Consider How You Want Your World to Be

“The more closely you get in touch with your dreams, the more able you are to make them real. The more vividly you consider how you want your world to be, the more real and effective tools you will have for making it so.
Dare to visualize a world in which your most treasured dreams have become true.”
~ Ralph Marston,
Author

The Church Must Be One

“The Church must be one because a fragmented Church is not much help to a fragmented world.”
~ Justo L. Gonzalez
Historian, Theologian, Author, Co-Founder – Apuntes, Co-Founder – Association for Hispanic Theological Education,
Co-Founder – Hispanic Theological Initiative & Washington Theological Consortium Ecumenism Award
~

When We Want to Achieve a Dream-Goal, We Can

“… there’s a larger shift in my thinking. There’s a realization that anything I want to achieve,
I can achieve, and it’s not worth giving up.”
~ Gong Li,
Actress,
Hundred Flowers Award (1989), Hundred Flowers Awards (1991), Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup (1992), Golden Rooster Awards (1993),
Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award (1993), New York Film Critics Circle Award (1993), Berlin International Film Festival (1993),
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1998), Golden Rooster Awards (2000), Montreal World Film Festival (2000), Hundred Flowers Awards (2000),
Shanghai Film Critics Awards (2001), Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award (2001), Beijing College Student Film Festival (2003),
Cannes Film Festival Festival Trophy (2004), National Board of Review (2005), Hong Kong Film Award (2007),  Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award  (2007),
Golden Bauhinia Awards (2007), Shanghai Film Critics Awards (2014), Golden Deer Awards (2014) & China Film Directors’ Guild Awards (2015)

 

Going After Dreams & Goals

“You have to be vigorous. That’s the only way you are going to get it because everybody has dreams
and everybody has goals, but the only people who achieve them
are the ones that go after it and don’t take no for an answer.”
~ Nick Cannon
Actor, Comedian, Rapper, Director, Writer, Producer, Television Host,
Activist, Hollywood Film Festival (2006), Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards (2002) & NAACP Image Awards (2012)
~

The Combination of Action-Adventure & Love

“I love emotion. I love being in love. And showing that on screen. I think it’s wonderful.”

“I would love a combination of action/adventure and… love, and stories told with heart.
I would like people to be invigorated as well as moved; people to see the movie and see that.
I love to play, y’know, well-rounded characters.”

~ Dennis Haysbert
Actor & Voice Actor
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Negotiating Dreams

“No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high.
No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams.
You should never agree to surrender your dreams.”

~ Jesse Jackson,
Civil Rights Activist, Baptist Minister
& Shadow U.S. Senator (District of Columbia, 1991-1997)

The Seeds of Change

“Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed,
and nothing ever changes without a dream.”
~ Debby Boone
Singer, Actress, Author, Spokesperson, Academy of Country Music Award (1977), Dove Awards (2X),
Grammy Awards (3x), Music City News Award (1978), Record World Awards (7X)
~

Ignorance is an Enemy

“Ignorance is the enemy not just of our democratic system, but also of
our moral integrity as a nation, as the land of the free and home of the brave.”
~ Jay Sekulow, Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore
Chief Counsel – American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), Radio & Television Talk Show Host,
Commentator, Founder – Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism (CASE), Author,
National Law Journal’s Power List (1994) & The American Lawyer’s Public Sector 45 Award (1997)
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Accomplishing Your Dreams

“If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams.”
~ Les Brown,
a.k.a Leslie Calvin “Les” Brown
Motivational Speaker, Author, Radio DJ, Television Host &
Ohio House of Representatives (JAN 3, 1977 – JAN 3, 1983)

Champions Aren’t Made in Gyms

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision.
They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will.
But the will must be stronger than the skill.”’
~ Muhammad Ali
a.k.a Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.,
Boxer & Heavyweight Champion of the World (1964-1979, 3X)

The Education of Children

“I don’t think anybody anywhere can talk about the future of their people or of an organization
without talking about education. Whoever controls the education of our children controls our future.”
~ Wilma Mankiller
Activist, Social Worker, Community Developer & Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1985 – 1995).
~

Carrying Out a Good Resolution

“Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.
Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the mood in which it was made has left you.”
~ Cavett Robert
Teacher, Lawyer, Judge, Real Estate Entrepreneur & Cavett Award (1979)

Cheers to a New Year!

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
~ Oprah Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Difficulties Equal Opportunities

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

Challenging, Rewarding & Satisfying

“If you want to have a challenging life and if you want to have a rewarding and satisfying life,
consider some part of being involved in medical missions around the globe.
The needs are great, the opportunities are great, and the reward and satisfaction are quite unbelievable.”
~ Dr. Paul Osteen,
Speaker, General Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon, Co-Founder – M3 Conference

Raising the Next Generation

“America’s public school system is in shambles,
teaching what it’s not supposed to teach, indoctrinating when it should be educating,
and raising the next generation in ways it decidedly should not go — and voila,
no wonder socialism and secularism are spreading in quick-time, throughout the country”
~ Sandra Lynn “Sam” Sorbo
Actress, Writer, Homeschooling Advocate, Talk Radio Host – The Sam Sorbo Show
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The Prince of Peace was BornCreator

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given,
the government will be upon His shoulders,
and He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
~ Isaiah 9:6
Berean Study Bible
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Learning How to Lose

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose.
Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”
~ Wilma Rudolph,
Sprinter, Olympic Games Gold Medal 1960 Rome 100 M , Olympic Games Gold Medal 1960 Rome 200 M, Olympic Games Gold medal 1960 Rome,
Olympic Games Bronze Medal 1956 Melbourne, United Press International Athlete of the Year (1960),
Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year (1960 & 1961), James E. Sullivan Award (1960), Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award (1962),
National Sports Award (1993), Fraternal Order of Eagles Award, Black Sports Hall of Fame (1973), U.S. National Track and Field Hall of Fame (1974),
U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (1983), National Women’s Hall of Fame (1994), National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame (2001)
Founder – Wilma Rudolph Foundation & U.S. Postal Service Distinguished Americans Postage Stamp (2004)

His Desire: Everybody’s Well

“My family has reaped the benefits of learning that God desires for
everybody to be well, and HE sent His Word to make sure we would know it.”
~ Dodie Osteen,
Co-Founder – Lakewood Church, Speaker & Author

The Same Mistake, Twice

“I haven’t always acted or reacted in a way that made me proud, but I didn’t make that same mistake twice,
and I think that’s what I love about adversity is that it always reminds me of what’s really valuable in life.”
~ Sandra Bullock,
Actress, Producer, Entrepreneur,
Founder – Fortis Films & Philanthropist

Trying So Hard for Something

“Sometimes when we try so hard for something, maybe the reason it is not happening
is that it is not meant to be happening at this time.”
~ Lorraine Pascale
TV Chef, Food Network Host, Model, Author, United Kingdom Government Fostering and Adoption Ambassador,
Emotional Wellness Advocate & Owner – Ella’s Bakehouse (2007-2012)
~

A Sense of Humor Helps

“If you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense at all.
A sense of humor reduces people and problems to their proper proportions.”
~ Canon J. John
Speaker, Storyteller, Evangelist, Social Activist & Author
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Freeing Oneself

“If you are to free yourselves you must break the chains of oppression yourselves.
Only then can we express our dignity, only when we have liberated ourselves can we co-operate with other groups.
Any acceptance of humiliation, indignity or insult is acceptance of inferiority.”
~ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela,
Anti-Apartheid Activist, Politician, First Lady of South Africa (1994–1996), Parliament of South Africa (2009–2018) & (1994–2003)
Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (1994-1996), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award (1985),
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Candace Award (1988),

