“It is just as important to learn how to receive a blessing as it is to be willing to give one.”
~ John H. Osteen,
Co-Founder & Pastor – Lakewood Church (1959-1999) & Author
“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
“If you’re given gifts or blessings in your life, it’s up to you to help the guy coming up behind you.”
~ Jimmy Smits,
Actor, Co-Founder – National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts,
Primetime Emmy Award (1990), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995),
Golden Globe Awards (1996), Satellite Awards (1998),
ALMA Awards (2006) & Saturn Awards (2009)
“I’m telling people life is full of ups and downs, victories and failures, joys and pains, good and ugly,
and someday it’s all going to come to something beautiful.
Sometimes we don’t understand. Sometimes it’s to develop us or to focus us.
But it’s all for a reason. … When I look at my life and how far I’ve come,
I have to say it’s a masterpiece. I’m blessed through it all.”
~ Deitrick Haddon,
Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Pastor, Actor & Pianist
“I realize that I’m in the top one percent of the world.
I’ve traveled a lot. I’ve seen immense poverty in the world,
and I can’t live with everything I’ve had and be comfortable
with everything I have unless I do something for the rest of the world.”
~ Andie MacDowell,
Actress, Model & Philanthropist
“If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone
gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction.
Remember, also, that you are indebted to life
until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.”
~ Melinda Gates,
Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“I do give money to panhandlers, but my husband and I [also] have several charities
where we are hands-on and have such a ways to go to reach our goals.
I prefer to give there.”
~ Pauletta Washington,
Artist, Actress, Philanthropist, Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award (2000),
BET Humanitarian Award (2005) & The Prince Rainier III Award (2010)
“My job has always been to entertain people.
I want people to laugh.”
~ Shaquille O’Neal,
Businessman, Investor, Real Estate Entrepreneur & Global Spokesperson
“For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth.
But, with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility.
And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people,
and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.”
~ Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson,
Business Magnate & Investor, Philanthropist, & Founder of Virgin Group
“The purpose of God’s blessing is to enable you to be a great channel of blessing to others.
If you have nothing, there is nothing you can do for anyone else;
if you have a little, you can only help a little;
but if you have plenty, there is a whole lot you can do.
When you are blessed, you have a mighty foundation
from which to impact others. You are blessed to be a blessing.”
~ Brian Houston,
Executive Producer, TV Host, College President, Author & Pastor