Posts tagged Challenges
When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty, trust Him fully because two things can happen. Either He can catch you when you fall or He will teach you how to fly!
Are you familiar with the story of the mother eagle? She provides a nest for her eaglets, nurturing them, feeding them, protecting, and ensuring that they are well taken care of and have an opportunity to grow and experience what life has to offer. But this is not a lifelong setting and soon the realities of life start to unfold. Soon the mother eagle will take her offspring in her mouth, fly out the nest and release them! As the baby eagle begins to descend, she swoops in, catching them and returning them to the nest. The process is repeated over and over and she begins to disassemble the nest in the process as well.
The purpose is multi-faceted:
1.) Encourage the offspring to fly and fulfill their potential. By dropping them, they quickly learn how fleeing life can be and how at a moment’s notice you could be sitting up high and have it all come tumbling down. In order to soar in life, you have to spread your wings and fly.
2.) To show them that life is not about being comfortable and no matter how much others may provide a comfortable environment, at some point each of us has to leave home and discover our own paths.
3.) That no matter how far we fall, those that love us and care about us will be there to catch us no matter what. We all will fall short and at one point or another come crashing down, but there will still be those who care who will be there to soften the blow and rescue us for certain doom.
4.) To not be afraid of our potential and even if we are afraid, to overcome it. We each have to discover who we are and what we are capable of and the only way to do that is my stepping out on faith!
Like the eaglets, many of us want to be at ease, no difficulties, and coasting through life, but it is the challenges of life that shape us and mold us into who we are destined to become. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
The challenge today is to let go of anything or anyone that is holding you back, anything that is stopping your from fulfilling your destiny, anything that is prevented you from spreading your wings and flying. If it is not challenging you, it is not growing you, and anything that is not growing you is causing you to become stagnant and decay. As uncomfortable and frightening as the ledge may seem, it isn’t until you take that leap that you realize you don’t have to fall, but instead roam the sky and discover new horizons.
“In the ashes of adversity, lies opportunity.” ~ S.L. Coelho
So often we make life more complicated than what it really is and exasperate the smallest of things blowing them out of proportion and causing more stress than necessary. Life is filled with its own set of quirks and whether we cause it or not, it is filled with challenges that will test us in ways that are incomprehensible, unfathomable, and sometimes, overbearing.
Having a blueprint or gauge to measure things can help put life in a better perspective. After being diagnosed with cancer at age 45, @ReginaBrett wrote down 45 life lessons that has gone viral. Credited with being twice her age, she is actually 54 now, her words of wisdom have been a great tool to guide us through the ups and downs, triumphs and perils, and decisions and doubts that we face on a daily basis. Her words are both poignant and powerful and hopefully they offer a road map that helps navigate the twists and turn we all will eventually face.
Nothing beats experience and many of these life lessons come with actually living life, but often we can learn from others so that we too can avoid some of the same pitfalls. Share with @BrotherWord here, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram your favorite life lesson from the list and how it applies to your life. There are many that are near and dear and I will share some throughout the day. Enjoy and as #41 states, “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.” (more…)
“Start strong, stay strong, and finish strong by always remembering why you’re doing it in the first place.” ~ Ralph Marston
None of what you have accomplished thus far will matter if you do not see it through. The quickest way to failure is through quitting. Finish what you start! You started because you have a purpose to fulfill, a destination to arrive at, and goals in mind. There is more to finishing than just completing the task, so make sure you finish as strong as you started.
The road may get treacherous, but that’s the beauty in travel. Treacherous roads teach survival and navigation skills, and as we travel down these roads we discover what we are truly made of. Each road brings with it a certain degree of difficulty, a new challenge, but if you turn around before you reach the end, how will you ever know what awaits you.
The road less traveled is for the brave! This road was designed for those willing to accept their calling, strong enough to face the challenges ahead, and focused on finishing. Finishing builds character and fortitude and every time you finish and complete a task, you gain strength and confidence. Finishing just like quitting becomes a character trait. Which one do you choose?
So finish strong, muster every ounce of energy and ability to accomplish what you set out to achieve. No matter how long the race or how grueling the battle, the victor is the one who finishes and does not give up! Your race has already begun. Do you stay the course and finish strong or quit before you reach the finish line?
“Starting strong is good. Finishing strong is epic! ~ Robin Sharma”
Life is a constant test that will pull you in directions you never intended to go, that will challenge you beyond anything you ever thought you were capable of enduring, and will break you down and build you up all at the same time. Life is the ultimate test, a test full of irony and enigmas. It is the only test in which you don’t know the answers until after you have taken the test.
The beauty of life though is that it provides a testimony from the test, an experience to draw back upon and recall for posterity. The lessons learned through daily living are irreplaceable and often times, inspiring. The trials we face may seem insurmountable, but as Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying, “Difficulties break some men, but make others.” How we handle life’s difficulties will ultimately determine the path we travel.
