“…And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8
There are lots of excuses that people offer as to why they are unsuccessful in life. But many are just excuses.
1. Not Where You Were Born: Winston Churchill was born in the ladies cloakroom in the castle of Blenheim. His mother was attending a dance when she gave premature birth to her son.
2. Not Your Education: Did you know that nine of our presidents did not attend college? Truman, Cleveland, Andrew Johnson, Lincoln, Fillmore, Taylor, Van Buren, Jackson, and Washington.
3. Not Your Size: President William Howard Taft weighed 350 lbs. President John Adams was only 5 foot 6 inches tall. You can achieve if heavy or short.
4. Not Your Looks: Did you know, for example, that President U.S. Grant’s wife was “cross-eyed”? She wanted to have it corrected with an operation, but he said he “liked her that way.”
What really counts? What is important? If you really want to enjoy life, then check:
1. Your Attitude: “A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?” (Prov. 18:4) Your spirit or attitude can bless you, or break you.
2. Use of Your Time: “Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life, but as they who do. Make the best use of your time.” (Eph. 5:15-16, Phillips).
3. Your Beliefs: “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12:13). Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you (Matt. 6:33).
Center in on the things that really count - your attitude, use of time and your faith. If these are right, then you can overcome any other obstacles that may be in your way.