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priorities

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. • Max DePree, Leadership Expert

A generation of Christians reared among push buttons and automatic machines is impatient of slower and less direct methods of reaching their goals. We have been trying to apply machine-age methods to our relations with God. We read our chapter, have our short devotions, and rush away, hoping to make up for our deep inward bankruptcy by attending another gospel meeting or listening to another thrilling story told by a religious adventurer lately returned from afar. The tragic results of this spirit are all about us. Shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies, the preponderance of the element of fun in gospel meetings, the glorification of men, trust in religious externalities, quasi-religious fellowships, salesmanship methods, the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit; these and such as these are the symptoms of an evil disease, a deep and serious malady of the soul. • A.W. Tozer

Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things. • Peter Drucker

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned, and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly. • Thomas Huxley, Biologist & Educator

At each phase of life we need to ask, What is the one thing that I must do now? What are my vocational priorities for this chapter in my life? And we answer this in light of our current life situation. • Gordon T. Smith

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. • Steve Jobs

We violate the meaning of work when all we do is work, when we lose a rhythm and routine of work and play, work and prayer, work and sabbath rest. • Gordon T. Smith

The earth is crammed full of heaven and every bush is aflame with the fire of God, but only those who have eyes to see take off their shoes. The rest just pick the berries. • Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Lukewarm living and claiming Christ's name simultaneously is utterly disgusting to God. • Francis Chan

I [am] convinced that what we do is not nearly as important as who we are. • Shane Claibourne

We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside... but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that a system that produces beggars needs to be repaved. We are called to be the Good Samaritan, but after you lift so many people out of the ditch you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved. • Martin Luther King Jr., from A Time to Break the Silence (Sermon, Riverside Church, New York, April 4, 1967)

Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live forever. • C.S. Lewis

Go to the effort. Invest the time. Write the letter. Make the apology. Take the trip. Purchase the gift. Do it. The seized opportunity renders joy. The neglected brings regret. • Max L. Lucado

Becoming obsessed with what people think is the quickest way to forget about what God thinks. • Craig Groeschel

Moments of greatness are far more appealing than a lifetime of faithfulness, but it is only though a lifetime of faithfulness—a lifetime of integrity, in which we have chosen to be strong and courageous—that we will look back and realize that our lives have become masterpieces. • Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul