I am sure that, in my early youth, no teaching ever made such an impression upon my mind as the instruction of my mother; neither can I conceive that, to any child, there can be one who will have such influence over the heart as the mother who has so tenderly cared for her offspring… .
Never could it be possible for any man to estimate what he owes to a godly mother. Certainly I have not the powers of speech with which to set forth my valuation of the choice blessing which the Lord bestowed on me in making me the son of one who prayed for me, and prayed with me.
I have never, ever wanted to quit ministry. But I, like everyone else, have faced deep discouragement—sometimes because of fellow Christians.
There were times when I felt strongly directed by the Lord to do something, and there were those who would tell me, “It will never work.” But in my case, to tell me something would never work is like putting a red cape in front of a bull. It just makes me more determined to do it.
As leaders, we must do all that we do for Christ. We must not do it for the applause or approval of men. Scripture reminds us that the “fear of man will prove to be a snare” (Prov. 29:25, NIV). When we stand before God one day, we will be judged for how faithful we were to what the Lord called each of us to do.
It was when I was happiest that I longed most. The sweetest thing has been the longing… to find the place where all the beauty came from.