Quotes

Reflections on Life and Aging (Pt.1)

Some quotes and thoughts worth thinking about: "Aging allows us to separate the important from the unimportant, to appreciate more and reach for less, and to allow those who are younger to step up to the plate and learn their lessons." John Maxwell "The seven ages of a man: spills, drills, thrills, bills, ills, pills, wills." Richard J. Needam "When you're over the hill, that's when you pick up speed." Quincy Jones "A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives." Jackie Robinson "I still find each day too short: for all the thoughts I want to think,... Read more →


We need EVERYBODY!

There were once four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Now Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. Read more →


Quotes about the Bible

Victor Hugo - "England has two books; The Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England". "I have found in the Bible words for my inmost thought; songs for my joy, utterance for my hidden griefs and pleadings for my shame and feebleness" George Mueller - "The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts." D.L. Moody - "Sin will keep you from this Book. This Book will keep you from sin." "I know the Bible is inspired because it inspires me" Napoleon... Read more →


The Bible - Michael Horton

“To preach the Bible as 'the handbook for life,' or as the answer to every question, rather than as the revelation of Christ, is to turn the Bible into an entirely different book. This is how the Pharisees approached Scripture, as we can see clearly from the questions they asked Jesus. For the Pharisees, the Scriptures were a source of trivia for life's dilemmas.” Michael Horton John 5:39-40. You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life. NLT Jesus Read more →


The Bible

"The Bible is a harp with a thousand strings. Play on one to the exclusion of its relationship to the others, and you will develop discord. Play on all of them, keeping them in their places in the divine scale, and you will hear heavenly music all the time." William P. White Read more →


Longings

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from - my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back.” C.S. Lewis in Till We Have Faces Read more →


Science and Faith - Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton was one of the fathers of modern scientific revolution. Interesting, he said that his greatest passion was the Bible over and above science. “I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired. I study the Bible daily.” His curiosity about the world was entwined with his reverence for the Creator, whom he credited with the existence of the universe. He was able to hold his scientific discoveries in tension with his faith, rather than replacing God with natural laws. In fact, almost all of the scientific greats... Read more →


Henri Nouwen on Finding Our Identity in Christ

From Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen (1932-1996): “Aren't you, like me, hoping that some person, thing, or event will come along to give you that final feeling of inner well-being you desire? Don't you often hope: 'May this book, idea, course, trip, job, country or relationship fulfill my deepest desire.' But as long as you are waiting for that mysterious moment you will go on running helter-skelter, always anxious and restless, always lustful and angry, never fully satisfied. You know that this is the compulsiveness that keeps us going and busy, but at the same time makes us... Read more →


A Spacious Place

"He brought me into a spacious place ..." Psalm 18:19a NIV "I am beginning to understand that life is not so much a search for answers, as it is a search for clearings. Clearings are the required stopping places in our lives when our lives get to be too much. A clearing is a place of shelter, peace, rest, safety, quiet and healing. It is a place where you can get your bearing, regroup, inspect the damage, fill out the estimate and make repairs. It is a place where mid-course corrections are made - where you can change course, even... Read more →


Leadership Quotes (Pt.4)

And finally ... 31. "Probably my best quality as a coach is that I ask a lot of challenging questions and I let the person come up with the answer." Phil Dixon 32. "The quality of the leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves." Ray Kroc 33. "No one will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it." Andrew Carnegie 34. "Uncertainty will always be part of the taking charge process." Harold Geneen 35. "Processes don't work; people do." John Seely Brown 36. "All serious... Read more →


Leadership Quotes (Pt.3)

Some more leadership quotes: 21. "Nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." Abraham Lincoln 22. "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson 23. "The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." Vincent Lombardi 24. "An empowered organisation is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organisational... Read more →


Leadership Quotes (Pt.2)

More leadership quotes for reflection: 11. 'In organisations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and the capacities to form them are more important than tasks, functions, roles and positions." Margaret Wheatley 12. "I used to think that running an organisation was equivalent to conducting a symphony orchestra. But I don't think that's quite right; it's more like jazz. There is more improvisation." Warren Bennis 13. "The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you." Max Depree 14. "Don't be afraid to take a BIG STEP when... Read more →


Leadership Quotes (Pt.1)

Here are some inspirational and insightful quotes about 'leadership': 1. "Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." Dwight D. Eisenhower 2. "Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right thing." Warren Bennis 3. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy." Martin Luther King 4. "The real leader has no need to lead. He is content to point the way." Henry Miller 5.... Read more →


Anyone for "second fiddle?"

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) became a world famous orchestra conductor. He was described by the New York Times as "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history." His fame derived from his long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, from his conducting of concerts with most of the world's leading orchestras, and from his music for numerous shows, including West Side Story. Bernstein was once asked what is the most difficult instrument to play. He replied, "Second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find one who plays second violin... Read more →


Inspiring Story of a Rich Man and His Son ...

Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they travelled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection. Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and many others adorned the walls of the family estate. The widowed elder man looked on with satisfaction as his only child became an experienced art collector. The son's trained eye and sharp business mind caused his father to beam with pride as they dealt with art collectors around the world. As winter approached, war engulfed the nation,... Read more →


Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life? There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years... Read more →


The Road Ahead

Ever wondered what the road ahead might look like for you? Thomas Merton captures the uncertainties of life as well as the power of simple trust in God in the following prayer called The Road Ahead. May it be an encouragement to you this week. "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going, I do not see the road ahead of me, I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.... Read more →


The Apologist's Evening Prayer (C.S. Lewis)

From all my lame defeats and oh! much more From all the victories that I seemed to score; From cleverness shot forth on Thy behalf At which, while angels weep, the audience laugh; From all my proofs of Thy divinity, Thou, who wouldst give no sign, deliver me. Thoughts are but coins. Let me not trust, instead of Thee, their thin-worn image of Thy head. From all my thoughts, even from my thoughts of Thee, O thou fair Silence, fall, and set me free. Lord of the narrow gate and needle's eye, Take from me all my trumpery lest I... Read more →