- ("There's a wonderful story about a woman who was visiting a new church. She appreciated most of the service but the sermon seemed to go on forever....")
- An anonymous author once wrote, “Exotic fish stores report that sharks have become a popular aquarium fish. If sharks are caught and confined when they’re small, they grow only to a size proportionate to the aquarium. The limited environment determines their growth. Sharks can be six inches long and still be fully matured. Only when they’re free in the ocean can they grow to their normal length of eight feet. [Similarly] People need big dreams, expansive horizons, large challenges, stretching ambitions.” Without that, we can’t reach our full potential. What if we were to use this Advent season as a time to accept the challenge of believing that Isaiah’s dream can come true? And, more than that, what if we were to truly believe that each of us can play a role in transforming his vision into reality — even if, like those magnificent European cathedrals — the task proves to be one that will take generations. Let that transformation begin with us.
- ("A man who built up a successful business in a small town wound up in the hospital. He called his two children to his bedside. 'I’m giving you each a dollar. Whatever you buy with your dollar must fill this room from corner to corner. The one who succeeds will run the company..." and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day)