Monthly Archives: January 2014

Special Video Presentation: Jackie Evancho

Here is a video which a friend sent to me, which I’d like to share.
This is Jackie Evancho singing “To Believe.”
It includes the words to the song, and Jackie’s prayer, which includes her words, 
“Father, as you can see, I’m just a child …”

Jackie was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on April 9, 2000 … when this was recorded, she was 11 years old …
Enjoy!



Now, here is an even younger Jackie Evancho singing,
“The Lord’s Prayer.”

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“A Little Light” Reading: Part Three

What a difference a little light makes!

Now, we look at the New Testament and what it says about the importance of “light,” and, in particular, how having this “light” should affect the world around us-regardless of how dark that world is when we first arrive in it.

The first time “light” is mentioned in the New Testament, it is referring to the fulfilled prophecy of Isaiah (9:1-2), regarding where the Messiah would live, and His effect on those around Him:
“The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up” (Matthew 4:16).

It is most interesting to note that Matthew’s first recorded words of Jesus, regarding light, are not that Jesus is the light of the world, but that WE are!
“Ye are the light of the world … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).

Yes, according to Jesus, we are the light of the world! This should both encourage and remind us that Christian light comes from us, and our light comes from Him! Even as we reflect His light to those around us, His light is reflected to the world. Jesus spoke so often of being “I AM,” but this was the one time that the words of Jesus turned toward us,
telling us that YOU ARE … the light of the world.

When we have this light within us, those around us-both believer and non-believer alike-will recognize the fact that we have this light:
“No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light”
(Luke 8:16).
This Word is so important that Jesus included the example in His Sermon on the Mount (from Matthew, above), here in Luke’s recording of “The Parable of the Candle,” and Jesus would repeat these exact same words in Luke 11:33. So, the question is, when I enter a place, whether it’s a room or a building, do “those who enter in” see this light?

John wrote this about Jesus:
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men … That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” (John 1:4, 9).

When John the Baptist appeared on the scene, he “came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light” (John 1:7-8).

It must also be said that, yes, while others will be able to tell that you have this light … this doesn’t mean that everyone will be glad about it. In fact, Scripture says that yes, you will be hated for the very reason that you do have this light:
“For every one that doeth evil
hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved”
(John 3:20).
This fully explains why, sometimes, just your

presence in a room changes the atmosphere of that room.

Let us never forget that it is Jesus’ light which shines from us … not our own:
“I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not

walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Ever seen someone who just seems to wander aimlessly through life, not knowing where they are going? Jesus explains this: “for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth” (John 12:35).
Well, guess what? For someone like that, we are called to help them: “that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness” (Romans 2:19).

Aren’t you glad that you know Jesus? “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46).

Paul would testify that it was the “spreading” of this light which was his call to ministry:
“For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have

set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for
salvation unto the ends of the earth … To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light …” (Acts 13:47; 26:18).
And, in 2 Corinthians 4:6: “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Peter would also write of the calling:
“But ye are a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9) … whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place …”
(2 Peter 1:19).

When Paul wrote of “the armor” of God in Ephesians, chapter 6, he didn’t include this:
“let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).
Paul reminds us “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light”
(Ephesians 5:8).

Let us not forget how dark the world was, when Paul wrote these words …
To the Ephesians: “… Christ shall give thee light”
(Ephesians 5:14)…

To the Philippians: “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15) …
To the Colossians: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light”
(Colossians 1:12)…
To the Thessalonians: “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness”
(1 Thessalonians
5:5) …

I think how overlooked the significance of being a “light” is, yet, the importance of it is all around us, in our daily speech. For instance, when someone is considered to be “not very smart,” we say they are “not very bright.” How about someone who is considered to be intelligent? We say they are really “bright.” A great idea is a “bright” idea.

Isn’t it amazing how important this “light” is?
Just as amazing is this:

The exact same light which lights us, which lights our world, which shines in the darkness around us … that exact same light will be the only source of light in Heaven … for all eternity … the same light you have right now!
“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof… And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it …And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 21:23, 24; 22:5)

Amen!

