The cure for selfish ambition and restless devotion to The Next Big Thing is contentment. But like happiness, excellence and drive, contentment is not something you can just generate from within. It has to have an object. There must be someone or something that is so satisfying that we can sing “Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also.”
– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 123
We forget that we can’t be happy by looking for happiness; we can’t be successful by aiming at success; we can’t be passionate by trying to be more passionate. We need someone other than ourselves to love, desire and trust. We can’t invent or reinvent ourselves. We do not choose our own nature from a supermarket of unlimited options. That is a fable we keep telling oursevles as we fly with waxen wings toward the sun.
– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 103
We do not find success by trying to be successful or happiness by trying to be happy. Rather, we find these things by attending to the skills, habits, and – to be honest – the often dull routines that make us even modestly successful at anything. If you are always looking for an impact, a legacy, and success, you will not take the time to care for the things that matter.
– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 57
Most everyone would say what they want more than anything else is to be happy. We’re convinced that the path to happiness means saying yes to ourselves. Indulgence is the path to happiness, so to deny ourselves seems to go in the opposite direction of what will make us happy. The right to pursue happiness seems to be in direct conflict with the call to deny.
– Idleman, Kyle; Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus; Zondervan; copyright 2011; Grand Rapids, MI; Kindle Edition; page 149
It is a revolutionary, liberating truth: in Christ, you have all you need for everlasting joy. His approval and presence are all that you need for life and happiness.
– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 86
Learning to be satisfied in Jesus will free you to enjoy everything else. Being fulfilled in Christ means that you no longer depend on other things for life and happiness. That means you can enjoy them, because you are no longer enslaved by them. The prospect of losing them doesn’t terrorize you. And you can say “no” to them when they are not God’s will.
– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 84
Our dreams are a window into our theology. We are a proud people, the inheritors of the American Dream – the pursuit of happiness is our inalienable right. Like bratty, self-involved little kids, we push past the Giver to grab for the gift.
– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 153