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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Choosing Life’s Superior Course

With what area of your life is trust in God wavering?... (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 254). 

Sooner or later in the knocks and bruises that life inevitably brings, we come to a fork in the road. Then we are confronted with a critical choice. Then we must decide which way to travel.  One direction leads to bitterness, self-loathing, and despair; the other to self-confidence, vigor, and competence.  It all hinges on how we come to see ourselves.  Will we see ourselves as hapless victims–would-be winners if not for an endless train of “Them’s” that constantly afflict us; or will we see ourselves as increasingly capable survivors?  The first is the way of resignation, defeat, and resentment; the second is the way of hope, mounting strength and achievement.  No one need see themselves as a vapid loser, but it is essential first to muster the courage to survive and prevail–to travel down life’s superior course boosted by a determinative decisional moment to become one intrepid survivor:

Even the wisest man grows tense   
With some sort of violence   
Before he can accomplish fate   
Know his work or choose his mate. 
(W.B. Yeats: “Under Ben Bulben”)

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