Identity & Purpose

17 Most Inspiring Quotes from 2019

Doug Bender

December 27, 2019 | 3 minute read

Whether you are looking for new purpose to end 2019 or a fresh beginning in 2020, these quotes from I Am Second will get you the fresh inspiration you need.

From Clint Gresham, NFL Long-Snapper

“God looked at you, and he said, ‘I don't want heaven if I don't have you. I would rather come and die in their place so that I could have you.’ And that's His passionate, unrelenting love that He has for you right now in this moment where you're feeling alone and broken and feeling like you're unlovable.”

From Moriah Peters Smallbone, Singer and Songwriter

“I think hate is really just a distorted form of hurt, and hurt can often be its own form of love… I needed to be reminded that love isn’t always an overflow of the heart. Sometimes love is a very active and intentional decision.”

From Donna and Turner Ward, MLB hitting coach and wife

“The cancer has been probably one of the greatest gifts of my life. The friendships that I have developed with some breast cancer survivors are priceless. I would not trade those friendships for anything.” - Donna
My wife has brought so much more strength to me. It's helped me to be more prepared in my prayer life. To really rely on God because there was a time where I was completely helpless. And that’s tough because as a man you want to fix things and when you can’t it’s hard. I really had to trust even more that the Lord knew what he was doing.” - Turner

From Amanda Jane Cooper, Broadway Actress

“To think there’s a God who sees me and knows me and loves me despite knowing all about me.”
“I can be sure that I am loved, forgiven, seen, known, free.”

From Paul Goldschmidt, MLB First Baseman

“I know I’m making mistakes all the time. That’s why we need Him.”

From Doug Bender, author

“Everybody has a little bit of loneliness in them. My story is about a lonely kid who found a friend in God.”
“God is the only one who gets me through anxieties.”

From I Choose Peace, newest I Am Second book from author Doug Bender

“Hope admits both the brokenness of this world and the power of God to fix it. Hope is a faith in better times to come and a better place to belong. It doesn’t claim to have everything figured out but believes in the One who does.”
“God’s plan isn’t always what we expect. The path he puts us on is sometimes sweet and wonderful, sometimes dark and winding. What gives peace on that journey is knowing that it’s the one God has for us. He knows every step and is bringing it to a beautiful end, even if the middle isn’t so beautiful.”
“We have seen him. We have touched him. We have heard his voice. We have found his peace while we wait for the day. Trust Jesus. Choose peace.”

From Unworthy, an I Am Second Conversations Film with Beth Nimmo and TJ Stevens

“There are times when I’ll go home and cry. I cried today. I may cry tomorrow. Faith is understanding that God has a purpose in anything he allows into your life.” - Beth
“I never imagined in a thousand lifetimes that, my God, you were going to show the world what you can do with a high school shooter.” - TJ
“God doesn’t expect things from us, because without him we can do nothing.” - Beth

From Loud Krazy Love, featuring the full length story of Korn guitarist, Brian “Head” Welch

“There is a time that you have to walk away and let God cleanse your soul. It’s like when you get a pumpkin and you scoop out all the guts and you put that candle, that light, in there. God scooped all that crap out of me for eight years. He put that light inside of me. That’s what needed to happen.”

From Josh Turner, Country Singer and Songwriter

“There might be something you love to do, whether it’s singing or something completely unrelated. Sometimes you’re just going to have to fight for it. You’re going to have to fight for your job. You’re going to have to fight for your marriage and your home. You’re going to have to fight for your children or anything else that has value.”
Doug Bender

Doug Bender

Doug Bender is an I Am Second writer and small groups coach. He developed many of the small group tools found at and has coached churches, organizations, and individuals to use I Am Second groups to share the message of Jesus with their friends and family. He also works with I Am Second's parent organization, e3 Partners, as a church planter and pastor in countries such as Ethiopia, Colombia, and the US. Doug and his wife, Catherine, have four children: Bethany, Samuel, Isabella, and Jesse.

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