Trials, tribulations, tests of character; things that confront us and must be overcome

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.   Sir Edmund Hilary

Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.  Gn. George S Patton

Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works.  Tom Peters

   Life has never ending challenges. We erupt from the womb dependent and defenseless. We are taught and prepared for adulthood and get released into the world to fend for ourselves whether we are ready or not. Challenges and tests await us. There is no “free ride”. We must rise to the occasion. 

   Everyone has their individual paths to travel filled with their own personalized trials and tribulations. Simply speaking, we come, do our thing, and depart.  Julius Caesar proclaimed “Veni, vidi, vici” which means “I came, I saw, I conquered”.  Caesar was very proactive in his approach to his life’s challenges. Our quest is to take on our circumstances, meet them head on, and conquer them. We have what it takes. Each of us must face our own set of challenges and constantly overcome them. Life seems to design challenges to meet our personal needs.

    Some believe that fate determines the circumstances into which we are born. We could have been born a thousand years ago, or just a few years ago. We could be born into poverty or wealth, free or oppressed, healthy or handicapped or with good parents or not. Life deals us a hand of cards. It is up to us to play our hand and make the most out it. Throughout history peoples and cultures have taken on challenges in order to survive and prosper. We face the same process, our challenges and circumstances must be conquered.

   Life challenges us to make the most with what we have. There is little or no time for “pity parties”. We have some basic training, and here we are. Then it is up to us! We can be passive or proactive. It is believed that we get out of live what we put into it. Proactive people accomplish more and are more likely to be happy and fulfilled. The passive and submissive get bounced around and are victimized by their challenges. We either act or are acted upon. There is an adage that says it well; “If it is to be it is up to me”.

    We are responsible for taking charge, seizing opportunities, and making our own difference. The sign on life’s entry door reads “PUSH.” Every time we meet a challenge and conquer it we have grown and become a better person. The quest is to be able to say we came, we saw, and we conquered.

Challenge: You get out of life what you put into it. Take charge of your life in new and exciting ways. Do not accept the status quo. Strive to grow and to become more than you are. Accept the challenges that are knocking on your door. Be proactive. Be willing to suffer the temporary pain that comes from venturing out of your comfort zone. This causes growth. Meet Life at the door. Take advantage of its challenges and opportunities.

Wisdom: I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don’t work out, that’s when I’ve really learned. Carol Burnett

Spiritual: (NIV)

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear: I will help you. Isaiah 41:13 

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

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  Romans 8:37

We are here for a purpose. This will eventually be revealed to us. We are here to grow and conquer. We will never be able to master life in our own strength. It is only through God’s love and his strength that we can totally conquer life’s challenges. God wants us to become all that we can become. He designed us to be a work of art. We can only go so far on our own. We do not have everything we need until we “hook up” with him. 

Prayer:  Help me to accept life’s challenges and feel the exhilaration of victory that comes from you.     


One thought on “Challenge

  1. Mike Barratt says:

    Very well written! I like how you take something as simple as testing yourself, bring it to the bigger picture and tie it all together with we all have challenges we face.

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