50 Inspirational Sayings to Brighten Your Day

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Updated Aug 17, 2022
50 Inspirational Sayings to Brighten Your Day

Truth is true every day, and that means truths like God's love for us, and the good plans he has in store for us, are true all the time. However, in the moment, it's easy for us to forget these truths and the perspective they give us. We need to not only know the truth, but refresh our minds with it. 

While the Bible is the first place we go to in order to revive our memories of the truth, reading inspirational sayings that sum up the truth in other words can also help. These 50 inspirational sayings remind us of the long view we should take about suffering, hope, God's love, the good future ahead, and the transformative power of taking risks.  

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10 Inspirational Sayings about God’s Love for Humanity

1. “The greatest gift in life is life itself. Your life is not an accident. God wanted you to be. How then are you searching for purpose in your life, your own ultimate why for everything you do?” — Os Guinness

2. “Home is the center of my being where I can hear the voice that says: ‘You are my Beloved, on you my favor rests’—the same voice that gave life to the first Adam and spoke to Jesus, the second Adam; the same voice that speaks to all the children of God and sets them free to live in the midst of a dark world while remaining in the light.” — Henri Nouwen

3. “When once to a man the human face is the human face divine, and the hand of his neighbor is the hand of a brother, then will he understand what St Paul meant when he said, ‘I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren.’” — George MacDonald

4. “We humans are a silly bunch. We spend half our time trying to fit in with the crowd and the other half trying to stand out from it. Why is that? I’m guilty of it, and I’m sure you are too, because it seems to be universal, part of our human nature. Why can’t we be comfortable with ourselves, knowing that we are God’s creations, made to reflect His glory?”—Nick Vujicic

5. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller

6. “Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.” — Henri Nouwen

7. “It is the human we love in each other—and the human is Christ.” — George MacDonald

8. “All God’s men are ordinary men made extraordinary by the matter He has given them.” — Oswald Chambers

9. “Part of the truth in the Christian faith, is that people are made in the image of God and that they are loved by Him. And if that is true, you cannot love God and treat people with contempt at the same time.” — Rich Mullins

10. “You must be precious to yourself because you are precious to God, remembering that in His sight your neighbor is equally precious, and precious in the same way.” — Dorothy L. Sayers

Further Reading: 40 Beautiful Inspiring Quotes about God's Love

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10 Inspirational Sayings about Hope

1. “Hope in God, who is not the God of the perfect only, but of the becoming.” — George MacDonald

2. “God is always in the moment, be that moment hard or easy, joyful or painful.” — Henri Nouwen

3. “The key to moving forward, even in hard times, is to let your vision for your life be guided not by what you can see but by what you can imagine. That’s called having faith.” — Nick Vujicic

4. “Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus, I’ve lost sight of all besides.” — Oswald Chambers

5. “Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. Sometime, somewhere, somehow we shall find that which we seek. We shall speak, yes, and sing, too, as God intended we should speak and sing.”—Helen Keller

6. “Even in the dark you have the power to whistle. And sometimes that seems more than just your own power because it’s powerful enough to hold the dark back a little. The tunes you whistle in the dark are the images you make of that hope, that power. They are the books you write.” — Frederic Buechner

7. “You should never live according to what you lack. Instead, live as though you can do anything you dream of doing.” — Nick Vujicic

8. “At least five times, the faith has to all appearances gone to the dogs. In each of these five cases, it was the dog that died.” — G.K. Chesterton

9. “Give thanks to God that He is there, no matter what is happening.” — Oswald Chambers

10. “I can’t imagine that any previous generation has been lied to as much as the present ones. We are continually bombarded with messages that we need to have a certain look, a certain car, and a certain lifestyle in order to be fulfilled, loved, appreciated, or considered successful… But all is not lost. I’ve seen huge throngs of people, young and old, attend religious ceremonies and festivals of praise, seeking contentment by learning to love their neighbor. I’ve watched teens and adults spend their vacations building homes in Third World countries and serving the needy in impoverished areas of North America. Not everyone is obsessed with plastic surgery, liposuction, and Louis Vuitton bags.” — Nick Vujicic

Further Reading: 50 Inspirational Sayings to Lift Your Spirits

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10 Inspirational Sayings about the Future

1. “We must learn to live each day, each hour, yes, each minute as a new beginning, as a unique opportunity to make everything new.” — Henri Nouwen

2. “There is nothing wrong with looking ahead and planning for the future, but know that your worst fears could just as easily prove to be your best surprises. Very often life works out for the best.”—Nick Vujicic