Over at our Christian store, we have this wonderful work of art, which captures this expression of being “the light” to a dark world. Here’s a picture and link for you:
The Light of The World
Hope you enjoyed the series!
Blessings to you, and your family,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.
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“A Little Light” Reading: Part Two

“…it all started when I looked at my neighbor’s driveway …  and, then, looked at my driveway … What a difference a little light makes …”

Now, we look at the Old Testament and what it says about the importance of “light.”

How important is “light” in Scripture? Consider this:

The very first recorded words of God:
“Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3).

God’s very first act of creation was creating light:
“And God said, Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3).

Make no mistake: If we will be that light, God will see it:

The second recorded words of God:
“And God saw the light, that it was good” (Genesis 1:4).

Are we supposed to be separate from the world?

God’s first act-after His first act of creation?
“God divided the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:4).

In the days of Moses, one of the plagues which struck Egypt was the absence of light:
“there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days” (Exodus 10:22).

Not only does our light separate us from the darkness … regardless of how dark the world gets … we must be, and have, within us, that light:
“all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings”
(Exodus 10:23).

Nehemiah wrote that, in their travel across the wilderness, that God “leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go” (Nehemiah 9:12).

God still gives us His light, to guide us, in the way we should go.

King David wrote a lot about God’s light, and, when you consider that part of the Davidic Covenant promised “that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there” (1 Kings 11:36), it makes sense that David would refer to this “light” often.
Other writers would write of this covenant, and the importance of this light:
“Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever”
(2 Chronicles 21:7).

David would write:
“LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us” (Psalm 4:6).
“For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness” (Psalm 18:28).
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).
“For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light” (Psalm 36:9).
“And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday” (Psalm 37:6).

Other Psalmists would also refer to the light:
“O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me”
(Psalm 43:3).

“Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous”
(Psalm 112:4).

“God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light” (Psalm 118:27).
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:130).

David’s son, Solomon, would also refer to light:
“But the path of the just is as the shining light”
(Proverbs 4:18).

This light inside of us is so important to guide our way. How does the world act? Those who don’t have this light?

“They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man” (Job 12:25).

The book of Job contains several references to light, including this: “Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine” (Job 18:5).

Solomon would agree with this in Proverbs 13:9: “The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.”

Isaiah would plead, “O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD” (Isaiah 2:5).
Isaiah would describe the words of those who don’t have this light:
“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them
(Isaiah 8:20).

Isaiah’s great words of prophecy would often refer to light:
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined (9:2) … I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles (42:6) … I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them (42:16) … Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people (51:4) … Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward (58:8) … Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee (60:1) … And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising (60:3) … The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory (60:19) … Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended” (60:3).

I love the book of Isaiah!

And, Daniel … who wrote this of the wisdom of God:
“He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him
(Daniel 2:22).

I often write that, when the Spirit of God is with you, you can’t hide it: Others-even unbelievers-will clearly see this … and, when they are in a desperate situation, they will come to you, just like what happened to Daniel. The King was greatly troubled over both his dreams, and the fact that his “wise men” could not interpret the meaning of his dreams. His wife, the Queen, came to the King to report that “There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him …” (Daniel 5:11).

When Daniel was brought to the King, here are the first words the King spoke to Daniel: “I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee … And I have heard of thee …” (Daniel 5:14-16).

If God’s Spirit … the Light … is really in you … word will “get around.”

Make no mistake: Life is tough, and the world around us is dark. Let us all look to the words of Micah:
“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me … he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness” (Micah 7:8-9).

Before I close, let’s go back to Daniel for the great soul-winning verse:  “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).
Amen!

Next time, the New Testament!

Blessings,
R.V.R.
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“A Little Light” Reading: Part One

Well, it all started on Saturday, when I looked at my neighbor’s driveway … and, then, looked at  my driveway. His driveway was completely cleared of ice and snow.
Neighbor Driveway

My driveway, on the other hand, except for tire tracks leading to the garage, was completely covered in snow.
Our Driveway

How can this be? His house is directly across the street … they got blasted with the same amount of snow … yet, here, days later, his snow is gone, and mine remains. There wasn’t enough snow to bring out the snow blower, and I know he hadn’t shoveled. Why the difference?

