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I make myself, in a host of ways, the center of the universe.

I make myself, in a host of ways, the center of the universe.


Author: William Temple
Topics: Pride-Results
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It is probable that in most of us the spiritual life is impoverished and stunted because we give so little place to gratitude. It is more important to thank God for blessings received than to pray for them beforehand. For that forward-looking prayer, though right as an expression of dependence upon God, is still self-centered in part, at least, of its interest; there is something we hope to gain by our prayer. But the backward-looking act of thanksgiving is quite free from this. In itself it is quite selfless. Thus it is akin to love. All our love to God is in response to his love for us; it never starts on our side. "We love, because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19).

It is probable that in most of us the spiritual life is impoverished and stunted because we give so little place to gratitude. It is more important to thank God for blessings received than to pray for them beforehand. For that forward-looking prayer, though right as an expression of dependence upon God, is still self-centered in part, at least, of its interest; there is something we hope to gain by our prayer. But the backward-looking act of thanksgiving is quite free from this. In itself it is quite selfless. Thus it is akin to love. All our love to God is in response to his love for us; it never starts on our side. "We love, because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19).

Reference:   3000 Quotations on Christian Themes. Christianity Today, v. 32, n. 17.


Author: William Temple
Topics: Gratitude
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To choose a career on selfish grounds is probably the greatest single sin that any young person can commit, for it is the deliberate withdrawal from allegiance to God of the greatest part of time and strength.

To choose a career on selfish grounds is probably the greatest single sin that any young person can commit, for it is the deliberate withdrawal from allegiance to God of the greatest part of time and strength.


Author: William Temple
Topics: Work
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The only thing of our very own which we contribute to our salvation is the sin which makes it necessary.

The only thing of our very own which we contribute to our salvation is the sin which makes it necessary.


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Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, the nourishment of the mind with His truth, the purifying of the imagination of His beauty, the opening of the heart to His love, the surrender of the will to His purpose.

Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, the nourishment of the mind with His truth, the purifying of the imagination of His beauty, the opening of the heart to His love, the surrender of the will to His purpose.


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My worth is what I am worth to God; and that is a marvelous great deal, for Christ died for me.  Thus, incidentally, what gives to each of us His highest worth gives the same worth to everyone; in all that matters most are we equal.

My worth is what I am worth to God; and that is a marvelous great deal, for Christ died for me.  Thus, incidentally, what gives to each of us His highest worth gives the same worth to everyone; in all that matters most are we equal.

Reference:   The Citizen and Churchman, Eyre and Spottiswood, 1951, p. 74.


Author: William Temple
Topics: Self-Worth
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Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other at all.

Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other at all.


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The source of humility is the habit of realizing the presence of God.

The source of humility is the habit of realizing the presence of God.


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To evangelize is so to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, that men shall come to put their trust in God through Him, to accept Him as their Savior, and serve Him as their King in the fellowship of His church.

To evangelize is so to present Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, that men shall come to put their trust in God through Him, to accept Him as their Savior, and serve Him as their King in the fellowship of His church.