I. Selected Biblical Verses
A. Old Testament
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The Lord God said to Abraham: “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 22: 2).
"You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice" (Exodus 23: 2).
"Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared" (Exodus 23: 20).
"... when you have eaten and are full—then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage" (Deuteronomy 6: 11-12).
"You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the Lord your God" (Deuteronomy 17: 1).
"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you" (Deuteronomy 31: 6).
"... Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s" (2 Chronicles 20: 15).
"The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who trusts in Him" (Psalm 34: 7-8).
"The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit" (Psalm 34: 18).
"Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am" (Psalm 39: 4).
"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God ..." (Psalm 42: 1-2).
"Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me" (Psalm 50: 15).
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you. He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55: 22).
"In God I have put my trust. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" (Psalm 56: 11).
"Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail. But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" (Psalm 73: 25-26).
"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90: 12).
"Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him. I will set him on high, because he has known My name" (Psalm 91: 14).
"For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: “Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness" (Psalm 95: 7-8).
"For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us" (Psalm 103: 11-12).
"As for man, his days are like grass. As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone. And its place remembers it no more" (Psalm 103: 15-16).
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever" (Psalm 111: 10).
"The Lord is my strength and song. And He has become my salvation" (Psalm 118: 14).
"The Lord has chastened me severely, but He has not given me over to death" (Psalm 118: 18).
"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain" (Psalm 127: 1).
"Man is like a breath. His days are like a passing shadow" (Psalm 144: 4).
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3: 5-6).
"Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine" (Proverbs 3: 9-10).
"He who has a slack hand becomes poor. But the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a wise son. He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame" (Proverbs 10: 4-5).
"Hatred stirs up strife. But love covers all sins" (Proverbs 10: 12).
“Better a dry crust with peace than a house full of feasting with strife” (Proverbs 17:1).
"He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given" (Proverbs 19: 17).
"A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again. But the wicked shall fall by calamity" (Proverbs 24: 16).
"Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit" (Proverbs 25: 16).
"Whoever digs a pit will fall into it. And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him" (Proverbs 26: 27).
"The wicked flee when no one pursues. But the righteous are bold as a lion" (Proverbs 28: 1).
"When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you. Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood… Learn to do good. Seek justice. Rebuke the oppressor. Defend the fatherless. Plead for the widow" (Isaiah 1: 15, 17).
"Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up. Or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!" (Isaiah 10: 15).
"You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength" (Isaiah 26: 3-4).
"Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40: 31).
"Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41: 10).
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you" (Isaiah 43: 2).
"Even to your old age, I am He. And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear. Even I will carry, and will deliver you" (Isaiah 46: 4).
"“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked”" (Isaiah 48: 22; 57: 21).
"Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget. Yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands. Your walls are continually before Me" (Isaiah 49: 15-16).
"For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you" (Isaiah 54: 10).
"Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near" (Isaiah 55: 6).
"For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water" (Jeremiah 2: 13).
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes. But its leaf will be green. And will not be anxious in the year of drought. Nor will cease from yielding fruit" (Jeremiah 17: 7-8).
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29: 11).
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29: 13).
"For I will surely deliver you, and you shall not fall by the sword; but your life shall be as a prize to you, because you have put your trust in Me,” says the Lord" (Jeremiah 39: 18).
"Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord" (Lamentations 3: 22-26).
"Come, and let us return to the Lord, for He has torn, but He will heal us. He has stricken, but He will bind us up" (Hosea 6: 1).
“I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings" (Hosea 6: 6).
"He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you: but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6: 8)."Do not rejoice over me, my enemy. When I fall, I will arise. When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me" (Micah 7: 8).
"The Lord God is my strength. He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills" (Habakkuk 3: 19).
"... be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the Lord of hosts" (Haggai 2: 4).
"... ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts" (Zechariah 4: 6).
"Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother" (Zechariah 7: 9-10).
"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts. “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3: 10).
“When you gain friends, gain them through testing, and do not trust them hastily” (Sirach 6: 7).
“Faithful friends are a sturdy shelter: Whoever finds one has found a treasure” (Sirach 6: 14).
“Flee from sin as from a snake; for if you approach sin, it will bite you. Its teeth are lion’s teeth, and can destroy human lives” (Sirach 21: 2).
B. New Testament
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"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6: 33-34).
