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Choosing to Persevere

I came across something today that I believe many people, including myself, need to be reminded of on a daily basis.

In his speech “Citizenship in a Republic,” Theodore Roosevelt famously said: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

How many times will I pick myself up from failure and disappointment to continue moving toward the goal, toward those things that will make a positive impact in the lives of others? I will do it as many times as it takes, to accomplish the goal!

We will experience trouble

We all experience trouble in our life. How we choose to react to those difficult times, is within our control. How will you respond? Here is a note from Oswald Chambers…

God does not keep man immune from
trouble; He Says–“I will be with him in trouble.” It does not matter what actual troubles in the extreme form get hold of a man’s life, not most them can separate him from his relationship to
God. We are “more than conquerors in an these things.” Paul is not talking of imaginary things, but of things that are desperately actual; and he says we are super-victors in the midst of them not
by our ingenuity, or by our courage, or by anything other than the fact that not one of them affects our relationship to God in Jesus Christ. Rightly or wrongly, we are where we are, exactly in the condition we are in. I am sorry for the
Christian who has not something in his circumstances he wishes was not there.

“Shall tribulation . . .?” Let tribulation be what it may – exhausting, galling, it is not able to separate us from the love of God. Never let cares or tribulations separate you from the fact that God
loves you.

“Shall anguish . . .?” -can God’s love hold when everything says that His love is a lie, and that there is no such thing as justice?

“Shall famine . . .?” -can we not only believe in the love of God but be more than conquerors, even while we are being starved?

Either Jesus Christ is a deceiver and Paul deluded, or some extraordinary thing happens to a man who holds on to the love of God when the odds are against God’s character. Logic is silenced in the face of every one of these things. Only one thing can account for it – the Love of God in Christ. “Out of the wreck I rise” every time-

–Oswald Chambers – My Utmost for His Highest Journal – May 19
Published by Discovery House Publishers – 1935

Consequences

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41, 42 ESV)

On an average day, how many choices do you make and do you have any control over the ultimate consequence (positive or negative) of these choices? I would be interested in your thoughts.

Choices

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Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.

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