Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Two Important Questions

Richard Steele, A Remedy for Wandering Thoughts in Worship, p. 191:

Mr. [John] Dod adviseth us to ask ourselves often these two questions: 1. What am I? 2. What am I doing? We are well, if we can well answer these two questions. If thou canst answer, "I am a child of God," and "I am doing God's will," it will stand thee in more stead than if thou couldest answer all the questions in [Thomas] Aquinas.

4 comments:

  1. Very profound quote!!!! I read Richard Steele's book awhile back and really benefited from it. Thanks for the simple, yet very profound reminder....Ginny

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  2. You are welcome, Ginny! John Dod had a lot of pithy sayings like that which other Puritans were fond of repeating. This one really struck me. It is much like the Shorter Catechism's "What is the chief end of man?" Steele's book is truly excellent.

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  3. Good stuff. Nice blog, too.

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  4. Yes Andrew, a great little quote. It somehow seems easier to say I am a child of God than, I am doing God's will....we are so stubborn and rebellious at times, but then all our times are in his hands.

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