"He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad" (Matthew 12: 30).
"... whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant" (Mark 10: 43).
"... when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do" (Luke 17: 10).
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3: 16).
“… I (Christ) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10: 10).
"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14: 6).
Jesus said: "... the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me" (John 16: 2-3).
"… In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (John 16: 33).
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6: 23).
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8: 28).
"... If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8: 31).
"For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable" (Romans 11: 29).
"If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12 : 18-21).
"For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s" (Romans 14: 8).
"Love never fails... And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13: 8, 13).
"Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart" (2 Corinthians 3: 3).
"... the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." (2 Corinthians 3: 6).
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4: 17-18).
"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (2 Corinthians 5: 17).
"... Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6: 2).
"So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9: 7).
"And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (2 Corinthians 12: 9).
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain" (Galatians 2: 20-21).
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart" (Galatians 6: 9).
"But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world" (Galatians 6: 14).
"To me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1: 21).
"Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ" (Philippians 3: 8).
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4: 13).
"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3: 1-3).
"Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do" (Colossians 3: 12-13).
"Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit" (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-19).
"Test all things; hold fast what is good" (1 Thessalonians 5: 21).
"You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ" (2 Timothy 2: 3).
"Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution" (2 Timothy 3: 12).
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3: 16-17).
"For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing" (2 Timothy 4: 6-8).
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.... Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up" (James 4: 8, 10).
"... For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin" (James 4: 14, 17).
"All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away. But the word of the Lord endures forever…" (1 Peter 1: 24-25).
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3: 15).
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John 2: 15-17).
"Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love" (1 John 4: 17-18).
"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me" (Revelation 3: 19-20).
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1. Alas, it is easy to ask God for many things, but not to ask for God Himself, as if what is given is more important than the Giver Himself (St. Augustine).
2. O Lord… Thou hast formed us for Thy self, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee (St. Augustine).
3. The tragedy of life and of the world is not that men do not know God; the tragedy is that, knowing Him, they still insist on going their own way (William Barclay).
4. Give God what is right -- not what's left.
5. Man's way leads to a hopeless end -- God's way leads to an endless hope.
6. A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
7. He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.
8. In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma--but never let him be the period.
9. Don't put a question mark where God has put a period.
10. Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for a face-lift.
11. When praying, don't give God instructions - just report for duty.
12. Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.
13. We don't change God's message -- His message changes us.
14. The greatest crime in the desert is finding water and keeping silent.
15. When God ordains, He sustains.
16. WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.
17. Plan ahead -- It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
18. Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory position.
19. Suffering from truth decay? Brush up on your Bible.
20. Exercise daily -- walk with the Lord.
21. Never give the devil a ride -- he will always want to drive.
22. Nothing else ruins the truth like stretching it.
23. Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.
24. He who angers you controls you.
25. Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop.
26. Give Satan an inch and he'll be a ruler.
27. Be ye fishers of men -- you catch them and He'll clean them.
28. God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
29. Read the Bible -- It will scare the hell out of you.
30. Life can only be understood backwards but…it must be lived forwards (Soren Kierkegaard).
31. The prayer that prevails is not the work of lips and fingertips. It is the cry of a broken heart and the travail of a stricken soul.
32. One must respect mistaken people but not their mistakes. Truth is one. That which contradicts and negates truth is a lie, and respect for a lie is contempt for the truth.
33. Walk humbly. The dust you step on is the remains of once charming eyes.
Dust is the same one end of someone departing tomorrow, and another who had departed thousands of years ago (Omar Khayyam).
34. We are called to be faithful, not successful (Mother Teresa).
35. We are responsible for the effort, not the outcome.
36. We set the sail. God makes the wind.
37. Begin to weave and God will give you the thread.
38. At the end of our earthly journey, we meet a sign declaring: “End of construction. Thank you for your patience.”
39. Give me love when I least deserve it, because that is when I most need it.
40. The love of Christ heals.
41. If you feel far away from God, guess who moved?
42. What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.
43. I am God’s melody of life and He sings His song through me.
44. God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
45. Do your best and then sleep in peace. God is awake.
46. God has a purpose and plan for me that no one else can fulfill.
47. The will of God will never take you to where the grace of God will not protect you.
48. When God says “no,” it is because He has something better in store for you.
49. Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.
