Andy Stanley quotes

  • At the end of the day, God's love for me, for you, and for the world is settled at the cross.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Christian #The End Of The Day #World

  • If you feed an appetite, it grows. Satisfying an appetite does not diminish it. It expands it. To diminish an appetite, you have to starve it.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Doe #Appetite #Grows

  • Direction, not intention determines your destination.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Choices #Intention #Destination

  • In our minds, rich is always the other person, the other family. Rich is having more than you currently have. If that is the case, you can be rich and not feel it. You can be rich and not know it.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Mind #Rich #Cases

  • The Church is a family expecting guests.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Church #Guests #Expecting

  • No matter how rich or poor you might feel, right now is the time to be generous.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Might #Matter #Rich

  • You have no idea the numbers of people that God may want to influence through you
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Ideas #Numbers #People

  • I'm not a philanthropist. While I care about the poor, the issue of local or global poverty doesn't keep me up at night.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Night #Issues #Care

  • Authority does not equal competency. Pass decisions down to those who can best handle them.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Decision #Doe #Authority

  • I want people to help me reanchor the church to undeniable, mind-boggling, culture-shifting demonstration of compassion and generosity. Because, generosity was the hallmark of the early church.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Compassion #People #Generosity

  • Any fear associated with giving to God's kingdom is irrational. It's on par with a farmer who, out of fear of losing his seed, refuses to plant his fields.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Giving #Kingdoms #Fields

  • Rich people have the potential to reach a point where they see money as the source of their safety and security.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #People #Safety #Rich

  • Giving up something now for something better later is not a sacrifice.  It is an investment.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Giving Up #Sacrifice #Investment

  • There are some rich people who, no matter how much God sends their way, never seem to put their hope in their riches.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #People #Matter #Riches

  • It takes a habit to break a habit. You can pray every day for a generous heart, but until you start acting in that direction, nothing's going to change.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Heart #Acting #Praying

  • When you make giving a priority, something happens inside of you. Especially when it's financially challenging to do so. It's like you loosen your grip on a value system whose motto says, "Money is the key to life and happiness and safety."
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Keys #Safety #Giving

  • Jesus is the hope of the world and the local church is the vehicle of expressing that hope to the world.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Jesus #Church #World

  • I'm concerned about the plight of children. But I'm not on a mission to get all the available orphans in the world adopted into Christian homes.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Christian #Children #Home

  • Success is remaining faithful to the process God has laid out for you.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Faithful #Process

  • While generosity may be the antidote for the dizzying effects of wealth, your appetite for more may function as an antidote against God-honoring generosity. Your appetite for more stuff, status, and security has the potential to quash your efforts to be generous. And that's a problem.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Generosity #Effort #May

  • Leadership is stewardship, it's temporary and you're accountable!
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Stewardship #Temporary

  • Appetites have only one word in their vocabulary - MORE. Appetites are never fully and finally satisfied. Even after the most satisfying meal imaginable, we eventually find ourselves rummaging through the pantry for a snack.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Vocabulary #Snacks #Meals

  • If you're a preacher's kid, you see the church differently.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Kids #Church #Preacher

  • Preachers prepare with this fear: 'Am I going to be able to fill the time?' The audience never worries about that.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Worry #Able #Preacher

  • Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Wish

  • Next generation leaders are those who would rather challenge what needs to change and pay the price than remain silent and die on the inside
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Leader #Challenges #Needs

  • What percentage should you give? I tell people to start with 10 percent because the Bible writers have a lot to say about the tithe, which means, "tenth." For some people, that's extremely uncomfortable. But so is a colonoscopy, and those save countless lives.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Mean #People #Giving

  • Personal Vision is often the catalyst for wise decisions.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Wise #Decision #Vision

  • As counterintuitive as it seems, generosity begins wherever you are. It is important to make generosity a priority.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Generosity #Priorities #Important

  • Grace is inviting to the unrighteous and threatening to the self-righteous
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Self #Grace #Threatening

  • Generosity helps us make a concerted effort to keep the needs of others in the forefront of our thinking. Not for guilt's sake, but for the sake of being good stewards of the resources we have been privileged to manage.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Thinking #Generosity #Effort

  • Vions are born in the soul of a man or woman who is consumed with the tension between what is and what could be.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Men #Soul #Vision

