When I am driving in the car I often listen to Christian radio. One of my favorite programs to catch is Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll. Pastor Swindoll just has a way with words. He has written may books and has produced several DVDs, among my favorite is the “Paws & Tales” children’s series which includes animated stories, music and activities to teach kids biblical wisdom. Needless to say, he is a very quotable man. Here are just 24 of Chuck Swindoll’s most powerful sayings:
Featured Chuck Swindoll Quote “Few things are more infectious than a godly lifestyle. The people you rub shoulders with everyday need that kind of challenge. Not prudish. Not preachy. Just cracker jack clean living. Just honest to goodness, bone – deep, non-hypocritical integrity.”
The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic.
Belief & Faith
I believe firmly in God’s control in life.
We need discernment in what we see and what we hear and what we believe.
Not every Christian finds it easy to believe.
You are not responsible for how people respond to the truth of the gospel. Your responsibility is to give the truth. It’s God’s responsibility to lead them to believe it.
The beautiful thing about this adventure called faith is that we can count on Him never to lead us astray.
Faith is believing in advance what can only be understood in reverse.
In vain I have searched the Bible, looking for examples of early believers whose lives were marked by rigidity, predictability, inhibition, dullness, and caution. Fortunately, grim, frowning, joyless saints in Scriptures are conspicuous by their absence. Instead, the examples I find are of adventurous, risk-taking, enthusiastic, and authentic believers whose joy was contagious even in times of full trial. Their vision was broad even when death drew near. Rules were few and changes were welcome. The contrast between then and now is staggering.
Callings & Opportunities
To be used of God. Is there anything more encouraging, more fulfilling? Perhaps not, but there is something more basic: to meet with God. To linger in His presence, to shut out the noise of the city and, in quietness, give Him the praise He deserves. Before we engage ourselves in His work, let’s meet Him in His Word… in prayer… in worship.
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.
When God is involved, anything can happen. Be open. When God is involved, anything can happen. Be open. Stay that way. God has a beautiful way of bringing good vibrations out of broken chords.
A saying I heard years ago: ‘It doesn’t matter what you do. Just do something, even if it’s wrong!’ That’s the most stupid counsel I’ve ever heard. Never do what’s wrong! Do nothing until it’s right. Then do it with all your might. That’s wise counsel.
You’re through. Finished. Burned out. Used up. You’ve been replaced. . . forgotten. That’s a lie
Children & Family
You want to mess up the minds of your children? Here’s how – guaranteed! Rear them in a legalistic, tight context of external religion, where performance is more important than reality. Fake your faith. Sneak around and pretend your spirituality . Train your children to do the same. Embrace a long list of do’s and don’ts publicly but hypocritically practice them privately… yet never own up to the fact that its hypocrisy. Act one way but live another. And you can count on it – emotional and spiritual damage will occur.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
Laughter, Life & Love
If we want the advantages of love, then we must be willing to take the risks of love. And that requires vulnerability. Of course, we can refuse this path and trod another one devoid of openness. But the toll on such a road is extremely high.
Laughter is the most beautiful and beneficial therapy God ever granted humanity.
The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it’s a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.
Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.
I have not had the honor of personally meeting Pastor Swindoll but I think from his quotes that he is the sort of man with whom you always know where you stand. He does not mince words! Do you have a favorite Chuck Swindoll quote that you can add to the comments below?
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