50. The height of your accomplishment will equal the depth of your convictions.
51. In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins—not through strength, but through perseverance.
52. A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence.
53. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything (George Bernard Shaw).
54. If you judge people, you have no time to love them (Mother Teresa of Calcutta).
55. No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit (Helen Keller).
56. It does not matter if a million people tell you what you cannot do, or if ten million tell you no. If you get one yes from God, that is all you need (Tyler Perry).
57. Procrastination is opportunity's assassin (Victor Kiam).
58. When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God (Charles L. Allen).
59. True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose (Helen Keller).
60. The power of God is capable of finding hope where hope no longer exists, and a way where the way is impossible (St. Gregory of Nyssa).
61. Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood (Marie Curie).
62. We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes (John F. Kennedy).
63. Every day is a messenger of God (Russian proverb).
64. If you have a job without aggravation, you don't have a job (Malcolm Forbes).
65. Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow (Swedish proverb).
66. Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm (Sir Winston Churchill).
67. When at night you cannot sleep, talk to the Shepherd and stop counting sheep (Anon).
68. What you think about yourself is much more important than what others think of you (Marcus A. Seneca).
69. To the world, you may be only one person. But to one person, you may be the world (Helen Keller).
70. In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends (John C. Collins).
71. Do not curse the darkness. Instead, light a candle. Its glow may warm the world.
72. Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things (Robert Brault).
73. When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage (Jewish proverb).
74. Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up (Guideposts).
75. Aspire not to have more but to be more (Bishop Oscar Romero).
76. When you help someone up a hill, you get that much closer to the top yourself.
77. Don't try to reach God with your understanding; that is impossible. Reach him in love; that is possible (Carlo Carretto).
78. Your past is always going to be the way it was. Stop trying to change it (Anon).
79. A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner (English proverb).
80. The history of missions is the history of answered prayers (Samuel Zwemer).
81. Some pursue happiness. Others create it (Anon).
82. Friendship is a plant which must be often watered (Anon).
83. A house is made with walls and beams…A home is made with love and dreams.
84. We would accomplish many more things if we didn’t think of them as impossible (C. Malesherbez).
85. If everyone gives a thread, the poor man will have a shirt (Russian proverb).
86. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, and today is gift; that is why we call it the present (Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962).
87. Your life and mine shall be valued not by what we take, but by what we give (Edgar Allen).
88. I would rather die standing, than live on my knees.
89. One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time (Andre Gide).
90. May God grant you always: A sunbeam to warm you; a moonbeam to charm you; a guardian angel so nothing can harm you; laughter to cheer you; faithful friends near you; and whenever you pray, heaven to hear you (An Irish blessing).
91. The Church is an anvil that has worn out many a hammer.
92. Do not be tempted to equate transient domination with either intrinsic superiority or prospects for extended survival (Stephen Gould).
93. The chain of memory is resurrection (Charles Olson).
94. Great is he who can conquer his enemies but greater is he who can gain them.
95. For every seed you plant with a loving heart, there will be a harvest day.
96. Mothers are daily miracles we sometimes take for granted.
97. We do not need to see eye to eye to walk arm in arm.
98. Pray hardest when it is hardest to pray.
99. Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of Christ.
100. Our ruins become places of hope in the eyes of God, for he sees their potential.
101. You can never outdream God.
102. Happiness often sneaks in through a door you did not know you left open.
103. When you have faith in God, you do not wait until things change to praise him; praise him knowing things will change.
104. The bad news: Time flies. The good news: You are the pilot.
105. God does not want us to merely get through our problems. He wants us to grow through them.
106. All that needs to happen for evil to win is for good people to stand by and do nothing.
107. The greatest crime in the desert is finding water and keeping silent.
108. Do good things for people not because of who they are or what they may do in return, but because of who you are.
109. True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
110. God takes life’s broken pieces and gives us unbroken peace (W. D. Gough).
111. The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it (John Ruskin).
112. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give (Winston Churchill).
113. Experience never gets old.
114. Do not die with your music locked inside you.
115. Our weaknesses are an opportunity for God to show his strength (M. Horton).
116. Do not waste time looking backward. You will just trip (B. Greive).
117. Getting older is an adventure, not a problem (A. Pierro).
118. Pressure can burst a pipe, or pressure can make a diamond (R. Horry).
119. All the flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today.