Success is a side effect

Viktor Frankl, from Man’s Search for Meaning:

…success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself….”


Humility doesn’t mean hiding your gift

humility doesn't mean hiding

Glenna Marshall, clarifying humility:

Humility doesn’t mean hiding. Humility means acknowledging that everything you have is from God. Why would you want to hide what He’s given you?

Read the whole post here: The mountains cry out.

When you’re moving in the right direction, expect difficulty.


Expect difficulty when you do what’s right. Great opportunity is often accompanied by great opposition. The apostle Paul said of the work in Ephesus, ‘A great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me’ (1 Cor. 16:9). He chose to think primarily about the great open door, not the daunting opponents!

Unquestionable Character: A 21-day Study in Stewardship


Remember that Satan is the accuser of believers. He delights in heaping guilt feelings upon you…. When you feel Satan’s arrows of accusation, you are probably on the right track.

– May 15, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young

Image: Eon Images


Leonard Bernstein (and Dilbert), on achievement and deadlines

Leonard Bernstein:

Two things are necessary for great achievement: A plan, and not quite enough time.”

Dilbert needs a deadline


Dilbert image: Copyright Scott Adams, Inc.



Van Gogh on the struggle to create beautiful things

Van Gogh's Olive Grove

Vincent van Gogh:

I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort and disappointment and perseverance.”

Another good one, by Pablo Picasso:

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”



What seeds did you plant today?

from small acorns grow mighty oaks

Robert Louis Stevenson –

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”


The blessing in the challenge

If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you.