Max Lucado quotes

  • A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Love #Inspirational #Powerful

  • There is a difference between grace and mercy. Mercy is the decision of God not to punish us. But grace is the decision of God to save and bless us.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Differences #Decision #Grace

  • Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Inspirational #God #Faith

  • The church is never a place to show off. Do your good deeds quietly. Serve; don't seek to be seen
    -- Max Lucado

    #Church #Deeds #Shows

  • Focus on giants - you stumble. Focus on God - Giants tumble.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Faith #Focus #Giants

  • It's up to me to promote my faith and somebody else to promote theirs. Let the government just protect our right to do so.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Government #Protect

  • When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn't they matter most now?
    -- Max Lucado

    #Inspirational #College #Car

  • Every movie really does have a message. Somebody somewhere is trying to make a point or advance a cause or promote their agenda. There's nothing wrong with that. They try to do so in an entertaining fashion.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Fashion #Trying #Agendas

  • God would rather give up His son..than give up on us
    -- Max Lucado

    #Giving Up #Son #Giving

  • It seems to me that the prayers of the Bible can be distilled into one. The result is a simple, easy-to-remember, pocket-sized prayer: Father, you are good. I need help. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus' name, amen. Let this prayer punctuate your day.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Jesus #Prayer #Father

  • You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. You aren't an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Positive #Success #Confidence

  • God does uncommon things through common people in common places.
    -- Max Lucado

    #People #Doe #Common

  • No one can pray and worry at the same time.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Worry #Praying

  • December is the most difficult month. Medications for insomnia or depression go up during the month of December. A lot of people who experience loss feel that loss magnified in December. Everybody seems happy and you feel all alone. You're not all alone.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Loss #Insomnia #People

  • You change your life by changing your heart.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Inspirational #Change #Uplifting

  • Most of my sermons are inspirational, and I believe people need that encouragement.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Encouragement #Believe #People

  • The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials but the ones with the concern.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Business #Differences #People

  • All of my sermons become books. I've been accused of having no unpublished thought. I encourage pastors to do that. I think there are so many great sermons that never really get circulation.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Book #Thinking #Pastor

  • The greater your cares, the more genuine your prayers
    -- Max Lucado

    #Prayer #Care #Genuine

  • Honesty and vulnerability endear us to people; they don't endanger us in our relationship.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Honesty #People #Our Relationship

  • God is able to accomplish, provide, help, save, keep, subdue... He is able to do what you can't. He already has a plan. God's not bewildered. Go to Him.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Inspirational #God #Able

  • The Bible teaches us that God does not cause pain, but that He uses pain and evil to advance His cause and shape His servants.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Pain #Evil #Use

  • His is a joy which consequences cannot quench. His is a peace which circumstances cannot steal.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Christian #Joy #Stealing

  • Gratitude develops faith. The surest path out of a slump is marked by the road sign "thank you, God."
    -- Max Lucado

    #Christian #Gratitude #Thank You God

  • The wizard [of Oz] says look inside yourself and find self. God says look inside yourself and find [the Holy Spirit]. The first will get you to Kansas. The latter will get you to heaven. Take your pick.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Self #Kansas #Heaven

  • Nails didn't hold God to a cross. Love did.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Nails #Crosses

  • When we're in the middle of a difficult time, we have to speak against that lie that says, "God is not here." We have to draw near to God.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Lying #Difficult Times #Speak

  • God answers the mess of life with one word: Grace.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Grace #Answers #Mess

  • Those who successfully go through tough times do so because they keep insisting.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Tough Times #Tough

  • Love like there's no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Marriage #Tomorrow

  • Staying engaged with God is absolutely essential for getting through a tough time.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Tough Times #Essentials #Tough

  • When you keep the porch light on for the prodigal child, you do what God does every single moment.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Children #Single Mom #Light

  • Waiting is an expectant patience. It's a patience that says, "I don't know what God is going to do, but I know God is going to do something."
    -- Max Lucado

    #Waiting #Knowing God

  • If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Giving #Grace #Succeed

  • The wonder of a free-market society is that we can all do our best to package our message in an entertaining fashion and present it - and then everybody votes with their footsteps.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Fashion #Messages #Vote

  • Be patient. God is using today's difficulties to strengthen you for tomorrow. He is equipping you. The God who makes things grow will help you bear fruit.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Christian #Today #Fruit

