We have been called to be fruitful – not successful, not productive, not accomplished. Success comes from strength, stress, and human effort. Fruitfulness comes from vulnerability and the admission of our own weakness.
Source: Public address at Yale, March 30, 1995
Henri J. M. Nouwen
I wonder; are these really mutually exclusive ?
Is a call to fruitfulness realistic ? Are Christians really expected to be so other worldly ?
Perhaps the contrast is that Fruitfulness is sacrificial and feeds others….
Success is measured in the keeping hands of the strong….