Fighting through obstacles can often feel like a struggle. Obstacles shake us to our very core and sometimes we have to sacrifice a lot to get past them. It seems that obstacles can redefine the very nature of life. Obstacles come in all shape and sizes and can also be interconnected. For example, a parent who is struggling at work may be struggling to raise a child, and that child may be struggling with a bully or class. The truth is the struggles in life are not normally as unique as we may think; in fact, they are very similar.
One of my mentors Steve Myrick changed my perception of life in a profound way after he watched my family struggle with finances. I met Steve when I began carrying lumber for work at the age of 11. Steve had watched me work hard, but he also saw me mimic my father’s spending habits. Steve then decided to invest in me, but not in a financial way. Steve decided to invest in my heart, mind and spirit.
One day, Steve asked me a very important and life-changing question. He said, “What is the difference between a rich man and a poor man?”
The answer seemed obvious to me, but it turned out not to be “money”.
Instead, Steve told me these four words: “They way they think.”
In four words, Steve confirmed a biblical principle that our choices control our outcomes. When we choose well, we live well.
Today, take a minute to ask yourself the following questions:
- What is my current greatest obstacle?
- Is my perception of this obstacle positive or negative?
- What can I learn from this situation?
When we put our obstacles in the correct light, we can take charge of them instead of being owned by them. If your obstacles seem insurmountable, work on changing the way you perceive your struggles. Owning your obstacles by putting them in perspective will give you strength as you continue on your journey.
In your service,