Powerful Thoughts on prayer
If you are not praying, then you are quietly confident that time, money, and talent are all you need in life. You’ll always be a little too tired, a little too busy.
But if, like Jesus, you realize you can’t do life on your own, then no matter how busy, no matter how tired you are, you will find the time to pray.
Time in prayer makes you even more dependent on God because you don’t have as much time to get things done. Every minute spent in prayer is one less minute where you can be doing something “productive.”
So the act of praying means that you have to rely more on God.
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World
by Paul Miller
We call it “writing tight.”
It’s the learned art of saying only what must be said in writing.
Of trusting our writers to be intelligent enough to read between the lines. (They are.)
Of realizing that 1 + 1 can equal zero. Why say “he was a big and burly man” when a mountain of a man says it better.
I heard this story this weekend:
A lady lost her husband. Being frugal she didn’t want to pay the newspaper for his death notice but felt the need to notify the community. So she took out a public notice: Carl died.
The ad director said, “Lady, you get five words free and you only used two.”
So the grieving widow posted this complete notice: “Carl died. Buick for sale.”
It’s the art of brevity. In this case, carried too far.