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Hold On...Change Is Coming!

During a recent snowstorm in Texas a friend and I got a chance to play many hands of UNO and Tonk. When we played earlier in the day, it seemed that they were winning almost every hand. They teased me right before playing our last game, which they also won. Later that same day, however, we got bored and decided to play again. We played both games for an overall total of 7 games. I won every game. It appeared that the tables had turned. I smiled as I heard the Lord remind me that this is how life is.

Nobody likes change. Nobody likes the consistency of change. Here's the thing - life changes as fast as the revolving doors at an airport. That is both good and bad. Today, you may be enjoying the victories of life. You might feel like you are on top of the world or you might feel somewhat invincible. That is a great feeling! Enjoy that feeling and remember what it feels like. Tomorrow is another day. Or perhaps you are the person that feels like you are always losing. You never catch a break. Nothing good ever happens to you. Life may make you feel like a failure. Don't be so hard on yourself! Relax! Learn all you can from the situations that life may offer you because tomorrow is another day! (SMILE)

The point I am trying to make is that no matter where you find yourself, change is coming. It's really the only thing you can truly count on besides God. You've heard me say before that "Life happens to everybody." Everyone - no matter who they are - will experience both victories as well as hardships in life. There is something to be learned from them both! And fret not...the tables will turn at some point, but you have to keep playing.

I will leave you with this final thought. I think that your attitude really determines how well you do in each circumstance life brings. When enjoying victories, remember that you haven't always been victorious over all. Be grateful for what you currently have and encourage others. Don't be like the guy at the Superbowl who got a flag on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct. That type of behavior costs us more than we realize. At the same time, when going though hardships, remember that adversity increases capacity. I believe it was Franklin D. Roosevelt who said "a smooth ship never made a skilled sailor." My how true that is. You will be better for it in the long run. The Apostle Paul once relayed that he had learned to be content no matter what state or condition he was in. I think that is critical. You have to learn to anticipate change and prepare for it accordingly.

Note: Here's a book that will challenge you and help you better adapt to change: Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D. It's worth the read!