Each of us appreciates life from different angles. Our cosmovision is shaped by the environment we grow up, our background, family history, training or careers, and habits we have created in our personal lives.
We have heard many age-related jokes such as “If you are 50 and haven’t grown up yet, you don’t have to!” Jokes as they may be, they do hint that our growth never stops. The years may come and go, but the fruit of maturity comes along.
I would like to share with you 34 sayings, proverbs, and quotes I have learned in my 34 years of life.
1. Life is short to be lived without a purposeful mission bigger than yourself; spend more time with God and loved ones.
2. The only person you can control is you.
3. You can’t change anyone.
4. The greatest awareness is in the gospel of Christ
5. Being honest with yourself is the first step to self-awareness.
6. Presence is the greatest gift you can give someone when with them.
7. True wealth is found in the quality of your relationship with God, family and others.
8. Crisis doesn’t create community, it reveals it. I will always remember those who stood with me in a critical moment, over those who fled to protect themselves.
9. Relationships are for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Somehow, the right people have always entered my story at the right time, and I can only hope the same has been said of me in their stories.
10. It truly is better to have loved and lost a friendship- than never loved at all, but heartbreak really does change you.
11. Loneliness, heartbreak, and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. Hunger can be withstood in a community of love.
12. There is true freedom, in self-forgetfulness!
13. Hate never heals, but promotes the pride of unforgiveness.
14. The most underrated punctuation mark in an apology is a period, as in “I’m sorry.” [period] Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
15. When facing a decision or dilemma in a relationship, ask “What would a humble person do?”
16. God gave us two ears and one mouth. How much better would the world be if we listened to one another twice as much as we talked?
17. You are responsible for what you communicate, not what you mean or intend.
18. People who cut you off in conversations aren’t really worth having conversations with. (Though with grace, anyone can show they care, if only they listened.)
19. Clarity comes through a marriage of movement and meditation.
20. Even a dead fish goes with the flow. Let God carve your path.
21. The world of the generous grows larger and larger.
22. Gifts are free, maturity is expensive.
23. Humility is the greatest human virtue.
24. Money is simply a means, let vision drive your life.
25. God doesn’t know how to go from bad to worse, only from glory to glory.
26. The wilderness and promised land both require you to fight. The first is a fight to get through, the second is a fight to occupy.
27. Sometimes your greatest strength is your biggest weakness. It was true for Paul the Apostle and it’s true in life.
28. The most important books I’ve ever read to date: the Bible, the Calvary Road, and the Freedom of Self-forgetfulness. All have one thing in common, Life through death to self.
29. More often than not, availability is the greatest “ability” a person can possess.
30. It is impossible to avoid misunderstandings, but it is possible to avoid a conflict.
31. Before you can influence anyone, be a practical example to them
32. Never give an instruction, unless you are going to enforce it!
33. Never ask for a hand, before touching a heart.
34. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
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