“You’re a little mover and a shaker. You’re going to change the world.”

Ok, I am not sure why I am tearing up as I write that sentence, but I am. It’s just me, I’m emotional.

I heard that phrase from my mom for over 23 years. I heard it on my first day of school, my first presentation, my first test, mission trip, job, my first “what am I doing with my life” crisis . . . anytime anything robbed my hope and joy my parents were there with that phrase.

So now I am a bit older (but just a bit) and I have these little phrases I repeat over and over in my head. They help me through my job, they remind me of my worth, they remind me of His love.

Words can transcend time and history. They can resound within our heart for years. That’s what words do: they impact a person . . . a child.

So in celebration of words, and the message given to us in the Word, below are two famous quotes.

I want to know what resonates with you. Which one inspires you most and why?

Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”

Princess Diana, Princess of Wales
“You can’t comfort the afflicted without afflicting the comfortable.”

Which one makes you want to become a mover and a shaker?

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  1. Nov 10, 2008
    at 5:20 am

    The Princess Diana quote…

    People need to get out of their “comfort zone” and experience how the rest of the world lives.

  2. Nov 10, 2008
    at 6:42 am

    Mother Teresa – that precious lady didn’t just talk about poverty or do good works as photo ops – she lived it. I also love hers “it is a poverty that a child should die so that you can live as you want”, speaks to not only abortion but also the world’s blind eye to children in need.

  3. Gin
    Nov 10, 2008
    at 6:51 am

    I think both are equally powerful. The first one goes along with what Wess always says about how you can’t try and teach a child who is hungry because they aren’t listening. I love the way he talks about that because it is so very true.

    For some reason the second quote makes me think of a show on MTV called Exiled. I saw it for the first time this weekend flipping through the channels. Google it :)

  4. Meredith
    Nov 10, 2008
    at 7:32 am

    First of all, you are a great writer. Second of all, I love how sensetive you are. It makes me feel normal.

    The quote I identify with is probably the second. The thing is, I have yet to be made uncomfortbale by personal affliction. I was reading in the Word this weekend and came across a verse that said (paraphrased) that if we are to become like Christ, to know him, love him, and serve, we must partake in his sufferings.

    Hardly a comforting verse. But I KNOW that becoming more like him is what I want more than my own comfortability because at the end of the day, my comfortability gets boring. And isn’t the point of this life, to be like him? Isn’t that the purpose of our life here on the earth? To reflect him to others?

    So bring it on.

  5. Sarah
    Nov 10, 2008
    at 7:57 am

    I love that quote by Princess Di. Our culture is so spoiled we don’t really know what it is like to be afflicted…

    We need to live simply, so others may simply LIVE.

  6. Nov 10, 2008
    at 8:13 am

    Both. And I’ve heard Wess say the second one, many times.

    I read another quote from Mother Teresa, somewhere, a few days ago. Someone asked her, near the end of her life, if she was discouraged; after all her years of working, giving, caring, not much had really changed. She replied, “God didn’t call me to be successful; he called me to be faithful.” I’m typing that up, writ large, to put on my wall. As an advocate for children, I need the frequent reminder.

  7. Nov 10, 2008
    at 11:15 am

    Mother Teresa — It reminds me of another quote on my fridge: “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.” (David W. Augsburger) The hunger for love is huge.

  8. Nov 10, 2008
    at 12:50 pm

    Our church recently did a sermon series on Human Rights. It was entitled “Bono’s Jesus”. This was the quote that opened each sermon in the series.
    “God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.”

    Another quote, from the same speech…

    A number of years ago, I met a wise man who changed my life — in countless ways, big and small. I was always seeking the Lord’s blessing. I – I’d be saying, “Look, I’ve got a new song…Would you look out [for it]. I have a family; I’m going away on tour — please look after them. I have this crazy idea. Could I have a blessing on it.”

    “And this wise man asked me to stop. He said, “Stop asking God to bless what you’re doing. Get involved in what God is doing — because it’s already blessed. Well, let’s get involved in what God is doing. God, as I say, is always with the poor. That’s what God is doing. That’s what He’s calling us to do.”

    Both from this speech – http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/bononationalprayerbreakfast.htm

  9. Heather
    Nov 10, 2008
    at 4:58 pm

    Definatly the Mother Teresa quote..That lady knew poverty,saw poverty,lived poverty…Saw Indias agony.She’s an inspiration,my heroine and true saint! That quote inspires me because she was my inspiration at a young age to become interested in poverty,India,Africa and helping the poor.
    Andrea-great stuff!! I love Bono-that man rocks! I would hav loved to been in your church that Sunday. :)
    Little note to Meridith..if you mean personal affliction as in USA poverty-you do *not* want to be there..I’ve been there.Believe me it isn’t pretty.I’ve lived in cars,ate at homeless shelters,lived on charity of others. Terrible,humbling way to live..

  10. lydia
    Nov 10, 2008
    at 5:18 pm

    I like the Mother Theresa quote. I really like this one Mother Theresa quote too: “We can do no great things- only small things with great love.” They both express Compassion’s mission very well.

  11. Nov 10, 2008
    at 5:42 pm

    “You see, it’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow.” – Anthony Robbins

    Also, my company just announced that as early as next month they may begin a malaria vaccine trial in Africa … how cool is that?!?!?!

  12. […] (if not most of the time), we are forced to get out of our comfort zone in order to do so. Princess Diana once said: “You can’t comfort the afflicted without afflicting the […]

  13. Nov 11, 2008
    at 12:32 pm

    I think for me the first one hits a little harder for me.

    “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”

    Love is one of those things that encompasses so many different emotions and thoughts. People, like you (“they remind me of my worth, they remind me of His love.”) and me, need love to function.

    Hungry children can be given bread to fill their bellies, but what will feed their hearts. What will bring them joy? What will bring them hope for a future?

    I remember reading this scripture some where in this one book. I think it was a pretty decent size book of stories from long ago. It’s a popular one.
    But in that book-there is a quote that says, “Man shall not live by bread alone…”

    I know it doesn’t exactly fit for what I’m trying to say, but you get the idea. :)

  14. Judith Tremblay
    Nov 11, 2008
    at 3:25 pm

    The first one causes me to want to get out there and do something, to first provide bread, and then work on providing hope and love.

    The second gives me a way to accomplish the first. It’s a powerful statement in and of itself, though.

  15. Nov 13, 2008
    at 6:14 pm

    If I had to choose, I would say Princess Diana’s quote. That’s just how I feel – people today are TOO comfortable, and complacent.

  16. Sue Hatcher
    Nov 18, 2008
    at 1:10 am

    It (the Mother Teresa one) reminds me of the one I’ve heard many times, which goes something like this: “Don’t tell me how much you know until you can show me how much you care.” I think that’s how it goes.

  17. Mike Stephens
    Mar 29, 2009
    at 9:08 pm

    Humble thyself in the sight of the LORD and HE will lift you up!!!

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