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Give up your small ambitions

Updated: May 11, 2020

So, I’m reading Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey and get to pp. 116-117, where I think is the core thought of the book. Here are three quotes from that section. See what you think:

The old humility was a spur that prevented a man from stopping; not a nail in his boot that prevented him from going on. For the old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him work harder. But the new humility makes a man doubtful about his aims, which will make him stop working altogether. — G. K. Chesterton

Ambitions for God, … , can never be modest. There is something inherently inappropriate about cherishing small ambitions for God. John Stott

Humility should never be an excuse for inactivity. our humility should harness our ambition, not hinder it. … If you’re too humble to dream, maybe you have an incorrect understanding of humility. … The stoking of godly ambition is far from inconsequential. Without it … the gospel stands still. … If our ambitions are worthy of God’s glory, they can never be modest. — Dave Harvey

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