by Reverend Clyde Jackson
Pushing for Excellence
Have you ever had a time in your life when you thought everything was over for you? This was probably due to some devastating occurrence in your life. At these times, we must seek God, search our lives, and ask for wisdom to accept what has happened.
It is during these difficult times that we find that God will give us direction and instruction as to how we should handle our trials. My mind often returns to the familiar refrain known as the Serenity Prayer, which states: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference."
When things over which we have absolutely no control happen to us, we need to depend on God. To some, this may sound silly and maybe a little like a "cop out." If the truth be told, however, it actually requires more courage to trust in God and supplicate his help rather than moving on with our lives and attempting to make the best out of our situation on our own.
It is God who can obviously best help us to decipher what can be changed and what we must accept. I believe that we are all aware of those who become discouraged because they do not receive from God what they want when they ask it of him. Some may go as far as to discredit God and question his supernatural existence and role.
Nevertheless, we must never give up hope and we must learn to be patient. One significant thing I have learned during my sojourn on earth is that God cannot and will not be rushed in what he does. He intervenes in his own due time, not ours.
When we do become discouraged, and from time to time we will, we must have the type of relationship with God that will help us through those times. We will find that God is our refuge and strength, and that he will give us the stability to go through life with a positive attitude.
I find that that the process needed for leaning on God for help, and then gaining strength from doing so, is related to the principle of mind over matter. When we decide that no situation should control our happiness, or our joy, or our emotions, we inevitably see a tremendous change.
Most people believe that I am one of the happiest persons around. This is a mystery to many who wonder how this could be possible with my physical disability. I am happy because I know that in all I do, and everywhere I go, I always strive to do my very best. Without an excuse, no physical ailment and no disability can keep me from doing what God wants me to do. No matter what mortal beings say or think, God really does want us to be the very best we can be.
It is our responsibility and calling to hold our heads high and, with God's help, always push for excellence.