Once in seven years, I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.
You can run into mediocrity accidentally but you have to purpose to be excellent.
Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical and expecting more than others think is possible.
Imagine thyself always to be the servant of all, and look upon all as if they were Christ our Lord in person; and so shalt thou do Him honour and reverence.
The world does not need more Christian writers — it needs more good writers and composers who are Christians.
A good workman can accept the reward of his labor with assurance, but one who is idle and shiftless cannot look his employer in the face. That is why we must devote ourselves heart and soul to the task of well-doing, for everything comes from the hand of God and He has already warned us, “See the Lord is approaching, with his reward before him, to pay every man as his work deserves.