Choosing not to get up, dust ourselves off, and try again, can have lifelong effects. Yet, when many of us are knocked to the ground by the circumstances of life, we make a similar choice. We decide that since getting knocked on our behinds is painful, it will be easier to simply not get up. We choose to believe that avoidance of potentially hurtful activities is a better option than accepting the challenge of working through our pain and facing our fears.
There are times in life's journey when obstacles come out of nowhere; obstacles that are unavoidable. When we hit them, they cause us to lose our balance. We lose control and crash. The more obstacles we hit, the more pain we feel. The more pain we feel, the less likely we are to keep trying.
It is when we reach that point of hopelessness that we need to ask ourselves these questions:
*Do I want my life to be defined by the times I fell down or the times I got up?
*Do I want to be known as someone who was overcome or someone who was an overcomer?
*Do I want live under my circumstances or rise above them?
The choice is ours.