I am in the ‘Hope’ business, as all believers are.  Here are a few encouraging phrases to keep your hope alive when going through a hard time.

  • The major difference between successful and unsuccessful job hunters is not skill, education, age, or ability, but the way they go about their job hunt
  • Your passion will fuel you through the frustration

  • Blessed is the man who does what he loves, so he never has to work

  • Trouble is inevitable, but misery is optional

  • What looks like a set-back is really a set-up

  • Nothing is a surprise to God

  • To the world you are one, but to One, you are the world

  • Believe that you have been created for a purpose and confident that your skills and passions can be applied in meaningful work

  • Knowledge is power; Practiced knowledge is strength, Tested knowledge is confidence

  • Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle

  • God wants the rest of your life to be the best of your life

  • Opportunity lies in the man, not the job

  • Having a great idea does not make you successful – – acting on it does

  • Pray with your legs – go and make forward progress every day.  Fail falling forward

  • The best way to predict your future is to create it! – Dan Miller

  • It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work.  Faith is mighty, but action with faith is mightier.  Desiring is helpful, but work and desire are invincible. – Thomas Robert Gaines

  • Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. – Jim Rohn

  • Change is the common thread in the history of mankind.  Our strategy needs to focus on handling the change process and knowing how to turn it into a positive force

  • Security is your ability to produce. – General Douglas MacArthur
  • Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. – James M. Barrie
  • The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion.  He hardly knows which is which.  He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing.  To him he is always doing both. – James Michener
  •  And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln
  • Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes
  • Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose. – Victor Frankl
  • You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one. – Henry D. Thoreau
  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer. – Marcia Wieder
  • The measure of a man is not what he does on Sunday, but rather who he is Monday through Saturday
  • Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last. – Hamilton Holt
  • Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.  – Theodore Roosevelt
  • You’re not old until regrets take the place of dreams
  • Oh, give us the man who sings at his work. – Thomas Carlyle
  • The feeling of being hurried is not usually the result of living a full life and having no time.  It is, on the contrary, born of a vague fear that we are wasting our life.  When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else- we are the busiest people in the world. – Eric Hoffer
  • Only undertake what you can do in an excellent fashion. There are no prizes for average performance. – Brian Tracy
  • Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison
  •  Our work is the presentation of our capabilities. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well. – Joe Gibbs
  • To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work. – Sister Mary Lauretta
  • Trust not what inspires other members of society to choose a career. Trust what inspires you. From this decision alone will come over a third of your satisfaction or misery in your life. – from The Lazy Person’s Guide to Success
  • You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid, monotonous work, chances are you’ll end up boring, stupid, and monotonous. – Bob Black
  • By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day. – Robert Frost
  • Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb
  • Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. – Aristotle
  • People forget how fast you did a job – but they remember how well you did it. – Howard Newton
  • Getting fired is nature’s way of telling you that you had the wrong job in the first place. – Hal Lancaster
  • You never stop earning when you do what you love. – Asha Tyson

Psalm 32:8 –  I will instruct you…in the way you should go; I will guide you.

Proverbs 19:21 – You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

I Peter 4:10 – Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful servants of God’s grace in its various forms.

Colossians 3:23 – Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.