"One-Liners" That Just May Change Your Life

What is the Power of ONE?


One "aha!" moment?

One revelation?

One decision?

One concept?

One prayer?


"If I give you a cow, you starve. If I give you a small piece of meat, you can eat."

(I think I made that up just now but if it's lodged in my brain from hearing it long ago, then I credit it to the unknown author). The point being, this Hub is dedicated to the "small pieces of meat"--not to the cows.

There is a simplicity in life that reveals itself if we are willing to take a shovel and remove all of the complex debris that seems to pile up in our lives. These are simple one-liners that go quite deep. They are easy to understand, easy to remember, but not so easy to apply.

I have tried to arrange them in categories:

1) Simple Wisdom

2) Simple Relationships

3) Simple Prayers

I will add to this Hub every time new "one'rs" (I just made that up) come to mind, so be sure to check back from time to time and for updates!

Simple Wisdom

Many of the most profound things I have ever heard fit into the space of one sentence. I hope there is at least one thing on this list that is a one-liner-life-changer!

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  1. "Jesus offers invitations, not manipulations."
  2. "On the other side of "time" is "out of time." What you do with your "time" is what you'll end up with when you are "out of time."
  3. "The hole dug in the heart by sorrow makes room for a well of joy."
  4. "It is often through great loss that I discover the greatest find."
  5. "Would I love you if I had to?"
  6. "What precious commodity can each person give away, no matter who he or she is? Time!"
  7. "Sometimes today needs to be a bad day so you'll be motivated to make tomorrow better."
  8. "Are you like the Sadducees? Questioning everything and believing nothing."
  9. "Are you like the Pharisees? Thinking you know everything but missing the main thing."
  10. "People may get offended by TRUTH, but TRUTH doesn't get offended by people."
  11. "If you don't like the way you feel, change the way you think!"
  12. "If you have an addictive personality, get addicted to something good, so that when something bad comes along, it won't be a temptation."
  13. "If people don't sleep, they die. So go ahead and take a nap!"
  14. "Sometimes it is the empty hands in the act of surrender that creates space for you to receive."
  15. "The more you try to control things, the less you are truly free."
  16. Our greatest freedom is CHOICE. Use it wisely, for although you get to use it first, you will have to pay for it later.
  17. Instead of materialism, get caught up in immaterialism. That which cannot be seen often carries much greater value--and its the only thing that can pass from this life to the next.

Simple Relationships

Sometimes love is really just as easy as keeping your mouth closed--saying "I'm sorry"--or taking an extra 5 minutes out of your day to wash a dish, make a cup of coffee, or give your loved one a hug. I'm sure you will find a a dash of humor here and there in some of these--but you know why it's funny, right? Because it's true! Enjoy...

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  1. "Do you judge how good a cake tastes while it's still in the oven? Guess what? I'm still cooking!"
  2. "Sometimes I really do have a good reason for being crabby—and sometimes I don't."
  3. "Whenever you tell me not to nag, the probability increases."
  4. "If I don't love myself, then I can't love you."
  5. "If you are supposed to love me above all else, then be selective with your words."
  6. "We are two sandpaper statues, dancing through life together, making each other smooth."
  7. "Just because you think you should, doesn't mean you should."
  8. "Sometimes you love me with your presence—sometimes you love me with your absence—and sometimes you just need to love me with common sense."
  9. "If I like coffee, you should buy me a cup once in a while."
  10. "I forgive you because it's good—not because it feels good."
  11. "Just let me angry for a minute--then I'll be nice."
  12. "Just because you're talking, doesn't mean you're communicating."
  13. "When your preferences become more important than your partner's, you are no longer operating in love."
  14. "The truth brings light--humility brings love--do not forsake one for the other."
  15. "If we can make it through the darkest nights of our relationships, when it seems that all hope is lost, then we will be there to celebrate the victory, that in the morning, will be within our reach."
  16. "Time is the necessary ingredient that without, maturity cannot occur."
  17. "What is your focus? What you see is what you'll get--look for the best in others and it will be their best that you will attract."
  18. "I knew I'd like you again if I just had a good attitude and let a little time go by..."
  19. "Make up your mind ahead of time how you will respond, then in the heat of the moment, you can take your own advice."
  20. "Choose the path of love. If you walk down that path, your partner will likely join you."
  21. "When your spouse does something helpful, show appreciation. 'Thank you' will yield better long-term results than 'It's about time!'"
  22. "If your relational stance is to defend your rights, you probably won't be able to see the other's needs."
  23. "Often times we react, then we think about it, and in the process bypass listening. Try listening, thinking, and then responding."

