In times of sorrow or despair it’s very easy to become fixated on the problem at hand. During each of our individual journeys there will be road bumps on the way to our destiny, but we have to maintain persistence and stay focused on our path. I always research the biographies of great people in society that I admire to gain inspiration on what made them successful in life. It’s not that these people had perfect lives. I have yet to come across a story without a struggle. Most of the greatest people in the world had to move the greatest mountains to become who they are today.
Last week, while on the train to NYC, I watched an interview of one of the most powerful
business CEO’s in world. During his interview, he mentioned something that
really stood out to me and made me stop to think. He talked about how he loves
being recognized for his successful career in business but that he would also
appreciate if people would understand that there was a time when he got fired
from a company he thought he was going to grow his career at. To think that one
of the most powerful CEOs today was once fired shocked me! Like this man’s net
worth is over a billion dollars today and the thought that there was a time when
he didn’t have any means of income seemed impossible.The follow up question was “How did you bounce back”? His
answer is definitely something I have adopted as a mantra and that is “I moved
forward”. He didn’t lament about what he couldn’t control. He didn’t focus his
energy on a situation he couldn’t change. He moved forward. Some of us are
currently fighting all types of battles that may seem hard to deal with but this
is a very powerful lesson that we can all apply to our lives.
Too often do we focus on our problems instead of finding ways to grow from them. “Average People see problem; Successful people see Opportunity”. There is so much truth in that quote. Sometimes we face troubles in our lives because God wants to grow us or teach us something that we will need in the future. Romans 8:28 says “For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Let me repeat that, ALL things work together for good. Wow that verse is so encouraging. Even the bad things that happen to us in life, God uses them for our good. When I look back at my life I remember the times I thought I failed and saw how God used my mistakes to push me to success. That is why it so important for us to focus on the future because it is definitely bright. Jeremiah 29:11 says “for I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and hope”. God has a great plan for all of us and it is up to us to put our energy into that plan and not to get distracted by our “problems”. Use your problems to motivate you. I always say, your struggle is a part of your story. Embrace it.
I’ll end this post with this verse-Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God