Monday, September 13, 2010

"God save us from the American Dream"....

So read some buttons I saw recently.   I like them.

I fear the ardent pursuit and expectation of luxury and ease.  I fear it because it will make me soft on the day that trouble comes.

Rather, I want to be like Basil, early church father.  The Roman emperor Valens was tempting him to compromise by offers of preferment.  Basil said "Offer these things to children."  Seeing that the promise of good things could not tempt Basil, Valens began to threaten terrible sufferings.  To this Basil said, " Threaten these things to your purple gallants, that give themselves to pleasure, and are afraid to die."

This story comes from John Flavel's "A Practical Treatise of Fear."

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