Some more quotes to ponder, from The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
No one should be surprised at the difficulty of faith, if there is some part of his life where he is consciously resisting or disobeying the commandment of Jesus.
To deny oneself is to be aware only of Christ and no more of self, to see only him who goes before and no more the road which is too hard for us.
When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.
Only the man who is dead to his own will can follow Christ.
It is not for us to choose which way we shall follow. That depends on the will of Christ.
They [those who mourn] see that for all the jollity on board, the ship is beginning to sink. The world dreams of progress, of power and of the future, but the disciples meditate on the end, the last judgement, and the coming of the kingdom.
Christian marriage is marked by discipline and self-denial.
The more bitter our enemy’s hatred, the greater his need of love.
The Christian is a light unto the world, not because of any quality of his own, but only because he follows Christ and looks solely to him.
Grace and Peace