"What are you doing?" a man asked of three laborers beside a building under construction. The first man replied, "Stone-cuttin'." The second smiled. "Puttin' in time-until a better job comes along." The third man waited a moment and then said simply, "I'm building a cathedral!"
I don't pray anymore. I used to, I used to pray for answers. A clue, a sign of what I should do. How to find something precious in this life. There was a time when I thought it was my work, my job, but is it? Nothing in this world changes because of what I do. The hurt goes on and on. God has given up on us. He doesn't hear us anymore.
Reputation is seeming; character is being. Reputation is manufactured; character is grown. Reputation is your photograph; There is a vast difference between character and reputation. Reputation is what men think we are; character is what God knows us to be. Reputation is seeming; character is being. Reputation is the breath of men; character is the inbreathing of the eternal God. One may for a time have a good reputation and a bad character, or the reverse ; but not for long.
Robert Stuart MacArthur
Source: Quick Truths in Quaint Texts - Page 68 by Robert Stuart MacArthur
Why are we surprised when politicians play politics? It's not like they are supposed to be real adults . . . they are, after all, politicians and don't have real jobs and aren't playing around with their money.
We're like a real family. Opinionated, argumentative, holding grudges, challenging each other. We challenge each other to be better than we are. That kind of thing doesn't happen at barbecues, at ball games, it happens on the job we're supposed to do. On the case. Put down the murder. The work itself is the most important thing. What we do is important. We speak for those that can no longer speak for themselves. And you're not gonna ever find anything like that anywhere. Not in vice, and not patrolling the grounds at Disneyland.