Cor meum tibi offero, Domine, prompte et sincere.
“My heart I offer to you, O Lord, promptly and sincerely”
“I offer my heart to you, O Lord, eagerly and earnestly”
Day by day, dear Lord,
of Thee three things I pray:
to see Thee more clearly,
to love Thee more dearly,
to follow Thee more nearly.
—Prayer of Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)
He took to himself what He was not,
while remaining what He was;
He came to us in a man
without ever departing from the Father (in heaven);
He continued to be what He is
while appearing to us as what we are;
His divine power was confined in the body of an infant
without (His presence) being withdrawn from the (entire) universe.
Sermon in A. D. 396
I will this day try to live a simple, sincere, and serene life; repelling promptly every thought of discontent, impurity, and self-seeking; cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity, and the habit of holy silence; exercising economy in expenditure, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust, and a childlike faith in God.
It may not satisfy the temporary needs at the time, but it will satisfy something bigger, grander and more eternal. That biblically defined purpose is that we might worship God and enjoy Him forever. Apart from that, man has no other purpose; and short of that, man wanders in a spiritual disorientation taking him further from finding his created purpose.
—A. W. Tozer
The Purpose of Man, 28