There’s a reason duels have gone the way of burning people at the stake and avoiding white after Labor Day: They’re ridiculous. (I hear there’s a hit musical about them.) War and Peace’s second installment asks how we justify violence: How do ideals like honor and glory hold up when they come at the expense of the lives of others? For Pierre, they don’t — though he’d have saved himself a lot of trouble if he’d come to that realization a few hours earlier.
"I wonder how many of us are crying out to God, saying, 'Where's the beauty? You said that You would give me beauty for my ashes? And I think He's often saying, 'Here! I'm extending beauty to you! But you're too busy holding onto the ashes. You're too busy talking about your ashes.'" // Natalie Grant shares how the song, "Ever Be" became ma transformational declaration for her entire family. Read more here: https://bethelmusic.com/blog/ever-be-natalie-grant/
We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by an offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.