1. “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
Are you a ‘taker or a giver’? Some people are not satisfied with what they ‘get’ by their hard work, no they want to ‘take’ more. The little or much of life’s treasures you have in your hand, be sure to give some away. Have two people in your life to which you give your time, your listening ear and your financial support. These people lack the resources to give back to you, that’s okay. You will reap a God-given reward of satisfaction which only the givers receive.
2. “To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” Mark Twain
Do not underestimate the value of your oneness. You are the one person your family member or friend needs at this very time. You are born with a purpose! You have great value, share your positive influence with others.
Eleanor Roosevelt said — “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
You, yes you are God’s masterpiece created to be a giver.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
3. “The past is not a prophet, at best it is only a teacher.” Richard Armstrong
Yes, this is my quote. I’ve seen too many people tangled up in their past hindering forward progress in life. People held by their past. The question is; “what have I learned from my past that will help me overcome future failures?” View the past as a teacher. Do not let your past life determine the future. You live in the present, now take control, steer your life into a successful future.
4. “O what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!” Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
Deception brings no honor to the one who deceives. Lies breed deceptive actions. When we tell one lie, it gives birth to many more lies tangling us up in a deceitful web of confusion. Why not live the ‘courtroom’ kind of life, a life of truthfulness?
In the courtroom we raise our right hand and repeat this Oath:
“I swear that the evidence that I shall give shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.”
You do not have to keep raising your right hand but living a truthful and honest life has many rewards.
5. “No book ever begrudges its margins. And no life should either.” Wayne Cordeiro in Leading on Empty.
You are reading this post not only because of the words but the ‘white space’ around the words. The nothingness of the white space makes reading more comfortable.
Life with ‘margin’ has rest. Interests and hobbies outside of work, financial assets saved and fulfilling friendships.
6. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
Acceptance of who we are can be a hard choice. Everyone desires to be someone special. Comparing oneself to what others look like. Their wealth. The achievements they conquered only diminishes our value in our own eyes. Improving my health, my wealth, my marriage, my relationships is an inside job. It is the will to be the best me I can be.
7. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Gandhi
Happiness is an integrated life. It is a happy life, one filled with expected results. An experience with no twist, sudden turns, and a need to hide. Truthfulness and honesty is the mark of this person. The integrity of this person breaths confidence in others. When our actions resemble our thoughts, we build trust and reliability to their family and friends.
8. “What people believe will determine their behavior whether or not what they believe is true.” Andy Andrews in his book, ‘The Little Things’
It is sad when talking with a person who believes a falsity pushing him/her down the road of defeat. Our thinking originates in our belief system. This why it is essential to build our beliefs on a sure foundation.
9. “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” The Westminister Confession
A God-centered life for a Christian is life eternal. Eternity begins in this life with the acceptance of Jesus as Savior.
10. “Morality, like art, consists in drawing a line somewhere.” G. K. Chesterton