Monthly Archives: December 2013

Increase Your Abilities

Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.
Matthew Arnold

God doesn’t use great ability; He uses great availability.
Kathryn Kuhlman

A man is always better than he thinks.
Woody Hayes

I am not a special person. I am a regular person who does special things.
Sarah Vaugh

God doesn’t call people who are qualified. He calls people who are willing, and then He qualifies them.
Richard Parker

Lead by Example

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.
Albert Einstein

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
Edgar Guest

Leadership must be demonstrated, not announced.
Fran Tarkenton

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
Stephen Jobs

Lord, so strengthen me that the power of my example will far exceed the authority of my rank.
Pauline Peters

Career Development

Making a success of the job at hand is the best step toward the kind you want.
Bernard Baruch

Look for ways to make your boss look good.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Never demean the time you spend in the trenches. If you pay attention to what you’re doing, you can learn an awful lot about how an organization behaves, and that can be very useful later on.
Pat Riley

You promote yourself every time you take on a new responsibility.
William Gore

I think the safest, surest way to the top is to have a strong, broad base of experience. That’s why I use the pyramid metaphor. Pyramids have a stronger base than a free-standing ladder. But to get that strong base, you may have to take lateral promotions, or maybe even take a step backward in your career.
Carol Bartz

When God Is Silent

The kind of faith God values seems to develop best when everything fuzzes over, when God stays silent, when the fog rolls in.
Philip Yancey

If God chooses to remain silent, faith is content.
Ruth Bell Graham

We often equate faith with great deeds and incredible results in the face of overwhelming odds. But I’ll take the faith that is tested day after day after day with nothing to show for it but a firm belief in the ultimate goodness of God.
Paul Johnson

The school of faith teaches us to trust God to solve our problems, and then, for a graduate course, it teaches us to trust God when He chooses not to solve our problems.
Stephen Goard

Dignity and Independence

The only way you can take control of your spending and determine your lifestyle priorities is with a budget.
T.D. Jakes

There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important as living within your means.
Calvin Coolidge

If you live within your income, you’ll be without many things, the most important of which is worry.
William Ayer

One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.
Sidney Howard

Use a budget not to inhibit and restrain yourself but to liberate and unleash your passion for something greater than the purchase that is tempting you in that moment.
T.D. Jakes

The Power of Character

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many of the things we pursue, such as popularity, money and public approval, are very transitory. In the final analysis, the only enduring factor that we have to show for our stay on earth is the quality of our character.
Tom Osborne

Knowledge will give you power, but character gives you respect.
Bruce Lee

Character, rather than education, is man’s greatest need and man’s greatest safeguard, because character is higher than the intellect.
Vince Lombardi

Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs.
Joan Didion

Christmas Spirit

The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens and filling empty hearts is the real magic of Christmas.
W.C. Jones

To celebrate the heart of Christmas is to forget ourselves in the service of others.
Henry Link

We cannot give in the true Christmas spirit if we do not give to those who cannot afford to give anything in return.
Clare Booth Luce

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge

The Christmas spirit brings home to us – or should bring home to us – the profound Biblical truth that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Anything which inspires unselfishness makes for our ennoblement. Christmas does that.
B.C. Forbes