“It is a good life that makes you pleasing to God, not high-sounding words and clever expressions. It is better to feel contrition for your sins than to know how to define it. What good is it to know the entire Bible by heart and to learn the sayings of all the philosophers if you live without grace and the Love of God?” – St. Louis de Montfort, Imitation, Book 1 Ch. 1
Deep down we know all of this. Yet, still our actions so often say the opposite.
How often do we waste time worrying about how impressive or clever we sound (especially in our status message culture) when we should be first focused on living a good life? How quickly we concern ourselves with the appearance of things and forget about the substance of the thing itself.
Don’t spend more of your life learning to define the truth than you do letting the truth define your life.