Hardships are never pleasant, but they can be building blocks. Take the time to understand that life will happen and not everything can be controlled, but the one thing we all have control over is ourselves. Work toward solutions and not dwelling in sorrow. Mandela also said, “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny,” and while in prison he recited daily William Ernest Henley’s poem, Invictus.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Do not let the trials of life stop you from becoming the person you are destined to become or achieving all that has been purposed for your life. Inspiration and motivation abounds around us, as well as the tools necessary to persevere and reach new plateaus. Today is your day to turn your test into a testimony!
What are you willing to sacrifice to attain your dream? What lengths are you willing to go to bring your vision to life? If money was not an issue or deterrent, what would you do for a living? Whatever that answer is for you, START DOING IT RIGHT NOW! You know your purpose and have a glimpse of the destiny ahead. Stop letting bumps destroy the dream. Pain is a good thing at times; it reminds us that we’re alive and we can overcome. Embrace the challenges, the obstacles, and the perils of life. They are temporary and they are building blocks to better your future. Whatever it is that has been ignited in your soul, take control of that fire and let it simmer. The hotter it gets, like gold, the better you shine; like a hot air balloon, the higher you rise; and like a volcano, the greater you erupt. Today is the day to become all you know you can be and to take hold of your own destiny!“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” ~ Vince Lombardi “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision – then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” ~ Audre Lorde
The RockWhen God made you, he already had a plan; He called you to conquer and be ruler of all the lands. He made you king, priest, protector, and provider; He said after Himself, no one came higher. Chiseled from the rock of Gibraltar and laced with the armor of the most holy; He placed on you to be a server of men and savior of souls, so they too could witness His glory. From your rib, thought became flesh and God’s purpose fulfilled; To every man, woman and child, his grace and mercy revealed. You were charged with building families, communities and futures yet to come; No one could imagine the magnitude or the stress, but everyday you rose to the challenge and victory was won. Today and everyday we salute our fathers; Everyday is a new challenge, and everyday it seems to get harder. They say mama’s baby and daddy’s maybe; But just maybe if daddy had his daddy, it would be less maybes and better babies. Being a father has nothing to do with planting a seed in fertile ground; But everything to do with watching that seed grow and sticking around. It’s easy to make a child, two willing partners, a bit of science and God’s miracle is birth; But being a father, going through the ups and downs, nurturing, disciplining, loving, and being a constant presence, is how you show your true worth. F.A.T.H.E.R. – Faithful servant following God’s will and leading and loving his family with all his might; Attentive to all our needs and wants, never losing focus of the bigger picture in sight. Teacher, counselor, and disciplinarian making sure we learn life’s lessons and prepares us for the day we take their place; Hero and healer who protects us from harm’s way and would give their life in an instant to make sure we remain safe. Everything – Her first love, his first example, and the epitome of what every occurrence will be measured against and compared to; Redeemer because when we fail, he will be there to help us up, encourage us to carry on, and remind us that he once failed and that’s how he grew. He is Father by choice and not because of obligation or duty, He chose and accepted his role and has stood tall because to him, it’s God’s greatest assignment and display of beauty. Whether biological or those that rose to the occasion and filled in the gap, A special salute to all for what you do in silence, behind the scenes, when no one else would, to you I tip my hat. Thank you dads for loving us in the worst of times and the best of times each and every day, But no matter what, being a man led by faith, man of integrity, allowing us to grow and catching us when we fall, and being there when we wake up or at least a phone call away. Any man can be a baby’s daddy, make a child, never look back, someone that child will not remember; But it’s takes a man to be a Father, help that child grow, raise an adult and don’t have to look back because they’re always front and center. Immovable, unshakeable, not easily broken, and massive in ways that can’t be measured; You’re our rock and cornerstone and our cherished treasure. © Happy Father’s Day!
Contentment does not mean settling or giving up. It is about being appreciative and THANKFUL for the here and now. It’s about finding peace with what you have and what you don’t have. One of the biggest challenges in life is being satisfied with your present situation while striving for a greater future. Don’t get bogged down with the what ifs, the could have been, or the when this or that happens, but instead relish in the moment and appreciate it for all it’s worth. Right now is where you are meant to be and the peace you feel, the inner smile of gratitude, is God’s way of letting you know that just like yesterday took care of itself, so will tomorrow. Be THANKFUL for today and find contentment in knowing that now is a great place to be. Make it a mindset to grasp the moment and express THANKFULNESS in your current state. The more we learn to seize every opportunity, the less we’ll feel we’ve let opportunities escape us – Carpe Diem!
Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine. ~ Friedrich Schiller
Beginning any venture is challenging and there will be many struggles and obstacles along the way. Stay the course, maintain the vision, and work through it all. No one ever said it would be easy or without challenges. If that was the case, everyone would do it and there wouldn’t be anything unique about you or special about your vision. What you possess is beyond measure and it was birthed in you because ONLY you can bring it to fruition. The DREAM only gets bigger and the more you believe, the more you achieve! Start today by remembering what first excited you, what spark that interest, and why you’re doing what you’re doing. Remember the purpose requires process and sometimes the process causes problems, but even problems lead to prosperity. Your only limitation is your imagination. Keep dreaming and keep believing!
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” ~ Frederick Douglas