3. “I can hardly say I have any fear, and but very little anxiety about the future. Did not Jesus say, Consider the lilies?” — George MacDonald

4. “To be a Christian to have a joyful attitude toward the resurrection claim, to stake one’s life on it, and to rest one’s hope upon its promise - the promise of a new heaven and new earth.” — Cornel West

5. “Life may be kicking you around right now. You may wonder if your fortunes will improve. I’m telling you that you can’t even imagine the good that awaits you if you refuse to give up. Stay focused on your dream. Do whatever it takes to stay in the chase. You have the power to change your circumstances. Go after whatever you desire.” — Nick Vujicic

6. “I have failed enough that I’ve learned that it’s not the end of the world to make mistakes… every morning the sun comes up anyway.” — Rich Mullins

7. “If you say you are without hope, that means you think there is zero chance of anything good happening in your life ever again. Zero? That’s pretty extreme, don’t you think? The power of believing in better days is so indisputable that, to me, it seems far more probable that your days will change for the better.” — Nick Vujicic

8. “We are here, with a great beginning, and before us an end so great that there is no end to it.” — George MacDonald

9. “‘Tomorrow!’ What possibilities there are in that word. No matter how discouraging today, how gloomy with dark clouds, with terrors and illness and death, there’s always tomorrow, with its promise of better things. Let us think then of Death as but one more tomorrow, filled with infinite promise and fulfillment.” — Helen Keller

10. “Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ. Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him.” — Oswald Chambers

Further Reading: 20 Reassuring Quotes about God's Timing

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10 Inspirational Sayings about Challenges

1. “Challenges and adversity are tough but necessary. They cause us to grow.” — Michael Hyatt

2. “Easy lives don’t make great stories.” — Beth Moore

3. “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. They’re the prod that moves you forward.” — Bernice Johnson Reagon

4. “Everything we believe to be the death of us is an invitation to a new beginning.” — Mary Tutterow

5. “All of us are wounded. All of us must learn to heal.” — Randall Wallace

6. “Even when you suffer a setback or a tragedy, there is often an unexpected, totally improbable, and absolutely impossible benefit to be realized. It may not happen right away. You may at times wonder what good could possibly come of it. But trust that it all happens for the good – even tragedies can turn into triumphs.” — Nick Vujicic

7. “The real question to ask in any failure, of course, isn’t ‘Who should we blame?’ but rather ‘what did we learn?’” — Phil Vischer

8. “No one wins every skirmish or battle; the small losses are steps in the greater victory.” — Randall Wallace

9. “When you are confronted with hard times, tragedies, or challenges, instead of looking inward, look to those around you. Instead of feeling wounded and seeking pity, find someone with greater wounds and help them heal. Understand that your grief or pain is legitimate, but suffering is part of the human condition, and reaching out to someone else is a way of healing yourself while helping others heal too.” — Nick Vujicic

10. “I believe that God will give us all the strength we need to help us to resist in all times of distress. But he never gives it in advance, lest we should rely on ourselves and not on him alone.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Further Reading: 50 Inspirational Quotes to Get You Through the Day

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10 Inspirational Sayings about Taking Risks

1. “Do not pray for an easy life… Pray to be a stronger man. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks! Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.” — Phillip Brooks

2. “To let go of the pursuits, possessions, pleasures, safety, and security of this world in order to follow Jesus wherever he leads, no matter what it costs, is not sacrificial as much as it is smart.” — David Platt

3. “Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” — Oswald Chambers

4. “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.’” — Jim Elliott

5. “Shut out every other consideration and keep yourself before God for this one thing only—My Utmost for His Highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and for Him alone.” — Oswald Chambers

6. “Why is there such as thing as risk? Because there is such a thing as ignorance. If there were no ignorance about the future, there would be no risk. Risk is possible because we don’t know how things will turn out. This means that God can take no risks. He knows the outcomes of all his choices before they happen.” — John Piper

7. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller

8. “Regrets are usually greater for risks avoided than for those taken—even ones taken and lost.” — Ralph Keyes

9. “We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time.” — Oswald Chambers  

10. “Let but the eye of the soul be constantly fixed, not on the things which are temporal, but on those which are eternal, and our affections are more and more loosened from earth, and fixed on things above.” — John Wesley

Further Reading: 30 Inspiring Quotes about Strength to Encourage and Empower You

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Connor SalterG. Connor Salter is a writer and editor, with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Writing from Taylor University. In 2020, he won First Prize for Best Feature Story in a regional contest by the Colorado Press Association Network. He has contributed over 1,200 articles to various publications, including interviews for Christian Communicator and book reviews for The Evangelical Church Library Association. Find out more about his work here.

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