Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Power of Faith

Faith like Job’s cannot be shaken because it is the result of having been shaken.
Abraham Heschel

When you trust God completely, you will enjoy inner quietness and security.
Charles Swindoll

A simple, childlike faith in a Divine Friend solves all the problems that come to us by land or sea.
Helen Keller

By faith Abraham, even though he was past age – and Sarah herself was barren – was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.
Hebrews 11:11

It’s been my faith, more than anything else, that has enabled me to keep my perspective and not feel devastated or bitter when things have gone wrong. It’s that faith that gives me hope for whatever the future holds for me.
Tom Landry

Unconditional Love

Don’t pull back from loving your children during adolescence just because they pull back from you. It is just when they hate you most that they most need your steady, reliable love.
Dr. Frank Pitman III

Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.
Kate Samperi

Whether it was academics or athletics, my parents were always the first ones to say how proud they were of me and my accomplishments. As long as I can remember, my dad let me know that he would support me no matter what. He made it clear to me from an early age that he was going to love me whether I got three hits or none.
Derek Jeter

The biggest thing that my parents did was tell me from an early age that I didn’t have to earn their love. They were going to love me no matter what. That really allowed me a lot of freedom in my personal life and in the rest of my life as well. In high school, I wanted to try to win every football game. But it wasn’t because I felt like I had to do that to try to please my parents. They were going to stand by me whether we won or lost.
Drew Bledsoe

Extra Effort

Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.
Vince Lombardi

For most of us, it’s not that we don’t have the ability to be great, it’s that we don’t devote the time. You have to put in the effort and put up with all the frustrations and obstacles.
Dean Simonton

I claim to be no more than an average man with below average capabilities. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have if he or she would put forth the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
Mahatma Gandhi

Great practitioners in any field make it look easy, so bystanders murmur in awe about talent. What the bystander never sees is the agony of effort, study and practice that made the final performance appear effortless – the fruits of a professional attitude.
Jack Bickham

Criticizing Others

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.
Frank Clark

Criticism is futile because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his sense of importance and arouses resentment.
Dale Carnegie

I’ve never criticized a person. I have criticized ideas.
Bill Gates

Constructive criticism gets old fast, but encouragement never gets old.
Dennis Swanberg

I remember when I was a child, I said something unpleasant about somebody to my father. He explained to me, “Anytime that you say something unpleasant about somebody else, you should look at yourself. It’s a reflection of you.” He told me that if I go out and look for the best in people, I’ll always get the best in return.
Richard Branson

Receiving Criticism

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with bricks that others throw at him.
David Brinkley

There has never been a big dream anywhere at any time that wasn’t called stupid by somebody.
Pat Williams

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.
Robert Heinlein

It is not the critic who counts. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause and who, if he fails, at least fails while bearing greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

Achieve Your Dreams

Break down your problem into bits and it won’t overwhelm you. Setbacks won’t feel insurmountable. Big dreams will seem within reach.
Joe Torre

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs.
James Allen

It’s possible to lose sight of your dream when you’re working hard in the trenches. That’s why it’s important to always keep your eye on the big picture. Keep it before you as a daily reminder – for motivation, inspiration and direction.
John Maxwell

If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.
Walt Disney

Ask yourself: What would be a great thing to do with my life before I die? Whatever it is, decide to do it. If it’s more education you need, get it. If it’s more money you need, find it. Whatever you do – don’t blow the opportunities that are still before you. God is desperately trying to instill a dream into your imagination. Don’t torpedo it by saying it’s impossible.
Robert Schuller

The Secret to Happiness

The secret of happiness? Enjoy small pleasures.
Samuel Smiles

The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.
Robert Ingersoll

Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied.
Jonathan Edwards

Paraplegics and lottery winners do not differ significantly in their degree of reported happiness. If you will cease comparing yourself and your success with others and learn to attend more fully to the simple joyful moments of life, you are more likely to feel sweetly successful.
Dr. Paul Pearsall