These are a Few Of My Favorite…er, Quotes (part 1 of 4)
So yeah, I know. Other people smarter than I have been busy writing their year-end “best of” postings, not to mention the TV, radio, and “internet” all broadcasting their pop culture run-downs of the best (and worst) of 2013.
Me? I’ve decided instead to revisit some of the wise words shared by others in 2013, those quotes and quips that inspired personal heart and head checks for me.
And because I want to remember such pearls of wisdom as I head into 2014, I’ve decided to include them in a couple separate blog postings (because 1) there are too many good ones to list in one posting, and 2) because I want you to stay long enough to read all the way to the end each time.
So here they are, a few of my favorite quotes from 2013, starting with wise words that touched on God, leadership, and how to start a new year.
- God is in control of all, or God is not in control at all. If there is one exception, God is not sovereign. — Tony Hale
- Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning. -– C. S. Lewis
- Describe the God you rejected… Describe the God you don’t believe in… Maybe I don’t believe in that God either. — Pastor Tim Keller
- When they hang you on a cross like meat on a hook, you have the final word on suffering. — Joni Eareckson Tada
- No one drifts their way into becoming a better leader. -— Bill Hybels
- Be an optimist. That’s who people want to follow. — Condoleezza Rice
- Great leaders understand that failure is, in fact, an option, and are ready to deal with it. — Colin Powell
- Don’t like people? Then leadership is a bad job for you. — Jack Welch
- Calm. Is. Contagious. Or transplant any word there. Fear, Doubt, Panic, etc. Calm is better. — Rorke Denver, Navy Seal
- Enormous courage may be needed to make significant changes/gains in your staff culture. — Bill Hybels
- People join organizations, they leave managers. — Bill Hybels
- Good people don’t leave jobs where they’re known. Anonymity is a killer. — Patrick Lencioni
- The #1 reason people left their organization? Lack of feedback. Feedback is a function of respect and recognition. — BreneBrown
On leading in ministry:
- Don’t get caught up in the great things of leadership if they take away from the God things of leadership. — Chris Brown
- Insecure leaders need that title and position, but a secure leader will pick up the towel and wash feet. – Chris Brown
- What your people need most from you as a leader is your personal holiness. — RM’Cheyne
On heading into a new year:
- If you want to make this a “game-changing” year, then you have to start playing a different game. — Tentblogger
And so, on any given day of any given year, this:
“Blessed are those who find wisdom, who gain understanding;
she is far more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.”
Proverbs 3: 13-14