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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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Charles McGee on an airplane

Tuskegee Airman Celebrates 100th Birthday by Flying a Plane

The centenarian handled the takeoff and landing perfectly.

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Jessye Norman, Tim Conway and Rachel Held Evans

Guideposts Says Goodbye: Notable Deaths of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, Guideposts pauses to remember some of the inspiring individuals who left us over the past 12 months.

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How Ben Napier Spreads Christmas Cheer

How Ben Napier Spreads Christmas Cheer

The co-host of HGTV's Home Town explains how he finds holiday magic every day, even in the summer.

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