Challenges

DSC_6081Trials, tribulations, tests of character; things that confront and needing to 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 get taught and prepared for adulthood and are eventually released into the world to fend for ourselves whether we are ready or not. Challenges and tests await all around. There is no “free ride”. We must always rise to the occasion.

Everyone has an individual path to travel that is filled with personalized trials and tribulations. It can be said: “We come, do our thing, and depart”.  Julius Caesar proclaimed “Veni, vidi, vici” which means “I came, I saw, I conquered”.  Caesar was proactive to his approach of life’s challenges. Our quest is to take on our circumstances, meet them head on, and to conquer them. We have what it takes. Each must face their own set of challenges and constantly overcome them. Life is always producing challenges that constantly confront and challenge us.

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 our personalized hand of cards. It is up to us to play our hand and make the most from it. Throughout history peoples and cultures had to face tough challenges to survive and prosper. We face the same process, life has challenges and circumstances we must conquer.

Life challenges us to make the most with what we have. There is little or no time for “pity parties”. We get very basic training, and here we are. Now it is up to us! We can be passive or proactive. We largely 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 can be victims of their challenges. We either act or get acted upon. There is an adage that says; “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 challenges and conquer them we grow and become stronger and better. The quest is to be able to declare: “I came, I saw, and I 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 temporary pain that comes from venturing out of your comfort zone. This causes growth. Meet Life head on. Take advantage of your challenges and opportunities. “Veni, vidi, vici”.

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, but 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 knowing You.

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