The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings. K. Okakaura
Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react. John Maxwell
The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher. Chinese Proverb
The trait of adaptability is necessary and vital if we are to make the most of life’s experiences. We will face many circumstances, tests, trials and tribulations which confront and challenge us to adapt and move on or can choose not to adapt and accept the consequences. Part of the human condition is the ability to adapt and adjust.
If we could choose the circumstances and details of those things that challenge us and control the circumstances, it would be tempting to take the easy way out. We do not like pain, hardships, hassles, setbacks, misfortune, or disappointment. If we could prevent such things from happening, it would be hard to resist choosing to opt out of them. A little wisdom reveals if we were able to opt out of our difficulties, we would miss out greatly on the vast majority of our growth and development. The end result would be that we would be wimpy, weak, immature, naïve, unwise, and less developed and less capable of being our best.
Life is certainly not a rose garden. We can enjoy the fragrance and beauty of roses throughout life, but we have to contend with the thorns that are integral to making a rose “a rose”. We do not have to look forward to life’s difficulties. If we did we might have a touch of masochism in us. A mature and wise approach is to recognize and realize we will be challenged and confronted. It is like getting up and going to school or work. It is something that is required. We can face life with an attitude of wisdom and maturity or can whine, complain or cry “why me”. Our attitude makes all the difference. Whiners and complainers have not adapted very well. Achievers and accomplishers learn to adapt, making the most of circumstances and opportunities whatever they happen to be. Adaptability is a good thing to master.
As we get up in the mornings, looking at ourselves in the mirror; we should take a deep breath and vow to strive to do our best no matter what confronts us. If we fall down or suffer a setback, we will learn, adapt, get up and start going forward again at the earliest opportunity. Our innate ability to adapt gives us this ability. The more we learn to adapt the more we will enjoy and appreciate the journey of life.
Challenge: Life will challenge you every day. You are required to confront changes and circumstances that you would prefer to leave as is. You must adapt to these changes. You may be tempted to walk away from these challenges. It is in your best interest to take them on and work your way through them. Some things will not go away just because you try to ignore them. The consequences may get more serious the longer you wait.
Wisdom: Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you. William F Book
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
The Bible tells us all things work for good for those that love God. There are always choices. We can take on the challenges of life without God, empowered only in our own strength or we can choose to allow God to coach and guide us through life’s difficulties and challenges. We will have limited success as we battle things on our own. To live life more joyously and successfully, we need God’s loving help and advice to show us the better way.
Prayer: Help me to have more confidence as I take on life’s challenges. Help me to keep my eyes on you.