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25 April – Overcoming


The basic law of photography is that you let light pass through a negative to get a positive. I think life is much the same and we can especially experience this when we let Jesus’ light pass through every negative situation so that He can reveal the positive.

It’s more often than not our attitude towards situations that determine who we are and who and what we will become. Even if we have had something horrendous happen in our lives, to a great extent we are the one’s who make the decision on how we will allow these events to affect and shape our futures. Many of the world’s greatest discoveries, artistic masterpieces and inventions were made in times of deepest trouble. Tough times can bring out the best in us, and disappointments and heartbreak can become opportunities.

In 1880 a little girl named Helen Keller was born. At 19 months of age she was struck down with an acute illness which left her both blind and deaf. As a result she was also unable to learn how to speak.

But a women name Anne Sullivan taught her not only to speak but to read and communicate. Helen Keller became a recognised author and lecturer and received the presidential medal of freedom. Her lecturing tours were highly sought after. After World War 2 she visited wounded soldiers in hospitals, and spoke all over the world. She is known for her success, bravery , dignity and resolve to rise above life’s difficulties.

We may not be able to change the past and we definitely can’t live there, but we can with God’s help make our future better, which means today has the potential to be our best day ever!

Raphael a famous Italian painter was asked which of his paintings was his greatest work? He thought for a moment and then said. “My next one“.

I’ve discovered that when it seems impossible, too painful and I have run out of strength that I can go to Jesus. I look to Him when it is appears too difficult and I’m disappointed. I look to Him when I’m tempted to settle for second best in life. I continually allow Him to speak to me and to put vision and dreams in my heart. He is the healer and restorer of broken dreams and infuses life into our hearts where we felt we were dead and broken inside.

The bible says, “He gives life to the dead and call things that are not as though they were,”  and to, “lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and to run with endurance the race that is set before usfixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith“. ((Romans 4:17; Hebrews 12:2)

Winston Churchill another person who “shone” in adversity once said, “Things don’t happen to me, I happen to things“. So I say, “Let’s go happen to things and make the most of the opportunities before us at this time. We may not be able to do everything, but we can do something with the time we have right now.

Prayer: Jesus I choose to fix my eyes upon you and to not settle for second best. I want to live a life “happening” to things, rather than waiting for things to happen to me. Please lead, guide and strengthen me today.  In Jesus name Amen.

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