  • Generosity helps us cultivate awareness of things that really matter. Opportunities that make a real difference in the world.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Real #Opportunity #Differences

  • Here's a scary thought: What if God called you to give beyond your comfort level? Would you be afraid? Would you try to explain it away or dismiss it as impractical? And in the process, would you miss out on a harvest opportunity for which God had explicitly prospered you in the first place?
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Fear #Opportunity #Giving

  • Generosity won't happen unless you make it a priority. The best way to make giving a priority is to make it the very first check you write every month. Before the mortgage. Before groceries or clothing. Before saving. Whatever the amount, do it first.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Writing #Generosity #Giving

  • Here’s a question every angry man and woman needs to consider: How long are you going to allow people you don’t even like — people who are no longer in your life, maybe even people who aren’t even alive anymore — to control your life? How long?
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Men #Long #People

  • A single act of courage is often the tipping point for extraordinary change.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Tipping #Acts Of Courage #Tipping Point

  • If it suddenly became impossible for us to cover up all the junk we normally hide from the rest of humanity, I have a feeling we would all get real motivated to deal with the source of what ails us.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Real #Christian Inspirational #Feelings

  • The most significant visions are not cast by great orators from a stage. They are cast at the bedsides of our children. The greatest visioncasting opportunities happen between the hours of 7:30 and 9:30 PM Monday through Sunday. In these closing hours of the day we have a unique opportunity to plant the seeds of what could be and what should be. Take every opportunity you get.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Monday #Children #Sunday

  • In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feel like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to another.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Forgiveness #Hurt #Decision

  • Preaching for life changes requires far less information and more application. Less explanation and more inspiration.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Life Changing #Inspiration #Communication

  • Guilt rarely results in positive behavior. But gratitude? Great things flow from a heart of gratitude.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Gratitude #Heart #Guilt

  • A good coach will evaluate your performance against your potential. A coach helps you measure your performance against your strengths instead of against someone else's. A coach will know what you are capable of and will push you to your limit.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Coaching #Limits #Helping

  • Many years from now, what would you like people to line up and thank you for?
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Years #People #Lines

  • Knowledge alone makes Christians haughty. Application makes us holy.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Christian #Holy #Application

  • If a man can predict his own death and resurrection, and pull it off, I just go with whatever that man says
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Men #Resurrection

  • You will never maximize your potential in any area without coaching. It is impossible. You may be good. You may even be better than everyone else. But without outside input you will never be as good as you could be.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Coaching #May #Input

  • You cannot communicate complicated information to large groups of people. As you increase the number of people, you have to decrease the complexity of the information.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Numbers #People #Groups

  • Dreamers dream about things being different. Visionaries envision themselves making a difference.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Dream #Differences #Being Different

  • When happiness points in one direction while wisdom, truth, integrity, and common sense point in another, that's when really smart people start doing really stupid things.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Smart #Stupid #Integrity

  • Actions don't only speak louder than words; actions should be used to interpret words.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Action #Speak #Used

  • There are many things I can do, but I have to narrow it down to the one thing I must do. The secret of concentration is elimination.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Secret #Elimination #Concentration

  • When I count other people's blessings I lose sight of mine.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #God #Christian #Religious

  • Good people don't go to heaven. Forgiven people go to heaven.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #God #Christian #Religious

  • Without courage we will simply accumulate a collection of good ideas and regrets.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Regret #Ideas #Collections

  • The value of a life is always measured by how much of it is given away.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Life Is #Given #Values

  • There is no cramming for a test of character. It always comes as a pop quiz.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Character #Tests #Cramming

  • Vision is a mental picture of what could be, fueled by a passion that it should be.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Passion #Vision #Should

  • The more conscious I am of the work God has yet to do in me, the less critical I am about what he has yet to do in you
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Conscious #Critical

  • Leaders who refuse to listen, will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing helpful to say
    -- Andy Stanley

    #People #Leader #Helpful

  • Grace is not reserved for good people; grace underscores the goodness of God.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #People #Grace #Goodness

  • If your leadership isn't all about you, it will live beyond you.
    -- Andy Stanley

  • Complexity is the enemy of clarity
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Enemy #Clarity #Complexity

  • Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Mean #Littles #Deals

  • Celebrate what God has given others. Leverage what God has given you.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #God #Christian #Religious

