of God should abound with eminent virtues of all kinds that he may be really the same person which he is by outward profession. Indeed, he ought not only, to be the same, but much more, in his inward disposition of his soul; because he professes to serve a God who sees the inward parts; a searcher of the heart and reins, a God and father of spirits: and therefore since we are always in His sights, we should be exceeding careful to avoid all impurity, all that may give offense to Him, whose eyes cannot behold iniquity. We should, in a word, so far as mortal and frail nature can, imitate the blessed angels in all manner of holiness, since we, as well as they, are always in His presence. To this purpose it would be expedient daily to renew our resolutions of living well, and every morning to refresh and quicken that zeal with which they were made at first. To beg of God that He would help us, and enable us that day to begin well; to begin, I say, for all that we have done hitherto ought in lowliness of mind to seem, and to be acknowledged by us, as nothing!

When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home’s potential for positive influence.

Steven Covey

The spirit will not tolerate in you the self sins though they are permitted and excused by most Christians.  By the self sins I mean self-love, self-pity, self-seeking, self-confidence, self-aggrandizement, self-defense.”

“Ours is an undisciplined age. The old disciplines are breaking down. Above all, the discipline of divine grace is derided as legalism or is entirely unknown to a generation that is largely illiterate in the Scriptures. We need the rugged strength of Christian character that can only come from discipline.”

V. Raymond Edman