What Inspires You?

This week’s blog will be quite different. Rather than writing a page of what I attempt to be focused, unified thought, I have decided to take a picture of my desk and send you scattered, rambling thoughts. And I have one request: Let me know which of the following quotes mean the most to you and why. You can reply through Facebook or email me at rick.grover@e91church.com. Each of these quotes and Scriptures has special meaning for me, reflective of trials, challenges and much-needed moments requiring additional inspiration. I read them every day to help me focus on my identity, passion and purpose—not as a pastor, but as a man who needs a daily reminder of Jesus’ love. Happy reading!


  • “Let go. Learn as you go. Keep going, no matter what” (Tod Bolsinger, Canoeing the Mountains).
  • “He will quiet you with His love” (Zephaniah 3:17).
  • “The first duty of a Christian is to make the invisible Kingdom visible” (John Calvin).
  • “Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest” (Proverbs 14:4).
  • “Messes can be incubators for miracles” (Heather Zempel, Big Change, Small Groups).
  • “The test of our spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have power to rise only, something is wrong. It is a great thing to be on the mount with God, but a man only gets there in order that afterwards he may get down among the devil-possessed and lift them up” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).
  • “For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid” (Psalm 112:6-8a).
  • “Yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15b-16a).
  • “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).
  • “Don’t long for the good old days” (Ecclesiastes 7:10).
  • “All the water in the ocean cannot sink a ship unless it gets inside. Nor can all the trouble in the world harm us unless it gets within us” (Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction).
  • “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).
  • “Don’t judge a day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you sow” (Robert Louis Stephenson).
  • “The most important gauge of our success will not be our numbers or even our impact, but our fidelity to our Savior” (Gregory Koukl, Tactics).