I then looked around my yard, and saw all the trees. Surrounded by trees. While my neighbor does
have trees … for a couple of hours a day … the sun hits his driveway, while mine remains in the
shade. It was then that I realized what a huge difference just a little light makes. Then, God started working on me. What a huge difference just a little light makes.

I know we are all called to be lights in a dark world. It is the darkest places that need the most light. And, the darker the place, the greater effect even a small light makes. This explains why God has placed so many of us in places where … let’s face it … we say (or cry out), “God … what am I doing here … in this place?” My own answer to that is another question (much like Jesus would answer a question), such as, “Yes … what are you doing in this place?”

Well? What are you doing in “your place,” the place where God has placed you? Yes, so often this refers to a work-place. Surrounded by unbelievers … what are you doing in your place? Are you, am I, being that light that God has placed us there to be? I heard someone say once that God will
surround us with exactly the right people … to do “in us” what He wants done in us.

Wow, the more I think about it, the more that question grabs me: “What am I doing here?” Am I doing what God put me here to do, to be?

We live in the great North Woods of New Hampshire, USA. According to statistics, our county receives less sunlight per year than any county in the contiguous United States … if not in first place in this category, we are sometimes listed as second. After heart disease, suicide is the leading cause
of death in adult males in the state. I don’t need to remind anyone that certain practices and lifestyles are legal here, which, well, are also legal in other states.

I think it’s safe to say that, spiritually, this is dark territory. But, is it any darker than other areas? One of the “darkest” areas I’ve ever visited, and I mean I could feel it, was a certain town in Georgia. I’ve seen others. I’ve “talked the gun” out of someone’s hand in “brighter” states, and, I’ve also gotten there too late. So, it may be fair to just say that the Bible is true … we live in a dark world, that darkness abounds “everywhere.” And, it’s not a geographic issue. I must admit that I do praise God for the opportunity to give the devil a black eye by operating a Christian business in the heart of this particular territory. That, from here, “out of the darkness,” we are able to bless people all over the world. From here. We are especially blessed to, from here, be allowed the privilege to bless Pastors all over the world. From here. And, to God’s glory, our writing has flourished here. From here.

Much as when I moved to New England from Georgia, when we moved to Northern New Hampshire, I had absolutely no doubt that it was God’s will for us to do so. It seems like every day, I get another confirmation that this is true. Yet, I also feel that we’ve only just begun. I hope that you feel this same way, too. About where you are, and “where you are.”

So, where I am doesn’t matter as much as “where I am.”

At the top of my list of “Other People’s Quotes,” is this quote, listed number one, from Helen Keller:
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

So … as I look around, and mostly, inwardly, I must ask, “What am I doing here?” His will or mine?
Let’s face it, and I seem to know so many who share this same sentiment about where they live: The will of so many is to leave. “I hate it here.” “I can’t wait to get out of this place.” Sound familiar? I think the one thing that surprised me the most after moving here is how many people here hate the cold weather. I mean, they hate it! My first response often goes unsaid: “Well, then, what are you doing here?” I do, however, often add this bit of advice: “You can be miserable anywhere. “Here’s another “Let’s face it:” I get the feeling that these people would be miserable regardless of where they lived. Right? Sound familiar? We have a habit of leaving one area, moving to another … but, we carry the same bags with us. I think this may be another subject for another time. Another saying I’ve heard often: “When a man is right, his world will be right.”

I do know this: What is true for us here in the North Country is the same for every town, every city, every “Country” on earth: God needs people here, and He will always need people here. I know that, in this town, God has brought certain people here for a particular reason … I feel that the
same can be said for your town, any town. Because, it is God’s desire for us to show forth His glory to the world around us … regardless of where that “world” is.

And, the darker the place, the more light is needed. And, the greater effect light will have on the surroundings. Even a little light.

A Little Light does make all the difference!

A Little Light does make all the difference!

Next, in Part Two, we examine this matter of “light” in Scripture, beginning with the Old Testament.