  • A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everybody else is whispering privately. It is not his insight that sets the leader apart from the crowd. It is his courage to act and speak up when everyone else is silent....are those who would rather challenge what needs to change and pay the price than remain silent and die on the inside.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Leader #Challenges #Needs

  • ...often, stepping outside your comfort zone is not careless irresponsibility, but a necessary act of obedience.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Giving #Comfort #Obedience

  • If you see your brother in need, it doesn't matter if you already gave somewhere else. You should be open to the idea of God using you to meet your brother's unexpected need.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #God #Christian #Religious

  • Peace is a fruit of the Spirit, not the byproduct of accumulated wealth.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Fruits Of The Spirit #Fruit #Spirit

  • A good coach always coaches to a leader's potential, not his current level of performance. A good leadership coach will see the potential in you and inspire you accordingly.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Leader #Inspire #Coaching

  • Past boldness is no assurance of future boldness. Boldness demands continual reliance on God's spirit.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #God #Christian #Religious

  • The Church must stop expecting outsiders to act like insiders while insiders act like outsiders.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Church #Outsiders #Expecting

  • The root of anger is the perception that something has been taken. Something is owed you, and now a debt to debtor relationship has been established.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Taken #Roots #Perception

  • Do you think God can be trusted? Or do yo think you need to take things into your own hands?
    -- Andy Stanley

    #God #Thinking #Hands

  • People do not plan to mess up their lives. They just don't plan not to.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #People #Mess #Plans

  • As believers, we all have the responsibility to leverage our wealth for kingdom purposes.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Responsibility #Giving #Purpose

  • When a plan or strategy fails, people are tempted to assume it was the wrong vision. Plans and strategies can always be changed and improved. But vision doesn't change. Visions are simply refined with time.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #People #Vision #Assuming

  • Imagine a world where unbelievers were critical of what we believed but envious of how well we treated one another.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #God #World #Imagine

  • Everything now will prepare you for the next step. Don't run from adversity; lean into it with all your heart and God will make you a leader worth following.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Running #Heart #Adversity

  • When your memories exceed your dreams, the end is near.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Dream #Memories #Ends

  • Pencil in your plans but write your visions in ink
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Writing #Vision #Ink

  • Stop looking for solutions to problems and start looking for the right path.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Path #Problem #Solutions

  • Your greatest accomplishment may not be something you do but someone you raise.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Accomplishment #May #Raises

  • There is an appropriate way to use your story, not as an excuse but as a testimony to God's ability to free you from the past.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #God #Christian #Religious

  • It is when our hearts are stirred that we become most aware of what they contain.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #God #Christian #Religious

  • If you devote yourself to more than yourself ... you will have more than yourself to show for yourself.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Shows

  • As leaders, we are never responsible for filling anyone else's cup. Our responsibility is to empty ours.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Responsibility #Leader #Cups

  • Your beliefs shape your attitudes!
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Attitude #Shapes #Belief

  • Our fear of not mattering much has the potential to draw us away from what matters most.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #What Matters #Matter #Draws

  • Spiritual maturity is measured in terms of persevering faith, not perfect behavior
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Spiritual #Maturity #Perfect

  • Jesus did not predict a place. Jesus predicted a people.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Jesus #People

  • Preaching on Sunday mornings is such a simple thing, and by complicating it, I think we all do ourselves and the audience a disservice. It is very simple. Here is the model: Make people feel like they need an answer to a question.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Morning #Sunday #Simple

  • There will be very few occasions when you are absolutely certain about anything. You will consistently be called upon to make decisions with limited information. That being the case, your goal should not be to eliminate uncertainty. Instead, you must develop the art of being clear in the face of uncertainty.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Art #Goal #Decision

  • To understand why, submit and apply.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Submit

  • Leadership is all about taking people on a journey. The challenge is that most of the time, we are asking people to follow us to places we ourselves have never been.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Journey #People #Challenges

  • The issue is: how do you engage the audience? And one of the things I talk to our communicators about is: The outline is great; the stories are great. But how do you engage them? How do you make it feel like we are on a journey, not you are just up there giving me information.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Journey #Issues #Giving

  • Guys that preach verse-by-verse through books of the Bible - that is just cheating. It's cheating because that would be easy, first of all. That isn't how you grow people. No one in the Scripture modeled that.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Cheating #Book #People