“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
— Nelson Mandela
“Until God opens the next door, praise Him in the hallway.”
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
— C.S. Lewis
“At the heart of the story stands the cross of Christ where evil did its worst and met its match.”
— John W. Wenham
“Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once. And He volunteered.”
― R.C. Sproul Jr.
“Stop putting limits on God.”
― Nick Vujicic
“Mountaintops are for breadth of view and inspiration, but fruit grows in the valleys.”
― Ruth Graham
“If you’ve felt called to step out of your comfort zone, just because you balked, hesitated, failed, sunk or … prayed to get back to your comfort zone, you’re not disqualified from doing what you’ve been called to do. In fact, you might even be more qualified than someone else with a better resume, with a better voice, with more training, without your history of failure. … It seems to me that our failures — the very weaknesses that may have manifest themselves the last time we tried to step out in faith … may actually be a prerequisite to fulfilling the full call that’s been placed on our lives.”
― Tim Kenny
“Your mercy rains from heaven like confetti at a wedding, and I am celebrating in the downpour.”
— Rend Collective, “Finally Free”
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
― Mother Teresa
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
― Audrey Hepburn
“Sometimes life touches one with a bouquet and another with a thorn bush. But the first may find a wasp in the flowers and the second may discover roses among the thorns.”
― Billy Graham
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
― Ephesians 4:31-32
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
― Benjamin Franklin
“The critical question for our generation-and for every generation is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all of the food you ever liked, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied if Christ were not there? Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The Gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want God above all things, we have not been converted by the Gospel. Getting to heaven and finding that Jesus will not be there will be like a groom entering his wedding ceremony and learning his bride will never show up. A man does not go to his wedding primarily to see his friends and family; he goes there to begin the rest of his life with the one he cherishes more than anyone else. There are many reasons that I look forward to eternity but my heart aches more for heaven more than anything else because I will get to see Jesus.
― John Piper, “God is the Gospel”
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. … Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
― Luke 6:27-28, 31
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Teresa
“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’ t want, drink what you don’t like, and eat what you’d rather not.”
― Mark Twain
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
― Philippians 4:6-7
“Remember that at any given moment, someone would love to be in your shoes. It could ALWAYS be worse.”
“When you’re chided for your naivety—and you will be—remind your critics that an amateur built the Ark; professionals built the Titanic.”
— Peyton Manning, 2014 UVA graduation speech
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
— John 14:18
“Many people never stop to … examine the foundations on which they are building their lives. They assume they are on the right road and their foundations will always be secure. For some the foundation may be self-indulgence or pleasure or entertainment. Others build it upon financial success or social position. Still others think that if they can only find the right person … or discover the ideal place to live … or clinch the best-paying job … then they will always be happy and secure.
“But in their quiet moments they may wonder if it’s really true. Perhaps a personal crisis — an unexpected illness, the rebellion of a child, a financial reversal — reveals the foundation for what it really is: unstable and insecure. Or perhaps they finally reach their goals and achieve all they have ever wanted — only to discover success has left them empty and restless and bored. …
“Why is it that money, success, and pleasure bring no lasting satisfaction? … Because they ignore one of life’s greatest truths: we don’t have just bodies and minds, but we also have souls. … It is not necessarily wrong to be concerned about some of these things, of course. We should save for the future, and we should take care of our physical bodies and emotional health. But is this all it takes to prepare for the future? … We need something more, something deeper and unshakable, something that will see us through life’s hard times. …
Jesus Christ is the bedrock on which we need to build our lives. As we commit our lives to Him and grow in our relationship with Him, we discover He truly is the solid foundation we need. Every other foundation proves false.”
― Billy Graham, “Nearing Home”
“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.”
― Tom Wilson
“Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do.”
― Andrew Murray
“We are part of the only kingdom where the King of our kingdom died for His enemies.”
— David Nasser
“Faith doesn’t reduce uncertainty. Faith embraces uncertainty.”
— Mark Batterson
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
— Abraham Lincoln, answering a question during the Civil War
“Don’t let the lowest common denominator change who you are.”
— Tim Kenny
“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
— Corrie ten Boom
“Prayer is not using God; it is more often to get us in a position where God can use us. I watched the deckhands on the great liner United States as they docked that ship in New York Harbor. First, they threw out a rope to the men on the dock. Then, inside the boat the great motors went to work and pulled on the great cable. But of course the pier wasn’t pulled out to the ship; the ship was moved snugly up to the pier. Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But it doesn’t pull God down to us; it pulls us up to Him.”
— Billy Graham
“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”
— Corrie ten Boom