Good Friday, my Soldiers and Survivors!
Welcome to the best day of the week…. EVERY SINGLE DAY!! Today’s Daily Word is dedicated to your Trials and Tribulations, and how you handle them while on your journey!! I once heard an interesting analogy by Rev. Dr. Darin Moore about an “Egg, a Potato and a Tea Bag”…
The Egg, Potato and Tea Bag were all on a quest for greatness. They were all determined to get what they wanted out of life and vowed that nothing can stop them. One day while on their quest, they were each put into hot water (trials and tribulations). The Egg withstood the hot water as much as it could, but when it was all said and done, it became hard on the inside. The hot water was too much to withstand, so the Egg, as it moved forward, always kept that hard interior to protect it.
The Potato, on the other hand, did the opposite; it was strong to begin with, but once it was put
into hot water, it became soft and afraid. The Tea Bag, though, did something interesting… It said “I don’t care what trials and tribulations you put me through, I’m going to shine my light and keep doing me.” So, while in hot water, the tea bag became stronger…. it spread itself through out the water and eventually became the water. It turned its trials and tribulations into something desirable and something that allowed it to achieve all of its goals!!
Conclusion: As you go on your quest for greatness remember to be like the tea bag! Trials and tribulations are going to try and stop you from achieving your greatness, but you must understand that nothing can stop you but you. If you become like the egg and put up a wall to secure yourself
from everyday woes, then that same wall will become the thing blocking out all of the greatness that life has to offer… and If you become like the potato who is strong but allows trials to soften you up, then you are removing the very essence of what will get you ahead in life. Instead, make a vow that no matter what your circumstance is, no matter what you are going through, you are always going to keep you eyes on the prize!! As Og Mandino once said, “Failure will never overtake you, if your determination to succeed is strong enough.”
“The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.” -Jim Rohn
“Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf.” -Jonatan Mårtensson
“Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.” -J. Donald Walters
“Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” -E. Joseph Cossman
“Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work. It doesn’t come before.” -Shelby Steele
“Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.” -Mao Tse-Tung
“Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.” -Denis Waitley
“An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.” -Thomas Fuller
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