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The Moment One Commits Oneself, Then Providence Moves Too


Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Sometimes attributed to Goethe, but apparently actually written by William Hutchison Murray concerning one of his climbing expeditions to the Himalayas, the complete quotation is inspiring. I have hesitated blogging it for many years, but it has quietly inspired faith-filled dreamers all around the world for decades. I think the first time I encountered the quotation was in seminary when I was reading Goethe's Faust


“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts
of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”1