A collection of thought-provoking, encouraging, enlightening, and inspiring quotes from various sources that I have come across this past week!
I get asked often for the references to quotes I use. This series is a way for me to keep track of and share the good ideas I come across each week! Where applicable, links are included in case you wish to dive deeper!
“… Trying to get high quality results with… techniques and quick fixes is just about as effective as trying to get someplace in Chicago using a map of Detroit.”
“A big part of happiness and success is letting go of what you assume your life is supposed to be like right now, and sincerely appreciating it for everything that it is.”
—Angel Chernoff (of Marc and Angel Hack Life) in the blog post 16 Reasons You’re Succeeding in Life (Even If You Feel Like You’re Losing)
“What made Hezekiah different from other kings before and after him was that he had the courage to remove the high places and worship God wholeheartedly. And because of his obedience, “the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.”
What does it look like for use today in 2019 to remove high towers and hold fast to the Lord? What is it that is counter-cultural that requires us to take a scary step of obedience; a step that might look crazy to the rest of the world, but that allows us to trust God and keep His commands?
We can start by being a worshipper of God first and God only (identify those “little g” gods that fight for our affection and creep onto the throne of out hearts and daily. lay. them. down), be unoffendable and a lover of people, delight in serving other freely without expecting anything in return, and never stop growing and hungering for more and more of Christ and less and less of ourselves.
Dear God, I chose you. If there is anything on the throne of my heart other than You, reveal it to me today so that I can repent of it, lay it down, and love You with my whole heart. As I hold fast to You, give me the strength to follow You, no matter what that looks like to anyone else. And as I do, I’m so thankful to know that You will take care of me on every side. Hem me in behind and before as You lay Your hand upon me. Amen.
—Liz Patton via the swHw app (swHw = She Works His Way) devotional 9/3/19
“You’ll never do big things when you’re distracted by small things.”
“Starve your distractions and feed your focus.”
—Craig Groeschel in the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast Episode 61 “Simplify Your Life and Leadership
“You don’t Have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Many of our questions in this life will go unanswered in the way we want. That’s because God is concerned most with our hearts in the asking. He will always do what brings us the most long-term good, even if that means changing us through hard things.”
God invites us to first remember who He is, what He’s done in the past, and what He promises to do in the future. While He does care about our physical needs and actions, His goal is to move our hearts to be more like His. So He draws near, and as a wise mentor shared with us, He wants us to turn our questions from “What?” … into “Who?”
Who is the one who saves me? Who is the one who loves me? Who is the one who cares for my every need? Who will protect me?”
— via Proverbs 31 devotional Let’s Ask Who? Rather Than What?
“A problem solving strategy:
If you’re stuck, shift up a level or two (think bigger picture) or down a level or two (think finer details). Many problems are solvable at a different level.
This works for strategy too. You’ll often find a better opportunity at a different level.”
—James Clear in his weekly email newsletter 3-2-1 Thursday (subscribe here)
1/ Do any of these resonate with you?
2/ What’s the best quote you came across this week?