Onward and Upward…
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward. ~Henry Ford~
Once we truly learn to view every situation as an opportunity for growth and development, and seek to learn from the experience, our attitudes are forever transformed. It’s one of the fundamental principles to living life as a victor, rather than a victim. It is not what happens to us that sets the course for our life experience, but how we elect to respond to it.
Thought for the day
Am I overly concerned with what others think of me to the point that I am willing to compromise my principles for the sake of popularity? I believe that the single most important action I can take is to stand up for God whenever the opportunity arises. That is the true test of my manhood. Can I defend his perfect will for us when confronted by non-believers and skeptics?
I know the accusations; radical, self-righteous, weak, judgmental, needy, dependent, close minded. Can I do the next right thing because it is the right thing to do and not because of some expected return? And if I stand firm and do not yield can I be strong enough to be a target of ongoing injustice and not play the victim? Peter did, Paul did…how about me…how about you? Will we melt or be renewed in the fire? Next time we are at a 12 step meeting will we utter the word that most in the secular world hate to hear… God?
Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man who finds skillful and godly Wisdom, and the man who gets understanding [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences]…
~Proverbs 3:13 (Amp)~
Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patience and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope…
~Romans 5:3,4 (Amp)~
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen and settle you. ~1 Peter 5:10 (Amp)~