Love & Its Difficult Choices


“Love is a commitment that will be tested in the most vulnerable areas of spirituality, a commitment that will force you to make some very difficult choices. It is a commitment that demands that you deal with your lust, your greed, your pride, your power, your desire to control, your temper, your patience, and every area of temptation that the Bible clearly talks about. It demands the quality of commitment that Jesus demonstrates in His relationship to us.”
I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love
~ Ravi Zacharias,
Christian Apologist, Author, Radio Host, Scholar &
Founder & Chairman of the Board – Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM – 2020)
“… The findings of this investigation have convinced us more than ever of the necessity and sufficiency of the Gospel. No one is without the need for a savior. Sin resides in the heart of every human being. Jesus is the only person who is exactly who He says He is, and the only Savior worthy of our ultimate trust and worship. Jesus is fully committed to truth and to justice, and he unqualifiedly stands with victims.”

~ International Board of Directors of RZIM

Acknowledging Our Own Mistakes

“Sometimes it’s difficult to accept, to recognize one’s own mistakes, but one must do it.”
~ Mikhail Gorbachev
President of the Soviet Union (3.15.1990 – 12.25.1991), General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (3.11.1985 – 8.24.1991),
Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (5.25.1989 – 3.15.1990), Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (10.1.1988 – 5.25.1989),
Co-Author, Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development (1988), Nobel Peace Prize (1990), Ronald Reagan Freedom Award (1992),
University of Louisville, Kentucky Grawemeyer Award (1994), Portuguese President Mário Soares’ Grand-Cross of the Order of Liberty (1995),
National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award (1998), Dublin City Council Freedom of the City of Dublin (2002),
Charles V Prize by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation (2002),
Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children (2004 – Gorbachev, Sophia Loren & Bill Clinton) & Point Alpha Prize (2005)
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When You Fall, You Can Get Back Up

“I know that being seen as a role model means taking responsibility for all my actions.
I am human, and of course, sometimes I make mistakes.
But, I promise that when I fall, I get back up.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer,
Dancer, Producer & Singer

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

All Things Glittery & Sticky

“I don’t know about other mamas out there, but my children love all things glittery and sticky!
I made the mistake of buying an expensive rug once…it was destroyed in 6 months.
So the idea of having a washable rug is genius to me!”
~ Tamara Day,
Interior Designer, Actress & Co-Founder – Growing Days

Creating Wholeness

“I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters.
I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from,
how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger.”
~ Samuel L. Jackson,
Actor & Film Producer

Enhancing Everything About You

“By taking the time to stop and appreciate who you are and what you’ve achieved
– and perhaps learned through a few mistakes, stumbles and losses
– you actually can enhance everything about you. Self-acknowledgment and appreciation
are what give you the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments.”
~ Jack Canfield,
Author, Motivational Speaker, Seminar Leader,
Corporate Trainer & Entrepreneur

Better Things

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer, Humanitarian & Film Producer

Each of Us Can Always Get Better

“You can always get better. Nobody can stop you from getting better,
and nobody can stop you from trying to make something right.”
~ Roseanne Cherrie Barr,
Actress, Comedian, Writer, Author, Producer, Director & Politician

Learn from Your Mistakes & Your Successes

“We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes,
but I think it’s more important to learn from successes.
If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.”

~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author & Minister

To Make it Through Challenges

“In life we face challenges and
oftentimes we need one another to make it through.”
~ Priscilla Marie ‘Cece’ Winans Love,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Talk Show Host, Speaker,
Author, Dove Awards (23X) Stellar Awards (15X) & Grammy Awards (12X)

An Inevitable Consequence of Doing Something New

“Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil.
They aren’t evil at all.
They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new.”
~ Ed Catmull,
Computer Scientist, Co-Founder of Pixar, Author, Academy Awards (4X),
IEEE John von Neumann Medal (2006) & Computer History Museum Fellow (2013)

That One Thing Isn’t Their Totality

“You cannot define a person on just one thing.
You can’t just forget all these wonderful and good things
that a person has done because one thing
didn’t come off the way you thought it should come off.”
~ Aretha Franklin,
Singer, Musician & Philanthropist

Excelling & Succeeding with Demanding Enterprises

“We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities
we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.”
~ Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville,
Political Thinker & Historian

Forgiving You & Them

“Forgive those who have hurt you.
Forgive yourself for your
faults and your mistakes and move on.”
~ Les Brown,
a.k.a Leslie Calvin “Les” Brown
Motivational Speaker, Author, Radio DJ, Television Host &
Ohio House of Representatives (1-3-1977 – 1-3-1983)

When You Rise, Give Thanks

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks
for the light,
for your life,
for your strength.
Give thanks
for your food and
for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.”
~ Tecumseh,
Shawnee Warrior & Chief, Orator & Founder – Prophetstown

