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The search for meaning is a quest for power we are not designed to bear, an obstacle to the grace of insignificance. What could prepare us for the breathe of God (Spirit) that hums all life into being, except we be emptied of our pretensions of significance? Divine perspective most of all relativizes our importance. We are each very small creatures. Very little is contingent on us. Knowing our smallness puts us in touch with the essential lightness of created things. Splendid irrelevance.

Jonathan Martin, How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help is on the Way and Love is Already Here. 

– Splendid Irrelevance

It is true, or course, that what is an unspeakable gift of God for the lonely individual is easily disregarded and trodden under foot by those who have the gift everyday. It is easily forgotten that the fellowship of Christian brethren is a gift of grace, a gift of the Kingdom of God that any day may be taken from us, that the time that still separates us from utter loneliness may be brief indeed. Therefore, let him who until now has had the privilege of living a common Christian life with other Christians praise God’s grace from the bottom of his heart. Let him thank God on his knees and declare: It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community. 

– Life Together

Spirituality is about seeing. It’s not about earning or achieving. It’s about relationship rather than results or requirements. Once you see, the rest follows. You don’t need to push the river, because you are in it. The life is lived within us, and we learn how to say yes to that life. If we exist on a level where we can see how “everything belongs,” we can we trust the flow and trust the life, the life so large and deep and spacious that it even includes its opposite, death.

Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (The Crossroad Publishing Company, 2003)

– Everything Belongs

The simple fact is, you are not the point of your life. You are not the star of your show. If you live for yourself, your own comfort, your own glory, your own fame, you will miss out on your very purpose. God created you to bring glory to him.

Tim Challies, Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity

– You are Not the Star of your Show
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