Simple Prayers

I recently wrote about a man by the name of George Muller who, in his lifetime, received millions of dollars through prayer alone. He never asked anybody for money or even made others aware of his needs! He took each and every need he had to God and to God alone. There are countless stories of how George Muller prayed for food, and bread showed up on his step a few minutes later; or of how he prayed for money to open a school, and people would approach him with money saying, "God told me to give this to you." But just as impressive as George Muller's life are the prayers that he prayed. They were not long or fancy. He did not use complicated words or exquisite vocabulary. He did not pray as a nervous child, stammering and trying to find "just the right words to convince Dad." George was a simple man and his prayers were simple too. There is something truly divine about this kind of prayer. There is something powerful to the prayers of the child-like. During my prayer time in recent weeks, I have found that many of my prayers are becoming more and more simple. And the things I sense God telling me tend to be quite simple, too! I'm not saying that simple is best—its just that it is often overlooked and undervalued.

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  1. "Dear God, Don't let me ruin today by worrying about tomorrow."
  2. "Dear God, I can't do this. Will you help?"
  3. "Dear God, you're the one that made me so you're the one that's going to have to fix me!"
  4. "God, how can you be so unfair? Nobody deserves your most precious gift, yet you give it freely to all?"
  5. "God, I thought I was right. But I was wrong."
  6. "God, since you already know, I guess I'll just be honest…"
  7. "God, since you are the stronger one, I'll let you carry the heavy stuff."
  8. "God, teach me what is your part and what is my part and show me quickly when I try to do that which is yours or fail to do that which is mine."
  9. "With all this noise, how will I ever hear your still, small voice? Help me find a quiet place or please speak louder. Thank you!"
  10. "Jesus--where are you going and can I come with?"
  11. "Holy Spirit--expose what is false and reveal what is true."
  12. "Jesus, let me hide in you."
  13. "Jesus, help me to live the reality of what it means to be seated with you in heavenly places."
  14. "I pray for those who persecute me--get 'em with your love God!"
  15. CRY (today my prayer came through noises and tears and heart--sometimes more powerful than words!)

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Do you have a pearl of wisdom "one-liner" that you want to share? Leave it in the comments section!

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imkd 5 years ago

great :)


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jesusmyjoy 5 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

Very nice job


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Great article.

Thanks for sharing!

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JinnyMarte 5 years ago

Ooh Jenna I love this hub! Not only did it hit the spot but also got a few laughs outta me...

My favorite? 3."The whole dug in the heart by sorrow makes room for a well of joy."

I don't think it gets any better than that. You're such a wonderful spirit and I felt rejoice when I read this hub. So blessed to count you as a sister and friend.

Thanks for this!

Can I add a one liner? "I have learned that life is a gift of appreciation. When we appreciate life, we appreciate it's CREATOR". Thou be blessed sister...


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Very profound and very wise advice. I don't think God expects us to pray loud and long. I tend to pray short and to the point. I think He listens... Bye for now.


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

Excellent hub!!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

God, you know how weak i am, so please help me. Thank you.. Beautiful hub...


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Seek-n-Find 5 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks for your comments everyone! I've had a rough day so am doing a quick response tonight--but wanted to take a moment to say I truly appreciate every single comment. :-) And thank you for adding more one-liners! Time for me to come up with some more one-liners for when I've had days like today and then take my own advice.


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Admiral_Joraxx 5 years ago from Philippines

You got great talent Seek-n-find, you made up these words? They are really thought pondering. Thanks for sharing them here. i vote up and beautiful.


