Arise and Shine…
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. ~Theodore Roosevelt~
Life is meant to be lived…give it everything you’ve got, and dare to reach for the stars. What have you got to lose? If you fall down, you can always get right back up and try again! The only real loss to be suffered is that in reflecting on what might have been…had you only given it a chance.
Thought for the day
When we were acting out we didn’t have any choices because our addiction made our actions quite predictable. Over and over again we went around and around in circles. Like Pavlov’s theory we were like mice always “searching for our cheese”. It is time to break all addictive cycles in our lives. Be free, dream, pursue your ideal with all the fervor with which you pursued that high, that celestial orgasm that would make you whole. Except this time make it real. Work for it, pray for it, live for it and make sure it is God’s will for you and it shall be granted unto you.
Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened. ~Jesus, Matthew 7:7,8 (Amp)~
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. ~Jesus, Matthew 16:19 (NKJV)~
ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen on you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. ~Isaiah 60:1-3 (Amp)~