When a person is determined, what can stop him? Cripple him…and you have Sir Walter Scott. Put him in a prison cell…and you have John Bunyan. Bury him in the snow…and you have George Washington. Have him born in abject poverty…and you have Abraham Lincoln. Load him with bitter racial prejudice…and you have Disraeli. Take away her sight and ability to hear…and you have Helen Keller. Afflict him with asthma until he lies choking in his father’s arms…and you have Theodore Roosevelt. Put him in the grease pit of a locomotive roundhouse…and you have Walter Chrysler. Make him a second fiddle in an obscure South American orchestra…and you have Toscanini. Hardships do not make a person great. But by holding fast to enthusiasm and faith in the face of hardship, you can become great.
There is always a choice to be made, when faced with hardship or affliction. We can either allow them to overcome us, and live a life of defeat, bemoaning our fate…or through faith and perseverance develop strength of character that cannot be shaken. When that occurs, and we awaken to the potential that lies deep within us then we walk in the fullness of life without excuses or deterrents to our goal.
Thought for the day
If things are great in your life…this too shall pass and if things are not so good…this too shall pass as well. For it is not what happens to us that matters, but how we allow those things to affect our outlook and attitude. How do you choose to spend today?
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us–they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. ~Romans 5:3-5 (NLT)~
But this precious treasure–this light and power that now shine within us–is held in perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our own. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies…That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.
~2 Corinthians 4:7-10, 16-18 (NLT)~