In memory of Dallas Willard, who died today at the age of 77, I am posting some of my favorite Dallas themed posts. For more on his death and his legacy, see my Storify here.
Dallas Willard is a hero of mine. His book, The Divine Conspiracy, opened up a completely new way of living out the Christian life for me. Before I discovered Willard I was searching for a deeper, more meaningful faith that I didn’t know was possible. Willard introduced me to what discipleship was really all about and showed me that Jesus and his teachings can radically reshape my life if I just give him the opportunity. With very little effort, I am able to memorize quotes from Willard and they have helped in many ways. Below, you will see some of my favorite Willard quotes that just came off the top of my head.
“Discipleship is becoming the person that Jesus would be if he were I.”
“Grace is God’s action in my life to accomplish what I cannot accomplish on my own.”
“Faith cannot grow on hype.”
“Ruthlessly remove hurry from your life.”
“Hope is anticipation of good not yet seen.”
“Faith is confidence based on reality.”
“God will let anyone into heaven who can stand it.”
“Grace is not opposed to effort it is opposed to earning.”
“It is not the sinner who uses up a lot of grace but the saint. A saint burns grace like a 747 on take off.”
“Jesus is the most intelligent man who ever lived.”
“The life we wanted is possible if will rearrange our life around the plans and practices of Jesus Christ.”
“Reality is what we learn when we find out that we are wrong.”
“Peace is the absence of will.”
If you are interested in reading more from Dallas Willard, I would suggest starting with Renovation of the Heart and then move to the Divine Conspiracy. There is also a good daily devotional with portions of Willard’s works in bite size form.