Monday, September 20, 2010

The Week in Words

 

Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week  inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read. More information is here.

I'm jumping back in with Barbara's The Week in Words weekly meme!

As usual, I have a couple of quotes from friends' Facebook pages. I love having friends who have the depth of character to post more than just trivial things to their status updates!

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. ~~ Charles Spurgeon 

I recently read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and one of the exercises in the book has you imagine your own funeral, decide how you want to be remembered by those you love, and act accordingly now. That was a powerful image for me; I think it's a great way to get some perspective on what your true values and priorities are. I think this quote summed up that exercise perfectly!

"Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity." —Spurgeon
What a great reminder to think in terms of the eternal rather than the temporal!

I read this last quote on the blog A Wise Woman Builds Her Home.
The castle is not more important than the king that dwells within.

I've never been a great housekeeper, but every now and then I get the urge to clean everything up and tear through the house like a mad woman, daring anybody to get in my way or mess up what I've just cleaned up. I forget, for that one day, that our home is not more important than the people who live here. May I learn balance and more care for people than for things!

Join Barbara at Stray Thoughts each week for The Week in Words.

6 comments:

  1. Great quotes and all relevant to where I'm at. I just finished my first book on Spurgeon, and I read this morning a post by Michael Hyatt on living like the person you want to be remembered as at your funeral.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. When people die I usually think of what kind of person the individual was---I usually forget the bad and the good memories come forth. It is usually their love and how they expressed it that I dwell on.....good to thing about this and to desire people to remember me by how I showed Christ's love to them.

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  3. Diana ~ Thanks for stopping by! It's always good to "see" you! ;)

    Lisa ~ After I published this post, I went to my Google Reader . . . and there was Michael Hyatt's post! LOL I'm glad this was relevant for you, and thanks for reading!

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  4. Nannykim ~ Good thoughts! I sure hope people will remember me with kindness! ;)

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  5. Great thoughts on character! But the last one convicted me the most about the king and the castle. I'm often guilty of getting perturbed at the inhabitants for the work they create in the castle.

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