Saturday, December 6, 2014

Adversity Has Advantages

The door to opportunity swings on the hinges of opposition. Caleb Colton said, "Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is the one elicited from the darkest storm." Problems are the price of progress. The obstacles of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.

Obstacles are merely a call to strengthen your resolve to achieve worthwhile goals. Bob Harrison says,"Between you and anything significant will be giants in your path." Oral Roberts reflects, "You cannot bring about renewal or change without confrontation." The truth is, if you like things easy, you will have difficulties. If you like problems, you will succeed.

If you have a dream without aggravations, you don't really have a dream. Have the attitude of Louisa May Alcott: "I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship." Samuel Lover said, "Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; but they are the instruments of the wise." 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.

For every obstacle you face, God provides a scripture for your answer. Mike Murdock says, "If God 'cushioned' your every blow, you would never learn to grow." Instead, don't let your problems take the lead. You take the lead. The problem you face is simply an opportunity for you to do your best. Conflict is good when you know how to move with God.

What attitude do we need to have toward difficulties? William Boetcker said, "The difficulties and struggles of today are but the best price we must pay for the accomplishment and victory of tomorrow." Lou Holtz advised, "Adversity is another way to measure the greatness of individuals. I never had a crisis that didn't make me stronger."

When you encounter obstacles you will discover things about yourself that you never really knew. Challenges make you stretch; they make you go beyond the norm. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Turning an obstacle to your advantage is the first necessary step towards victory.

God promises a safe landing, but not a calm voyage. Life is as uncertain as a grapefruit's squirt. Consider what Sydney Harris said, "When I hear somebody say that 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?' We might as well face our problems. We can't run fast or far enough to get away from them all. Rather, we should have the attitude of Stan Musial, the famous Hall of Fame baseball player. Commenting on how to handle a spit ball, he said, "I'll just hit the dry side of the ball."

Charles Kettering said, "No one would have crossed the ocean if he could of gotten off the ship in the storm." The breakfast of champions is not cereal; it's obstacles.

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