Even if I turn out to be wrong, I shall bet my life on the assumption that this world is not idiotic, neither run by an absentee landlord, but that today, this very day, some stroke is being added to the cosmic canvas that in due course I shall understand with joy as a stroke made by the architect who calls himself Alpha and Omega.
10 Resolutions for Mental Health by John Piper
Your system, however perfect, isn’t precious — your time is. Your system is just a tool. But the tool isn’t the thing you’re building.
Joshua Blankenship – On Systems, Spirit, Process & Perfection
Instead of striving for purely invisible design, or design that is “stunningly, beautiful visible” but unusable, our aim should be to balance the decisions we make and the aesthetic we choose to arrive at a state of appropriate visibility. Now that’s good design.
Rian van der Merwe in So, is good design invisible, or not?
What are you building with your tools? Or are you not building very much – if anything – at all and just gathering a really nice set of tools? Ask yourself that before you buy that next app or device.
Mike Vardy in A Wise Man and His Tools
That — in spite of everything, no matter what, whatever it cost him — God won’t ever stop loving his children … with a wonderful, Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.
Sally Lloyd-Jones on The Gospel Coalition.
And keep in mind that having a daily “quiet time” or “devotions,” without communing with Jesus, won’t keep your soul alive. Mere reading and studying won’t do it. By itself, new information about God — glorious as it is — won’t keep our hearts soft and our souls breathing. We need the person of Jesus himself whom we find in and through the Scriptures. Our souls long for a living connection with the living God-man. We were made for this.
David Mathis in Study the Word for More Than Words.
I think I would be more approving if someone told me that I’m “developing as a photographer” as oppose to stating that I’m talented because that would at least take into account the fact that I’m “developing” as a result of all the work that I do on my end but that you rarely see or hear about.
Jorge Quinteros on The Topic of Talent.
And yet, the fear of failure is paralyzing. It’s the great deterrent to our starting things, to our taking risks. It is, as Godin explains, the dirt that buries us in the status quo program of the world around us.
Jonathan Parnell summing up Seth Godin on Desiring God.
And thinking about writing is not the same as writing.
Reading about writing is not the same as writing.
Tweeting about writing is not the same as writing.
Having a conversation about writing is not the same as writing.
Shawn Blanc in Writing vs. Writing
Replace writing with whatever it is you want to do. Designing, taking photographs, running a marathon. You’re not doing it unless you’re doing it.