The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom records one of the most profound human responses I’ve ever seen outside of deity. She and her sister, Betsy, had read in this Bible verse:
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.
Crammed in a flea infested barrack in a concentration camp, they thanked God for the fleas — that kept even the guards at away — and for the overcrowding — because it gave them the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with more people.
Betsy and Corrie saw a blessing in everything, something to be thankful for. At very least, we can probably expect ourselves to take negative situations that confront us and look for an opportunity for growth, a lesson to be learned, or a new positive path to take.
Be thankful for all obstacles, for they are your practice ground, as each new victory prepares you for a greater future victory.
Next time a problem pops up in the way of your beautifully planned day — or week or year — make a mental note to look for positive changes to be gained by dealing positively and calmly with the situation. It won’t necessarily solve the problem or make it go magically away. But it will put you in a better frame of mind to endure and to make the best of it.
Perseverance is also crucial in goal setting when we don’t see progress as quickly as we expect or desire. It can be discouraging to work and work and work to see little or know movement. But remember this maxim:
Pace is irrelevant to perseverance. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
Do not give up. Do not give in. Keep moving — even if only slightly — toward the life you want. Even tiny bits of progress add up to an enormous difference.
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