I have a goal in life that I cannot reach myself— I want to be in a book of quotations, or find my quotes on a quotation website.
Over the years I have enjoyed reading, and sometimes using the quotes of others. To that end I have half a dozen books of quotes that I refer to on occasion. If I read an interesting book, or an article in a magazine that makes me think, I check to see if the author is known for a famous quote or two. I have quotes prominently displayed in both of my offices. I like quotes. One of my favorites illustrates why—
“The significant problems that we find ourselves facing will not be solved at the same level of thinking that we were at when we created them.” Albert Einstein
A good quote is concentrated wisdom. It gets to the heart of the matter, often succinctly. It makes the point. Are you having significant problems? They are probably of your own creation. And, if they are, they will not be solved thinking as you were when you created them. That’s true for society, and it’s true for you. I love quotes.
So I have, over the years, come up with a few of my own. Recently, as the staff has prepared a celebration of my fifty year anniversary preaching, (I started really, really, young!), they asked me to come up with a list of my quotes. Thus far I have eleven worth quoting.
I have a lot of people that tell me, “I quoted you.” Most often they aren’t quoting one of my quotes, they’re just quoting something that I’ve said. I’ve also had people say, “I plagiarized you.” One pastor told me, (and I’m quoting him), “I stole the third chapter of my book from you.” That’s really quoting me! And also, illegal. But I like being quoted, especially with attribution, as in, “A famous quote from Dr. Leon Stutzman.” I’ll even go for “Doc Stutzman said.” Maybe if enough people quote me, I’ll get in that quote book, or webpage.
Having said that, I’m going to share some of my famous quotes, with an explanation of what I meant when I coined it. Oftentimes a quote with background is far more powerful than a quote standing alone. This is, after all, concentrated wisdom.
QUOTE #1 “Style is substance when dealing with the intangible.”
Why do banks, insurance companies, health care companies, and the like build big office buildings? Because they all deal with intangibles. Money is an intangible. Insurance is something that you buy that you hope you never need. Health care too. So they all build, or put their names, on big buildings to give substance to their intangible product or service.
A long, long time ago, back in the day when I spoke at small church “conventions,” with limited budgets, the speakers generally drove to the meeting, rather than flying. (You did get the “small church” part, didn’t you?) Our cars were the styles that reflected our intangibles. The hierarchy was Cadillac, Lincoln, Chrysler, followed by year model and style. Chevy, or Ford, you were a morning speaker. Foreign car? You probably weren’t even a real ‘Merican. Extra points for fancy wheels. That doesn’t sound very spiritual, and it wasn’t, but we were dealing in the intangible and style is substance when dealing with the intangible. BTW—I suspect that’s why Jesus did some of the things that He did, going to a mountain, teaching from a boat, walking on water when He could have taken the boat. Even His dramatic appearances after the resurrection. Style gives substance to the intangible.
What are your intangibles? The qualities in your life that most people don’t see. The things that really make you, you? Does your style represent your intangibles? If not, then some of the best parts of your life may never be noticed.
Join me now, “Behind The Door.” I’m experimenting with our format so this month you can have the password without sowing a seed. Why am I doing that? So that you can see the value of what I share. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t sow a seed into this ministry—without a seed there is no harvest. Sowing into a ministry releases the anointing of that ministry upon your life. I preach increase—so expect increase as you sow your seed. The password is POWER. I’ll meet you “Behind The Door.”