Some More Thoughts From Various Authors About Second Chances

“I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”

Maya Angelou

“When my father passed away, he had his organs donated. In that painful moment, I was deeply comforted knowing that my father would be able to give others a second chance at life. That is why I encourage everyone to sign up to be a donor.”

John Perez

“I’m going to write a book, continue acting, continue motivational speaking and just share with people who I am and what I’ve learned in my second chance of life and pass it on to people in their first chance of life.”

J. R. Martinez

“There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback – seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.”

Rachel Griffiths

“America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.”

George W. Bush

Some Thoughts On Honesty From Various Authors

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”

Noël Coward

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters”

Albert Einstein

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

George Washington

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom.”

Thomas Jefferson

“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

Some Thoughts On Adversity From Various Authors

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

Maya Angelou

“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”

Edgar Allan Poe

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“Adversity is like a strong wind. I don’t mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.”

Arthur Golden

“I love those who can smile in trouble…”

Leonardo da Vinci

Some Verses About Hope From The Bible

” ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'”

Matthew 25:21

“And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will be no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name.”

Malachi 3:16

“But just as it is written, ‘Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

1 Corinthians 2:9

Commentary On The Letter From Paul To The Colossians Chapter 3:1-4

Chapter 3:1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ keep seeking the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

Chapter 3:2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on the earth.

Chapter 3:3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Chapter 3:4 When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Paul begins this section by telling the Colossians about becoming more like Christ through experience of living the Christian walk. He reminds them of what they already are due to God’s grace and because Christians are risen with Christ, that they should show the glory of God to others. We must remember that we have died with Christ and we are not of this world. We must focus on the things that are above and not on the world. For me, this is easier said than done. The lesson for today to be put into action is to show someone the love of Christ and show them that your life is different because of your personal, intimate, love relationship with Christ.

Some Verses About Suffering From The Bible

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

Romans 8:18

“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.”

2 Corinthians 4:17

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword?”

Romans 8:35

“For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

Philippians 1:29

“After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

1 Peter 5:10

Some Verses About Praise From The Bible

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”

Ephesians 1:3

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:16

“Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.”

James 5:13

“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”

Colossians 3:17

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people.”

Luke 1:68