My Life with God

Who Said It?

1984Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.

I heard the quote and wanted to share it on the Pure Purpose Facebook page to challenge others. I Googled to find an image with the quote and quickly became confused. It’s attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt and Groucho Marx and Mark Twain and Sam Levenson and…? I wondered which source I should believe.

Then I realized it didn’t really matter who the source was. I could share it, admit I wasn’t sure of the source, and people would probably still be challenged by it. Maybe we put too much focus on giving others credit when there’s not much uniqueness in our thoughts, just a rephrasing and timing that impacts different people at different times. Social media (and good, old-fashioned pride) spur us to take credit for a saying, image, accomplishment, experience, etc. We’re not as creative and unique as we want to think we are at times. In essence, there’s nothing new under the sun.

I’m glad God is the source of many things: kindness, joy, peace, compassion, gentleness – even when he doesn’t get the credit. Even when people who have those qualities and behaviors don’t personally point to him and give him the credit, he is still the source.  Even when those characteristics are surrounded by definitely ungodly things, words, actions, attitudes. God shines through. He is reliable. When we know him well enough to know what he is the source of, there is a lot more we can trust in our everyday life.

There might be nothing new under the sun, but what we can trust God for his creation and character.

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