Our age is one of great ideas and innovation that produce outstanding projects, and not one of filling minds with information… Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice President of UAE & Ruler of Dubai)
Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm… Winston Churchill.
Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the principle of reverse… Maya Angelou.
“No one travels far down the road of life without discovering that this journey is not always smooth or perfect. We can pray and wish for safety on the way. We should enjoy the stretches of the ride when the sun shines and things go beautifully. We ought to thank God for the times when we find ourselves singing, whistling, laughing, and smiling as we travel along.
But every single human being has discovered that there are bumps, detours, and even collisions that can bring our joy to a screeching halt. This is not fatalism. It is not negativity. It is certainly not a lack of faith. It is life on this planet.
If you meet someone — a preacher, teacher, or sales person — who tries to tell you otherwise, BEWARE! If someone is peddling promises of a life with endlessly calm seas, perpetual blue skies, freedom from back pain, a guarantee of financial security, and ear-to-ear smiles all of your days, be very, very careful.
The Bible is filled with faithful friends of God who suffered in this life. Moses was violently opposed by the people he spent his life loving and trying to lead. David learned to dodge spears hurled at him by a mad king.
Ruth walked through the death of her husband and became a stranger in a strange land. Jeremiah was beaten and thrown into a pit. Stephen, an early church leader, was stoned to death. The apostle Paul was strapped up and beaten no less than five times. The list could go on and on.
Then there is Joseph. He discovered at a young age that the road of life is not always smooth. His story is peppered with rejection, false attacks, deceitful accusations, enslavement, imprisonment, and long stretches of loneliness.
If you have ever hit a hard patch of road and thought, “I’ll never get through this,” you just might want to look over Joseph’s shoulder and learn from his journey. It was hard. It was not a weekend trip but a tour of duty that lasted about two decades! But his story echoes through the centuries to remind us that we can make it through even the toughest of times. We really can.
You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime, don’t be foolish or naive. But don’t despair either. With God’s help, you will get through this”. …MAX LUCADO.
But he who dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose… Anne Bronte.
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your own problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology or the president. You realise that you can control your own destiny… Albert Ellis.
Someone once said “the problem with life is that it is so daily”. I agree! Many of us have great ideas about life, about what it should be like and how we can become successful at it. But for most of us, the struggle lies in daily walking out our convictions, especially when it comes to thinking in such a way that our minds don’t violate our hearts… Kris Vallotton.
When you hear something, you forget it. When you see something, you remember it. But not until you do something will you understand it… Micheal E. Gerber.
We don’t see things as they are, we see them the way we are… Adrian Slywotzky (David Zhao)