I Went Merrily to the Bank

“If you can’t ‘Bank’, there’s no need to work.  If I want to do a charity or freebie, I will choose that on my own.
But, basically, I work to see “Okay, the nut is cracked what do I have left to put into the bank?”
Because the bottom line is to capitalize on my health and success, or popularity, at this moment;
because it’s not promised to me in the future (and to prepare for that future).
Even if I become more so, there’s no one to promise that to me.  I’d be a fool to cry later and say,
“I can’t pay my bills; I don’t have anything.”, and whatever.  I don’t want to be one of those people.
I want to say, “Look, when it was time to make hay, I made it.  I’m like a little ant, I went merrily to the bank and put it away.””
~ Lola Falana
Singer, Dancer, Actress, Model, Golden Globe Award Nom. (1970),
Tony Award Nom. (1975), Theater World Award (1975), Founder – Lambs of God.
~

The Most Valuable Thing You Can Give

“The most valuable thing you can give your kids is your time – and, of course, it’s the thing you never seem to have enough of!
Spending time with my children, exploring new experiences and sharing in creative endeavors, is my source of joy and
the greatest gift I can think of. Christmas inspires these moments to cherish, a time to create memories that last.
New Christmases always bring these wonderful memories back.”
~ Sandra Lynn “Sam” Sorbo
Actress, Writer, Homeschooling Advocate, Talk Radio Host – The Sam Sorbo Show
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Going the Last Mile for The Least of These

“Christians are uniquely positioned to care for those in remote regions of the world,
because they are willing to “go the last mile” to care for the “least of these.””
~ Dr. Paul Osteen,
Speaker, General Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon, Co-Founder – M3 Conference

You Can’t Touch Faith

“Faith is not tangible, you can’t touch it. It’s something that’s a belief, something that’s inside of you,
and I needed hope and faith to keep pushing myself past every single day of what I was going through and what I felt.
My true strength comes from God and certainly from my family right after that. They’re the most important things in my life.”

~ Kevin Sorbo,
Screen Actor, Voice Actor, Director & Executive Producer

Your Peers & Your Fans

“It’s kinda nice to be remembered by your peers and your fans, because you can
achieve a lot of success and be a creep too! But we try to be nice, just normal people.”
~ Karen Carpenter
Singer, Drummer, Co-Founder – The Carpenters
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You Can Go Home, Again

“I do not agree with Thomas Wolfe… about anything.
You can go home again as long as you don’t expect home to be what it was when you left it,
or you don’t expect yourself to be what you were when you left home.”
~ Raymond Burr
Actor, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder – Sea God Nurseries,
Owner –
Raymond Burr Vineyards, Emmy Awards (2X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1960),
Canada Post “Canadians in Hollywood” Postage Stamp (2008), Canadian Legends Award (2009), Canada’s Walk of Fame Star (2009)
~

Like He Looked on Earth

“What does God the Father look like? Although I’ve never seen Him,
I believe – as with the Holy Spirit – He looks like Jesus looked on earth.”
~ Benny Hinn,
a.k.a Toufik Benedictus Hinn,
Televangelist, Author & Speaker

Blessing Beyond As Much As You Ever Imagine

“You never know how far your gift will go.
You never know how somebody’s life can change, just like my life.
When you give, you bless beyond as much as you ever imagined.”
~ Lexidan Edmé
Teacher, Pastor & Co-Founder – Mission of Hope International
~

One Positive Thought Can Do It

“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive
to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.”
~ Dr. Robert Harold Schuller,
Pastor, Motivational Speaker, Author
& Founder – Crystal Cathedral

A Certain Kind of Man

“My father was a certain kind of man –
I saw how he treated my mother and his family and how he treated strangers,
and I vowed I would never make a film that would not reflect properly on my father’s name.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

Life: How Precious it Really Is

“The more I grow, and the older I get, the more I am enjoying my life and know how precious it really is.”
~ Yolanda Adams
Gospel Singer, Record Producer, Actress, Radio Host, Author,
Grammy Awards (5X), Stellar Gospel Music Awards (16X), Dove Awards (4X),
American Music Award, NAACP Image Awards(7X), Soul Train Music Award & BET Awards(5X).

