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.

Lisa Bogart's drawing of Christmas lights and letters

Tips for Writing a Sparkling Holiday Letter—2020-Style

With social distancing still going strong, stay connected and spread some cheer with personalized letters or Christmas cards.

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Joy to the World: The Inspiring Journey of the 2019 Rockefeller Tree

Carol Schultz shares how her Norway spruce was chosen from thousands to be the most famous Christmas tree in the world.

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Gale Sayers (left) and Brian Piccolo

Guideposts Classics: Gale Sayers on the Power of Courage

In this story from October 1971, author and NFL legend Gale Sayers pays tribute to the courage and indomitable spirit of his dear friend and teammate, Brian Piccolo.

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Siphiwe Baleka

This Truck Driver Got Fit and Then Got Busy Helping Other Truckers

When he saw his fitness rapidly fading, this former Ivy League athlete resolved to do something about it.

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The power of encouragement

Why Encouragement Matters So Much

How a few words of support can make all the difference in a day—or a life

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Lauren, husband John and their kids

Lauren Casper's 5 Tips for Combatting Loneliness

Join a faith community, turn off that screen, and other ways that this writer, mom and chaplain’s wife learned to overcome loneliness.

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Stephanie Thompson at the gym

Seeing Herself Through God's Eyes

Her alcoholic father had burdened her with a negative body image. She finally got fit when she let go of the past.

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Jen Hatmaker

Jen Hatmaker: My Faith Empowers Me

The acclaimed—and outspoken—author, blogger and television personality shares how faith helped her forge her own path.

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Country music legend Eddy Arnold

Guideposts Classics: Eddy Arnold on the Value of Aiming High

In this story from September 1972, the country music legend shares a lesson from his father about recognizing the good in people—and in himself.

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Christy with her hero and best friend, Moxie

A Service Dog Became This Veteran Amputee's Hero

Deemed 100 percent disabled, she thought her life was over. Then she met Moxie.

Country music legend Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton: Dream Big, Pray Big

Fueled by her unflappable faith, the country music legend has never been afraid to aim high.

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Finding Joy out Our Windows while Staying at Home

What We See From Our Windows: Hope and Beauty

As people around the world continue to stay at home in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we asked Guideposts readers and staff what they can see from their window that brings them joy. 

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Gary Sinise Honored with Patriot Award for His Work with Veterans

Gary Sinise Receives Patriot Award for His Work with Veterans

The actor’s foundation hosts several programs and builds specially adapted homes for wounded soldiers. 

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Paul Blom attends the University of Cincinnati's commencement ceremony

94-Year-Old WWII Veteran Finally Gets His College Degree

Paul Blom returned to school 73 years after he first enrolled.

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