Who Said Life Was Easy?

I’m not exactly sure when people started becoming so sensitive, or when they began expecting life to be without offenses or struggles. Children believe they should be allowed to do whatever they want, whenever they want; adults are under the delusion life should be replete with happiness and material possessions (what’s a budget?); and everyone has developed a sense of entitlement.

Well, I have two pieces of information it would behoove you to learn: (1) life is not meant to be easy, (2) and nobody owes you anything.

Life is a process . . . and just being a human being is difficult. You have to deal with sickness, pain, suffering, financial responsibility, etc. Moreover, you will have times when you’re rejected by someone, offended, slandered without cause, left out, or criticized for your mistakes. Get used to it; it’s unavoidable. Also, individuals with strong convictions will struggle to maintain those beliefs—just ask any Christian.

If you need further examples, how many times have you simultaneously loved someone and been annoyed by them? Dealing with the guilt from those mixed emotions is challenging. Or have you ever wanted to change a situation but realized you didn’t have the ability? That is a truly humbling experience.

However, all of these difficulties come with opportunities to learn and grow. After all, you cannot master patience without practicing being patient. You’ll never develop strength without first enduring the stress. And success usually follows many, many failures.

So, toughen up and relish the beautiful process of life.

And I’ll leave you with a quote from Bruce Lee: “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.”

Happy Easter

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Easter!

Christians, make sure to thank God for His love, kindness, and mercy because we’ve been cleansed by the blood of Jesus without cost to us (Ephesians 2:8-9). None of us deserved to be saved, but He is a loving, compassionate God.

And if you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (i.e., not a Christian), I urge you to reach out to Him and ask for forgiveness of your sins; moreover, ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. . . . It will be the most important decision you ever make.

Do Your Actions Match Your Words?

How many times has someone—perhaps with good intentions—told you they would do something, only to never follow through? Or worse yet, how often do you fail at putting action behind your words? The truth is anyone can talk a good game; however, your actions are the indisputable proof that validates those words.

According to my good, old friend Mark Twain: “Actions speak louder than words, but not nearly as often.”

I believe there are two primary reasons why people don’t make good on their words: (1) They are attempting to impress people by promising what they can’t or don’t want to carry out. (2) They have a difficult time saying no—so they reluctantly say yes. Subsequently, their desire isn’t powerful enough to engender action because they were unwilling from the start.

First, if you really want to impress someone, you should deliver on your agreements. That simple action is unimaginably impressive. Nothing conveys integrity better than being a man or woman whose word is reliable.

Second, learn to respect yourself and others. You can do this by merely saying no when necessary and yes whenever you can—anything else is unsatisfactory. I believe most people would prefer being told no rather than receiving a false promise.

So, make a vow to yourself today that your actions will always match your words. And I will leave you with a quote from Wesam Fawzi: “Ordinary People Promise To Do More. Extraordinary People Just Do More.”