Alan Graham (Founder and CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
A young minister is prone to try to attain by one jump the height which other have reached by a long series of single steps in the labor of a quarter of a century.
Fear not for the church of Christ when ministers die and saints are taken away. Christ can ever maintain His own cause. He will raise up better servants and brighter stars. The stars are all in His right hand . Leave off all anxious thought about the future, cease to be cast down by the measures of statesmen or the plots of wolves in sheeps clothing. Christ will ever provide for His own church. Christ will take care that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. All is going on well though our eyes may not see it. The kingdoms of this world shall yet become the kingdom of our God and of His Christ.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Be the type of man that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan says, “Oh crap, he’s up!”
If there is not struggle, there is no progress.
First of all my child, think magnificently of God, Magnify His Providence; adore His Power, pray to Him frequently and incessantly. Bear Him always in your mind. Teach your thoughts to reverence Him in every place for there is no place where He is not. Therefore, my child fear and worship and love God; first and last, think magnificently of Him!
Paternus, Advice to a son
Risk is not to be evaluated in terms of the probability of success but by the value of the goal.
Dr. Ralph D. Winter
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.
The kingdom of self is heavily defended territory.
Eugene H. Peterson
Jesus’ concern was not with programs to reach the multitudes, but with me the multitudes would follow.
Robert Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism
You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
Cheap grace is grace without discipleship,….
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship
When you enter into a heart relationship with God learn to discern his voice:
1) Seek to get your heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter.
2) Do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression; otherwise you are liable to great delusions.
3) Seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined.
4) Next, take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God’s will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
5) Ask God in prayer to reveal His will to you correctly.
(1) through prayer to God,
(2) the study of the Word, and
you get a deliberate judgment according to the best of your ability and knowledge, and if your mind is at peace, and continues after two or three more petitions, proceed accordingly.
Godliness is more easily feigned in words than in actions.
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them task and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
John C. Maxwell
We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something.
Sandra Day O’Connor
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
According to scripture, virtually everything that truly qualifies a person for leadership is directly related to character. It’s not about: style, status, personal charisma, clout, or worldly measurements of success. Integrity is the main issue that makes the difference between a good leader and a bad one.
To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.
The Imitation Game
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
Leadership is hard because everybody who doesn’t actually want to do it wants to tell you how to do it. You better have thick skin.
There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.
Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
Man’s whole life is a continual contradiction of what he knows to be his duty. In every department of life he acts in defiant opposition to the dictates of his conscience and his common sense.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers who can cut through the argument debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.