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    In terms of distance, the prodigal's pigsty is the farthest point from home; in terms of time, the pigsty is the shortest distance to the father's house.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: time  father 
     
    People in the secular world have too much to live with, too little to live for.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: people  live  world 
     
    This is also why it is wrong to treat God as a grand employment agency, a celestial executive searcher to find perfect fits for our perfect gifts. The truth is not that God is finding a place for our gifts but that God has created us and our gifts for a place of his choosing " and we will only be ourselves when we are finally there.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: truth  wrong  gift  god 
     
    In working out our callings, we are to perform for one audience, the audience of One.
    — Os Guinness
    We may be in the dark about what God is *doing*, but we are not in the dark about God.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: dark  god 
     
    Calling is not only a matter of being and doing what we are but also of becoming what we are not yet but are called by God to be.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: god 
     
    The story of Christian reformation, revival, and renaissance underscores that the darkest hour is often just before the dawn, so we should always be people of hope and prayer, not gloom and defeatism. God the Holy Spirit can turn the situation around in five minutes.
    — Os Guinness
    The rewards of freedom are always sweet, but its demands are stern, for at its heart is the paradox that the greatest enemy of freedom is freedom.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: enemies  freedom  heart  enemy 
     
    At the supreme moment of his dying Jesus so identified himself with men and the depths of their predicament and agony that no man can now sink so low that God has not gone lower.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: men  moment  dying  gone  god  jesus 
     
    Too often we forget that the great men of faith reached the heights they did only by going through the depths.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: men  faith 
     
    What is undeniable is that when comforts and convenience sap our energies and idealism, inactivity secretes sloth in to our minds like a poison in the blood.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: energy  comfort  blood  mind 
     
    Jesus made clear that the Kingdom of God is organic and not organizational. It grows like a seed and it works like leaven: secretly, invisibly, surprisingly, and irresistibly.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: work  god  jesus 
     
    In our day it's worse to judge evil than to do evil.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: evil 
     
    Christianity is the only religion whose God bears the scars of evil.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: evil  god  christianity 
     
    The question the doubter does not ask is whether faith was really useless or simply not used. What would you think of a boy who gave up learning to ride a bicycle, complaining that he hurt himself because his bicycle stopped moving so he had no choice but to fall off? If he wanted to sit comfortably while remaining stationary, he should not have chosen a bicycle but a chair. Similarly faith must be put to use, or it will become useless.
    — Os Guinness
    We cannot find God without God. We cannot reach God without God. We cannot satisfy God without God - which is another way of saying that all our seeking will fall short unless God starts and finishes the search. The decisive part of our seeking is not our human ascent to God, but His descent to us. Without God's descent there is no human ascent. The secret of the quest lies not in our brilliance but in His grace.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: secret  grace  lies  human  saying  god 
     
    Either we conform our desires to the truth or we conform the truth to our desires.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: desires  truth 
     
    Freedom is not the permission to do what you like. It's the power to do what you ought.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: freedom  power 
     
    American views today are weak, confused, and divided. On one side, many progressive liberals still think that we humans are essentially good and getting better and better. On the other side, many postmoderns actually think it is worse to judge evil than to do evil. And in the middle, many ordinary folk plaster life with rainbows and smile buttons and wander through life on the basis of sentiment and clichés.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: evil  smile  american 
     
    I live before the audience of One-before others I have nothing to gain, nothing to lose, nothing to prove.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: live 
     
    We are not primarily called to do something or go somewhere; we are called to Someone. We are not called first to special work but to God. The key to answering the call is to be devoted to no one and to nothing above God himself.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: work  key  god 
     
    Everybody is born free. Not everybody is worthy of freedom.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: freedom 
     
    Making the world safe for diversity, is one of the greatest tasks we face in the global era.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: world 
     
    For the grand and inescapable tradition of western literary classics confronts us with fundamental choices over our understanding of words, reading and art, as well as citizenship, civilization, faith, and the whole notion of the true, the good, and the faithful.
    — Os Guinness
    The problem with Western Christians is not that they aren't where they should be but that they aren't what they should be where they are.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: problem  christian 
     
    Mastering our emotions has nothing to do with asceticism or repression, for the purpose is not to break the emotions or deny them but to "break in" the emotions, making them teachable because they are tamed.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: emotion 
     
    Whereas our grandparents lived as if they had swallowed gyroscopes, we think and act as if we have swallowed Gallup polls.
    — Os Guinness
    Idolatry is huge in the Bible, dominant in our personal lives, and irrelevant in our mistaken estimations
    — Os Guinness
    tags: live  personal  bible 
     
    Anti-intellectualism is a disposition to discount the importance of truth and the life of the mind.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: truth  mind 
     
    One of the key places where sociology should be used is in analyzing 'the world' of our times, so that we can be more discerning. To resist the dangers of the world, you have to recognize the distortions and seductions of the world.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: time  world  key  danger 
     
    We human beings are never happier than when we are expressing the deepest gifts that are truly us.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: human  gift 
     
    The opposite of having faith is having self-pity.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: faith 
     
    Negative freedom is freedom from - freedom from oppression, whether it's a colonial power or addiction to alcohol oppressing you. You need to be freed from negative freedom. Positive freedom is freedom for, freedom to be. And that's what's routinely ignored today.
    — Os Guinness
    Calling is a 'yes' to God that carries a 'no' to the chaos of modern demands. Calling is the key to tracing the story line of our lives and unriddling the meaning of our existence in a chaotic world.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: live  world  meaning  existence  key  chaos  god  stories 
     
    We may at times be unemployed, but no one ever becomes uncalled.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: time 
     
    Culturally, one of the best arguments we can make is, wait and see.
    — Os Guinness
    The United States is at a turning point because of a decreasing influence of faith .
    — Os Guinness
    tags: influence  faith 
     
    In other words, we are never freer than when we become most ourselves, most human, most just, most excellent, and the like.
    — Os Guinness
    tags: human 
     
    Feast of Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Missionary, Patron of Ireland, c.460 The evidence for Christian truth is not exhaustive, but it is sufficient. Too often, Christianity has not been tried and found wanting-it has been found wanting, and not tried.
    — Os Guinness
    Friedrich Nietzsche predicted that secular people, losing touch with transcendence, would eventually lose a reference point from which to look down and judge themselves. In the end they would lose even the capacity to despise themselves. Thus, because of the 'death of God', they would confuse heaven with happiness, and happiness with health.
    — Os Guinness
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