Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.
― William Arthur Ward
A wise, old saying from Proverbs: “To answer before listening is folly and shame.” (Proverbs 18:13)
William Arthur Ward said, “Before You Speak, Listen.” I admit Listening before talking is hard work. Our impulse is to answer. If you resist, it takes self-control and self-denial. Al
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.“ ~ William Arthur Ward
Faith is an act of the imagination. And a healthy, vibrant imagination is crucial to the Christian life. You will likely disagree with these statements if you associate the imagination with delusion.
“Now to the one who can do infinitely more than all we can ask or imagine according to the power that is working among us.“ ~ Ephesians 3:20
“Then I sent to him, saying, There are no such things done as you say, but you imagine them out of your own heart.“ ~ Nehemiah 6:8
- “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it” –William Arthur Ward
- “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough.”–Melody Beattie
- “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” –Thornton Wilder