When the hardships of life occur I think they call for us to be courageous so we can lead ourselves and others through the difficult time. Here are a few things you need to know about acting courageously in the midst of life's challenges:
1. Defeat is never an option for a person of courage. When adversity comes it needs to be faced head on. Looking for a way of escape or allowing the situation to defeat you is not how a person of courage deals with life's circumstances. Place your attention on advancement to overcome your obstacle, plan your way to victory. Know full well that you will not be defeated but you will overcome your existing hardship.
2. Remember your past victories. This is not the first time you have faced hard times. In some form you have been down a similar road in your past. Think about how you have overcome difficult situations. Realize you have defeated obstacles before and now you can do it again.
3. Courage is the result of a right attitude. I have always said that attitude is a choice. This sounds a bit trite but it's true. The reason we are often inconsistent with our attitude is because we have a crack in our foundation deeper within ourselves. perhaps you have a faulty belief system. How you view life and answer life's most difficult questions will determine your attitude. Your values shape your attitude too. The things you value as most important are pillars which your attitude sit upon. If you have an attitude problem I suggest you look to a better way to practice your faith. Pick up God's message to mankind, The Bible and begin a daily intake of a new and fresh faith: Christianity. Begin reading it and see what happens. Evaluate what you value most in life. Right a list and search your heart to determine what is most important to you and what really matters. Bring your belief/faith and values into order and you'll have a better attitude.
4. A courageous person uses the resources they have to overcome their adverse situation. This goes back to what you read in the January issue of Coastal Angler Magazine: Miami. Review my suggestions and put them into practice....Do something!
5. A courageous person faces the obstacle or opponent head on. I admit I sweep issues under carpet more than I should, I don't like confrontation, and I want everyone to love me. But there comes a point when its time to make some hard choices, confront the problem and deal with it. Realize you probably won't win a popularity contest and everyone won't like your decision. Be strong and courageous, always be loving and caring. Don't burn bridges if it's not necessary. Don't act foolishly, be wise and be careful.
Read the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Read a passage of God's Word to see how King David overcame a giant of problem as a young man. 1 Samuel 17:12-54
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
So Thanksgiving is all about gravy, grandma, and gridiron!
Well, not exactly. I think Thanksgiving matters and my perspective is different from what the “holiday police” tell us and what revisionist history has to offer us in our children’s textbooks.
In 1621 the Pilgrims feasted with the Indians to celebrate “the goodness of God”. The Pilgrims had much to be grateful for:
They survived the harsh climate of the northeast.
Crops were sparse and food was hard to come by yet their needs were met.
The natives were typically hostile & difficult yet relations were getting better
Their numbers were dwindling though they sensed His mercy.
They daily dealt with disease, discomfort, and discouragement.
But this new breed of “Americans” who just dissented from the Church of England fell to their knees on the that first Thanksgiving Day to “bless the God of Heaven who had brought them over this vast and furious ocean,’ according to Governor William Bradford.
This Thanksgiving I will watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, eat well, watch a lot of football, and visit with family and loved ones. But first and foremost I’ll look towards the heavens with my heart and give thanks for the all the goodness God has given to me. Just as President George Washington asked when he declared the first national day of Thanksgiving in 1789 let us “unite in most humbly offering our prayer and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of nations”.