The Power of Vision

The great man has a vision of the future that enables him to put obstacles in perspective; the ordinary man turns pebbles in the road into boulders.
Henry Kissinger

If you have been seeing things that are not there, it could be that you are not hallucinating but are a person pregnant with a miracle and about to do the impossible.
T.D. Jakes

I see that my steadfast desire was alone responsible for whatever progress or mastery I have made. The reality is always there, and is preceded by vision. And if one keeps looking steadily the vision crystallizes into fact or deed.
Henry Miller

Begin with the end in mind.
Stephen Covey

The people who make a difference in this world commit to what could be before they know where the money is coming from. Their vision is enough to cause them to jump in. Money usually follows vision. It rarely happens the other way around. Consequently, vision always involves sacrifice and risk-taking.
Andy Stanley

Christian Living

Not even close, but it was a good second.
Alison Nicholas, when asked if winning the U.S. Open was the best thing that ever happened to her, even more important than her deeply held religious beliefs

I try to work with God as a partner.
Gary Player

Often people engaged in highly competitive enterprises believe that matters of faith hinder effective performance. My experience has led me to believe that spiritual preparation contributes to effective performance no matter what the arena.
Tom Osborne

Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.
Dr. Bob Pierce

Because golf is an individual sport, when you do well, you tend to feel as though you are the one who’s doing it, that you are the one in control of it, that you are the one who’s deserving of it. But when God opens your eyes and makes you realize that everything you have is a result of Him and that you’re totally dependent on Him, it makes a huge difference. It’s important for me to know that I can rest in the fact that God – not Steve Lowery – is in control of my life.
Steve Lowery

The Road to Wisdom

Learning from the wise sayings of great men is like riding to success on the shoulders of giants.
Elbert Hubbard

Fire your ambition and courage by studying the priceless advice in the proverbs and wise sayings. They’re the shortest road to wisdom you’ll ever find.
Alexander Graham Bell

Wise sayings are lamps that light our way, from darkness to the light of day.
Henry Ward Beecher

Every man like myself, who never went to college, can largely make up for that lack by reading the wise sayings of the great men of the past, who gladly left their wisdom and experience in proverbs for us who follow them.
Sir Winston Churchill

Fun with Children

Play says, “I like you. You’re important to me. You’re fun.” Watch the eyes of your ten-year-old brighten when you say, “Hey Buddy – let’s go play!”
Paul Lewis

Roughhousing gives kids a chance to be both silly and cuddly, a winning combination to which dads are naturally disposed. It never hurts to have that kind of additional, nonverbal path toward intimacy.
Tom Hirschfeld

I remember lots of things about my father, but my greatest memory was how much he liked to play with us. When he came home from work he liked to have “tickle-tumbles,” which would mean he’d grab you and tickle you and roll around on the bed. There was a lot of physical contact with Dad and he was always so warm and cuddly.
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy

Babies who are played with a lot, especially by their fathers, do better physically, socially and mentally.
Armin Brott

Physical play has a way of connecting you with the child you were. The very act of moving your body – creaky as it may be – can stir up memories of being young and joyful and fully involved.
Thomas Kinkade

Do the Impossible

Never let another person tell you that something cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for you to come along so that you could do the impossible for Him.
John Maxwell

I could use a hundred people who don’t know there is such a word as impossible.
Henry Ford

An extraordinary situation calls for extraordinary resolution. How many things have appeared impossible which, nevertheless, have been done by resolute men?
Napoléon Bonaparte

God gets the greatest glory when we attack the greatest giants.
Rick Warren

Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, then have a go at everything. Never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.
Sir Douglas Bader

Love Being a Father

Being a father is the richest part of my life, a life that has exceeded all my fantasies of achievement, fulfillment and adventure.
Tom Brokaw

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.
Anonymous

From the time I first considered turning professional, I thought that winning a golf tournament would be the ultimate high I could experience. I was wrong. Winning the largest purse on earth could not compare with the sheer exhilaration and joy I experienced at the birth of my children.
Paul Azinger

Some day you will know that a father is much happier in his children’s happiness than in his own. I cannot explain it to you: it is a feeling in your body that spreads gladness through you.
Honoré de Balzac

It is as if fatherhood made me a complete person. I don’t think there has been anything that made me feel the way I felt when I saw my children a few moments after they were born. The Olympic Silver Medal in 1956, the Olympic Gold Medal of 1960 and the opening of the Olympic Games of 1984 all were great and wonderful moments, but none match looking into the newborn faces of Joshua and Jennifer.
Rafer Johnson

Friends

If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends.
Merry Browne

“Stay” is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.
Louisa May Alcott

I prefer being remembered as being friendly and a good Christian man than as a good golfer. I don’t think I know anybody who has as many friends as I do. It’s very gratifying.
Byron Nelson

You never know who your friends are until you lose.
Bobby Jones

A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.
William Ward