Beware of crushing zeal. Seek it. Cultivate it. Try to blow up the fire in your own heart, and the hearts of others – but never, never crush it. Beware of throwing cold water on zealous souls, whenever you meet with them.
Beware of nipping in the bud this precious grace when first it shoots. If you are a parent beware of crushing it in your children – if you are a husband, beware of crushing it in your wife – if you are a brother, beware of crushing it in your sisters – and if you are a minister, beware of crushing it in the members of your congregation. It is a shoot of heaven’s own planting. Beware of crushing it, for Christ’s sake. ~ J.C. Ryle