Reflections
 

By Sharon van Arneman
 

Quotes that'll

motivate you

to press on

Part 3

November 27, 2020

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In just a few days, the curtains will come down on November 2020, and – truth be told – for the vast majority of folk, it can’t come fast enough. So as we ready ourselves to welcome in the last month of 2020, here’s the third and final segment of my article series on quotes that’ll motivate you to keep pressing on.

•Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. •At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. •The thing about smart people is that they seem like crazy people to dumb people. •If you want to change who you are, you have to change what you do. •You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream. •If everybody loves you, something is wrong. Nobody can please everyone.

•Sometimes, just carrying on is the superhuman achievement. •Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. •If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. •We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. •Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are. •When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. •The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. •The time is always right to do what is right. •If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. •A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.

•We are all ordinary; we are all boring; we are all spectacular; we are all shy; we are all bold; we are all heroes; we are all helpless – it just depends on the day. •Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you. •The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same. •A problem is a chance for you to do your best. •Do not bring people, who weigh you down, in your life. Good relationships feel good; they feel right; they don’t hurt; they’re not painful – that’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the people you surround yourself with. •Aging is not “lost youth”, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.

•When deeds speak, words are nothing. •The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday •No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. •Nothing is hopeless that is right. •Nothing works better than just improving your product. •Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them. •Sometimes you don’t realize how special something is until you lose it. •It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. •Happiness is not a goal; it’s a by-product of a life well lived. •Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. •Treat people the same way you want them to treat you.


Quotes that'll motivate

you to press on

Part 2

November 20, 2020

•We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. •What does not destroy you makes you stronger. •There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed. •God gave us two ends: one to sit on and one to think with. Our success or failure is dependent on the one we use most. •Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak. Sometimes it means you’re strong enough to let go. •Someday is not a day of the week.

•If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do; eventually you will be paid to do more than you do. •Hire character; train skill. •Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get. •Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it. •Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. •Being an optimist after you’ve got the very thing you want doesn’t count. •The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. •When you struggle with a problem, that’s when you understand it. •I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future. •There is no elevator to success – you have to take the stairs. •Pray as though everything depended on God; work as though everything depended on you.

•If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. •Grudges are a waste of happiness: Laugh when you can; apologize when you should; and let go of what you can’t change. •We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success; we often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake, never made a discovery. •Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. •Success is empty if you arrive at the finish line alone – the best reward is to get there surrounded by winners. •If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. •Use your fear; it can take you to the place where you store your courage.

•When one’s mind is made up, it diminishes fear. •Don’t be distracted by criticism – the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you. •Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. •If everything were perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow. •It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan. •Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. •Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.


Quotes that'll motivate

you to press on

November 13, 2020

•Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them. •Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason. •Opportunities multiply as they are seized. •If you can dream it, you can achieve it. •Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. •The best way out is always through. •Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. •Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it. •Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

•Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day. •You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. •People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. •It takes a strong fish to swim against the current. Even a dead one can float with it. •A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. •I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. •What is not started will never get finished. •There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

•Entrepreneurship is neither a science nor an art. It is a practice. •People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. •A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. •You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. •Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be. •Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. •Who sows virtue reaps honor. •The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. •Tough times never last, but tough people do. •What gets celebrated gets replicated. •Good is the enemy of great. •We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

•Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great makes you feel that you, too, can become great. •Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. •The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. •Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. •There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. •We should always have three friends in our lives: One who walks ahead, who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and one who we reach back for and bring along after we’ve cleared the way.

It's A Family Affair!

Don't you see that children
are God’s best gift?
the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior’s fistful of arrows
are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don’t stand
a chance against you;
you’ll sweep them right off your doorstep.
~Psalm 127:3-5 (The Message)



When it comes to church work and Christian service, it has always been a family affair for the van Arnemans. Forever grateful to God for their Christian heritage, Pastor Erick and Sharon have always felt divinely mandated to pass this Christian heritage on to their children, who will then hopefully pass it on to succeeding generations.

Today, they are overjoyed to not only have their daughters (both of whom got saved as tiny tots) serving right alongside them in the ministry, but also their son-in-law,             Denfield Jamaul Hastings, as the new Assistant Pastor of Grace International Baptist Church.

Read Pastor Denfield's testimony below:

As a recently ordained pastor to the work of the gospel ministry, I am so psyched to be the new Assistant Pastor of Grace International Baptist Church and to serve alongside Pastor Erick, who also happens to be my father-in-law. I still can’t believe I am married to his daughter Joy-Ann. My wife has beauty and brains and although I knew she was way out of my league, I couldn’t help falling in love with her. The day she agreed to marry me was the happiest day of my life. 

Born on April 22, 1992, on the island of Antigua, I grew up in a Christian home where I was exposed to the gospel of Christ at an early age. At the tender age of eight, I became aware of my sinful state and repented by faith, acknowledging Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I later got baptized as a teenager and served in the youth ministry as assistant youth leader.

I felt called to preach in my late teens, but it wasn’t until 2010, when I attended a youth conference where I was challenged to live more visibly for Christ, that I started to truly respond to the call. At this youth conference, I delivered my first message. Over the next few years, the desire to not only preach, but to also shepherd and disciple others as a pastor, grew stronger within me, and confirmed the initial call I had felt on my life.

To further my formal training and preparation for the ministry, I completed a number of online courses and attended classes at a local institute in my homeland Antigua. Most of my practical ministerial experience was done at All Saints Baptist Church – the church I grew up in, and also where I served as the formal aide to the pastor. I’m always glad to take up every opportunity afforded me to preach God’s word whatever the setting, and I give God thanks for the opportunity to serve at Grace International Baptist Church.