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Purpose

Russell Kelfer

You are who you are for a reason.
You’re part of an intricate plan.
You’re a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God’s special woman or man.

You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You’re just what he wanted to make.

The parents you had were the ones he chose,
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind,
And they bear the Master’s seal.

No, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart.
So that into his likeness you’d grow.

You are who you are for a reason,
You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is a God!

Frank Crane

Here are ten resolutions to make when you awake in the morning.
They are Just for One Day. Think of them not as a life task but as a day’s work.
These things will give you pleasure. Yet they require will power. You don’t need resolutions to do what is easy.
1. Just for Today, I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life-problem at once. I can do some things for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt I had to keep them up for a lifetime.
2. Just for Today, I will be Happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Happiness is from Within; it is not a matter of Externals.
3. Just for Today, I will Adjust myself to what Is, and not try to Adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come, and fit myself to them.
4. Just for Today, I will take care of my Body. I will exercise it, care for it, and nourish it, and not abuse it nor neglect it; so that it will be a perfect machine for my will.
5. Just for Today, I will try to strengthen my mind, I will study. I will learn something useful, I will not be a mental loafer all day. I will read something that requires effort, though and concentration.
6. Just for Today, I will exercise my Soul. In three ways, to wit:
(a) I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. If anybody knows of it, it will not count.
(b) I will do at least two things I don’t want to do, as William James suggests just for exercise.
(c) I will not show any one that my feelings are hurt. They may be hurt, but Today I will not show it.
7. Just for To-day, I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with flattery, criticize not one bit nor find fault with anything, and not try to regulate nor improve anybody.
8. Just for Today, I will have a Programme. I will write down just what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I’ll have it. It will save me from the two pests Hurry and Indecision.
9. Just for Today, I will have a quiet half hour, all by myself, and relax. During this half hour, some time, I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective to my life.
10. Just for Today, I will be Unafraid. Especially I will not be afraid to be Happy, to enjoy what is Beautiful, to love and to believe that those I love love me.

Hal Elrod

…when you are committed to a life purpose that is bigger than your problems, your problems become relatively insignificant and you will overcome them with ease.

William Mathews

The first law of success is concentration – to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left.

Napoleon Hill

There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to achieve it.

Martin Buxbaum

We can curse the fate that made us…or love each living hour…if we
do the job God gave us…be we humble weed or flower.
For each of us is needed…and each of us has worth…or He never
would have bothered…to honor us with birth.
There is fragrance in the roses…and shade beneath the pine…and
softness in the clover…and food upon the vine.
And each one serves a different need…just as you and I…be we
creeping in the valley…or climbing to the sky.

Louis Pasteur

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.

John Maxwell

Success is….knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.

John Maxwell

Goals give you something concrete to focus on, and that has a positive impact on your actions. Goals help you focus your attention on your purpose and make it your dominant aspiration. They help you know where you’re going.

Charles Dickens

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

Henry Ford

The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.

John C. Maxwell

Success is…
knowing your purpose in life,
growing to reach your maximum potential, and
sowing seeds that benefit others.

Meg Meeker, M.D.

Having hope gives purpose and meaning…We need to keep hope alive in our hearts and dig deep inside to find it so that we can live with an inner awareness that we matter. Every one of our lives matters. Every one. Hope keeps us aware of this truth.

Joe Namath, NFL Quarterback

To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he’s going.

Richard Carlson

Ask yourself this question: “Will this matter a year from now?”

Helen Keller

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

Philip Rivers

I can make two guarantees to you today. First, your time on earth will end. Second, you will be remembered for something…how do you want to be remembered?

Harry & Rosemary Wong

Research has revealed who is more likely to be mugged on the street. Muggers were shown videotapes of people walking along the street. Overwhelmingly, muggers picked people who walked slowly, with stooped shoulders, and looked helpless and downtrodden. They rejected people who walked erect, purposefully, and confidently.

Steve Wood

A prime ingredient in successful fatherhood is proper priorities. Without godly priorities we dissipate our energies and resources on things of only secondary and passing importance.

William Arthur Ward

The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.

Jane Goodall

Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.

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