Life can take you down some rough roads. How you view obstacles and challenges affects the outcome. You can dwell on what you don't have, or you can focus on how to make the best of what you do have. The choice is yours. Let's face it, the world will never be perfect. Still, you can walk through life with a positive attitude of expectation. Shift your focus. Stop wishing for perfect circumstances. Don't imagine an ideal world. Make your world the best it can be.
At times life throws curveballs when we think we’re about to hit a home run. Discouragement quickly sets in. We’re tempted to step off the field, and we lose the will to try again. Everyone steps up to the plate with the hope of hitting it out of the park. Yet very few hit a home run. Some make it to third base, while even more make it to second and first. None start with a guarantee of success.
Life will never be free of doubt and insecurity. The path to greatness will never be completely straight. Mediocrity will tempt you along the way. The road to greatness is paved with setbacks, doubt and discouragement. There's no growth without struggle. Challenges build true strength. You'll need it when you arrive. After all, greatness isn't about you. It's about what God wants to do through you.
Sometimes we lose direction to find our way. Grace brings us back stronger than before. In fact, what feels like a wrong turn might be just what you need to find your way. Many circumstances are beyond your control. Even so, you have control over how you respond. God is ultimately in control of the outcome. If life takes you down a rough road, hold on tight. You’ll get through the ride, stronger than before.
At the start of a new year, the tendency is to reflect on where we are compared to where we thought we would be. Perhaps we made a list, and it’s time to assess how well we did. Maybe we've had the same mental list for years, and it never went further than our thoughts. Whatever the case, the start of the new year gives us another chance to try. If life throws a curveball, handle it with grace. Adapt and adjust. Always stay in the game. Don't let today's challenge steal tomorrow's vision. Hold on to hope.