Quote of the Day: Carefully Careless

Our Lord points out the utter unreasonableness from His standpoint of being so anxious over the means of living. Jesus is not saying that the man who takes thought for nothing is blessed – that man is a fool. Jesus taught that a disciple has to make his relationship to God the dominating concentration of his life, and to be carefully careless about every thing else in comparison to that.

Jesus does not say, Blessed is the one who does not think about anything–that person is a fool. He says be carefully careless about everything save one thing–your relationship to God. That means we have to be studiously careful that we are careless about how we stand to self-interest, to food, to clothes, for the one reason only: that we are set on minding our relationship to God…

Do not make the ruling factor of your life what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, but make zealous concentration on God the one point of your life.

-Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

I’m not as into him now as I was for a couple of decades. I read that devotional at least three times through. I have one tattered copy and another newer one. I also read his other two that were put together. This is my favorite quote of his.

I care too much about many things I shouldn’t care about. So I say that I should really care less.

My Utmost For His Highest

2 Responses to “Quote of the Day: Carefully Careless”

  1. 1 Gary Zimmerli

    “My Utmost for His Highest” What a great little book! I finally got myself a copy a couple years ago. I don’t read it as “religiously” as I probably should, but every time I read it I am impressed with it!

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    I have mixed feelings but he makes you think and talks only about the most important things. You can see my older copy at the right: http://www.scripturezealot.com/wp-content/uploads/bookshelf-top-1200px.jpg

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