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Seek-n-Find 5 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks Admiral_Joraxx! Appreciate the comment and the vote! I did make them up, although I'm sure many of the concepts are things I've heard before somewhere down the line and got stuck in my brain. But I just sat down at the computer and thought about wise advice and started typing!


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HendrikDB 5 years ago

Very inspiring! Thanks!


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jravity1 5 years ago from bellevue, MI

great job here.


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Seek-n-Find 5 years ago from Illinois Author

@HendrikDB and jravity1: Thanks for your comment! Remember to check back from time to time as I hope to keep adding to this over time. :-) Have a great night!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

12/4/2011...1:27 a.m/cst

Dear Seek-n-Find, Wow! Amazing! A hub that really speaks to me. And touches me in ways that I didn't know I could be touched. LOVED it. I repeat. LOVED it. Voted UP and all the way for YOU are a super-talented person!!!!! And I am Honored to be a Follower. And so blessed to meet you. Why don't you consider publishing these thoughts into books? Many people who worry, grieve, and live in doubt, could really be helped by YOUR words. I mean it. And I want YOU to check out my hubs if you want a laugh. I do have a FEW serious hubs, and you will know when I am serious and when I am not. Hey, GREAT job! Sincerely, your new friend and follower, Kenneth Avery, from Hamilton, a small northwest Alabama town that looks like Mayberry, on the Andy Griffith Show. Please have a Very Merry CHRISTmas!!!


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Seek-n-Find 5 years ago from Illinois Author

@ kenneth avery: Thank you! What kind and encouraging feedback! I actually do want to publish--I'm working on getting more pieces together and then have to figure out how to publish when I currently have zero extra money--as in zero. :-) Please pray that I can publish and help many who need to be encouraged. I will for sure check out your hubs. Blessings!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Seek-n-Find, you are most-welcome. And that is what I enjoy, encouraging others to do beyond their best. Do the extraordinary. YOU are one of those who I feel can do that. But be patient as you can. Money will come. And I know that YOU will be an inspiration to others like you are to me and I look forward to hearing your critique of my hubs and would YOU entertain the idea of following me? That would be fascinating. And appreciated. Thanks,Kenneth


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Seek-n-Find 5 years ago from Illinois Author

@kenneth avery: I am already following you sir! :-) Thanks for your comments, once again! Very appreciated. I would be happy to critique a Hub--do you have any particular one in mind? So much to read and write and relatively so little time. I'll hop on over to a Hub soon!


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

12/6...Seek-n-Find, I will leave that up to you of which of my hubs to critique. I do not want to influence you in any way...but to help you, how about, "losing her," "Will Someone Help Me Please," or "How to Know That You are Being Ignored," these are my choices, but I TRUST you in your choices and critique. And I know the feeling about hubs and time. I am going to spend the better part of today just reading my followers' hubs. I have, in my humble opinion, THE BEST Followers anyhwere on hubs. Yes, I include YOU in this honest confession. Thanks so much. Kenneth


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Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

Two things to say about this article:

1) I truly enjoy the comments. I laughed, I cried, I went home happy.

2) I enjoy how you openly discuss God in your articles - I admire anyone who is openly willing to discuss Jesus and all of the wonderful things he does for us every day.

Have a great end to your week and God bless!


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Seek-n-Find 4 years ago from Illinois Author

@ Robert: Thank you! So glad you were able to experience such a range of emotions. :-) I don't hold back on God--that's for sure. I try to avoid going into "preach mode" because that's not my job and it just turns people off anyway. But sharing truth and wisdom and love--that is what I'm all about! Blessings to you, too. By the way, thanks for reading this Hub because sometimes I forget its here and don't add to it--whenever somebody comments I usually add a few more lines. Thanks again!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

Amazing thoughts...each unique and each making such a valid point. You're right I did chuckle, but I also related. My favorite quickie prayer is "God give me strength!"

This was really great Seek. I voted up, useful, and totally awesome!


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Seek-n-Find 3 years ago from Illinois Author

@tillsontitan: Why thank you! I'm glad you got a chuckle and a useful nugget to tuck away. I love the power of simplicity. Thank you as well for the vote! Best to you. :-)

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