Author Archives: David Young

The Importance of Prayer

Prayer is the gymnasium of the soul.
Samuel Zwemer

Prayer, meditation, scripture study, and worship are just as essential to running a successful spiritual race as physical discipline is in preparing for athletic competition.
Tom Osborne

Pray twice as much as you fret.
Max Lucado

I have so much business I cannot go on without spending three hours daily in prayer.
Martin Luther

Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.
Andrew Murray

Mothers

Ever since my daughter was born, I feel the fleetingness of time. And I don’t want to waste it on getting the perfect lip color.
Madonna

In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.
Barbara Costikvan

Your children will nurse at the breast of your wisdom and draw it out through your conversation. Make sure that this milk is free of contaminants like bitterness, envy, pettiness or vulgarity.
T.D. Jakes

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.
Rajneesh

Some fear that if parents start listening to their own wants and needs they will neglect their children. It is our belief that children are in fact far less likely to be neglected when their parents’ needs – for support, for friendship, for decent work, for health care, for learning, for play, for time alone – are being met.
Wendy Sanford

How to Set Goals

My ultimate dream was to play major-league baseball, but I had smaller goals along the way.
Derek Jeter

A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Harvey Mackay

Reach for the furthest thing you think you can get. Then reach again. Sooner or later, the things that looked way beyond you are the next natural goal to reach.
Calvin Peete

People are like rubber bands: They must be stretched to be effective.
John Maxwell

A goal isn’t truly a goal until a time schedule has been worked out for its fulfillment. Once you have answered what you will do, you must then decide when you expect to complete it. Until that happens, a goal still lives in the land of dreams.
John Stanko

Help Others

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.
Benjamin Sweetland

Make one person happy each day and in forty years you have made 14,600 human beings happy for a little time at least.
Anonymous

He who will live for others shall have great troubles, but they shall seem to him small. He who will live for himself shall have small troubles, but they shall seem to him great.
William Inge

I owe a debt of gratitude to a lot of people who helped me attain my dreams, and I’m determined to help others.
Tiger Woods

While women weep, as they do now, I will fight. While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I will fight. While there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight. I’ll fight to the very end.
William Booth, Inscribed at the entrance of the Salvation Army’s office in New York City

Greatness

Like an ant carrying a morsel of bread to his dwelling place, greatness is often dragged by persons who seem too small.
T.D. Jakes

Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.
Hugh Cameron

God does not always choose great people to accomplish what He wishes, but He chooses a person who is wholly yielded to Him.
Henrietta C. Mears

The people we admire are ordinary people that have been able to accomplish some extraordinary things. The things that make them extraordinary are things that we all possess.
Rolf Benirschke

God is looking not for great people but for people who will dare to prove the greatness of their God.
L.B. Cowman

Failure

No man is worthy to succeed until he is willing to fail.
A.W. Tozer

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed.
Lloyd Jones

When I was young, I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.
George Bernard Shaw

I work continuously within the shadow of failure. For every novel that makes it to my publisher’s desk, there are at least five or six that died on the way.
Gail Godwin

There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail.
Henry Ford

Pressure

Pressure usually represents opportunity.
Jimmy Connors

I like added pressure. It makes me work harder.
Mary Lou Retton

Pressure is neither good nor bad. You can convert pressure into negative tension and worry – or positive expectation and enthusiasm. It’s a choice you make yourself.
Edge Keynote

You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.
James Bilkey

It’s important that you don’t fear pressure: You should embrace it. It brings out the best in all of us. You want it every day of your working life. You want to feel that each day you are under a microscope, that you are involved in something that’s important.
Rick Pitino