Who you are today is the sum total of what you have encountered in your life and your reactions. Abuses and afflictions hammer us one way, encouragement and praise inflate us another. Our reaction to each event, whether that event was positive or negative, is poured into our creative morrow of our individuality, where it is blended into the nature of our character.
You know that you are getting old when you start thinking about the past more than you do about the future. You look back and wonder, did I really do that? What was I thinking? Was I smarted than I realized or dumber than I thought? Probably a little of both.
You took chances that astonish you now. Realizing in hindsight how disastrous the results could have been. You breathe a sigh of relief that things worked out. Then you remember the things that went wrong, the opportunities missed, the money lost and the ill will created. You have to enjoy the good times while you can because they don’t last forever. You can survive the bad times because they are just temporary. Life has a way of evening things out.
When you get old, you forget things, not because your mind is going, but because your memory card is filled. You lose your anger. It takes too much energy to be angry when you are old. You have more important things to do. You get old, you cry more. Not over your lost dreams, your sins or your impending death. You cry for others. You cry at the sight of a sick child. You cry when a friend tells you she has inoperable cancer and she will never see 60. You cry for everyone but yourself because you have lived a wonderful life and wish every person could. When you were young, you only cried for yourself.
When you get old, it is not always about you. You no longer wait for an opening in a conversation to talk about yourself, your dreams or your accomplishments. It becomes your second nature to draw people into talking about their lives. You no longer have that neurotic compulsion to be known. Why should you? You get old, you know yourself.
It’s easy to give up on our dreams and think, “I’ve missed too many opportunities.” But God’s saying, “It’s not over.”
Break Through the Wall
You're running the race set before you, moving full speed ahead with
God's blessing overtaking you at every step. Then suddenly, wham! You hit the
wall. It may be a wall of sickness or financial trouble, of spiritual failure
or family problems. But, regardless of the form it takes, the effect of
"the wall" is always the same. It stops you cold.
The question is, once you hit a wall like that, what will you do? You'll be tempted to quit, to turn back in defeat. But don't do it. Because God will enable you to break through that wall and keep right on going.
I'm not going to tell you it's easy. The truth is, it's tough. But you have to push on through the tough times if you're ever going to have a breakthrough.
Ask any athlete. He'll tell you that! Because if he's a winner, he's been there. He's pushed his body to what seems to be the maximum. His side has hurt. His lungs have ached. He's had cramps in his legs and thighs. And just when he felt like he couldn't go on, he's heard some coach yell, "Come on! Move it!" Athletes call that "hitting the wall." It's a time when the body says, "That's it. That's all I can do. I can't go any further. I can't go any faster. I quit."
But the seasoned athlete knows that "the wall" isn't the end. It's a signal that he's on the verge of a breakthrough. If he'll toughen up and push himself a little more, he'll get a second wind. Suddenly, he'll go faster than before. He'll reach a level of excellence he couldn't have reached any other way.
When you feel the worst, when failure is breathing down your neck, press into the Word as never before. You may meditate on a particular scripture for days and even weeks sometimes, trying to get a revelation of it, seemingly without success. Then suddenly, like the dawn of the morning, light will come pouring in. You'll see the way to break through. All you have to do is punch one little hole in that wall of problems, dig one tiny hole in it with your faith and with the Word of God.
Then keep tearing away at that hole. Don't quit! And, before long, the forces of God will come bursting through, demolishing every obstacle in their path!
Once that happens you'll never be the same again. You'll be hooked. It will only take one breakthrough like that to make a never-dying, never-quitting champion out of you.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Do you ever feel like life just isn't going the way you planned it? Perhaps you find yourself on the verge of giving up on a dream. Your job search seems fruitless. A relationship keeps hitting a brick wall. You get a little extra money, and then an unexpected expense saps the money as quickly as you got it. Sometimes life is about plowing ahead when the road gets long and hard. When you feel exhausted and weary, that's when it is essential that you take charge before you burn out or give up.
Like you, I've been there. One of the best skills you can gain in life is the ability to navigate the unexpected turns and setbacks life throws your way. Life doesn't always go the way we plan it. In fact, it rarely does. Let your challenges build the kind of character and perseverance that will empower you to stay the course - and win the race that's been set out for you.
"You have to stay passionate about what God put in your heart. Don’t let disappointments convince you to give up and settle".
Thank You God for the closed doors. Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, You were directing me to something better.
Our life is like a mist, we’re here one moment, then we’re gone. Don’t waste any more days. Be an on-purpose person.