Blessings to you, and your family,
R. V. R.
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Special Video Presentation: Martin’s Big Words

At this time last year, we posted a group of quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., to go with pictures for the presentation. Now, even one year later, that post continues to be one of the most-viewed posts on the blog.
To view that post again, just click here:

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Quote Collection

Now, we present a video of the book “Martin’s Big Words.” The book was written by Doreen Rappaport, and the narration is by Michael Clarke Duncan. To go with the beautiful artwork, a choir is featured throughout the presentation.

The words of the book, the excellent narration, and the choir, all join together to make viewing this an unforgettable experience.
Please enjoy the video … remember … and honor … the life and lasting legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Success as The Goal: The Word “In Season” From the Sidelines

Well, here it is in the middle of January, and I am still seeing emails, blog posts, and news stories about “the year that was” and what we wish for the New Year. I read these, always on the lookout for encouraging words, things that will inspire me for the days and months ahead … regardless of the time of year. You just never know where you’ll find that one word that you need that will “take you over the edge” to improving, being better, etc. I’ve also discovered that you just never know who that word, “in season” may come from.

I think of a famous NFL coach who, it seems, after every game, even if they win big, always says, “We need to improve … get better … We’ll go in … look at the film … find ways to improve … find ways to get better…” I know I’ve heard him say that when they were leading by 30 points at half-time … “There’s still some things we need to improve on … do better …”

I think, really, what a great statement that is for us in our Christian walk. Isn’t that what we really want? To have a better, closer relationship with Jesus? To improve, to get better? As we look ahead … tomorrow … the next day … the next day … the whole “New Year,” shouldn’t that be our goal? Let’s face it: Even those days when we “did great,” didn’t we lose our witness at a critical time, even though we had stayed in “prayer/thank you Jesus” mode all day … even on those rare days … there always seems to be at least a couple of times we wish we had said something different, not joked when maybe a Christian thought shared may have been better, or not had a certain thought … you get the idea.

I pray every day, asking God to help me think the right thing, do the right thing, and say the right thing. And, to write the right thing. To stay faithful to His calling, and to His Word.

Well … yet again, I started writing a certain post (had a great title and everything!), and in the middle of the first sentence, God changes it, and here I am, writing something completely different. The way I love to write: Not my hand, but His Heart.
I think God just gave me another great saying!
When I write, let it be His heart, not my hand.

When I think, let it be His thoughts, not my thoughts. I pray every day for Jesus to renew my mind. Philippians 2:5 says to “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
Let’s not forget who we are in Christ. How powerful it is, when we see ourselves the way Jesus sees us. And, that’s only half of the battle: Perhaps our greatest need … the one which may bring our biggest improvement … is to see others … other people … the way Jesus sees them. If we just grab hold of that … what a difference that would make. Really, if we just did that … see ourselves, and others, the way Jesus does … think of how differently we would think, we would act … and, we would talk!

When I act, let me act like Jesus would. It was on these pages that I made the statement that, perhaps, the “thing” to ask is not “What Would Jesus Do?” but, “What Would Jesus Want Me To Do?” … Don’t worry … already working on developing that one …

My words. Ouch! I don’t know about you, but that’s the one that gets me in trouble the most. Not with students … but, with adults. I have so much joy in my heart that, sometimes, I just get too silly … I mean it … this is my biggest area needing improvement. Maybe. And, I don’t mean “trouble” like getting into trouble, just being too silly, or joking around too much. Deep down, I feel like, if I have a reputation for being a joker, how do I then turn it around and be serious, and witness to these same people? I want them, when they see me, to see Jesus, not a joker. To see Christ, not a clown. How about you? Maybe your words aren’t silly … they are sad … We have all known people, who, when they just walk in the room, they bring everyone down. I need to be more sincere, but that doesn’t mean to be negative. It’s just that I have so much joy, and God has blessed me so much, that it spills over … I need to control that … to improve … to get better. To let my words be His Words.

If I can think better, and can speak better, I will act better. So, if I think like Jesus, see myself and others the way Jesus does, and if I speak like Jesus … then it would have to happen that I would act more like Jesus. What a change this would make in tomorrow … the next day … the next day … the whole year. A successful week is a series of successful days … a successful month is a series of successful weeks … and, you get the idea.

