Practical Messages for Impractical Times
As a child, I lived in the Northeast city environment with our home facing a busy street. I never had the opportunity to learn to ride a bicycle until we relocated to Houston, Tx at the age of 12. It was out of necessity that I had to acquire a skill that most children learn at an early age. The difficult task of balancing on a moving object resulted in numerous falls along with sore arms and legs. I can still remember the first time I rode without a fall. The feeling of accomplishment gave me the courage to keep riding on a daily basis. I wish that I could say that I never sustained another fall. Learning how to maneuver the bicycle to avoid objects or cycle over uneven pavement and streets required additional skills. It was a rough year; however, I still possess great cycling skills in mid-age.
As we endure the vicissitudes of life, more often failures exceed our accomplishments. We become discouraged and overwhelmed with disappointment when the expected result is not achieved. Perseverance appears to be a waste of time and we often throw in the towel by giving up. Rethink through self-evaluation; acquiring a new skill is a realistic goal when we have a plan. Our mindset of making giant leaps has to be tweaked to accepting baby step progress. Have you thought about the qualities that you will achieve when you overcome the failures? Endurance boosted self-esteem, and a positive attitude of “I can” are just a few of the characteristics that you will possess along with your new accomplishment.
1. Journaling provides a method for documenting your short-term and long-term goals, the plan for achievement, and a tangible history of your victories along with the defeats. Remember to evaluate and modify your original plan when the steps do not produce the desired outcome.
2. Never forget to seek God in prayer. Asking for Divine intervention gives us an increase in faith and acknowledges our dependency on God.
So, go ahead, and learn to ride the bicycle, anticipate the falls; but, get up and keep going.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Prayer for Today: Dear God, Please help me to seek you when I fall. I know that you will give me the strength to keep moving forward. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz