Saturday, January 21, 2006

The Detour Of Life

In his book, Better or Bitter, author Paul Haigazian chronicles his own personal journey of overcoming hardships. Haigazian's book provides us with hope regardless of the circumstances we may face. Enjoy some of the 'wisdom nuggets' from his writing:

Will we be remembered as those who have allowed the windstorms of life to shipwreck our lives? Will we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by them and make us ineffectual in helping others? Will these windstorms cause us to accuse God of evil, or even deny His existence altogether? Or will we be remembered as accepting life's tests and temptations as "friends"? Yes, friends that teach us the importance of a selfless life, of godly character and of noble action.

Unless you have been in the lowest valley, you cannot appreciate the magnificence of the mountaintops.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. Helen Keller

What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight. Joseph Joubert

A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ. John Steinbeck

Take all the sorrow out of life and you take away all the richness, the depth, and tenderness. The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur. It is the furnace that melts the hearts together in love.

I hold not with the pessimist that all things are ill, nor with the optimist that all things are well. All things are not well, but all things shall be well, because this is God's world. Browning

There is so much loneliness on this uncharted earth.
It seems each one's a prisoner within a cell from birth.
There is much need for union, such need for clasping hands.
Yet we deny the brotherhood the human heart demands.

What would you have left if everything you hadn't given thanks for was taken away?

God's most striking victories rise out of the graves of apparent defeats. Haddon W. Robinson

To hold a person accountable for his misdeeds without harboring resentment against him is the essence of forgiveness and love.

Resignation is to accept the course that God establishes for us. In other words, whatever God chooses to provide for us is sufficient. This puts an entire new emphasis on what we ask for in prayer.

There is no security on this earth. There is only opportunity. Douglas MacArthur

"Adversities are inevitable in life, but misery is a choice."

2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me--the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return.


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