“There are some men and women who have lived forty or fifty years in the world and have had scarcely one hour’s discourse with their hearts all the while.” -John Flavel
“What Faye won’t understand and may never understand is that there is not one true self hidden by many false ones. Rather, there is one true self hidden by many other true ones. Yes, she is the meek and shy and industrious student. Yes, she is the panicky and frightened child. Yes, she is the bold and impulsive seductress. Yes, she is the wife, the mother. And many other things as well. Her belief that one of these is true obscures the larger truth, which was ultimately the problem with the blind men and the elephant. It wasn’t that they were blind – it’s that they stopped too quickly, and so never knew there was a larger truth to grasp. … Seeing ourselves clearly is the project of a lifetime”- from Nathan Hill’s novel The Nix
“Solitude often forces us to look these sorrows square in the face and makes us reckon with a cold reality: we like our busyness. We like the chaos of our lives. We like it because it distracts us from ourselves.” -Mike Cosper, Recapturing the Wonder
“Never was sin seen to be more abominably sinful and full of provocation than when the burden of it was upon the shoulders of the Son of God…Would you, then, see the true demerit of sin?—take the measure of it from the mediation of Christ, especially his cross.” -John Owen, Communion with the Triune God
“I have never met a person I could despair of, or lose all hope for, after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.” -Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Ignoring problems in our hearts doesn’t mean they go away. It just means they go unchecked in our lives.
“The assurance of His total forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Christ means we don’t have to play defensive games anymore. We don’t have to rationalize and excuse our sins. We can call sin exactly what it is, regardless of how ugly and shameful it may be, because we know that Jesus bore that sin in His body on the cross.” -Jerry Bridges