“What has started, cannot simply stop. Live out your Lessons. Still live slowly and appreciatively.”
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing in gratitude. – Col 2:6-7
“Don’t get so caught up in the fine details that you miss the Big Picture – Me.”
… I kept asking for directions out of the school. One girl eventually stepped forward. At first she asked me to just stay, but I said, “No, I can’t. I’m in a race you see. I need to get out of this place and continue.” She pointed me to a separate, garbage collection-looking like area and said the lift shaft was there – “take the lift to the 3rd floor, turn right and go straight ahead. The other exit is there.” So I ran over, and waited for the lift. Then I woke up.
It is not a love dependent on our earning it. God is “for us” first, last, and always. By every word and action, by all the force of His personality, Christ sought to tell us that the Father is always nearer, mightier, freer to help us than we can imagine. … Only if we can depend upon the Creator as a God of love (not an obscure, ethereal love, but love as you and I know it) shall we have the courage and confidence to turn our life and affairs over to Him. Hannah Whitall Smith once wrote: “Perfect obedience would be perfect happiness, if only we had perfect confidence in the power we were obeying.” What builds trust like that in the Creator? Only knowing Him so well – His motives, His complete good will – being certain that no pressures will make Him change, knowing Him for a long enough time to be sure of these things. (The Unselfishness of God. Beyond Our Selves, Ch 2)
“And both of us were silent, startled by the revelation that we are the ones – not God – who have to be persuaded to be stretched enough to receive from Him the realization of our dreams.” (The Prayer That Makes Dreams Come True. Beyond Our Selves, Ch 11)
Conversation in Mandarin as well (guess He just worked around my limited vocabulary…):