To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.
Be the best that you can be.
The more a man takes the needs of others on his own heart, the more he must take his own heart to God.
Jaimie has faith in me. She wants me to be different, better.
-A Walk to Remember
Love wins, love always wins.
Atticus aims to defend him.
-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.
-Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken
You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow.
Have courage and be kind.
–Cinderella movie (Cheesy, but true)
Which is the most important commandment?
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Why do you believe in God?
Because I can’t help it. He’s there. All the time. All around. I’ve sat down and deliberately tried to believe there’s no God. To pretend He doesn’t exist. It’s impossible. It’s like trying to pretend there’s no earth. Or stars, or moon, or sun, or trees. There’s got to be a focal point, a reason that keeps the whole world from flying apart.
-Ferroll Sams, The Whisper of the River
The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.
God loves us with a never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever LOVE!
-Jesus Story Book Bible
For I am convinced that [nothing] in all creation can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.
May it be the real I who speaks; may it be the real Thou I speak to.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
-Philippians 4: 4-8
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Adventure & Nature
Deep in your hearts you look with longing toward the heights. You know that there will be rugged terrain, panting lungs, aching legs, but also the cool, clean upper air and the exhilaration of gaining the summit at last.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you as the sun flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die discover that I had not lived.
-Henry David Thoreau