Personal Interest Helpful Quotations
Listed here are selected quotations from The Urantia Book or commentary to encourage thought about personal development and service to friends and strangers too. What can each of us do to help inspire people to greater desire for learning and spiritual growth? Southeast readers are encouraged to submit inspiring commentary and quotation selections. Please keep your posts focused on The Urantia Book.
"As the days pass, every true believer becomes more skillful in alluring his fellows into the love of eternal truth. Are you more resourceful in revealing goodness to humanity today than you were yesterday? Are you a better righteousness recommender this year than you were last year? Are you becoming increasingly artistic in your technique of leading hungry souls into the spiritual kingdom?" 156:5:15
"The true believer does not grow weary in well-doing just because he is thwarted. Difficulty whets the ardor of the truth lover, while obstacles only challenge the exertions of the undaunted kingdom builder." 156:5.21
Be A Good Flash
"Then exclaimed Ganid: "Teacher, let's you and I make a new religion, one good enough for India and big enough for Rome, and maybe we can trade it to the Jews for Yahweh." And Jesus replied: "Ganid, religions are not made. The religions of men grow up over long periods of time, while the revelations of God flash upon earth in the lives of the men who reveal God to their fellows." But they did not comprehend the meaning of these prophetic words." 132:7.6
It seems right to encourage one another to be a good "flash" on earth. Compared to eternity, even to a thousand years, men and women are a mere flash on earth, spending so little time in the mortal material life phase. While we are here, may we suggest to be the best flash you can be as you serve the Father's purposes and attempt to help Michael and our Universe Mother to move Urantia onward their eternal goals. As others have said, 'Be all you can be', but be the unique light "flash" the Father intends for you.
What does it mean to you to follow Jesus?
Perhaps this is one of the most important questions to ponder upon considering teachings from The Urantia Book. Consider his life model, philosophy, loyalty and plans, some of which are hinted in the book. To what degree could we give up something that inhibits following him sincerely. More could be said, but this is enough.
Overheard in a study group:
"Do you want to be a disciple or and Apostle?" This was related to a person's dedication to God and the Urantia Book revelation and personal service. Believing in and sharing the Revelation, acting on Jesus' teachings, makes one an Apostle, not just a disciple, in the opinion of the speaker.
Query on word Trust
Trust and growing faith were major features of Jesus' personal religion. His life and personal religion, teaching and ministry are central themes in The Urantia Book. A search report "Query On Word Trust And Derivatives" is available here.
"When we contemplate the seemingly solid tangle of planetary problems that crowd in upon us, we may sense the magnitude of the wisdom, power, creativity, courage, and love it will take to untangle them. In another thousand years, things should be much better. By our mistaken choices, humankind has usually learned things the hard way; but that can change. There is an easier way. That easier way is rugged, but it is vastly superior to the hard way of barricaded folly. Inspired leadership and teamwork could save our world from the mountains of needless suffering. We could change this world's direction in one generation."
Jeffery Wattles, PhD
From the Introduction in his book, Living in Truth, Beauty, and Goodness; Cascade Books, 2016