It ain’t all roses
<repost from November 15, 2009 >
I am sure that you have heard that 1000 times…It ain’t all roses (or something very similar)
Well for most people who use that phrase it’s just a reminder to the person (who is probably complaining) that life is full of ups and downs. You have to go through the valleys to get to the mountaintops.
Often times people see others living the life and assume that they just coasted their way to that point.
That is highly unlikely.
I was watching Oprah the other day and she had the author of the Twilight Book (New Moon movie) series on her show. This woman was previously a stay at home mother, who is now a fricking gazillionaire!!
She was telling Oprah about her journey, and she said that she had received 14 no’s before she got a half yes…FOURTEEN publishers told her no…can you imagine if she had given up before she got to her yes?! What a very different life she would be leading right now.
Many people have obstacles on their path to success, its how they face those obstacles that determines the rest of their journey. It is so easy to give up when something gets hard or appears hopeless, and it is so much more difficult to stand firm and press through (it). I call it the crossroads moments, those are those specific times when you should stop, step back, review the situation and then drop to your knees and pray.
Sometimes, the timing just isn’t right. A delay is not a denial.I heard that sermon years ago while living in Atlanta. Dr. Charles Stanley preached that in a sermon one morning and I received that message.
We are in such a hurry to do everything that we get caught up in the end result and we are not taking the time to enjoy the journey to get there. I think they have coined us the ‘Microwave Society’, we want it fast and we want it now.
Nothing worth having is ever easy. Now don’t get me wrong, you have to know that constant chaos and drama is not a blessing, and some things are just not meant to be. But putting in a little work never hurt anyone. And it helps build character and appreciation for the end the result.
So the next time you have a goal or a mission, when the road gets tough don’t just quit. Face the obstacles, Pray for direction and then follow the answer you are given with reckless abandon!
If you have a hard time figuring out what you are being told to do, try turning it all off (tv, friends, family, etc) turn it all off and just sit quietly listening for the answer. It may take a minute, an hour, or maybe even a day or more.
You owe it to yourself to take the time to be still and seek direction before you act.
It ain’t all roses, but its the only life you’ve got!
Live it the best you can, while you can!