Less Than 100% Perfect

“I wish there were two of me and 48-hour days
so I could get everything done.
But for me, I have to not try and think that everything
has to be 100% perfect all the time
and leave room for error.
As long as my kids feel loved and a priority,
everything really is secondary.”
~ Jessica Alba,
Actress, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Mistakes: Learn From Them & Move Forward

“Like everyone else, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life.
The only way I know how to handle them is to learn from them and move forward.”
~ Alex Rodriguez,
Professional Baseball Shortstop/Third Baseman:
Seattle Mariners (1994–2000), Texas Rangers (2001–2003), New York Yankees (2004–2013, 2015–2016)
All-Star (14x: 1996–1998, 2000–2008, 2010, 2011), World Series Champion (2009), AL MVP (3X: 2003, 2005, 2007),
Gold Glove Award (2X: 2002, 2003), Silver Slugger Award (10X: 1996, 1998–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008),
AL Hank Aaron Award (2001–2003, 2007) & Grand Slams with 25.

Her Greatest Beauty Secret

“My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself.
I don’t use special creams or treatments – I’ll use a little bit of everything.
It’s a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself.
I believe that a lot of how you look
is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life.
Happiness is the greatest beauty secret.”
~ Tina Turner,
Recording Artist, Dancer, Actress & Author,

Our Blunders in History

Statue of Liberty, American flag, quote by Gloria Estefan,
“As an immigrant I appreciate, far more than the average American,
the liberties we have in this country.
Silence is a big enemy of morality.
I don’t want our blunders in history to get repeated.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, Continue reading “Our Blunders in History”

Use Failure Like a Stepping Stone

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone.
Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes,
but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy,
or any of your time, or any of your space.”
~ Johnny Cash,
Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist, Actor & Author

‘Failing’ in a Learning Posture

“We must expect to fail… yet fail in a learning posture,
determined not to repeat the mistakes,
and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process.”
~ Ted Engstrom,
Founding Architect of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability,
& (Former) Head of Youth for Christ & World Vision International

A Most Satisfying Victory

“The life of the individual is a continuous combat with errors and obstacles,
and no victory is more satisfying than the one achieved against opposition.”
~ Gustav Stresemann,
Politician and Statesman

Two Primary Choices

“There are two primary choices in life:
to accept conditions as they exist
or accept the responsibility for changing them.

~ Denis Waitley,
Motivational Speaker,
Consultant & Author

Throwing in The Towel?

“The biggest mistake that people make is
they give up too soon, and they throw in the towel.
Becoming a successful leader has a lot to do with
realizing how strong you are.
The human body, the human mind and
the human heart can take a lot.
Fight through bad times in business,
and you’ll be surprised you can
work through it usually.
But people give up too soon,
and they don’t realize how much more
they can put into it without giving up.”
~ Tilman J. Fertitta,
Owner, Chairman & CEO of Fertitta Entertainment
(Landry’s & Golden Nugget)

Launching Pads Are Made of the Lowest Points

“Your lowest points are launching pads to God’s greatest promotions.”
~ Joseph Prince,
Author, Co-Founder & Pastor of New Creation Church

The Chemistry for Miracles

“But, I think my mistakes became the chemistry for my miracles.
I think that my tests became my testimonies.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Mistakes: Opportunities to Overcome

“I don’t remember any mistakes, only opportunities to overcome problems.””
~ James Sorenson,,
Founder – Sorenson Companies & Philanthropist

Not Necessarily

“A failure is not, necessarily a mistake.
It’s simply doing the best you can do
with the current information and
resources you have at the moment.

The only real mistake a
person can make is to quit trying.”

~ Cody Sperber,
Real Estate Entrepreneur
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Growing Beyond a Mistake

“Mistakes grow your brain. … at least a small part of the fore-brain called the thalamus can appreciably grow after periods of the sort of cognitive stimulation involved in mistake-making. What matters for improving performance is that a person is challenged, which requires a mindset that is receptive to being challenged, if not actively seeking out challenge and failure. And that may be the most important thing a teacher can impart.”
~ Jo Boaler,
Professor of Mathematics Education
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Our Daddy

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“No matter what your age is, or will be, YOU will always be the Creator’s ‘baby’,
His child, forever loved by Him. Beyond mistakes, errors & terrible things
He loves, He forgives, He corrects & He restores!
We are, forever, loved by Him.”
~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie,
Blogger, Visual Artist, Website Designer,
Christmas Decor Stylist, Author & Entrepreneur
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Double Your Rate of Failure

“Would you like me to give you a formula for…success?  It’s quite simple, really.
Double your rate of failure…  You’re thinking of failure as the enemy of success.
But it isn’t at all…  You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it.
So, go ahead and make mistakes.  Make all you can.
Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success.  On the far side..”
~ Thomas John Watson, Sr.,
Businessman, Chairman & CEO of IBM