I remember reading somewhere that "the greater the thing that you are striving for, the higher the hurdles that are put in your way. It's not a quote. I'm just poorly paraphrasing from a mammoth well of sayings and proverbs that refer to adversity in one's life. As the stinging pinch of a recession not only dominates many of our lives, but in some cases is actually changing our life's course, I thought that this month I would reflect on the words of some other people for a little perspective....
"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant." ~ Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
"If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience." ~ Robert Fulghum
"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much."
~ Mother Teresa
"I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money." ~ Pablo Picasso
"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." ~ M. Scott Peck
Maybe you've got some good quotes as well. If so, I'd love to hear 'em. Lord knows we all could use a good word during these hard times!
If you need a little added inspiration and lifting of spirits you can come out to hear me and a group of talented singers this coming Sunday at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church. I've been very privileged to spend the past several weeks working with a group of soulful college students who call themselves the "Heritage Choir" from North Park University. We'll be joining Andrew Collins, music director and accompanist for Holy Covenant, and celebrating in worship with some great gospel music, so if you get a chance, come join us!
That's it! Hope to see you! Take care! - Michele