One of the secrets of life is making stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. Jack Penn
Meet adversity by turning defeat into victory. John Schindler
The greatest misfortune of all is not to be able to bear misfortune. Bias of Priene
Regrouping is a necessary part of the process of getting it going again after we have become devastated, defeated, knocked off task or disillusioned. Things happen that frustrate us, delay us and annoy us. Some of these would be considered relatively minor. Some are events that are more severe in nature that literally knock us off our foundations and stop us in our tracks. These events require focused and deliberate effort to get back on the path of building and leading a successful life.
Being able to regroup is a part of the process of succeeding in the long run. Most of us would agree that Life is not a bed of roses, many things do not come easy, and many of us have to learn things the hard way. We would not appreciate nor would we learn the things as well if it were not for the difficulties experienced along the way. We would agree there are various degrees of difficulty that must be encountered. Severe difficulties are the ones requiring us to regroup before we can go on.
We can react to these events in one of three ways: we can declare defeat and give up; we can attempt to shake off our adversity and try to go forward, or we carefully and deliberately regroup and forge ahead. Regrouping implies we take the time to pause and reflect; analyze, learn and plan; and proceed again with renewed commitment, strength, and courage. Anything less than this may be half-hearted and doomed to fail. Chances are if we do not take the time to renew, regroup and recommit we will not get it sufficiently together to go forward in a successful manner. Football teams use the halftime as an opportunity to do just that; to reflect, to adjust, regroup and come out with renewed vigor and commitment to winning the game.
We have to take the time and put the effort into making sincere and conscious decisions to go forward again. The setbacks we have incurred are only another step along our path. They serve as a way of determining how seriously it is we really want to go forward. We have an innate ability to keep rising up and go forward when we get knocked down. Some of us are better at this than others. It is a much needed life skill worthy of developing.
Challenge: How do you or how will you handle the setbacks and adversities that come your way? Be prepared to regroup. Sometimes it is a necessary to really get it all together again, before getting back on track and forging ahead. Your success is largely determined by your commitment and your perseverance. When you suffer severe setbacks, regroup, renew, and forge ahead. Are there areas in your life where you need to regroup and start over?
Wisdom: The happy and efficient people in this world are those who accept trouble as a normal detail of human life and resolve to capitalize on it when it comes along. The hiding places of men are discovered by affliction. James Alexander
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:12
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
There will be trials and tribulations in life. They cannot be avoided. Our strength of will has much to do with how we handle adversities. In our own strength we can only go so far. With God on our side and helping us, his unlimited power is always there to help us through anything life throws at us. We are meant to have God helping, teaching and enabling us to master life. We are designed for something bigger and better than this life.
Prayer: Grant me the strength to persevere and to always go forward in your will.