Just because we have made mistakes doesn't mean we are mistakes. – Mike Foster
You are the only person on earth, who can use your ability. – Zig Ziglar
And Grace calls out, “You are not just a disillusioned old man who may die soon, a middle-aged woman stuck in a job and desperately wanting to get out, a young person feeling the fire in the belly begin to grow cold. You may be insecure, inadequate, mistaken or potbellied. Death, panic, depression, and disillusionment may be near you. But you are not just that. You are accepted.” Never confuse your perception of yourself with the mystery that you really are accepted. – Brennan Manning
It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability, that counts. – Corrie Ten Boom
You are the living product of divine intentionality – Erwin Raphael McManus
Insist on yourself; never imitate. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. – Steve Jobs
What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. – Anonymous
When we accept ourselves for what we are, we decrease our hunger for power or the acceptance of others because our self-intimacy reinforces our inner sense of security. We are no longer preoccupied with being powerful or popular. We no longer fear criticism because we accept the reality of our human limitations. Once integrated, we are less often plagued with the desire to please others because simply being true to ourselves brings lasting peace. We are grateful for life and we deeply appreciate and love ourselves. – Brennan Manning
Find satisfaction in Him who made you, and only then find satisfaction in yourself as part of His creation. – St. Augustine
In the great orchestra we call life, you have an instrument and a song, and you owe it to God to play them both sublimely. – Max Lucado
We are what we believe we are. – C.S. Lewis
Genuine self-acceptance is not derived from the power of positive thinking, mind games or pop psychology. IT IS AN ACT OF FAITH in the God of grace. – Brennan Manning
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be - brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so small that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in us, it’s in everyone.
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
– Marianne Williamson, 1992 (Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 Inaugural Speech)
We were made for God and we will be restless until we find rest in him. – St. Augustine
Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently—they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs
If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail; If you can’t be the sun, be a star; For it isn’t by size that you win or you fail—Be the best of whatever you are. – Douglas Mallock
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark Twain
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt
It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else and still unknown to himself. – Francis Bacon
To know ourselves and to be true to ourselves is to be true to God. For to be true to ourselves is to be true to how God has made us, how God has crafted our personalities, how God has given us ability and talent. God will call us to serve him in the church and the world; however, this calling will always be consistent with who we are, with whom he created us to be. – Gordon T. Smith
I [am] convinced that what we do is not nearly as important as who we are. – Shane Claiborne
If every life is worthy, every life is also capable of greatness. – Condoleezza Rice
Becoming obsessed with what people think is the quickest way to forget about what God thinks. – Craig Groeschel
The dignity of our individuality (the prints on my soul are as unique as those on my fingers) reflects God's creative genius. – Larry Crabb
Our story is what we have to offer the world. So much more important than being heard is having something to say. – Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul
For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened," He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love. – Brennan Manning
We are wonderfully unique in our identity, capable of an intimacy with God that makes us feel uniquely special to Him. We are also powerfully deceived by our self-focused approach to life that makes it seem there is no higher pursuit in life than to find ourselves. We are both dignified and depraved. – Larry Crabb
The trick is not caring what EVERYBODY thinks of you and just caring about what the RIGHT people think of you. – Brian Michael Bendis, Comic Book Writer
We must never forget that what we once were is nothing compared with what we are becoming. – T. D. Jakes
It takes courage to not only accept our limitations but embrace our potential. – Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul
If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. – Vincent van Gogh
It was only when God created us that he upgraded the compliment and said not only that it was good, but that it was very good. – Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul
If all you see are your limitations, you will miss out on the stunning possibilities God is creating in front of you. – Mike Foster
Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion. – Brennan Manning
People are attracted to the gifts that make you strong, but they are positively affected by the hurts that make you human. – Mike Foster
Why am I in such a hurry to find out what people think of me? I even have gone to the trouble of playing myself broadly in order to hurry up their decision. ...I must be who I am and people adjust to it. Don't try to rush or influence the decision. Do not let what you think they think of you make you stop and question everything you are. – Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist
You can't blend in when you were born to stand out. – R.J. Palacio, Wonder
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt
The very best time to forgive a critic is before you're ever criticized. – Lysa TerKeurst
You can't consistently perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself. – Zig Ziglar
Quit beating yourself up. We all live under grace and do the best we can. – Billy Graham