Quotes That Are Shaking Me Up…

  Continuing my reading of Myra and Shelley’s book “The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham”, the chapter that deals with laser focusing your life is really making me uncomfortable (which is a good thing…not always fun, but good).  Let me share with you some of my favorites, but prepare to have your world messed up for a few days!

  • Throughout history, it was the super achievers–and only the super achievers–who knew when to say “No.”  They always knew what to reach for.  They knew where to place themselves.”  –Peter Drucker
  • “No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined.  No life ever grows great until it iss focused, dedicated, disciplined.”  –Harry Emerson Fosdick
  • “Many times it could be said, ‘God loved him and others had a wonderful plan for his life.’ But he kept his focus.  Many good things can stand in the way of fulfilling your calling just as much as bad things can. But Billy remained clear on what he was called to do.”  –Ravi Zacharias speaking about Billy Graham
  • “God called me to preach, and I do not intend to do anything else as long as I live.”  –Billy Graham
  • “The evangelist is like a man hunting stag.  If you want to hunt stag, you can’t shoot at rabbits.  If you shott rabbits, you’ll never see a stag.”  –Jay Kesler (former Pres. of Youth for Christ and Taylor University)
  • “Give me a man who says ‘This one thing I do,’ not ‘These fifty I dabble in.'”  –D.L. Moody
  • “If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”  –Anonymous
  • “The dog has four feet, but he does not walk down four roads at the same time.”  –Haitian Proverb

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn’t really matter.”  –Anonymous

Take a few days to chew on this.  I’ve still got lots of questions to seek out the answers to!






About Chris Stevens

I'm an Elementary Principal, husband, father of three, and an imperfect follower of Christ. I have eight years experience at the Jr-Sr High level and 14 years experience speaking at various churches.
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3 Responses to Quotes That Are Shaking Me Up…

  1. Dennis Collet says:

    I’ve had to read the article on “Quotes that are shaking me up” several times to see what your problem is.. It seems to me that you have hoisted yourself on your own pitard as I see no conflict of any kind in any of the Quotes.. I see the same thoughts and intent in each and every one of the quotes and find them devoid of conflict. They may say it in different terms, but the underlying philosophy remains constant and true.. I think your answer is held in your own page, ie; “Give me a man who says ; This one thing I do, not, “These fifty I dabble in”.. I believe we Christians spend far to much time trying to be “Martin Luther” , finding our own interpetations of the scriptures, (mostly to suit our own thought processes), and the parts that suit our individual lives.. Is it any wonder that there is so much fighting amongst ourselves in the Christian Church. If “sweating the small stuff” is that important I fear that we end up with the last quote, “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that really doesn’t matter”.. I believe we need to pull ourselves together by all means possible within the gospel, not tear ourselves apart leaving nothing but confusion and doubt… Yours in Christ Jesus; Dennis Collet, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada

  2. stevensc says:


    Thanks for the comment. I think you might have read something into the title that was not really there. “Quotes That Are Shaking Me Up” does not mean that these are quotes that I disagree with. As a matter of fact, I found so much truth in these quotes that they struck a cord within me. These statements have no conflict among them. I was simply sharing some thoughts (with brothers like you) of some reading that the Holy Spirit used to shape me more into the likeness of Christ. I appologize for any confusion, but keep checking out the blog and commenting as you feel led!


  3. girlie says:

    hi steven,

    thanks for this post… we had a presentation in our office about the book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and our group was assigned to talk about the Hedgehog concept.

    I’ve been days looking for this quote which I once heard shared by a pastor and thought would do well in our topic. Fortunately I found the exact wordings here… thanks again

    “Give me a man who says ‘This one thing I do,’ not ‘These fifty I dabble in.’” –D.L. Moody

    Btw I had “The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham” by Myra & Shelley I never knew it was there, thanks for mentioning.

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