Monday, November 06, 2006

On To My Feet

Pearls are made from oyster's tears.

I have once been told that what can't kill you, won't hurt you. Pains and discouragement can be so distressing, but they can also make us strong - if we only allow them.

Gold is strengthened by the fiery furnace. Coffee produces sweet aroma, once subjected to heat. The pressures in life may seem to crush us, but like a crushed grape that produces wine, they only bring out the best in us.

To have passion for excellence is to have a burning desire and a never ending quest for improvement - no matter what. Only quitters quit. Winners stay in the game.

"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down but God never abandons us. We get knocked down. But we get up again and keep going." - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Dear Lord, when I lose hope because my plans have come to nothing, help me to remember that your love is always greater than my disappointments, and your plans for my life are always better than my dreams. Amen.