In his book “Think and Grow Rich” Napolean Hill repeatedly states that every adversity carries with it the seeds of even greater opportunity. In the bible, it says it a little differently
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” James 1:2 (NLT)
Recently, Hurrican Hermine made landfall in the Florida Gulf Coast. I’ve noticed that crisis tends to bring out the best, and worst, in people. Amidst the frustration, anger, and despair, were countless acts of selfishness and survival as well as heroic compassion.
Are you going through troubled times? Most of us are, but many keep their problems secret and suffer in silence. Others wear their problems on their shoulders.
What’s the difference between the heroes and cowards? The compassionate and the selfish? The confident and the depressed? Is it their circumstances?
No – it’s their attitude!
World War I was a gruesome battlefield. Never before in history had trench warfare been used like that. The most cruel of instruments of warfare was mustard gas. The pain and suffering that proceeded death was on par with crucifixion.
By the way, did you know that the word “excruciating” pain literally translates “out of the cross”?
Back to World War I. It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. The gas mask was soon brought to the trenches. It was a life saver. But there was a problem. Just like an underwater mask for divers, the rubber must seal to the face or it leaks. The soldiers in the trenches were never clean shaven and many lives were lost because their beards interfered with a firm seal for the gas mask.
Back then, shaving was something of an art form. Men went to barber shops for a shave administered by a skilled barber with a long razor. In fact, the traditional red and white barber shop sign symbolized the sometimes bloody experience.
That was under controlled circumstances – a far cry from those on the battlefield. Another clever invention soon followed. The safety razor. Now, men could shave themselves with inexpensive and sanitary handheld razors. They didn’t even need a mirror! Countless lives were saved by this rather simple invention.
Did you know we have not had a bearded President since World War I? Check it out. Many Presidents prior to World War I were fully bearded. Not a single one since. Truly, the safety razor has had a historical impact!
Oh, the guy’s name that invented the safety razor was Gillette (I can’t think of his first name right off hand).
I’ll ask again. Are you facing adversity? I think we all are at one point or another. It is my testimony that it is my faith in God that allows me to cope with adversity. It is faith that determines our attitude. God did not promise us smooth sailing, but He does promise never to leave us or forsake us.
At any given moment, there is a mountain of undisputed factual evidence to support being angry, depressed, optimistic or happy. It’s a decision we make.
I choose faith.
That’s what’s on my mind. I’m interested in your thoughts. There’s lots of ways to hit me up so let me hear from you.
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