No obstacle will ever leave you the way it found you. You will either be better or worse. Problems are the price of progress. The obstacles of life are intended to make us better not bitter. Adversity has advantages.
The truth is that if you like things easy, you will have difficulties. If you like problems, you will succeed. The biggest successes are the ones who solve the biggest problems. The Bible is a book of problems filled with stories of men and women who faced incredible challenges and with God’s help overcame them and found themselves at another level.
The Chinese have a proverb that says, “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials” . It seems that great trials are the necessary preparation for greatness. Consider what Jesus said; “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up for I have overcome the world.”
When you encounter obstacles, you will discover things about yourself that you never really knew. You will also find out what you really believe. Every problem introduces a person to himself. The breakfast of champions is not cereal, its problems.
Adapted from “Why Ask Why”- John Mason.
It is amazing to me how many people decide in advance that they are going to fail and not reach their dreams. Those of us who believe in God can depend on what He said in the book of Philippians, “I can do everything God asks me to do with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.” God specialises in working beyond us.
Unless you enter the beehive, you can’t take the honey. You and I are like rubber bands. We are most useful when we are stretched. Calvin Coolidge said, “We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.” The reason so little is accomplished is because so little is attempted.
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” (Seneca). The definition of impossible: Something nobody can do until somebody does. Risk is part of every success plan. Bite off more than you can chew. “People who take risks are the people you will lose against” (John Scully). You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.
Adapted from Why ask Why – John Mason.
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One of the biggest differences in people is their level of enthusiasm. Your enthusiasm reflects your unexploited resources and perhaps your future. You will never rise to a great heights without joy and enthusiasm.
“No one keeps up his enthusiasm automatically” – Papyrus. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspirations, new efforts and new vision. Its your own fault if your enthusiasm is gone. You have failed to feed it. What’s enthusiasm? Henry Chester answers “Enthusiasm is nothing more or less than in faith.” Helen Keller said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” It simply means to be “full of God.” Nothing of real importance can be done without hope or confidence in Him.
You can’t deliver the goods if your heart is heavier than the load. There is a direct correlation between our passion and our potential. You could be the light of the world, but no one will know it unless the switch is turned on. Follow the book of Ecclesiastics says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” I agree with Winston Churchill when he said, “I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”
Adopted from “Why Ask Why” – John Mason.