Dwight L. Moody was an American evangelist in the 19th century. He founded the Northfield Schools in Massachusetts and both the Moody Bible Institute and the Moody Church in Chicago. Moody had no formal education beyond the 5th grade. He gave considerable time and energy to the YMCA. Moody gave much of his time and energy to the destitute of the city as well. He saw the unique contribution that women could make for the sake of the gospel and enlisted Emma Dryer to establish a training school for women. He was considered one of the greatest evangelists that has ever lived. He addressed larger audiences than any other man of his generation, both in America and abroad. His impact certainly out distanced his education, training and natural presence. He was used mightily of God to impact his generation.
Here are some quotes attributed to Moody that relate firmly to leadership. Notice how Moody had great focus, a singular focus, especially on character. Moody understood well that a man cannot lead beyond who he is on the inside.
Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not those fifty things I dabble in.
We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.
What makes the Dead Sea dead? Because it is all the time receiving, never giving out anything. Why is it that many Christians are cold? Because they are all the time receiving, never giving out anything.
There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.
If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.
A good example is far better than a good precept.
Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement.
Character is what a man is in the dark.
Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest.
Where one man reads the Bible, a hundred read you and me.
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And that which I can do, by the grace of God, I will do.
Seeking to perpetuate one’s name on earth is like writing on the sand by the
seashore; to be perpetual it must be written on eternal shores.
I have more trouble with D. L. Moody than with any other man I ever met.
Salvation is worth working for. It is worth a man’s going round the world on his hands and knees, climbing its mountains, crossing its valleys, swimming its rivers, going through all manner of hardship in order to attain it. But we do not get it in that way. It is to him who believes.