As we launch into this New Year, Good News Wants to Know… What is your favorite quote – or words you live by – that may inspire others?
Seek first to understand is a very simple yet guiding principle for me. Repeating this to myself when the world is swirling around me with its many pushes and pulls, keeps me focused and humble — allowing me the space to truly listen and be intentional in words and actions.
Germaine Smith Baugh, Ed.D, President and CEO, Urban League of Broward County
The quote that I live by: Live beyond yourself! This I believe is the key to freedom and fruitfulness. I do not know who to ascribe this statement to; however, I think it encapsulates the very heart and philosophy of the teachings of Jesus – summed up in the concept of LOVE.
Alan Platt, Doxa Deo/City Changers
Honestly, one of the most personal and profound quote or statement that I purpose to live by came from the Holy Spirit. Jesus said follow ME and Not M-E-N.
Bernard King Sr., Pastor, Cornerstone Bible Fellowship
“Too low they build who build beneath the stars.” This quote by Edward Young reminds me of Abraham of whom it was said: “Against all hope, Abraham, in hope believed…never wavering in his faith.”
William “Bill” C. Davell, Director, Tripp Scott Attorneys at Law
“Sometimes you lie in bed at night, and you don’t have a single thing to worry about. That always worries me.”—Charlie Brown
Bob Denison, President, Denison Yachting
Short and sweet. It’s been my saying for 25 years. “There are two sides to stories and one side to facts.” It’s my job and passion to deliver them.
Brian Mudd, Program Director, Host of The Brian Mudd Show
We should all live by the golden rule, but a particular quote that I live by is this: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” – Ronald Reagan
Chip LaMarca, State Representative, Florida House District 100
In every relationship or person I meet, I make it a goal for them to see Jesus in me (my actions, attitudes and words) “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Chris Lane, President, First Priority of South Florida
My favorite quote is: “Courage is not the absence of fear but the decision to trust God in spite of the fear.” Ezra 3:3 tells us that the Jews continued their work on the altar, “…in spite of their fear…” I see this truth lived out in the lives of our law enforcement officials, firefighters and military as well as in the lives of many of my Christian brothers and sisters on a daily basis and am greatly thankful for that example. Lord, may we walk in that godly courage daily.
Fidel Gomez, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Hollywood
For 2023, a particular verse has been uniquely woven into my life and my professional calling. Nehemiah 6:9, “For they all wanted to frighten us, thinking, ‘Their hands will drop from the work, and it will not be done.’ But now, O God, strengthen my hands.” You see, though the landscape was hostile to everything God had called him to, Nehemiah didn’t ask for relief or escape; he asked God to strengthen his hands. As you enter each day, ask for strength, not escape; ask for steadfastness, not relief. Praise be that we don’t serve a pampering God but rather a perfecting one.
Chris C. Simpson, President, CBMC International
In addition to many scriptures, I’ve been challenged by martyred missionary, Jim Elliot who said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
Deborah Cusick, FAU Campus Volunteer, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
My favorite quote … “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
Dennis DeMarois, Executive Director/CEO, Gathering Palm Beach County
Many famous quotes have inspired me, but none more powerfully than 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3. Without love, we have nothing, and we are nothing. We do not represent the Lord if we do not have love. “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
Dolores King-St. George, President, King Communications and GraceNet Radio
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles.
Don Campion, President, Banyan Air Service
“Love one another as I have loved you…” Love brought me to Jesus as a young teen. It’s simple, perfect and unconditional. John 13:34
Helen Wayner P.A., Century 21 Hansen Realty
I like a few quotes, but two immediately came into my memory as I read your email. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men/women to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke.
Dr. Jessica Vera, President, Chief Executive Officer, Elite Foundation
“It’s better to be known BY someone than to be known AS someone.”
James ‘JT’ Taylor, Managing Director, Automotive Retail, Truist Securities
“Be skeptical about everything, and willing to believe anything…. thinking should not be strange.” – Dr. Michael Heiser
Justus Martin, Staff Photographer, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale
It has been said that “Children are like wet cement, whatever touches them leaves an impression.” So true! I was recently privileged to facilitate my beautiful granddaughter’s dedication to the Lord and as I held her, this quote was on my mind. Imagine all the love, kindness, care, wisdom and truth that we can impress on a young child’s heart. I believe that our impressions on a child’s heart happen not just by our words but, just as important, by our actions. The Word of the Lord tells us to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Start leaving a permanent impression of Christ Jesus’ love.
