Points to Ponder: Overcoming Adversity
Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.
The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.
—Seneca (4 bc–65 ad)
‘Tis easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows like a song.
But the man worthwhile
Is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
—Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)
I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
—Jimmy Dean (1928–)
You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.
—Brian Tracy (1944–)
Reflect upon your blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
—Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
—Scott Hamilton (1958–)
Discipline is learnt in the school of adversity.
—Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
In the middle of a difficulty lies opportunity.
—Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.
—Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
—Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
Reacting to the Tests of Life
By David Brandt Berg
God allows disappointing incidents and circumstances in order to strengthen us. He tests us to see how we’re going to react. Even disappointment and things going wrong don’t have to keep you down and discouraged, because your faith and attitude can determine the way the circumstances affect you. Often faith and trust in God can even change circumstances completely, as He works on your behalf. It’s all in how you look at it, how you take it.
Circumstances and events don’t have to control you. With God’s help and a positive attitude, you can go through any changes, any disappointments, any circumstances, and come out happy. It’s often life’s tests that bring out the best in you, if you let them.
The Lord has all the power and strength you need for any situation. All you have to do is look to Him, draw on His strength, and ask Him to change things. If, due to other people’s choices, He can’t change the circumstances, then He can help you to change how you feel about things.
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