Inspiration

The following are poems, articles and writings meant to inspire. Enjoy!


GOD’S HALL OF FAME

Your name may not appear down here
in this world’s Hall of Fame,
in fact you may be so unknown
that no one knows your name.
This Hall of Fame is only good,
as long as time shall be,
but keep in mind “God’s Hall of Fame”
is for eternity.
To have your name inscribed up there,
is greater —- yes —- by far,
then all the Halls of Fame down here
and every man made star.
The crowds on earth, they soon forget,
the heroes of the past,
they cheer like mad until you fall
and that’s how long you last.
But God —- He never does forget,
and in his “Hall of Fame”
by just believing in His Son”
inscribed you’ll find your name.
I tell you friend, I wouldn’t trade
my name however small
that’s written there, beyond the stars,
in all that celestial hall,
for every famous name on earth.
or glory that they share,
I’d rather be an unknown here,
and have my name up there.


To Any Athlete

There are little eyes upon you,
And they’re watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly
Take in every word you say;
There are little hands all eager
To do anything you do;
And a little boy who’s dreaming
Of the day he’ll be like you.

You’re the little fellow’s idol,
You’re the wisest of the wise,
In his little mind about you,
No suspicious ever rise;
He believes in you devoutly,
Holds that all you say and do,
He will say and do, in your way
When he’s a grown up like you.

There’s a wide eyed little fellow,
Who believes you’re always right,
And his ears are always open,
And he watches day and night;
You are setting an example
Every day in all you do,
For the little boy who’s waiting
To grow up and be like you.

– Anonymous

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IF… by Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

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John Wooden’s Seven Point Creed
  1. Be true to yourself.
  2. Make each day your masterpiece.
  3. Help others.
  4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  5. Make friendship a fine art.
  6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  7. Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.