Random Thoughts

Over the years, I have gathered various sayings that help keep me “in tune”. Most of them have a story, pertaining to some area I needed to grow. The idea for this came from a client who kept an “emergency list” on 3x5 cards of sayings and thoughts, somewhat like a daily devotional. I thought I would gather some of my favorites on this page. 


When desperation exceeds our fears, change begins.

I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am.  John Newton

I have had more trouble with myself than with any other person I ever met.  Dwight L. Moody

God wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles. C.S. Lewis

Perfection is the anthesis of authenticity. 

If I think I understand something, I’ve just made it too small.

Peace doesn’t have to be subject to the events around you, instead, those events can be subject to your peace. Graham Cooke

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Albert Einstein

Safety is not the absence of danger, but is the presence of God.

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. Thomas a Kempis

It is much more difficult to dam a river than to redirect its flow.

Everything works out in the end. If it hasn’t worked out, it isn’t the end.

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. Thomas Aquinas

When you are facing fear, charge the roar of the lion.

It is easier to have patience with others when I remember God’s patience toward me.

Acquaintances share their successes. Friends share their struggles.

We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.  C.S. Lewis

I’m very aware of what I’m aware of.

In regards to the Total Eclipse on 8/21/17: Therefore, to those who ask, "Why would someone drive nine hours to experience something that lasts only a couple of minutes?" I offer this simple answer: Because there are experiences in life worth having in which two minutes can contain the joy of eternity.  Fr. James Kurzynski

Courage means that God’s not scared.

Your History is not your Destiny… Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Structure is the framework of freedom.

It is finally when you let go of what people expect you to be and people's perceptions of you that you're able to be the version of yourself that you're supposed to be - like in God's eyes. It doesn't matter if you're half crazy, or eccentric, or whatever it is - you must be true to who you were born to be.

Never attempt to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time, and annoys the pig.

Deuteronomy 31:6: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

© Randall Davis 2020