Motivational Stories

Motivational stories stay with you, coming to mind when you are faced with a challenge. Stories that motivate are stories that show you the way toward success, improvement, happiness, and connection. Turn to motivating stories whenever you need a boost on your life journey.

Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington

Guideposts Classics: Denzel Washington on the Value of Mentoring

In this story from January 2007, two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington discusses the vital role parents, teachers, coaches and role models played in his life.

Artist Ron Medley in his Brooklyn apartment/studio

Beyond the Easel: A Look at an Inspiring Artist's Life

We paid a visit to artist Ron Medley's Brooklyn studio to discuss the role that painting plays in his life and how he came to pick his paint brush again after years spent pursuing a career as a lawyer.

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As archbishop of Kenya’s Anglican Church, former sponsored child Jackson Ole Sapit is active in mediating contentious national disputes such as the recent presidential election and a countrywide doctors' strike.

Former World Vision Sponsored Child Is Archbishop of Kenya's Anglican Church

As a child, he received support from World Vision. He now leads 5 million people as the archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya.

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You are special.

You Are Special!

If the God of the universe thinks you’re worthy of love, maybe it’s time that you start believing that as well?

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A weight lifted from Lisa when she admitted to what she’d been hiding.

How She Overcame Adult Illiteracy and Changed Her Life

She knew that her struggles with reading and spelling were holding her back. Was it too late to learn?

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Legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti

Guideposts Classics: Luciano Pavarotti on Making the Most of God's Gifts

In this story from March 1985, the world-renowned tenor shares how he came to embrace the gift God had given him.

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Creative kids

Cultivating Creativity in Our Kids–and Ourselves

When talent and passion intersect, it can be life-changing for everyone.

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Erie Canal

Happy 200th to the Erie Canal

An ancestor and “Father of Civil Engineering” inspires a can-do attitude.

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julia cameron

Julia Cameron: How Creativity Enhances Your Spiritual Life

Best-selling author of The Artist's Way is back with a new book, Life Lessons: 125 Prayers and Meditations, and shares tips on how to connect to God through creativity.

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Tiera Guinn Fletcher at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville

This Rocket Scientist Relied on Faith and Family to Reach Her Goals

How this young scientist overcame doubt and worry—and why she believes anything is possible.

Millie kept up her workouts with her trainer, Sam, by her side.

She Thought Obesity Was Her Destiny—Her Trainer Disagreed

At 350 pounds she thought she'd never lose weight. Her trainer helped change her mind and her body.

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Millie and two friends smile after taking part in a triathlon

9 Ways to Make Exercise Fun

Need encouragement to move more? Follow these easy exercise tips.

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Farmer Michael Hayden stands proudly on the grounds of Folklore Farm in Cherryfield, Maine

He Shares His Love of Farming—and His Crops—with Local Schoolchildren

A Maine farmer shares his love of the land—and the food that comes from it—with local schoolchildren.

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Sizing up a problem

Putting a Problem in Perspective

Big feelings do not necessarily equal big problems.

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