Favorite Fifteen Quotes of 2011

In addition to lessons learned, I also like to share quotes on Twitter as I come across them. Here are my favorite fifteen out of all of the ones I posted in 2011. Because I can’t help but improve upon everything I touch (and tweet), the conclusions I reached after reading them are printed in italics.

  1. Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. Make time for others. – Helen Keller
  2. We need to exchange whispers with God before we exchange words with somebody else. Pray. – Lysa Terkeurst
  3. The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. Grow. – John Ruskin
  4. The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with. Take risks. – Tony Robbins
  5. The best way to make someone interested in you is to be interested in yourself. Take care of yourself. – Rachel Ray
  6. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Think of others. – Maya Angelou
  7. When people show you who they are, believe them. Be discerning. – Oprah
  8. We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. Change is good. – Albert Einstein
  9. Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Be who you are, not who people want you to be. – Cyril Connolly
  10. A person who has flatlined has stopped growing. Breathe new life into your day. – Dr Henry Cloud
  11. He who looks outside himself dreams. He who looks inside awakens. Learn from what you live through. – Carl Jung
  12. If I made it in this country, the road is there guys. You really are the only shadow standing in your sunshine. Get out of your own way. – Fabio Viviani
  13. Boredom is not another mealtime. Be productive. – Valerie Bertinelli
  14. The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you. Have faith. – Paraphrased from 1 Corinthians 10:13
  15. He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. Know Christ.– Unknown

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A Little Help

I recently recruited a girlfriend to help put an end to my mindless overeating. I’d been wanting to kick the habit for a while but, without anyone to hold me accountable, even the best intentions weren’t enough to overcome my weak resolve. Lack of self-control in this area is not something that I’m proud of. This is probably a good thing because Proverbs 16:18 makes it clear that pride comes before a fall.

The opposite of pride is humility and there is nothing wrong with admitting when you need a little help. Mine came in the form of a pact that I made with a friend to write down everything we ate. Knowing that  I had agreed to bare my “caloric all” the next time we got together made a noticeable difference when I went through the drive-through at McDonald’s and ordered one cheeseburger, instead or two. Later that day, while playing pitch with my family, I experienced equally positive results when I passed over a handful of peanut M&M’s and opted for a bowl of grapes.

After one day of mindful eating stretched into three, I began to wonder: Why didn’t I reach out to someone sooner? As much as I want to think that I can handle everything myself, Romans 7:15 makes it clear that no man (or woman) is an island. We are all a part of the human race where we, despite our best efforts to keep from sinning, wind up doing it anyway.

The futility of the situation is something that the apostle Paul seemed very familiar with in Romans 7 when he said: “I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.”

“Oh, what a miserable person I am!” Paul added. “Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Jesus is the answer, but other people are also part of the equation. We know this from Matthew 18 where, in verses 19 and 20, our Lord and Savior said: “If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers I am there among them.”

I will never cease to marvel at how statements like this one, penned nearly two thousand years ago, can be so relevant today. Everything we need to know to live a godly life really is in the bible.

What I know from this experience is that all roads worth traveling lead to Jesus; and for every roadblock on the journey, we get by with a little help from our friends.