Anaheim United Methodist Church

Words of Inspiration

There are wonderful words of inspiration found in books, the Bible, from speeches, the internet, friends, leaders, and family.  Scroll down and enjoy these selections and some books we recommend.  We hope they are meaningful to you...

Busy With Life

Let us be so busy living, there's little time for dying,
too busy serving others to have an identity crisis,
too busy peace-making to stay angry with an enemy,
too busy loving to dwell on our self-pity,
too busy reconciling to find energy for a break-up,
and too busy walking to worry if we'll trip up.

When good days seem out-numbered by all the days we've cried,
Let us claim the victory, giving thanks that we're alive!

Pastor James Dollins
Easter 2017

Bicycling with God

(author unknown)


At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong so as to know

whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. God was out there sort of like a governor. I recognized God’s picture when I saw it, but I did not really know God.


But later on, when I met God,?it seemed as though life was rather like a bicycle ride,

but it was a tandem bike and I noticed that God was in the back helping me pedal.


I don’t know just when it was that God suggested we trade places, but life has not been the same since. God makes life exciting.

When I had control, I knew the way.?It was rather boring and predictable.?It was the shortest distance between two points.?But when God took the lead, he knew delightful long cuts,?up mountains and through rocky places, and at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hold on!?Even though it looked like madness, God said, “Pedal.”?I was worried and anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?” God laughed and didn’t answer and I started to learn to trust.


I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I’d say, “I’m scared,”

God would lean back and touch my hand.?He took me to people with gifts that I needed,?gifts of healing, acceptance and joy.?They gave me their gifts to take on my journey,?Our journey, rather, God’s and mine.?And we were off again. God said, “Give the gifts away. They’re extra baggage, too much weight.?So I did, to the people we met, and I found in giving I received, and still our burden was light.


I did not trust God at first, in control of my life. I thought he would wreck it.

But God knows biking secrets, knows how to make the bike bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks,

and fly to shorten scary passages.


And I am learning to be quiet and pedal in the strangest places,?and I’m beginning to enjoy the view, and the cool breeze in my face with

my delightful, constant companion, God. And when I’m sure I just can’t do it anymore,

God just smiles and says, “Pedal.”

Where to turn in the Bible when . . .

You need to feel God's love:

  • Isaiah 54:10
  • Jeremiah 31:3
  • Ephesians 3:18
  • 1 John 4:16
  • Romans 8:35-39
You feel lonely:
  • Psalm 145:18
  • Hebrews 13:5
  • Ecclesiastes 4:10-11
  • Psalm 68:6
  • 1 Kings 19:14-18
You wonder how to pray:
  • Matthew 6:6
  • John 16:23-24
  • Luke 18:9-14
  • Ephesians 6:18
  • James 4:3
  • Mark 11:25


I awake at early morning

            Then I arise to kneel and pray.

I ask that God will guide my life.

            God help me help someone today.


God help me give a helping hand

            To all in grief or in dismay.

Please fill my heart with helpfulness.

            God help me help someone today.


It could be a grieving mother,

            A little child that lost his way.

Please help me be a friend in need.

            God help me help someone today.


Perhaps a smile, a word of kindness,

            A word that I may softly say,

To someone in a lonesome spell.

            God help me help someone today.


Should I meet on that’s lost in sin

            And needs someone to kneel and pray.

Help me to ease his troubled life.

            God help me help someone today.


I could be a wayward stranger

            That had been lost on life’s broadway.

Let me show him the narrow path.

            God help me help someone today.


                                                      Elmer Wells

(Read to us by Pastor Don during the morning message on Sunday, May 19, 2013)

"Just One"
One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dre

One tree can start a fore

One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friends

One handclasp lifts a soul.

One star can guide a ship
at sea,

One word can frame the goal.

One vote can change a

One sunbeam lights a room.

One candle wipes out darknes

One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.

One word must start each prayer.

One hope will raise our spirits,

One touch can show you care.

One voice can spe
ak with wisdom,

One heart can know what's true,

One life can make a difference,

And that life can be you!
- Author Unknown
with thanks to Michael Josephson,
"Character Counts"

Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.
- William Arthur Ward



We must be silent before we can listen.
We must listen before we can learn.
We must learn before we can prepare.
We must prepare before we can serve.
We must serve before we can lead.

- William Arthur Ward

Do It Anyway


People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.


If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.


If you are successful, you will win some false friends  and some true enemies.

Succeed anyway.


If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.

Be honest and frank anyway.


What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight.

Build anyway.


If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.


The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow.

Do good anyway.


Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.


You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.

It has never been between you and them anyway.

Mother Teresa

There is so much bad in the best of us,
and so much good in the worst of us,
that it doesn't behoove any of us,
to talk about the rest of us. 
 - "Character Counts!"


The Four Agreements:

A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

by Don Miguel Ruiz

The four agreements are:

  • Be impeccable with your word;
  • Don’t take anything personally; 
  • Don’t make assumptions; and,
  • Always do your best.

The Fifth Agreement
by Don Miguel Ruiz

The fifth agreement:
  • Be skeptical but learn to listen.

Five Practices of Fruitful Living

by Robert Schnase

How do I cultivate a life that is purposeful, deep, & fruitful?

What are the commitments, critical risks, and personal

practices that open me to God's grace?

How can I discover the spiritual life and the difference

God intends for me to make in the world?  

The five practices:

  • Radical Hospitality.
  • Passionate Worship.
  • Intentional Faith Development.
  • Risk-Taking Mission and Service.
  • Extravagant Generosity