Like any of us, I have trials. Some that are easier to overcome than others. Some may be lifelong battles or burdens, but I do believe it is partly in gratitude that we find peace in times of adversity. The speaker encouraged us to write down (I know cliche, but it works!) 100 things that we are grateful for. That sounds daunting, but it breaks down like this:
10 things each in these 10 fun-filled, thought-provoking, gratitudinous categories...
-People who have died
-Things in nature
-Things you are grateful for today
-Places on earth
The topic and motto for this lecture was, "I can do hard things!" I know full well that it is in stretching ourselves that we grow. It is in overcoming adversities that we are strengthened, but sometimes I tell ya, I think there is no way in heck I can do THIS hard thing, and please just let me sit here and be average, undistinguished, unexceptional and blissfully mediocre! But deep down I know that God wants more than that for me. He wants each of us to reach our full potential and often that takes time in the proverbial refiners fire. Dang it anyway! Maybe if I just hang out with exceptional people--do you think that will work? Ya, me neither. So, for today, I will continue to strive to be better, and be grateful that at least I am not being chased by a lion.
Quote of the Day: "It is never too late to be who you might have been."
--Russell Best TV producer