Saturday, July 5, 2008

The leap of faith

"The leap of faith is not so much a leap of thought as of action. One must. . .dare to act wholeheartedly without absolute certainty." -- William Sloane Coffin

I read this quote in a book today, and then I did some searching on the internet to find out who William Sloane Coffin was. WOW! He was quite the example of an individual lighting one small candle, rather than just cursing the darkness! He was active with the freedom riders in the 60's, and has since then been a voice for social justice in many ways. Some other inspiring quotes from William Sloane Coffin:

"The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love."

"To be avoided at all costs is the solace of opinion without the pain of thought."

"Clearly the trick in life is to die young as late as possible."

Coffin's word-play on "responsible" truly defines how I yearn to live my life:
"to be responsible -- response-able -- able to respond to God's visionary and creative love".

As soon as I finish posting, I'll be heading to my public library's website, to see if any of his books are available!

By the way, I've made a leap of faith in the past few days.............. I've decided, wholeheartedly, to embrace a friendship that has been on the rocks. Can I be absolutely certain that I won't be hurt deeply again? Well, no. The risk, however, is WELL WORTH IT, to be able to enjoy the riches of friendship. :~)


Jayne said...

I LOVE those quotes Evelyn! They are so very true and thought provoking. Thanks for sharing them. And yes, the risk is worth it. ;c)

Evelyn said...

I checked my library....... they don't have anything by the author. What a shame! I guess I'll be heading to Barnes and Noble. :~)