  • Ggrace is God's best idea - it's His decision to ravage people by love, to rescue passionately, and to restore justly.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Ideas #People #Decision

  • The mind that is full of God is empty of anxiety. Are you troubled, restless, sleepless? Then think of God more!
    -- Max Lucado

    #Thinking #Anxiety #Mind

  • To live as God's child is to know that you are loved by your Maker not because you try to please him and succeed, or fail to please him and apologize, but because he wants to be your Father. Nothing more.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Children #Father #Trying

  • If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Would Be #Refrigerators

  • I don't get the impression that most sources of media - like television and movies - are trying to get out a positive message, necessarily. My impression is they're trying to get a message out that promotes their personal opinion, position or belief and they're trying to do something that makes money. They want to turn a buck.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Media #Trying #Television

  • But it is in storms that God does his finest work, for it is in storms that God has our keenest attention
    -- Max Lucado

    #Storm #Doe #Attention

  • Religion is intended to facilitate hope and faith. Much like a path is intended to facilitate a journey.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Journey #Path #Hope And Faith

  • We forget that IMPOSSIBLE is one of God's favorite words
    -- Max Lucado

    #Impossible #Forget

  • I believe for God not to allow pain to happen in the world is for Him to extract free will from the world.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Pain #Believe #World

  • Worship is the thank you that can't be silenced
    -- Max Lucado

    #Worship

  • I believe a personal relationship with God is healthy, but organized religion has potential for danger, in whatever faith.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Believe #Healthy #Danger

  • The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: 'grace.'
    -- Max Lucado

    #Years #Choices #Grace

  • If you're feeling pain, express that to the Lord. If you're feeling worried, express those worries. One passage that gives me comfort is in Psalms, Chapter 11, verse 3, it reads, "When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do?" That's really the question of the day.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Pain #Fall #Giving

  • Can you imagine a life with no fear? What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?
    -- Max Lucado

    #Motivational #Faith #What If

  • When you're full of yourself, God can't fill you. But when you empty yourself, God has a useful vessel.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Empty #Full Of Yourself #Vessel

  • Compassion gives us a common ground to stand on regardless of your faith background. It gives us a chance to stand shoulder-to-shoulder rather than go fist-to-fist with somebody.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Compassion #Giving #Fists

  • Feed your fears and your faith will starve. Feed your faith, and your fears will.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Motivational

  • We just need the government to be that greenhouse that permits our faith to grow.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Government #Needs #Permit

  • Even though you may not understand how God works, you know he does.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Motivational #May #Doe

  • While we appreciate our ancestry as Americans or even our ethnic ancestry and our color of skin, we believe that our real citizenship is in Heaven.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Real #Believe #Color

  • Worry divides the mind.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Worry #Mind

  • Never let the church become a place where it's just a Las Vegas display place for you to show off.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Vegas #Church #Shows

  • You are valuable because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done - but simply because you are.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Happy Life #Done #Valuable

  • Be less about protecting any type of identity affiliated to a country or even ethnic background. Be more about the fact that we're here for a short time and Heaven is going to be a rainbow of people, multiculture, every generation.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Country #Rainbow #People

  • Never underestimate the power that comes when a parent pleads with God on behalf of a child.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Children #Parent #Underestimate

  • Not everybody can create a foundation that's worth a billion dollars, but all of us can figure out those things we do. I really think God loves us too much to give us an assignment we don't enjoy doing.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Thinking #Giving #Dollars

  • When God looks at you, he doesn’t see you; he sees the One who surrounds you. That means that failure is not a concern for you. Your victory is secure.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Mean #Victory #Looks

  • My thinking is that miracles exist to reveal God, but miracles don't exist for God to do me any favors.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Thinking #Miracle #Favors

  • A few songs with Him might change the way you sing. Forever.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Motivational #Song #Forever

  • God is using my struggle. My struggle is the answer to the prayer.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Prayer #Struggle #Answers

  • God rewards those who seek Him. Not those who seek doctrine of religion or systems or creeds. Many settle for these lesser passions, but the reward goes to those who settle for nothing less than Jesus himself. And what is the reward? What awaits those who seek Jesus? Nothing short of the heart of Jesus.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Jesus #Heart #Passion

  • Every faith has its story; every faith has its roots.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Roots #Stories

  • Philosophers can debate the meaning of life, but you need a Lord who can declare the meaning of life.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Inspirational #Needs #Meaning Of Life

  • The one thing that I cannot do without each day is hope.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Each Day

  • Of all the things you must earn in life, God's unending affection is not one of them. You have it.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Affection #Unending

  • One of the secrets in life is that we really lead a better life when we're living for others than we do when we're living for ourselves, and I think that's the way for our creator intended for it to be, is that if we can live for other people, we really leave this world in a different way.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Thinking #People #Secret

  • Mark it down. You will never go where God is not.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Inspirational #Mark

  • I don't think God is a gender. He presents himself as a father but he comes to us with the tenderness of a mother. In some of the parables, he is the housewife who cleans the house looking for the lost coin.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Mother #Father #Thinking

  • The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. But make your fear a visitor and not a resident.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Inspirational #Mean #Visitors

  • You are never more like Jesus than when you pray for others. Pray for this hurting world.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Hurt #Jesus #World

  • I don't have any desire to retire in the sense of not doing anything. As long as the Lord gives me strength I want to keep writing and keep preaching.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Writing #Giving #Long

  • Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Running #Thinking #Be Careful

  • I believe you select a president who best represents what you think are the values that God wants us to have.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Believe #Thinking #President

  • Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Kindness #Self #Giving

  • We live in the most multicultural, multiracial, multiethnic America ever, and I get the sense that because of that reality so many of us are turning nativist.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Reality #America #Multicultural

  • Indeed, baptism is a vow, a sacred vow of the believer to follow Christ. Just as a wedding celebrates the fusion of two hearts, baptism celebrates the union of sinner with Savior.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Heart #Two #Baptism

  • God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Organization #Government #Mind

  • Immerse yourself in the curriculum of grace.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Grace #Curriculum

  • To call yourself a child of God is one thing. To be called a child of God by those who watch your life is another thing altogether.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Inspirational #Children #Watches

  • The One who saved your soul longs to remake your heart. Let's fix our eyes on Jesus. Perhaps in seeing Him, we will see what we can become!
    -- Max Lucado

    #Jesus #Eye #Heart

  • The state of your heart dictates whether you harbor a grudge or give grace, seek self-pity or seek Christ, drink human misery or taste God's mercy.
    -- Max Lucado

    #God #Heart #Self

  • Our belief in God is not blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it's true.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Faith #Belief #Blind

  • There is a canyon of difference between doing your best to glorify God and doing whatever it takes to glorify yourself. The quest for excellence is a mark of maturity. The quest for power is childish.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Maturity #Differences #Excellence

  • God has enough grace to solve every dilemma you face, wipe every tear you cry, and answer every question you ask.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Inspirational #Grace #Tears

  • Our God is abundant in love and steadfast in mercy. He saves us, not because we trust in a symbol, but because we trust in a Savior.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Mercy #Steadfast #Savior

  • The maker of the stars would rather die for you than live without you. And that is a fact. So if you need to brag, brag about that.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Stars #Needs #Facts

  • Our Savior kneels down and gazes upon the darkest acts of our lives. But rather than recoil in horror, he reaches out in kindness and says, "I can clean that if you want." And from the basin of his grace, he scoops a palm full of mercy and washes away our sin.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Kindness #Grace #Want

  • If Jesus heals instantly, praise Him. If Jesus heals gradually, trust Him. When Jesus heals ultimately, you will understand.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Jesus #Praise #Heal

  • Though the Bible was written over sixteen centuries by at least forty authors, it has one central theme-salvation through faith in Christ.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Inspirational #Sixteen #Christ

  • Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world. Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house. But throw back the curtains and see His light. Open the window and hear His voice. Open the window of prayer and invoke the presence of God in your world.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Prayer #Wall #Dark

  • When we put someone in our jail cell of hatred, we are stuck guarding the door.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Cells #Jail #Doors

  • Each one of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Volunteer #Movement #Enough

  • Two types of voices command your attention today. Negative ones fill your mind with doubt, bitterness, and fear. Positive ones purvey hope and strength. Which one will you choose to heed?
    -- Max Lucado

    #Inspirational #Two #Voice

  • Christ lived the life we could not live and took the punishment we could not take to offer the hope we cannot resist.
    -- Max Lucado

    #Punishment #Christ #Offers