The Haters

“Anyone that hates on you is always below you, because they’re just jealous of what you have.”
~ Miley Cyrus
Singer, Songwriter, Actress & Philanthropist

It’s Good That We’re Alive

“It is so easy to forget that this is good that we’re alive.
We should be enjoying this gift of being alive.”
~ Victoria Principal,
Actress, Author, Producer, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur
Bravo Otto Award (2X), Entertainment Business Woman of the Year (1995),
Genii Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Television (1999), Golden Palm Star (2003)
& Founder – The Victoria Principal Foundation for Thoughtful Existence

When Nobody Else Does

“Believe in yourself when nobody else does.”
~ Mary J. Blige,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress,
Grammy Awards (9x), Multi-Platinum Studio Albums (8x),
Founder – Matriarch Records, Fragrance – Melodies by MJB,
Fragrance Foundation FIFI Awards (2x), World Music Awards Legends Award (2006)
& ASCAP Voice of Music Award (2007)

Keep Your Mind & Heart Focused

“As you keep your mind and heart focused in the right direction, approaching each day with faith and gratitude,
I believe you will be empowered to live life to the fullest and enjoy the abundant life He has promised you!”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Every Day, One Day at a Time, is Thanksgiving

“I am grateful to have my life back and for the friends and family who never gave up on me,
for a God who was there when I was ready to find Him.
I am grateful for so much, that every day, one day at a time, is Thanksgiving.”
~ Andrew Zimmern
Culinary Expert, Chef, Restaurateur, Television Personality, Radio Personality,
Director, Producer, Entrepreneur, Food Critic, Journalist, Teacher, Author
James Beard Award for Outstanding TV Food Personality (4X) & Effie Award (2010)

The Tuesday After Thanksgiving

“You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday.
The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving,
shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.”
~ Bill Gates,
a.k.a. William Henry Gates III
Business Magnate, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author,
Co-Founder –  Microsoft & Philanthropist

Something We Should All Celebrate Every Day

“We’re getting ready to sit down at the table and have Thanksgiving,
and there’s people that are not with their families.
There are people that are in dangerous areas, putting their lives on the line
to keep our country free, and I think that’s something we should all celebrate every day.”
~ Guy Fieri,
Restaurateur, Author, Television Host, Hunt & Ryde Winery Owner & Emmy Award
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Coming From Little & Giving a Lot

“My parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot:
buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving,
delivering meals to people in hospices,
giving spare change to those asking for it.”
~ Meghan Markle,
Duchess of Sussex,
Actress, Model, Calligrapher,
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – The Tig (2014-2017)
& Humanitarian

How to Treat Failure

“Unless you treat failure as part of the journey,
you’re never going to get anywhere.”
~ Tom Selleck,
Actor, Film Producer, Co-Founder of the Character Counts Coalition,
Honorary Doctorate for Outstanding Character and Ethic- Pepperdine University (2000),
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1986), Golden Apple Awards (1983),
People’s Choice Award (1984 & 1985 (2x)), Emmy Award (1984), Golden Globe Award (1985),
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (2010)

Become Honest with Each Other

“The more we become honest with each other, we’re going to get past this racist mess.
You can’t just talk the talk, you gotta walk it, and it means changing the way you talk to people,
thinking about how you describe people, think about the jokes you tell.”
~ Monica Kaufman Pearson,
Television Broadcast Journalist, News Anchor (WSB-TV Atlanta, 37 yrs),
Radio Host, Guest Lecturer, College Instructor, Columnist & Emmy Awards (33X)

Unseen Power

“God turned my life around. I could have been dead.
Now just being, and doing good work, is a tribute to His unseen power.”
~ Clifton Davis
Actor, Songwriter, Singer, Pastor & Author.