One more thought about words: Proverbs 18:21 is right (of course it’s right!): “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.” You just never know how your words may affect others; or, how the words of others may affect you. I wonder if this famous football coach ever thought that his words would be a huge encouragement to Christians around the globe? That God would use his words to spread His Word?

So, for tomorrow … the next day … the next day … the whole Year, let’s follow his advice:
Let’s go in (go to a separate place, away from the crowd, to be alone with God)
Look at the film (Read the Word)
Look for ways to improve (Pray)

Hey! He’s right! If you’ll just do these three things, I guarantee we will all:
Improve
Get Better
Do Better

Blessings to you, and your family.
Now, and always.

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Inspirational Quotes: For Teachers, Students … And Parents

Continuing our theme “For Teachers, Students … and Parents,” here is a list of quotes I received from the Teachers website, SimpleK12.

I’m asked why I don’t write more about the “Teacher” part of my persona, and I will try to do more sharing of that part of my life in the future …

So, here’s just a glimpse: I worked over at school today, in order to not have to go in this weekend … either day … I would not have been able to finish today, had not a dear friend and co-worker also stayed over to help me … When I left the school, only one teacher was still in the building … After completing my home improvement project I planned for tonight, I am rushing to meet the deadline of getting this posted by midnight … I still have “stuff” to do tonight, and the reason I “busted it” today, was so I would not have to work at school tomorrow, Saturday, because I have seven (yes, seven) different webinars I will be participating in, on Saturday, beginning early Saturday morning … my last webinar is scheduled to end at 4:30 … so, I’ll still be able to watch football!!!

Anyway, that’s a brief glimpse of what it’s like … without the business, writing projects and obligations, etc. Please enjoy the quotes, and, have a blessed weekend.

When you get the chance, at every opportunity, please pray for our teachers!

 Inspirational Teacher Quotes

 “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.”
— Goethe

“Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.”
— Confucius

 “Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.”
— Richard Bach

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
— Helen Keller

 “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.”
— Horace Mann

 “The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of  others.”
— Tyron Edwards

 “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank … but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.”
— Forest Witcraft

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
— Benjamin Franklin

 “It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted.”
–Linda Conway

 “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
— Albert Einstein

 “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, the excitement, and the mystery of the world we live in.”
— Rachel Carlson

 “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.”— William Butler Yeats

 “Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.”
— Mary Kay Ash

 “We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.”
— Malcolm Gladwell

 “The greatest sign of a success for a teacher … is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.”— Maria Montessori

 “Don’t follow your dreams; chase them.”
— Richard Dumb

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.”
— Helen Keller

 “You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
— Anonymous

“The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.”
— Leonard Nimoy

 “The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.”
— Leo Rosten

“Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.”
— David McCullough

 “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
— Derek Bok

 “Dreams don’t work unless you do.”
— John C. Maxwell

 “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”
— Sydney J. Harris

 “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”
— John Cotton Dana

 “Do not let the reasons for your challenges become the excuses for your failure.”
— Laura Frith

 “If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.”
— Jim Rohn

 “Let us never be betrayed into saying we have finished our education because that would mean we had stopped growing.”
— Julia H. Gulliver

 “Seek first to understand and then to be understood.”
— Steven Covey

 “The secret of education lies in respecting the student.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”
— Scott Hayden

 “Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

 “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.”
— Henry Ford

 “As knowledge increases, wonder deepens.”
— Charles Morgan

 “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”
— Scott Hamilton

 “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
— Winston Churchill

 “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
— Albert Einstein

“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
— Jim Henson

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”
— Phil Collins

 “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”
— Jacques Barzun

 “An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”
— Brian Tracy

 “When you study great teachers … you will learn much more from their caring and hard work than from their style.”— William Glasser

 “Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.”
— Paulo Coelho

 “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.”
— Lee Iacocca

 “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
— Alvin Toffler

 “Live as if you were to die tomorrow; Learn as if you were to live forever.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

 “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “Only a life lived for others is a life worth living.”
— Albert Einstein

 “If it matters to you, you will find a way. If it doesn’t you will find an excuse.”
— Unknown

 “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
— Henry Ford

 “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”— William Arthur Ward

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”
— John Dewey

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