Tuesday, August 12, 2008

“Problems can slow us down temporarily
but they don’t have the ability to stop us.
Only we have that power.”

~Wayne Cordeiro~

We are a society of blamers. When something goes wrong, our immediate reaction is to find the source, the reason, the person to blame. We point fingers everywhere but at ourselves.

The reason kids are so misguided today is television, music or video games.

The cause for a crime was a bad childhood.

The source of our
economic woes is mismanagement by bankers.

But the truth is, that we choose how we live and how we respond to situations. The circumstances may be terrible, but ultimately, we choose whether or not they change our lives.

I need to own up to the way I respond to problems. It's easier to just throw in the towel when things get difficult than to deal with the problem and take responsibility for my actions.

Like when the kids forget their towels for swimming lessons (for the 10th time!), I can let that drive me crazy or I can calmly handle the discipline issues that clearly need to be addressed. It's my choice.

What problems are you facing right now? Friendship issues? Money concerns? The pain of a loved one? Marital strife?

We don't have to let problems stop us in our tracks. God has the power to conquer any problem in our lives and He has given us the power to choose the right way to respond to our problems.


Karen said...

Whoa! We need to "own up" to our choices, reactions, and what we do with life's problems and stop making excuses. That was great and so very true.

Patricia@Typing One-Handed said...

I like to think that since circumstances sometimes are out of my control, that my response also is. Thanks for the mirror!! I hope my reflection is more Christ-like when the next problem arises.

Denise said...

Such a true post my friend.

Julie said...

Wow, Heather....

That was awesome.

Loved every word!


Laurie Ann said...

Great post, Heather. I pray I choose to respond in the right way to the problems I face in the future. Given the words of encouragement and advice you've given today, I have some wonderful tools to do that! Thank you for sharing your heart.

Peggy said...

WOW Heather...I have to stop reading everyone's post or I'll never get done!

Stop by and visit with me soon... there will be something special waiting for you. It's in Tuesday the 12th of August post!

Still Sharing the Love & Friendship

SharonB said...

So true Heather! So true!

I've left you something on my blog...