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    You have to take the time to prepare the soil if you want to embrace the seed.
    — William P. Young
    tags: time 
     
    Perhaps there is supranatural: reason beyond the normal definitions of fact or data-based logic; something that only makes sense if you can see a bigger picture of reality. Maybe that is where faith fits in.
    — William P. Young
    Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect.
    — William P. Young
    religion is about having the right answers, and some of their answers are right... but i am about the process that takes you to the living answer... it will change you from the inside. there are a lot of smart people who are able to say a lot of right things from their brain because they have been told what the right answers are, but they don't know me at all.
    — William P. Young
    tags: smart  people  living  process  right  brain 
     
    Why would the God of the universe want to be submitted to me?' Because we want you to join us in our circle of relationship. I don't want slaves to my will; I want brothers and sisters who will share life with me.
    — William P. Young
    Jesus is not the 'founder of Christianity.
    — William P. Young
    The ability to choose is at the essential core of our grandeur. Even evil exists because God respects our ability to choose.
    — William P. Young
    tags: evil  respect  god 
     
    The God of Evangelical Christianity is a Monster.
    — William P. Young
    tags: god  christianity 
     
    So many believe that it is love that grows, but it is the knowing that grows and love simply expands to contain it.
    — William P. Young
    tags: believe  knowing 
     
    It grants you the power to judge others and feel superior to them. You believe you are living to a higher standard than those you judge. Enforcing rules, especially in more subtle expressions like responsibility and expectation, is a vain attempt to create certainly out of uncertainty. And contrary to what you might think, I have a great fondness for uncertainty. Rules cannot bring freedom; they only have the power to accuse.
    — William P. Young
    I don't just want a piece of you and a piece of your life. Even if you were able, which you are not, to give me the biggest piece, that is not what I want. I want all of you and all of every part of you and your day.
    — William P. Young
    Paradigms power perception and perceptions power emotions. Most emotions are responses to perception - what you think is true about a given situation. If your perception is false, then your emotional response to it will be false too. So check your perceptions, and beyond that check the truthfulness of your paradigms - what you believe. Just because you believe something firmly doesn't make it true. Be willing to reexamine what you believe.
    — William P. Young
    Just because I work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies doesn't mean I orchestrate the tragedies. Don't ever assume that my using something means I caused it or that I need it to accomplish my purposes. That will only lead you to false notions about me. Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.
    — William P. Young
    tags: work  suffering  grace  tragedy 
     
    Grace doesn't depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.
    — William P. Young
    tags: suffering  grace 
     
    Love always leaves a significant mark.
    — William P. Young
    ...if anything matters then everything matters. Because you are important, everything you do is important. Every time you forgive, the universe changes; every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes; with every kindness and service, seen or unseen, my purposes are accomplished and nothing will be the same again.
    — William P. Young
    There is always risk in relationships, but bottom line? The world has no meaning apart from relationships. Some are just messier than others, some are seasonal, others are difficult, and a few are easy, but every one of them is important.
    — William P. Young
    Don't ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.
    — William P. Young
    tags: heart  joy  wonder  tears  water  healing 
     
    Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person's throat.
    — William P. Young
    tags: forgiveness 
     
    You need boundaries... Even in our material creations, boundaries mark the most beautiful of places, between the ocean and the shore, between the mountains and the plains, where the canyon meets the river.
    — William P. Young
    I don't need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It's not my purpose to punish it; it's my joy to cure it.
    — William P. Young
    tags: people  joy  sin  punishment 
     
    The soul is healed by being with children. -Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    — William P. Young
    tags: children  soul  child 
     
    Healing is as incremental and mysterious as the damage ... what took time, takes time.
    — William P. Young
    tags: time  healing 
     
    I don't see the Father pouring out his wrath on the Son. I see the human race pouring out their wrath on the Son. So I see the only hope for the entire cosmos is what the Son chooses to accept, crawling upon the instrument of our greatest wrath. He met us at the deepest, darkest place.
    — William P. Young
    tags: human  hope  father  son  race 
     
    I think that most creative fiction involves the transformational process, whether it is Dickens or Dostoyevsky and the writer in some sense is expressing their own journey through such a wilderness.
    — William P. Young
    Once you have hierarchy you need rules to protect and administer it, and then you need law and the enforcement of the rules, and you end up with some kind of chain of command or system of order that destroys relationship rather than promotes it. Hierarchy imposes laws and rules and you end up missing the wonder of relationship that we intended for you.
    — William P. Young
    Forgiveness is first for you, the forgiver...to release you from something that will eat you alive; that will destroy your joy and your ability to love fully and openly. Do you think this man cares about the pain and torment you have gone through? If anything, he feeds on that knowledge. Don't you want to cut that off? And in doing so, you'll release him from a burden that he carries whether he knows it or not-acknowledges it or not.
    — William P. Young
    tags: men  pain  joy  forgiveness  care  gone 
     
    I am a verb. I am that I amNouns exist because there is a created universe and physical reality, but if the universe is only a mass of nouns, it is dead. Unless 'I am', there are no verbs, and verbs are what makes the universe alive
    — William P. Young
    tags: reality  universe 
     
    You may have to declare your forgiveness a hundred times the first day and the second day, but the third day will be less and each day after, until one day you will realize that you have forgiven completely. And then one day you will pray for his wholeness and give him over to me so that my love will burn from his life every vestige of corruption.
    — William P. Young
    tags: time  forgiveness  pray 
     
    Transformation without work and pain, without suffering, without a sense of loss is just an illusion of true change.
    — William P. Young
    Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to hold power over another is to chose to limit to onself - to serve. Humans often do this - in touching the infirm and sick, in serving the ones whos minds have left to wander, in relation to the poor, in loving the very old and the very young, or even in caring for the others who has assumed a position of power over them.
    — William P. Young
    ...humans are not defined by their limitations, but by the intentions that I have for them; not by what they seem to be, but by everything it means to be created in my image.
    — William P. Young
    Love is much stronger than your fault could ever be.
    — William P. Young
    I think one of the greatest losses to humanity was the domination of women. I think every religious system has found ways to be kind to them in a kind of subordinate way. Very patronizing, very colonial. But if you start looking at the fabric of society, even religious systems, they would fall apart if it wasn't for the embedded ability of the women who are involved.
    — William P. Young
    You cannot heal yourself. You cannot heal anybody else. We're designed to do this in community because we were created inside community for community by community.
    — William P. Young
    tags: community 
     
    We've created a theology in the West of a God who is fundamentally self-centered. The imagery of God as distant, unapproachable, unreachable - that's not a God who is relational. It is a God that gets to declare or judge when he gets pissed off. But there is no basis for love and relationships if God is a fundamentally self-centered being.
    — William P. Young
    Mack was getting frustrated. He spoke louder, 'But, don't I have a right to...' To complete a sentence without being interrupted? Not in reality. But as long as you think you do, you will surely get ticked off when someone cuts you off, even if it is God.
    — William P. Young
    tags: reality  right  god 
     
    Life takes a bit of time and a lot of relationship.
    — William P. Young
    tags: time  relationship 
     
    Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.
    — William P. Young
    tags: trust  forgiveness 
     
    Love is not the limitation; love is the flying.
    — William P. Young
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