Obstacles or Opportunities?

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Posted by Jerry Rauch on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

We’re already over a month into a brand new year and if we haven’t pondered the year past…successes, disappointments, etc….maybe a little reflection is in order.  As we reflect, let’s acknowledge the importance of accepting personal responsibility for the choices we made along with the choices we will make in the days, months, even years ahead. Failing to take personal responsibility is one of the most disempowering saboteurs of our achieving great things in life. God never made humans into automatons, yet, we often act as if we have no ability to determine our response to the challenges we face. 
I remember trying my legs at hurdles during high school track. At only 5 foot 8 inches, my stature didn’t lend itself well to this event, but, I remember watching the high achievers run with determination to win. It took regular practice, physical exercise and conditioning and mental resolve, believing they could win (long legs didn’t hurt either). There is a metaphor to glean from here. No matter how many blessings we enjoy in life, the reality is that all of us will experience some hurdles along the way. While difficulties can be viewed as obstacles, they can also be viewed as opportunities…to demonstrate perseverance with an expectation of something good beyond the trial at hand…to exercise faith in a God who is bigger than any obstacle…to learn valuable lessons that will equip us for future challenges. What we believe inevitably determines what we achieve.
When it comes to health and wellness, life is full of decisions. What we eat, how much we exercise, the amount of rest we get, the quality or quantity of water we drink, and especially the kind of thoughts we think are just some of the things we have to grapple with. As we look forward to the year ahead, let’s get on track (no pun intended) with right thinking and make good choices as we experience both blessings and hurdles. Together, let’s choose to believe that every obstacle can become an opportunity to achieve good things beyond imagination. ~ Jerry

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