Friday, April 15, 2011
Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. Zig Ziglar
A dead end street is a good place to turn around. Naomi Judd
When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. Barbara Bush
Things happen. Unexpected events occur. Streaks of so-called good luck run out of gas. Sometime we run out of road, go down a dead end street or find a road block that stops us cold. All of us have experienced these things. If by chance we have not, we will at some point. When such things do happen, usually we have two choices; we can quit and give up; or there is the option, of doing what it takes, overcome the obstacle and get back on the road going in the forward direction again.
Water has a way of getting past its obstacles. It has a natural property to flow downhill. It must answer the call of gravity and does not give up until gravity lets go of it. When it encounters obstacles, by its very nature, it begins looking for alternatives. It will flow around, over, under and even through whatever happens to impede its progress. It may be delayed, but it never quits until it is no longer under the powerful influence of gravity. We can say water has a no-quit attitude. Unleash it and it will start flowing again, looking for a way to go forward. Discipline, perseverance, patience, commitment, resiliency and purpose are but a few of the words or traits that describe the nature and character of water. Those among us who happen to have similar attitudes or traits are those who get things accomplished. The use of these traits does get rewarded. It is a natural process.
“It’s not over until it’s over”. This old adage applies to road blocks and dead ends. Who determines when it is over? It is not over until we determine that it is over. We do this by quitting, dying, or by succeeding. Sometimes others tell us that something is over. Others tell us a task, goal, dream or some other undertaking is beyond possibility. Tell this to George Washington, the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama. Do not forget the New York Jets beating the Baltimore Colts in the Superbowl. These impossible situations became possible. What was impossible becomes possible, each and every day.
There are ways to overcome roadblocks and dead ends. It always involves testing our character and resolve. Each becomes a character building event. We either become more capable or we get stopped dead in our tracks.
Challenge: Reflect back on past road blocks and dead ends. Relive those occasions where you found ways to get past the obstacles that stopped you. Chances are those occasions caused you to grow and gain in strength and character. Now remember those times where perhaps you should have kept going. What would have happened had you persevered longer? Would you have succeeded had you not quit or allowed an obstacle to stop you?
Wisdom: Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you. Denis Waitley
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
We will have failures and successes. We learn through our experiences. Every challenge and all that happens teaches us how to cope with life’s circumstances. The more knowledge, experience and wisdom we attain the better we will do. Those who are seeking God’s advice and direction will do far better than those who do not.
Those who are trying to take on life without God at their side are doing so at a tremendous disadvantage.
Prayer: Help me to let go and let you. Help me to learn and do a little better today than I did yesterday.