Ken Kerrigan, Pastor, Calvary Chapel Cornerstone Church
One of my favorite sayings is: “Whether we’re standing on top of the mountain or down in the valley, keep moving in Jesus Name!”
Larry Lacy, Pastor, The Answer Church
“The best way to predict the future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln
Mark Doyle, Chief Executive Officer, Holy Cross Health
A quote I like to call a Drabik Proverb: “Jesus never said it was going to be easy, but He did say it was going to be worth it!”
Dr. Mary Drabik, President, South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary
There are several inspirational quotes I am fond of repeating. From the movie The Princess Bride: “Get used to disappointment.” From the TV Series The Chosen: “Get used to different.” And from Proverbs 16:9 and 16:3: “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps. Commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved.”
Mike McDermott, PA, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, The Keyes Company
Run towards the problem or uncomfortable circumstance and stand firm in the Lord; otherwise, you’ll always be running away.
Dr. Mike Rozenblum, Genesis Physical Medicine & Chiropractic
One of our company’s core values is Quality. Quality is not only how we perform, but it is also who we are. It rests in our actions, not just our words. Our beliefs dictate our behavior, and our behavior is delivering quality in everything we say and do.
Milan Stefanovic, Chief Operations & Personal Lines Officer, Bass Underwriters
So many great ones, but for me, I LOVE anything by Eleanor Roosevelt, and she had so many! I think what really resonates with me and how we grow as human beings is push outside of our comfort zones. “Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Nancy Robin, Executive Director and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Broward
“More is caught than taught” is a quote I use frequently. I find as I work with children and adults they are always observing and watching how I am doing things despite the instruction. They seem to get more from observation.
Oksana Horton, Artistic Director, Torch and Trumpet Theatre Co.
My favorite quote (bible verse) that I live by is Psalm 37:25, where king David says, “I have been young, and now am old, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Yes, this is my favorite quote and I have seen no exceptions to this true biblical quote. The righteous are those who have learned to put their trust in God and God alone, not man.
O’Neal Dozier, Pastor, The Worldwide Christian Center
My favorite quote is from Philippians 3:14… the apostle Paul said: “Forgetting what is behind and reaching toward the goal… This one thing I do, ‘I PRESS ON’ for the prize of the upward calling which is in Christ Jesus.” It reminds me in the movie Finding Nemo where the little fish was swimming to the surface and just kept saying to itself, “Just keep swimming.” PRESSING ON TOWARD THE GOAL!
Coach Rick Andreassen, Founder and President, SAINTS Homeschool P.E. and SAINTS International Sports Ministry
My Words to live by are from the good book. 1 Peter 2:17 “Respect everyone, love the brotherhood, fear God and honor the King.”
Romney C. Rogers, Managing Partner, Rogers Morris & Ziegler LLP
“The value of one’s life is not measured by net worth; rather by the accumulation of enriching experiences gained from making this world a better place.”
Sandra Muvdi, MBA, President/CEO, Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation®
My favorite words to live by is my life verse from Jesus Himself in Matthew 6:33. Jesus tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Too often, we find ourselves seeking after money, fame, relationships and acceptance to provide for us. Jesus says if you put Him first, He will take care of all of our other needs. We seek Him first through prayer, Bible study and devotional time before we start to strive or worry about anything else. What better way to start a year than to put Jesus first in our life.
Steve Daigle, Campus Pastor, Calvary Chapel Parkland
My favorite quote that I have come to realize provides a lot of wisdom and direction in my life when directed by God and the Holy Spirit is “A Yellow Light Never Turns To Green.” This was shared with me at by a brother about 3 years ago while discussing the challenges we face in life and decisions we need to make. For me, my greatest urge is to go forward with those things I have decided on. This saying has helped me so many times in the last 3+ years through all we have gone through. Slow down when you see a caution…pray…and wait for God to tell me which direction and where to go next!!! It’s become a lot easier to ride in life when God is doing the driving and all I do is park the car!!!
Steve Solomon, Area Director, CBMC South Florida
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
“Do not be anxious for anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and minds in Christi Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Sue Trombino, Founder, Women Impacting the Nation
“Making a living is a necessary and often a satisfying thing. Eventually making a difference becomes more important.” – Author Unknown
Tom Lukasik, VP of Engagement, 4KIDS
Actually, it’s my own quote that I copyrighted many years ago that makes me live by it every day. “If protecting the unborn were a crime – I’d be doing life… and saving a few while I’m at it.”
Willy Guardiola, Christian on a Mission
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