Prepare for Challenges

Prepare for Challenges

“A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them.”         Pr 27:12 TLB

The path to your God-given destiny will have different challenges, so you must expect them. Indeed you must prepare yourself to face them. Solomon wrote, “A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them.” Wouldn’t you rather look ahead and prepare, instead of looking back with regret? Why does the Bible record the failures of great men like Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and Peter? To give you hope; to let you know that nobody performs flawlessly; to help you believe if they can do it, by God’s grace you can too. The road to success has many potholes. You’ll fall into some—and they’re messy. Not only will you have to climb back out, you’ll have to dust yourself off, refocus, recommit, and keep going. Since failure is inevitable, why not make it your friend by examining each experience and growing stronger through it? Once you learn to do that, you won’t keep repeating the same mistakes, and you’ll become more emotionally and spiritually stable. Timelines change, resources dry up, assumptions prove false, plans and people fail. As comedian Bill Cosby quipped, “Nothing fits in a pigeonhole but a pigeon.” As you walk the pathway to your God-given dream, remember the old Italian proverb: “Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.” No problem; you can get another pair of shoes! Just make sure you don’t wear out and give up. Here’s God’s promise to you: “Keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honor you with every blessing” (Ps 37:34 TLB).

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