“The first thing we should do to fulfill our calling, is not do anything. It’s behold the beauty of Christ as long as we can, and let that beauty change us.”  – Adam Setser

“There’s so many doubts we are bombarded with, and that’s where the unwavering belief and optimism can override some of those things.”  – Thane Ringler

“Christmas is not advice, it’s news.”  – Tim Keller

“Beauty will save the world.”  – Fyodor Dostoevsky

“When we find something to be beautiful, not just a duty, we dwell on it and stand before it because it is satisfying in itself. So the reason we should obey Him is not simply because we have to, but because we want to.  And in light of all He is and has done for us, He is wonderful.”  – Tim Keller

World’s Picture of Greatness

  1. Curiosity 
  2. Still using the foundation of what’s already been established or proven (knowledge, expertise, standards, skills, etc.) and building off of that
  3. A clear, long-term vision or goal that guides/drives them
    • Allows them to resist the temptation of short-term gain in order to accomplish what they set out to do
  4. Hard-work  
    • To the extreme, which takes discipline and saying “no” to almost everything else)
  5. Unwavering Optimism / Belief (almost to a fault of ignorance)
  6. A Core Purpose [The thing that’s often missing]
    • The “why” behind their life

God’s Picture of Greatness

  1. Self-Discipline
    1. Hebrews 12
    2. 1 Cor. 9:27
    3. 1 Tim. 4:7-8
  2. Repentance
    1. Rev. 3:19
  3. Grit
    1. Prov. 24:16
  4. Fear of the Lord
    1. Is. 8:13
    2. Ps. 9:20
  5. Pursuing knowledge and distinguishing vain knowledge
    1. Col. 2:8
    2. 1 Tim. 6:20
  6. Learn and Meditate on the Word
    1. Col. 3:16
  7. Praying always
    1. Phil. 4
  8. Destroy legalism in my heart
    1. Col. 2:23
    2. Col. 3:


John MacArthur sermon on Matthew 2 (not up online yet, but can be found through link)

Hidden Christmas – Tim Keller

Do You Still Want To Be Like Mike?” – The Gospel Coalition