Noticing Your Life’s ‘Good Things’

“If you are seeing good, you are seeing God. …
When something good happens, you’re seeing God.
Make sure you thank Him for it; make sure you give Him the credit.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor – Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker, Author & Executive Producer

What We Believe as Truth

“Our lives are a reflection of what we think, and the decisions we make,
as well as the actions we take, are all limited by what we believe as truth.”
~ Da’Dra Crawford Greathouse,
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Speaker,
Lakewood Church Senior Worship Leader & Co-Founder of Anointed

Stand, Even When It’s Unpopular

“Make decisions that speak truth to power and stand even when it is unpopular.
In fact, especially when it is unpopular. Stand for the true principles of life, liberty, choice,
and the pursuit of happiness to which we are entitled.”
~ Alfre Woodard,
Co-Founder – Artists for a New South Africa,
Emmy Award (4X), Golden Globe Award & Screen Actors Guild Awards (3X)
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Your Thoughts

“Be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life!”
~ Lisa Osteen Comes,
Associate Pastor – Lakewood Church & Author

I’m Passionate About Him

“I am passionate about God, about Jesus, and what His influences do to me.”
~ TobyMac,
a.k.a. Toby McKeehan
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Author,
American Music Awards (2012), Billboard Music Awards (2X),
Grammy Awards (3X), GMA Dove Awards (19X)

Humanity Can Rise

“Sometimes you see how humanity can rise above any kind of cultural ills and hate
that a person’s capacity to love and communicate and forgive can be bigger than anything else.”
~ Viola Davis,
Actress & Producer

It Looks Better On the Animal

“ It is the consumer who has the ultimate responsibility always … please remember
the fur really does look better on the animal than on you.”
~ Stefanie Powers
Actress, Author , Animal Advocate, Founder – William Holden Wildlife Foundation,
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1992), Sarah Siddons Award (1993), Steiger Award (2011),
Palm Springs Women in Film & Television Organization “9th Annual Broken Glass Award” (2017)

Clock Management: Cutting Up Our Clocks

“Balance is so important. We all have to cut up our clock to find out what works for you.
If you’re ineffective, you’re using bad clock management, and you have to adjust.
Using a basketball reference, the team who wins is the team that can make adjustments in real time.”
~ Kim Fields
Actor & Director

Have Faith & Hope

“I want people to know that God is a good God.
He does want to answer prayers; all we have to do is have faith and hope.
Sometimes life is hard, but God helps us get through.”
~ Dodie Osteen,
Co-Founder – Lakewood Church, Speaker & Author

Love: The Continual Growing

“Keep a conscious intent for your sonata, for your start up, your suspension bridge, for your space station.
Remember, our real work in this life is the continual growing into how to love and how to receive love.
You guys are finally free to go and do. So go, make stuff. Make just laws. Make films.
Make sustainable foods, renewable energy. Make love. Make peace.”
~ Alfre Woodard,
Co-Founder – Artists for a New South Africa,
Emmy Award (4X), Golden Globe Award & Screen Actors Guild Awards (3X)
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Wrong Believing & Right Believing

“If we’re honest, we all have some measure of wrong believing in our lives.
If you don’t believe this, all you need to do is ask yourself,
‘Have I often felt anxious, worried, or fearful that the worst
would happen to me and my loved ones?

What you believe is very powerful. If you have toxic emotions of fear, guilt and depression,
it is because you have wrong thinking, and you have wrong thinking because of wrong believing.

Wrong believing puts people in a prison. Even though there are no physical shackles,
wrong believing causes its inmates to behave as though they were incarcerated in a
maximum-security penitentiary. What you believe is powerful.


If you can change what you believe, you can change your life!”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor – New Creation Church

They Teach Him Something Every Day

“I love my kids so much. They teach me something every day;
it always brings richness to my work, and even more in life.”
~ Blair Underwood,
Actor (Television, Film & Stage), Director, Philanthropist,
1993 Humanitarian Award (1993), NAACP Image Awards (3X) & Grammy Award

Loved the Same & Everlastingly So

“I hope they take the message that Jesus hasn’t changed.
He loves everyone the same. He has no favorites.
What He did for me, He will do for anybody. I just want them to know that God’s Word is the same.
That Jesus loves us with an everlasting love.”
~ Dodie Osteen,
Co-Founder – Lakewood Church Speaker & Author

The Advice & Experiences of the Amazing, Smart Ones

“I’ve learned that while I’d be a fool not to stay open to the advice and experiences of the smart, amazing people in my life, I also need to listen to what I have to say.”
~ Alicia Keys
a.k.a. Alicia Augello Cook,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress