Peace doesn't come from finding a lake with no storms. It comes from having Jesus in the boat.

— John Ortberg

The most irresistibly John Ortberg quotes to get the best of your day

Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible.

Love always takes time, and time is the one thing hurried people don't have.


Wise people build their lives around what is eternal and squeeze in what is temporary. Not the other way around.


I don't have a problem with delegation.

I love to delegate. I am either lazy enough, or busy enough, or trusting enough, or congenial enough, that the notion leaving tasks in someone else's lap doesn't just sound wise to me, it sounds attractive.


The decision to grow always involves a choice between risk and comfort.

This means that to be a follower of Jesus, you must renounce comfort as the ultimate value of your life.


If ever there were a true "just as I am" church, if ever there were a community where everybody could bring all their baggage and brokenness with them without neat and tidy happy endings quite yet, if ever there was a group where everyone was loved and no one pretended - we could not make enough room inside the building.


When we live in the love of God, we begin to pay attention to people the way God pays attention to us.


Everybody wears an unseen sign that reads: Inspire me.

Remind me that my life matters; call me to be my best self; appeal to whatever in me is most noble and honorable. Don't let me go down the path of least resistance. Challenge me to make my life about something more than the acquisition of money or success


Never try to have more faith - just get to know God better.

And because God is faithful, the better you know Him, the more you'll trust Him.


It's better to have the faith to embrace reality with all its pain than to cling to the false comfort of a painless fantasy.


Peace does not lie in getting God to give me other circumstances.

Peace lies in finding God in these circumstances.


Jesus ... associated with the outcasts; he spoke with them, touched them, ate with them, loved them.


Sheldon Vanauken wrote that the strongest argument for Christianity is Christians, when they are drawing life from God. The strongest argument against Christianity? Also Christians, when they become exclusive, self-righteous, and complacent.


About John Ortberg

Quotes 160 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday May 5, 1957

Every day you and I walk through God's shop.

Every day we brush up against objects of incalculable worth to Him. People. Every one of them carries a price tag, if only we could see it.


True joy, as it turns out, comes only to those who have devoted their lives to something greater than personal happiness. This is most visible in extraordinary lives, in saints and martyrs. But it is no less true for ordinary people like us.


Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift.

It liberates us from the prison of self-preoccupation.


The goal of prayer is to live all of my life and speak all of my words in the joyful awareness of the presence of God. Prayer becomes real when we grasp the reality and goodness of God's constant presence with 'the real me.' Jesus lived his everyday life in conscious awareness of his Father.


Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.


The greatest moment of your life is now. This moment is God's irreplaceable gift to you.


In a contagious world,we learn to keep our distance.

If we get too close to those who are suffering, we might get infected by their pain. It may not be convenient or comfortable. But only when you get close enough to catch their hurt will they be close enough to catch your love.


One of the hardest things in the world is to stop being the prodigal son without turning into the elder brother.


We'd like to be humble...but what if no one notices?


The test of love is that it gives even when there is no expectation of a return.


God is still in the business of coming down to earth: to this cubicle, this email, this room, this house, this job, this hospital room, this car, this bed, this vacation. Any place can become Bethel, the house of God. Cleveland, maybe. Or the chair you're sitting in as you read these words.


Habits eat good intentions for breakfast.


If you can't do great things, Mother Teresa used to say, do little things with great love. If you can't do them with great love, do them with a little love. If you can't do them with a little love, do them anyway. Love grows when people serve.


The main measure of your devotion to God is not your devotional life. It is simply your life.


The problem with spending your life climbing up the ladder is that you will go right past Jesus, for he's coming down.


We are tempted to live under the illusion that somewhere out there are people who are normal.


To become grateful, I must learn that I can handle disappointment and delayed gratification with grace and perseverance. This is why practices such as fasting and simplicity are such powerful tools for transformation. The experience of frustration and disappointment is irreplaceable in the development of a grateful heart.


There is a immense difference between training to do something and trying to do something....Sp iritual transformation is not a matter of trying harder, but of training wisely.... Following Jesus simply means learning from him how to arrange my life around activities that enable me to live in the fruit of the Spirit


True repentance never leads to despair. Its leads home. It leads to grace.


There is something you can't fix, can't heal, or can't escape, and all you can do it trust God. Finding ultimate refuge in God means you become so immersed in his presence, so convinced of his goodness, so devoted to his lordship that you find even the cave is a perfectly safe place to be because he is there with you.


God is never a God of discouragement.

When you have a discouraging spirit or train of thought in your mind, you can be sure it is not from God. He sometimes brings pain to his children-conviction over sin, or repentance over fallenness, or challenges that scare us, or visions of his holiness that overwhelm us. But God never brings discouragement.


God sees with utter clarity who we are.

He is undeceived as to our warts and wickedness. But when God looks at us that is not all He sees. He also sees who we are intended to be, who we will one day become.


The ministry of bearing with one another is learning to hear God speak through difficult people.


As long as we have unsolved problems, unfulfilled desires, and a mustard seed of faith, we have all we need for a vibrant prayer life.


I need to learn. Joy is at the heart of God's plan for human beings. The reason for this is worth pondering awhile: Joy is at the heart of God himself. We will never understand the significance of joy in human life until we understand its importance to God. I suspect that most of us seriously underestimate God's capacity for joy.


Every human being who has ever lived has suffered from a messiah complex-except one.


To love someone is to desire and work toward their becoming the best version of themselves. The one person in all the universe who can do this perfectly for you is God.


Prudence is not hesitation, procrastination, or moderation.

It is not driving in the middle of the road. It is not the way of ambivalence, indecision, or safety.


The good news as Jesus preached it is not just about the minimal entrance requirements for getting into heaven when you die. It is about the glorious redemption of human life-your life.


Ironically, often the thing that keeps me from experiencing joy is my preoccupation with self. The very selfishness that keeps me from pouring myself out for the joy of others also keeps me from noticing and delighting in the myriad small gifts God offers each day. This is why Walker Percy describes boredom as "the self stuffed with the self."


We must assess our thoughts and beliefs and reckon whether they are moving us closer to conformity to Christ or farther away from it.


People who are servants-humbly, honestly, and joyfully-keep getting revealed as the biggest winners. People who recognize and embrace their smallness keep getting bigger and bigger in God's eyes. It's the oddest scoring system.


Sloth is the failure to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done - like the kamikaze pilot who flew seventeen missions.


Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness.


We must learn to cast off our anxieties because we have so many of them.

The world destroys spiritual life by generating constant anxiety. Jesus said that the life of the gospel is choked out by the cares of this world. We know this to be true yet we are more chained and tethered to the world than ever before in the human race.


Willpower is trying very hard not to do something you want to do very much.


The entire life of Jesus isn't the story of somebody climbing up a ladder;

it's a picture of someone coming down-a series of demotions. The problem with spending our lives climbing up the ladder is that we will go right past Jesus, for He's coming down.