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Sayings To Live By

Quotes and Sayings that are worth remembering...

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein

ENHANCED 2020: Wolfe Rules (Gibb's Style Rules)


This means no hiding from God, other's, and especially from yourself. It means when there's a conflict inside you: admit it, out loud, to yourself and God, and when appropriate to at least one other human being. You purposefully uncover, take the fig leaves off, lean-in to anything that makes you scared or uncomfortable.

2. Plans Fail. Live by Principles. 

Almost nothing I plan works, ever. I've thrown away the 5-Year plan forever. There are factors I cannot control that make that plan useless. Instead, I will have guiding principles like this list that govern my day to day. I will be present, mindful, and build an awareness of the Holy Spirit inside of me in each decision.

3. When in doubt: Shift into Low Slow. 

Anxiety is a liar. If doubt, fear or anxiety show up, they almost always try to force me to speed up and make a decision; or, to shut down completely. Instead of those two extremes, I will shift into low slow, listening to God's voice, and wait until I hear Him before acting. 

4. When Overwhelmed: Take the next indicated step. 

In light of low slow and tossing out the plans, I don't need to know everything about where I'm going. He's leading me to a land I know not of. I just need to take the very next indicated step.

5. What you compromise to keep, you will eventually lose… keep first things first. 

This is huge. Every need you meet through counterfeits will ultimately leave you empty and hungry at best, but often they leave you worse off than you were. Seek the Heart (not the rules but the heart) of God. Don't seek to be "obedient" but to be a Son or Daughter. As you tune into His heart for you and for others, you will feel less need to compromise. 

6. Do what’s right because it’s right, do it right, and do it right away.

No delaying, hiding, or compromising. If you need to cut off a bad relationship or situation, rip the band-aid off. If you know you feel led to be giving something, just give it. If you feel led to do or say something, like walking up to a stranger and giving a Word of Knowledge, just do it.

7. Prayer: Is to hear God’s Agenda not to bring Him yours. 

Just like I tossed out the 5-year plan, I tossed out the prayer list. God knows my needs. If a particular thing is weighing on my heart, I'll bring it up because he wants to hear about what I care about. Otherwise, He knows. My prayer should be going to God and asking Him what HE wants to talk about, most of the time. 

8. Answers from God look different than you expect, almost always. 

I will stop expecting specific outcomes. This is in line with throwing out the 5-year plan. Even if I get a prophetic word about my future I will hold it up to God to interpret; rather than running if half cocked with a partial instruction. Ask Him what He’s doing, and participate. Don’t tell Him what you want to see happen.

9. Let God be His own Theologian.

Beliefs about God: Don’t seek out verses, seek out themes and patterns in the whole Bible. Ask Him to reveal His Story to you, and your part in it. Don't look for things you believe and find scriptures to support them. Rather, always come to God and His Word to hear, not to prove yourself right.

10. Listen More. Ask More. Talk Less. 

I tend to dominate conversations with all the things in my head. I'm a wealth of random information and I can fill gaps in conversations endlessly. I also tend to want to talk to prove my point or win a debate. Sometimes I'm so desperate to be heard and not misunderstood that I'll keep talking when the other party has stopped listening. Often I win the debate and loose the heart of the hearer. The counter to all of this is to shut up and listen. Ask questions. Seek to understand, not to be understood. If you feel the need to lead someone to an answer, ask them questions that lead them to discover the answer themselves. Use your curiosity to learn more about others than you teach them. Ask more, talk less.

11. Buy is better then Give.

Giving someone a book I own, that I think they should read, removes it from my library and gives them a used product. They may or may not even read. That has proven fruitless. If I feel strongly enough to give them that book, I should buy it for them and write a personal note in the cover. If I'll do that, it means I feel strongly enough to act on it. If I'm not willing to buy it, it's just a fleeting idea not a strong desire.

12. Stop seeking resolution where you should be grieving. Resolution or Grief, know which is which.

Sometimes it’s better to walk away. Resolution is wonderful but not always possible. In lieu of Resolution, process it as Grief. Grieve the loss of the friendship, situation, opportunity, and move forward. Stop seeking resolution where you should be grieving. 

13.... To Be Determined... 

Sayings, quips, quotes, and thoughts to ponder

"Religion is the by-product left over after God's move is turned from movement to monument." Darrell Wolfe

Religion is man's attempt to reach God. Jesus is God's attempt to reach man.

Religion attempts to overcome the knowledge of Evil with the knowledge of Good. But the Knowledge of Good will never re-connect you to LIFE, which is the real need of man.

Do what's right, because it's right, do it right, and do it right away. Unknown, first heard from Pastor Art Aragon

I don't have all the answers; but I know the One Who does. Unknown

I must know what I must know. Him who died and rose again has provided all I need. 2 Corinthians 9. Unknown

Seek first the kingdom of God and you'll prosper more on accident than you ever did on purpose. If you are not prospering it's either because you haven't been seeking God or haven't been long enough. Andrew Womack.

Live like no-one else so you can live like no one else. Dave Ramsey

Start Small Finish Big.

Change isn't change until there's change. If you want change you'll have to change. Pastor Art Aragon

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Ben Franklin

Caffeine is proof that God intended us to be happy - "Kurt Quote"

"Do for some what you wish you could do for all" Original Author Unknown

"You CANNOT be anything you want to be - but you CAN be a lot more of you you already are." Strengths Finders

"Don't be Vanilla, but if you truly are Vanilla, be the MOST Vanilla you can be!"

A change in one life can change the lives of an entire generation. -Jackie Bowler

To admit that you were wrong is to declare that you are wiser now than you were before. Albert Einstein.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Loazi, Chineese Philosopher.

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery. James Joyce

True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information. Winston Churchill

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. Fulton J. Sheen

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. Albert Einstein

"Luck happens when hard work meets opportunity" #FortuneCookie

Delayed obedience is disobedience. Todd White

Life Verses

I am called to lead the Distressed, In-Debt, and Discontent (1 Samuel 22:1-3), into the LIFE Jesus promised (John 10:10), by showing them how to meditate on the Word of God (Josh 1:8) and by telling stories inspired by it. Stories break down the barriers between heart and mind, helping both become stronger (2 Samuel 23:8 & 2 Cor 10:4). Stories can pull down strongholds of that separate our heart from God's! We are all here on this earth at exactly the time we were meant to be, and the purpose of our life is to seek, grope for, and find God (Acts 17:26-27); come with me and we'll do LIFE together!
  • 1 Samuel 22 | NIV
    • 1David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. 2All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.
  • Joshua 1:8 | English Standard Version
    • This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
  • John 10:10 | NET Bible
    • The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have LIFE, and may have it abundantly. 
  • Acts 17:26-27 | NKJV
    • 26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 ESV

Darrell G. Wolfe

Storyteller | Writer | Thinker | Consultant | Multipotentialite


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