Accepting the Challenge…
Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.
~General George S. Patton~
Accept that challenges will always be a part of life, and face them head on. There are lessons to be learned in each and every one. Have faith that a way will be made to break through, and persevere. Each victory will serve to develop the needed strength of character and conviction required to face and overcome the next. Before you realize it, you will begin looking upon each new challenge with an anticipation of what lies beyond, rather than fear and apprehension about coping with it.
Thought for the day
Newcomers are particularly challenged by the thought of beginning to take actions that are for the most part, brand new, in their lives. Challenges like being honest, picking up the phone to make calls, praying, asking for help, reaching out to someone, staying in the now, getting out of our heads and finally trying to establish a relationship with God, can be daunting. We all need to remember that, we are not in this alone. That is what Satan wants everyone to believe. This is an I, I, disease and a We, We, recovery! The moment we begin to live life with others and incorporate new ideas to overcome these newfound challenges, we will begin to taste the thrill of victory.
As he was talking with them, he saw Goliath, the champion from Gath, come out from the Philistine ranks, shouting his challenge to the army of Israel. As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright. “Have you seen the giant?” the men were asking. “He comes out each day to challenge Israel. And have you heard about the huge reward the king has offered to anyone who kills him? The king will give him one of his daughters for a wife, and his whole family will be exempted from paying taxes!”… “Don’t worry about a thing,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight this Philistine!”… Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. David shouted in reply, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD Almighty–the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone will know that the LORD does not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. The LORD will give you to us!” As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it from his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face downward to the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine giant with only a stone and sling.
~1 Samuel 17:23-25,32,41-49 (NLT)~