Let’s kick this off by explaining the name of my blog. The name comes from Brennan Manning’s book Ragamuffin Gospel. The shortened synopsis for the idea is Jesus loves ragamuffins. And that is what we are. Nothing we do will earn this Love. It is already there. For us to enjoy. This obviously falls very short from portraying the premise of Manning’s work, but you get the idea.
Some posts on this blog will contain my spiritual evolution and journey. Others will simply be about major life events and experiences. Others will be about minor life events and experiences. They will all be truth (through my eyes and heart) and probably reveal too much information about myself.
One of my favorite things in the world is quotes. For my inaugural post, here are some quotes that inspire me:
“The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.” – Thoreau
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Emerson
“Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Emerson
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” – John Muir
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir
“Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.” – Ed Abbey
“Fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.” – Don Miller
“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” – Bob Goff
“Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It’s not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, “Let’s go do that together.” – Bob Goff
What words inspire you?