Nothing is worth more than this day. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. Einstein
Difficult days are like playing a hand of poker, we must make the most of the cards we are dealt. Randall Burkhalter
Life provides us our share of difficult days. We must endure, persevere and at the very least, “live to fight another day”. It is naive to go through life expecting that such days will not pay us a personal visit.
We may receive advance notice that difficulties are on the way or they may show up unannounced. Occasionally, we may get to take preventive steps to avoid their full impact. Sometimes they are going to come no matter what we do and will hit us really hard. It is just as if warnings are sounded that tornados are on the way. Sometimes we cannot get out of way of sudden storms. Some difficulties are “backbreakers” and will bring us to our knees. Often difficult days may turn into difficult weeks, months and even years.
Difficult days need to be countered with resilience, perseverance, patience, and resoluteness. They will test us, sometimes to our limit. Eventually, the storm clouds will dissipate and the sun will come out once more. We have lived to fight another day. There is no insurance policy insuring against our share of difficult days. Life expects us to take them in stride, endure and learn; pick up the pieces and go on to make the most of all our future days to come. We should learn to minimize our down time. During stormy and difficult days, we often must seek protection and take shelter, minimize our activities and exposure, and wait for the storm to clear. When the storm clears, it is time to get busy and get going go again.
It is of no value, to dwell in misery or self pity over the difficulties we have, or the uphill battles we must face. This kind of mind set and attitude only shackles us and prevents our moving on to the better days waiting for us. Difficulties will come; they have their time and they will go their way. We must be able to see through to the other side. Our life is made up of the physical and the mental. We cannot necessarily control the physical. However, we can control the mental; that which is inside of us. Always try to look for the good in all things, learn from all of life’s experiences, take new steps forward, and be always thankful for your blessings. Move on.
Challenge: Life is an endurance test. You will be tested, and must experience the bad and the good. You will have difficult days. They find you; knock you down and beat you up. You can wallow in misery or can get up and get going again. Develop your intestinal fortitude and fight back. “Take your licking and keep on ticking”. Be a survivor. Leave the past and the negatives behind. Make the most of the new opportunities that await you.
Wisdom: The strongest of all warriors are these two – Time and Patience. Leo Tolstoy.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 12:1, 2
The Bible teaches that life comes with difficulties. God does promise that he will be there to help us through difficult times. We should have faith and trust that God does not allow anything to happen to us that that we are not capable of overcoming with his help. Men and women of faith throughout the centuries provide wonderful examples of how God’s strength can help us face any adversity that comes our way. He is there to watch over us.
Prayer: Help me to be able to endure all that life throws at me. Help me to keep my eyes on you.