There are always plenty of distractions

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C.S. Lewis, in “Learning in Wartime,” a sermon he gave at Oxford in 1939.

There are always plenty of rivals to our work. We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want [their goal] so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions may never come.

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Quote via Elise Amyx

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C.S. Lewis and Annie Dillard, on spiritual disciplines and duties

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C.S. Lewis, from the chapter “A Word on Praising,” in Reflections on the Psalms:

When we carry out our ‘religious duties’ we are like people digging channels in a waterless land, in order that when at last the water comes, it may find them ready.”

Annie Dillard, in Teaching a Stone to Talk:

You do not have to do these things—unless you want to know God. They work on you, not on Him. You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary.”

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Design is not just what it looks like…

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Steve Jobs:

Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer – that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

What does it mean to “walk in the Spirit”?

“Setting your mind on the things of the Spirit” is choosing to look at every major area of your life in the light of God’s grace.

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– From the Xenos course, Walking by the Spirit. A long read (for the internet), but highly worth it.